Marion, Ohio Economic Developers
The Mission of Marion CANDO! - You!
At Marion CANDO! we're more than an economic development office in the heart of Central Ohio, we're a team of business leaders and innovators who want other like-minded, forward thinking executives to know what a great home Marion is for business and people.
We're focused on job creation, workforce development, site development, site selection and of course, economic development.
Consider Marion CANDO! your first contact for valuable information, insightful data, and a personal approach to helping you discover why we're Central Ohio's home of forward thinking!
Marion CANDO! (Community Area New Development Organization) began in 1993 by a group of citizens who believed it was time for the community to focus its resources on rejuvenating the area economy. The process of facilitating growth and expansion was considered essential by community minded individuals and organizations. Area partnerships were forged to target and court companies. Marketing and development plans needed to be prepared and refined. All of this in an effort to provide effective and successful economic development services.
In 1997, CANDO! acquired approximately 450 acres of industrial land northwest of Marion. Known as the Dual Rail Industrial Park, it is now the home to ArcelorMittal, Marion Industries, Sakamura and U.S. Yachiyo. CANDO! continues to market and develop land in the Marion Airport Industrial Park.
Today, CANDO! is a 501c(3) corporation marketing Marion assets that includes land in the Marion Airport Industrial Park. As in the past, CANDO! strives to market and develop the Marion Area in an effort to provide a viable economic climate.
Marion CANDO! is governed by a 16-member board of trustees. The composition of the Board represents a public/private partnership with seven public sector and nine private sector member appointments. The Board is primarily responsible for the establishment of policies and the general direction of the organization's work. Staff consists of a President and Administrative Assistant.
MARION CAN DO! Board of Trustees
Tim Anderson - Whirlpool Marion Division
Andy Appelfeller - Marion County Commissioner
Dan Burkhart - Retired
Diane Burton - Chase Bank
Dan DeVille - Ohio Edison/FirstEnergy
Dan Dreher - Real Living Generations Realty
Ted Graham - Graham Investments
Ken Lengieza - Marion County Regional Planning Commission
Dr. Dal Madia - Retired
Rick Roe - Real Estate Showcase
Scott Schertzer - Mayor, City of Marion
Gary Sims - Sims Bros., Inc.
Howard Smith - Wilson Bohannan Company
Mike Thomas - Marion City Council
Tom Travis - Frontier Communications