We educate and inform other like-minded, forward-thinking executives looking for a prosperous community to relocate, launch or grow their business. We are dedicated to using our vast educational and technical training assets to provide businesses with the most qualified workforce to fit the needs of new and expanding industries.
We are a member of One Columbus – The Columbus Region, an 11-county collaborative and one of the most dynamic and diverse metropolitan regions in the U.S. One Columbus is known for its abundant opportunities, top-ranked market access, competitively-priced real estate and talented workforce.
Marion CAN DO! 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. Today, Marion CAN DO! is a 501c(3) corporation marketing Marion’s assets and is governed by a 20-member board of trustees.
Investors in Marion CAN DO! are public and private partners working together to guide our collective funding, expertise, technologies and united power to attract new business investment to the region.
2nd Vice Chair
Immediate Past president
1st Vice Chair
Jennifer Adams, Retired Superintendent
Leslie Armstrong, Controller, Nucor Steel Marion
Scott Ballenger, Area Manager Marion/Tiffin, Aqua Ohio
Jeremy Byers, Executive Director, Marion YMCA
Dan Dreher, Agent, Generations Reality
Tami Galloway, Director, MTC’s America’s Workforce Development Capital Program
Councilman Jeff Gerritsen, 1st Ward City of Marion
Dr. Curtis Gingrich, MD, FACHE, COO, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital
Ted Graham, President, Graham Investments
Joe Jakubick, Regional External Affairs, FirstEnergy Corporation
Spencer Mathews, Mathews Auto Group, Manager
Ryan McCall, Ph.D., President, Marion Technical College
Honorable Kerr Murray, Marion County Commissioner
Lars Olson, President, Alluvial Private Wealth
Evelyn Warr-Omness, Director, Marion County/City Regional Planning
Honorable Scott Schertzer, Mayor, City of Marion
Gary Sims, President, Sims Brothers Recycling
Howard Smith, President, The Wilson Bohannan Compan
Kevin Smith, Regional President, Marion Market, First Citizens National Bank
Roxane Somerlot, Director, Marion County Job & Family Services
Tim Anderson, Retired Comptroller, Whirlpool Corp.
Dan Burkhart, Retired Utilities CEO
Ken Lengieza, Special Projects, Marion County/City Regional Planning
Dr. Dal Madia, Retired Medical Professional
Rex Parrott, Retired CEO, Wyandot Inc.
Alluvial Private Wealth
Aqua Water Ohio
City of Marion
Clarity Technology Solutions
Cummins Facility Services
Custom Professional Accounting
DANIS Building Services
Dostal & Kirk Insurance
First Citizens National Bank
Kegler Brown Hill Ritter
Lehman Daman Const. Services
Marion County Commissioners
Marion Industrial Rail Park
Mathews Auto Group
Mid Ohio Energy Co-op
Ohio State University Marion
Park National Bank
Pillar Credit Union
Sims Brothers Recycling
Steam Turbine Alternative Res.
United Church Homes
Verne Hart Insurance
Whirlpool Marion Division
Wilson Bohannan Lock Company
Marion CAN DO! is hard-working, and invariably understands exactly what economic development is all about. Based on my time working with this organization, they have lifted my professionalism to a higher standard.”
Gary Smalley, Charles Construction
Marion is an innovative and evolving community composed of a diverse workforce ready to grow your business output.