About Marion CAN DO!

At Marion CAN DO!, we’re more than an economic development office.

We’re a team of business leaders and innovators.

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.

Since 1993

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.

Our Staff

Gus Comstock

Executive Director

Office: (740) 387-2267
Direct: (740) 272-0687
gusc@marioncando.com

Denny Ferguson

Executive Assistant

Office: (740) 387-2267
denny222@marioncando.com

Executive Committee

Jennifer Adams

Board Chair

Dan Dreher

Committee Member

Ted Graham

Committee Member

Lars Olson

Committee Member

Roxane Somerlot

Incoming Board Chair

Gary Sims

Committee Member

Ken Stiverson

Committee Member

2021 Board of Trustees

Jennifer Adams, Superintendent, Pleasant Local Schools

Scott Ballenger, Area Manager Marion/Tiffin, Aqua Ohio

George Bowman, Plant Lead, Whirlpool Corporation – Marion Division

Dan Dreher, Agent, Generations Reality

Ted Graham, Advisor, Marion Industrial Rail Park

Curtis Gingrich, MD, FACHE, COO, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital

Ron Iarussi Ph.D., Superintendent, Marion City Schools

Joe Jakubick, Regional External Affairs, FirstEnergy

Dal Madia, MD, Retired

Honorable Kai Meade, Councilman, Marion City Council

Ryan McCall Ph.D., President, Marion Technical College

Ted McKinniss, Esq.

Lars Olson, President, Alluvial Private Wealth

Todd Petrie, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Sika Corporation

Honorable Scott Schertzer, Mayor, City of Marion

Gary Sims, President, Sims Brothers Recycling

Howard Smith, President, The Wilson Bohannan Company

Roxane Somerlot, Director, Marion County Job & Family Services

Honorable Ken Stiverson, Marion County Commissioner

Lowell Thurston, President, Carroll’s Jewelers

Evelyn Warr-Cummings, Director, Marion County/City Regional Planning

Board Member Emeritus

Tim Anderson, Retired Comptroller, Whirlpool Corp.

Dan Burkhart, Retired Utilities CEO

Ken Lengieza, Special Projects, Marion County/City Regional Planning

Rex Parrott, Retired CEO, Wyandot Inc.

Marion CAN DO! Investors

Alluvial Private Wealth
Alvada Construction
Aqua Water Ohio
ArcelorMittal
Dan Burkhart
Carroll’s Jewelers
Charles Construction Services
City of Marion
Clarity Technology Solutions
Cummins Facility Services
Custom Professional Accounting

Dan Dreher
Fetter Brothers Construction
First Citizens National Bank
First Financial Bank
FirstEnergy
Kegler Brown Hill Ritter
Lehman Daman Const. Services
Marion Community Foundation
Marion County Commissioners
Marion Industrial Rail Park
Marion Technical College

Mennel Milling
Mid Ohio Energy Co-op
OhioHealth/Marion General
Ohio State University Marion
Park Enterprise Construction
Park National Bank
Pillar Credit Union
Piston Automotive
POET Biorefining
Savion Energy
Sakamura

Sika Corporation
Sims Brothers Recycling
Snyder Funeral Homes
Steam Turbine Alternative Res.
Stifel Nicolaus
United Church Home
Verne Hart Insurance
Whirlpool Corporation Marion
Wilson Bohannan Lock Company
Wyandot Snacks

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

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