SOURCE: Ohio Business Development Coalition

March 23, 2007 10:11 ET

Ohio's Diversity Provides Ideal Environment for Professional and Personal Success

Executives Can Find Perfect Balance Among State's Many Resources

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2007 -- Ohio's well rounded living environment provides ideal opportunities for professional and personal balance, according to the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC). The OBDC is a nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment and supports Ohio's economic development efforts.

One executive who fully appreciates Ohio's resources is John Pepper, a former Procter & Gamble CEO and chairman who spearheaded a $100 million dollar capital campaign to open the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a museum that offers lessons and reflections on the struggle for freedom in the past. Pepper's work with the Freedom Center has encouraged diverse businesses, schools and members of the community to engage in open dialogue that leads to an appreciation of the differences that make living and working in Ohio unique. Pepper now serves as CEO of this renowned national institution.

Ohio's central role in the Underground Railroad and its history of welcoming diversity make the state the ideal location for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. "History is a great teacher," said Pepper. "I have learned many valuable lessons in Ohio."

Pepper is the latest business leader featured in the "Why Ohio?" advertising campaign, a series highlighting prominent executives in a variety of industries who have found complete balance of life in Ohio. The ad is first appearing in the Wall Street Journal today.

Made up of a unique tapestry of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities, Ohio boasts five major cities, in close proximity to smaller communities that provide a choice of low-cost, low stress environments. Ohio is a place where balance without compromise allows you to achieve at a higher level and thus realize your individual aspirations -- at home, at work and in the community.

In addition to tremendous lifestyle benefits, Ohio offers many desirable attributes for growing businesses including a central location supported by a world-class logistics infrastructure, a large, productive labor pool and a public/private sector leadership committed to business and policy innovation. 62 Fortune 1000 companies call Ohio home.

For forty years, Pepper enjoyed a successful career with Procter & Gamble. He served as CEO and chairman from 1995-2003. During his tenure, Pepper was most impressed by Ohio's progressive leadership, dedicated to improving the lives of its citizens.

In his free time, Pepper enjoys spending time with his family. Pepper could live anywhere in the world, but has found the perfect balance in Ohio, personally and professionally.

About the Ohio Business Development Coalition

The Ohio Business Development Coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts.

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