More than 1,100 jobs will move from Springdale to West Chester when GE Aviation, the aerospace unit of General Electric Co., moves to a new 400,000-square-foot, $55 million campus at the former Queen City Sports Complex site in West Chester. Duke Realty Corp. currently owns the site. The move is scheduled for fall of 2009.

The GE employees will join 270 co-workers already working in West Chester. The move will make GE the second-largest employer in Butler County (Lakota Local Schools is the largest.) West Chester officials expect the development to spur additional retail and commercial growth in the already active corridor.

“GE choosing to remain and retain thousands of jobs in the market will continue the momentum for Butler County and the Southwest Ohio economy overall,” West Chester Township Administrator Judith Boyko wrote in an e-mail. She added that the plan is bittersweet, however, since the city of Springdale will suffer from the loss to its tax base.

The West Chester campus of GE is expected to eventually encompass four buildings and 800,000 square feet, which will include room for the expansion of GE as well as other office and commercial space.

The township offered GE a property tax abatement, valued at about $200,000, to close the deal. The Evendale headquarters of GE will not relocate.

Law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP started construction on The Taft Center, a 7,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art conference center and meeting space scheduled to open in January. KZF Design Inc. is the architect for the center; Messer Construction Co. is the builder. The Taft Center will overlook Fountain Square.

BAE Systems won a $10 million contract to armor 100 commercial vehicles for the U.S. government. BAE employs more than 2,000 people at its West Chester plant.

Quest Diagnostics is moving its offices from South Mason-Montgomery Road to a 1,310-square-foot office in a new building at Jewish Hospital North Medical Center in Deerfield Township. It will join Alliance Primary Care in the $6 million center built by Paul Hemmer companies.

Crystal German is the new vice president of the Minority Business Accelerator and economic inclusion, the minority business development initiative directed by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Military-to-civilian recruiting firmRecruitMilitary LLC bought competitor Landmark Destiny Group from Landmark Military Media, Inc., a Norfolk, Va.-based publisher of military newspapers and web sites. The deal makes Cincinnati-based RecruitMilitary the largest military-to-civilian job board in the country based on web traffic and registered job candidates.

Dan Hurleyis now director of Leadership Cincinnati, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s leadership program. Hurley had been assistant vice president for History and Research at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development program by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives chose Myrita Craig, vice president of small business and programs at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, as one of only 50 fellows for its program. Craig will learn strategies for creating and supporting regional approaches to long-term, competitive economies.
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