Piqua Economic Development Opportunities Report July 2023
With nearly 21,000 residents, the City of Piqua, Ohio, is a thriving and innovation-driven community located in the Western Region of Ohio. This business-friendly city, with its rich history, vibrant downtown, innovative companies, and prime development sites, as well as outstanding recreational opportunities, offers the quality work/life balance that many seek.
Living and working in Piqua offers a mix of small-town charm, access to essential amenities and opportunities. Highlights of what makes Piqua a great place to live, work and play include quality education, healthcare, parks, and recreation facilities. Come explore why Piqua could be the destination for your business to thrive in as well!
Welcome to Piqua, Ohio
The City boasts an unmatched central location within easy access to major Midwest markets. Piqua, located in Miami County along the critical Interstate 75 travel corridor, is also just 20 miles north of Interstate 70. Within a 300-mile radius, businesses have access to markets in Chicago, Detroit, Louisville and Lexington, KY; and the City is just over an hour away from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus. As for air travel, the City is served by the Dayton International Airport, which is conveniently located less than 30 minutes away.
Visitors to Piqua will find a myriad of facilities, places of interest, restaurants, shopping opportunities, and interesting attractions in and around the area. The City’s historic and vibrant downtown has been designated as an Ohio Main Street Program. A prominent landmark is the Ft. Piqua Plaza, which houses the public library, an ice cream shop, a chocolate and coffee shop, a fine dining restaurant, and a banquet facility. This outstanding historic rehabilitation project has been recognized with several awards, including a 2009 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The City is also a trail town, being part of the longest trail system in the USA. Hiking, cycling, and kayaking enthusiasts find plenty of opportunities to explore their passions as recreational activities abound. The Piqua Country Club offers one of the best golf courses in the region.
Home of the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, this historic landmark helps tell the story of the early events that helped shape Ohio. The past of Ohio and the Upper Miami Valley is preserved and brought to life for visitors against the backdrop of the home and farm of Colonel John Johnston, the Woodland Indian and Canal Museum, and a restored stretch of the Miami and Erie Canal.
On the shores of the Great Miami River, the City of Piqua provides a diverse array of housing to suit a variety of lifestyles, including a collection of neighborhoods, each with its unique personality. Living in Piqua is more than just owning a property, it’s being part of a way of life.
You can find it in Piqua. Innovative companies, prime development locations, and a strong and supportive business environment blend together to create an economy ready to step into the future. The City boasts over 1,300 acres of development-ready property, including one of Ohio’s premier development sites: the Piqua Cornerstone Commerce Park.
Of course, it’s not surprising that quality education and opportunity go hand-in-hand in Western Ohio. Students can choose from an impressive array of options to continue their studies all within 60 miles including world-class institutions such as the University of Dayton, Wittenberg University, and Wright State University. Students can find career-supporting coursework at Edison State Community College and the Upper Valley Career Center. This access to available talent in such close proximity to Piqua is an important strategic advantage for the City as the competition for workforce talent heats up nationwide.
The City provides quality municipal utilities, including water, wastewater, and electricity. Piqua Municipal Power System has achieved the American Public Power Association’s RP3 (Reliable Public Power Provider) Diamond Level; one of six of over 2,000 eligible municipal electric systems to achieve a perfect 100% score for excellence in safety, workforce development, reliability, and system improvement. With this impressive level of performance, businesses can be confident that Piqua is the right choice for their investment.
Piqua: A Business-Friendly City
Piqua’s success is in no small measure a result of forward-thinking and planning for the future. Grow Piqua Now is the collaborative effort of the Piqua area’s leading business and civic-minded organizations and institutions to chart a course to help grow Piqua. The result is an effective and regionally integrated economic development program that is creating development opportunities for Piqua area businesses and residents.
With excellent access to markets, a well-trained workforce, diverse industries, and a low-cost business environment, Piqua provides the tools growing businesses need to compete in today’s economy. With a wealth of workforce training and educational opportunities, there is also an abundance of highly qualified workers. From skilled manufacturing workers to executives and entrepreneurs, the human resource spectrum in Piqua is diverse and dynamic.
Numerous innovative companies have discovered the potential to expand their operations in Piqua. The community has many prosperous long-time industries that have shaped the City, including:
- Hartzell Industries
- French Oil Mill Machinery
- Harmony Systems & Service
Regionally, Piqua is supported by the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), one of Ohio’s most dynamic and innovative economic development partnerships. The region’s affordable real estate, startup costs, favorable tax environment, and robust utilities continue to help businesses in the region succeed. The DDC helps companies grow and connects them to the Dayton Region’s culture of innovation. The 14-county DDC Region has 1.8 million people within its footprint.
The City of Piqua welcomes you and is ready to assist with your business expansion or relocation needs. You too may find that Piqua is the right move for your future.
Site opportunities include:
- 50 acres of available land
- 45 acres of vacant land
- 4 acres of vacant land
- 1,209 acres of industrial vacant land
- 119 acres of vacant land
Public Power and AMP
Public power utilities are not-for-profit, community-owned electric systems that work to provide the highest quality, most reliable power to residents and businesses. They are a part of the communities and focus on what is best for the people and businesses they serve.
American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 members in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; as well as the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a joint action agency in Smyrna, Delaware. On behalf of our members, AMP deploys a diverse renewable generation portfolio along with environmentally responsible programs and services as part of a corporate commitment to sustainability.