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Director, Lydia Mihalik speaking to a group of students in a classroom - At Development, we invest in the people, places, and businesses of Ohio in ways that empower them to succeed.

This mission is fulfilled by our dedicated and talented team that comes to work every day ready to make difference in the lives of their fellow Ohioans. If you’re looking to be part of a team that values bold thinking, diversity in people and ideas, being responsive, and always taking a solution-focused approach, I encourage you to view Development's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan to learn more about Development’s work culture and how you could make a difference for Ohioans.

Why work for the Ohio Department of Development?

Excellent Benefits

Along with a competitive salary, the State of Ohio offers an extensive list of total rewards, including:

  • Eligible employer for the Federal Student Aid: Public Service Loans Forgiveness Program - Learn More
  • Extensive health benefits package for all qualified employees
  • 14% Employer contribution into your Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) pension plan
  • Generous paid leave program including 11 paid State holidays per year (vacation, sick, personal)
  • Employee Tuition Reimbursement Program

View a more detailed description of our benefits here.


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Not only do we offer excellent benefits, but we also have accomplished some great work. We are investing $4.7 billion in the people, places and businesses of Ohio. Join our team in making an impact in the great state of Ohio!

Small Business Development

The Department of Development works to support Ohio's businesses, large and small, as they maneuver in the global economy. In 2022, Development helped small business owners land $1.2 billion in contracts.

Learn more about our Small Business & Entrepreneurship programs.

Community Services

Development works to support Ohio communities in improving and maintaining their downtowns, infrastructure and community-focused resources. We help schools with energy projects. We revitalized hazardous and abandoned sites to bring forth new development in communities. We help address homelessness and affordable housing challenges across the state. In 2022, over 230,000 households were helped through energy assistance programs which help low-income Ohioans pay their energy bills.

Learn how we are helping Ohioans.

Minority Business

We support the growth and sustainability of small, minority, and disadvantaged businesses in Ohio. The Minority Business Development Division helps businesses gain access to government contracts by becoming state-certified. More than 3,600 minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses and other disadvantage businesses are certified in Ohio.

Learn more about the Minority Business Division.


Even in a down year for tourism due to the pandemic, Ohio saw $47 Billion in visitor spending due to the efforts of campaigns completed by the Ohio. Find It Here. team. Ohio is the place to live, learn, work, and play. Learn more about what Ohio has to offer at Ohio.org.

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Governor's Office of Appalachia

In fiscal year 2022, the state of Ohio, in partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), invested more than $32 million in Ohio’s Appalachian region through the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. Grants support local governments, community organizations, and nonprofits across the 32-county region to improve infrastructure, support job creation, and provide workforce training.

Explore Ohio's Appalachian region.

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Development is committed to providing access and inclusion, and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request an ADA reasonable accommodation please contact Ben Machado at Benjamin.Machado@development.ohio.gov or Phone: 614-752-4831 or Phone/Text: 614-715-6888 or TTY: 711-1-614-752-4831.