This morning, the Kasich Administration announced an event this morning with Ohio Development Director Mark Kvamme and Bob Evans billed as a “major announcement.”

Well, the announcement is that Bob Evans is moving its corporate HQ to New Albany.  Here’s how Columbus Business First reported it:

Gov. John Kasich is set to visit the company’s south Columbus headquarters to join in the announcement that the company’s home office will move closer to CEO Steve Davis‘ residence in New Albany.

The Easton and Polaris areas were in consideration as efforts to stay inside Columbus but New Albany ultimately won out, sources said.

Bob Evans current HQ is on 3776 South High Street in Columbus, just north of the I-270.

BobEvansCommute Seriously, this is what Kasich and Kvamme consider a “major” economic development announcement?  That Bob Evans’ CEO Steven Davis’ is getting a state subsidy to move his company’s corporate HQ so he doesn’t have as much of a commute?!?

1I can’t wait until more reports come out to show how much the State has committed to help with this move.  Is Kasich personally going to help them pack?  Are State workers going to do all the moving to save the company money?  How many jobs will Bob Evans be creating with the gas savings now that their CEO Steve Davis can almost walk to work?

During his rambling State of the State and other speeches, Governor Kasich stressed the need for regional approaches to problems by local governments.  I don’t think the City of Columbus, though, appreciates the State coming in and giving incentives to poach jobs away from their community.

I’m really, really, really, hoping there’s more to this announcement than this.  Because if this is what constitutes as “major economic development” news for the Kasich Administration, we’re boned.

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  • Adrienne

    We have the best “governor” that Steven Davis oops I mean Bob Evans can buy.

  • Anonymous

    With over $1.7 BILLION in sales, Bob Evans isn’t exactly hurting for money:
    http://www.investquest.com/iq/b/bobe/fin/annual/ar2010.pdf

  • clambake

    Please do keep us updated about any tax money used for the move.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, Davis donated $2,500 to…. STRICKLAND.

  • For the record, Steven Davis donated $2500 to Strickland, not Kasich.

  • Adrienne

    Acknowledged, thanks

    There are other reasons, like a good businessman uses some elses money to pay for business expenditures including tax payers.

    Why not get the tax payers to do it? Just like the rotten greedy owners of sports teams get us to pay for their stadiums so that they can make more money off of us.

  • Adrienne

    Acknowledged, thanks

    There are other reasons, like a good businessman uses some elses money to pay for business expenditures including tax payers.

    Why not get the tax payers to do it? Just like the rotten greedy owners of sports teams get us to pay for their stadiums so that they can make more money off of us.

  • Lindalou50

    Just curious… Will the corporate headquarters be located near Neil Clarks’ house in New Albany ??? Something smells fishy here !!!For those of you who don’t know Mr. Clark… he once was a very powerful Lobbyist here in Ohio. A half hour commute….boo-hoo. I commuted two hours a day, five days a week,, for four weeks taking my mom to Lancaster for radiation treatments. Not to mention all the other things involved with taking care of an aging and sick parent. I’m sorry, but I’ll lost patience with these people !!!

  • I wonder how this benefits the region.. I mean, are the moving it out of a more Democratic area and into a more Republican region as some sort of a reward? Does Southern and SW Ohio tend to vote Dem or Rep?

  • Greg Soper

    How many jobs will this create?

  • Jason M Sullivan

    This is possibly even worse than the map indicates. The distance between a possible Easton location and commercial properties with New Albany addresses is 2.5 miles. The City of Columbus may have been screwed over a commute difference of less than 5 minutes. (BTW, the Easton Area is good enough for corporate giants like The Limited’s HQ, who also happen to have famous New Albany residents as CEOs…)

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Morse+Rd&daddr=N+Hamilton+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FUY6YwIdYOsO-w%3BFUM6YwIdY5oP-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=15&sll=40.055804,-82.886353&sspn=0.023782,0.055747&ie=UTF8&z=15

  • Lindalou50

    What no corporate helicopter ????

  • Anonymous

    The south side of Columbus, where Bob Evans Headquarters is currently located, is one of the most impoverished areas of Columbus. Bob Evans has been located there for years. As a matter of fact, THE REAL Bob Evans located it there. It occupies one of the few polished facilities in the area and probably is the only corporate headquarters located in the vicinity. I was always impressed to see Bob Evans Headquarters located on South High. It made me believe that they were committed to the middle and lower class people who are often their customers. I thought they had made a commitment to improve the economy of the lower south side. I thought that was a good thing.

    Oops! As with most things I am seeing, this is that new Kasich’s Economics. We now $ pay $ companies to move out of areas in need of economic development to areas of great wealth where economic development has already occurred! We pay them to go to areas that already have all the amenities to attract businesses! That pay, by the way, is our $ tax dollars $. Let’s see . . . this is more of that taking from the poor and giving to the rich. OK, now I get it.

    You should probably read that second paragraph again because Kasich’s Economics is new to all of us and goes against everything we have ever learned or experienced. It must be California cool, or maybe Wall St. posh. Or, better yet, just a plain old excuse to use old fashioned double-speak by fabricating that Bob Evans would leave Ohio. That would allow the new RobsOhio group to fake some numbers for their new Kasich’s Economics play book.

    Remember that bus? It just ran over you.

  • Littleguy

    I just added it up from news story on the Dispatch. Total state grants to Bob Evans is S4.7 million. That doesn’t count state loans. Unbelievable at a time when the guv is going to gut school funding he would give that kind of money to a private company just to move maybe 12 or 15 miles. I called the governors office. Was put on hold forever. Then got recording that they couldn’t take my call due to “high volume of calls” I bet their volume is high. Just unbelievable! Not at all surprising form Ka$ich. But still unbelievable. I like Bob Evans….but have eaten my last meal there for a while.

  • Obviously, Gov. Kasich doesn’t car about Ohio’s cities. This is yet another example of Republican politicians destroying our once-vibrant downtown cores to reward suburban voters. This is merely an extension of what Greg Lashutka started in the ’90s. Does anyone here remember shopping at City Center or Northland Mall?

  • Although I was unable to find a precinct by precinct map, Franklin County went to Strickland in the election. New Albany is located partially in Franklin County and partially in Licking County. Which county will get the tax revenue? Have they announced a proposed address yet? I doubt I need to say it but Licking County went overwhelmingly to Kasich in the general election.

  • I assume some portion of the 350 jobs are people who actually live in S/SW Columbus… what happens to those people when their jobs move to New Albany? Even if given the opportunity to go, that’s not an easy decision to make with gas sitting at $3.50/gal and expected to go higher. S/SW Columbus is not exactly an affluent area. COTA availability in that area is not great, from what I can see.

  • Greg Soper

    They are moving 16-21 miles depending on the route? I wonder what Pharaoh Kasich promised the city of New Alblany in exchange for their votes.

  • Greg Soper

    They are moving 16-21 miles depending on the route? I wonder what Pharaoh Kasich promised the city of New Alblany in exchange for their votes.

  • missingtedalready

    Something is really fishy about this deal. Any word from Mayor Coleman’s office? And you’re right, if this is a “major announcement” we are in deep trouble for the next few years.

    Kasich & Kvamme are so clueless to what’s going on in the average Ohioan’s life, it’s ridiculous.

  • Schakett6

    Very sad to hear that this company is moving to the ‘burbs from the area that can use the economic stimulus that is created by having the offices in the area. Sad, sad day.

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