Statement on “Ohio the Heart of It All” Logo Announcement From Gordon Gough, President, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

The “Ohio the Heart of It All” brand perfectly conveys the energy, vitality and opportunity that Ohio offers to everyone.

Those who live, work and play here already know this, and our doors are always open to more visitors to come and enjoy our lakes, woods, resorts, cities, shopping and museums offering world class recreation and entertainment.

It also shows business leaders around the world that Ohio has the energy, mindset and resources they need to grow their business, a lesson that has recently drawn dynamic new investments across the state.

All can come, prosper and enjoy Ohio’s assets, and add their own contribution to our rich quality of life.

Ohio truly is the heart of it all.

And, building on the momentum we have already created, we will continue to be the heart of it all for decades to come.

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Founded in 1922, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants is Ohio’s oldest and largest advocate for the retail industry, representing more than 7,700 retail and wholesale / warehouse companies across the state. Ohio’s retail industry accounts for 18 per cent of Ohio’s Total GDP and supports 1.5 million jobs, 1 in 4 of all Ohio jobs, more than any other industry, spread across the state from our largest cities to suburbs and our smallest towns and villages.


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