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Blendon Township

Incentive deal sounds good to Teleperformance

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A Columbus-based call center that was looking to relocate outside Ohio is looking at a new home in Blendon Township.

The township's trustees last week approved offering Teleperformance a five-year, 10-percent income-tax offset for new jobs if the company chooses to locate in an Executive Parkway office building.

The company could move in as soon as October, bringing an immediate 350 jobs to the township, Blendon Township Administrator Bryan Rhoads said.

That number would increase quickly to 410 jobs, and the company has committed to providing 440 jobs in Blendon Township by 2018, with a payroll of $13.6 million.

The news not only is big for Blendon Township, Rhoads said, but for the state.

The company had been considering a move to Blendon Township or to Pittsburgh.

The potential for moving to Blendon Township came through the work of the township, Franklin County and Westerville, which began providing economic-development services for Blendon Township beginning this year as part of a joint economic development zone agreement approved by township voters last November.

"Working with Westerville and their economic development team helped us find (Teleperformance) and helped them find the building," Rhoads said.

Teleperformance's coming to Blendon Township underscores the value of the voter-approved joint economic development zone -- which applies Westerville's 2-percent income tax to the township's commercial properties -- and to the township's home-rule authority, Rhoads said.

Without the approval of home rule last November, the township would not have had the authority to extend a tax incentive.

Next year alone, the income tax generated by Teleperformance would bring an estimated $137,000 to the township's joint economic development zone fund, Rhoads said. Meanwhile, the offset to the company would be about $12,200.

"It will definitely be one of our top employers, for sure. It's going to have a huge increase on the revenue that the (joint economic development zone) is going to generate each year," Rhoads said. "This is what we envisioned, the (joint economic development zone) and home rule bringing new jobs to the township and encouraging redevelopment."

There still are some steps that must be taken before Teleperformance is cleared to move to Blendon Township, Rhoads said, but he said township leaders are confident those hurdles will be cleared.

The office location being sought by Teleperformance is next to a wooded lot that the company would like to convert to additional parking.

Later this month, that request will go before Franklin County's rural zoning board and then to the Franklin County Commissioners for approval.

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