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Ohio Executive Shares Personal Story of Ohio's Culture of Collaboration in National Ad Campaign

Barbara Kunz, president of Battelle's Health and Life Sciences Global Business, enjoys work-life balance found in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Barbara Kunz, president of Battelle's Health and Life Sciences Global Business (http://www.battelle.org), discusses Ohio's unique culture of collaboration that has led to her personal and professional success in a national advertising campaign for The Wall Street Journal. The Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment, and AEP Ohio sponsor the ongoing ad campaign.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071107/CLW113LOGO )

Kunz says she enjoys the balanced lifestyle Ohio provides allowing her to pursue her personal interest in gardening while the collaborative business environment helps her cultivate global business growth.

"In Ohio, I am able to work with others to grow my business and still have time to grow my garden," said Kunz.

The company's Health and Life Sciences Global Business delivers comprehensive R&D services - solving complex challenges in the biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and public health sectors. Battelle also forges alliances on related initiatives with other organizations to generate world-class research and drive award-winning clinical practice.

Ohio offers Battelle renowned hospitals, research centers and manufacturing facilities working together to develop new advances in bioscience. Their location in Ohio proves that scientific discovery thrives in the heart of the Midwest, where practical innovation is hard at work.

"Top-level executives who have a true work-life balance will perform better at their jobs and the company will only achieve greater success," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition. "Ohio offers low-cost, low stress communities in a combination of micropolitan and metropolitan cities. This diversity provides executives with the resources and time to make any ambition achievable. Ohio truly is the state of perfect balance."

AEP Ohio has partnered with the Ohio Business Development Coalition, the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment, on a national advertising campaign in The Wall Street Journal. The executives featured in the campaign are those whose stories bring to life the Ohio promise of "The State of Perfect Balance" because they have achieved outstanding business success and are also achieving their personal aspirations.

The AEP Ohio campaign, along with the Ohio Business Development Coalition's previous ad campaigns can be viewed at http://www.ohiomeansbusiness.com/news/ads.php.

About the Ohio Business Development Coalition

The Ohio Business Development Coalition is a nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment. The OBDC provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts. For more information on business development or business relocation, visit www.ohiomeansbusiness.com.

For more information about American Electric Power, visit www.aep.com.

SOURCE Ohio Business Development Coalition

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