OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, recently expanded its headquarters in Garfield Heights, to create room for 75 new jobs. The company built out approximately 7,000 square feet of unoccupied space at its Blue Sky Campus to accommodate the future new employees.
Currently employing 400 staff – including 80 degreed librarians and educators – that work with more than 73,000 libraries and schools worldwide, the expansion was fueled by accelerated growth in digital learning.
“Our mission fuels everything we do at OverDrive, and as a Certified B Corp we use our business as a force for good by providing access to the best digital content through schools and public libraries,“ said Lori Franklin, Chief Operating Officer for OverDrive. “As a result of the growing demand for ebooks, digital audiobooks and streaming media, we are excited to add even more passionate and talented people to our team here in Northeast Ohio.”
Team NEO and JobsOhio have supported OverDrive in past growth opportunities and are delighted to offer a workforce grant and an economic development grant for this expansion. This support ensures new hires will be made in Ohio versus work-from-home positions outside the state.
“Forward-thinking companies like OverDrive are leading the way to grow our information services industry in the Northeast Ohio Region,” said Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler. “We are delighted to work with JobsOhio and local partners as they continue to grow and prosper here.”
OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 73,000 libraries and schools in 88 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. www.overdrive.com
About Team NEO
Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient and prosperous. For more information, visit teamneo.org.
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.