Despite news that LexisNexis is seeking tenants to fill empty space in an office building on its Miami Twp. campus, local officials say they’re not concerned and they believe company has no plans to leave the area.
Jeff Hoagland, president and chief executive of the Dayton Development Coalition, said Wednesday LexisNexis has 3,300 Dayton-area employees.
“They have over 3,000 employees here in the county,” he said. “Every indication to us from them is that they are still committed to Dayton, Ohio and the region.”
Born and bred in Dayton, the legal information company has long been seen as a key local employer.
Its officials have steadfastly said they have about 3,000 local employees, although in recent years they have declined to offer an exact number. And company principals say they remain committed to their campus off Ohio 741 just north of Austin Landing.
Most recently, LexisNexis has listed space for lease in a building on its campus.
The Newmark Grubb Knight Frank listing says 80,000 square feet are available in a 177,021-square-foot Class A office building.
That follows a similar move last year, when Miami Twp. government sought $300,000 in Montgomery County development funds to renovate two office buildings — buildings once occupied by LexisNexis employees — in the Newmark Office Park
The Newmark buildings at that time were largely vacant, according to the township’s April 2016 application to the county.
“When a company has real estate as an asset, if they can lease that out and generate some revenue, it’s a good sign for everyone,” Hoagland said Wednesday.
A company spokeswoman did not respond to a message seeking comment.
State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, said he is in regular contact with LexisNexis, and he said the company warned him nearly a year ago that part of the building would go up for lease.
“They told me has been nothing has changed, and this building has been near-vacant for over a year,” Antani said.
Antani said the company has assured him that “technology” makes it easier to “consolidate” people and to allow them to work from home.
“They keep me in the loop about everything,” Antani said.
Miami Twp. Administrator Greg Rogers said he hasn’t spoken recently with LexisNexis representatives.
Early last year, concerns about local jobs moving to North Carolina were prominent, when this news outlet reported that the company had told a local official that its “technology footprint” in the Dayton area was going to shrink over the next five years.
“We don’t know how many jobs we are losing,” Hoagland said last year. “It could be 10. It could be 100.”
A search for job openings on the company’s web site on Wednesday showed 29 local positions, although some openings showed multiple locations. A search for company openings in Raleigh, N.C. showed 50 openings.
A spokesman for the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University told the Dayton Daily News last year that LexisNexis already had 450 employees in a standalone building in the “heart” of its campus.
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