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Terrain, it's hilly not flat.
The water tastes different.
Industry mainly locates along the river, transport on barges.
I have no clue how much this plays a role, but I'm guessing that drug use rates are higher there. Most employers demand that applicants pass a drug test.
Plenty of industries have located in the Rockies. Witness Denver, Salt Lake City, etc. Terrain there doesn't have the kind of relief that the Rockies do!
Drugs no doubt play a huge role. I had a contract down in Circleville a few years back. I'd never go back there. 23 is definitely a drug highway, and the freaks I worked with scared the beejesus out of me.
Water is not an issue down there, except for the arsenic in the water. When I worked down there, the few existing businesses in the area all had to post warnings that the water was undrinkable. Clean up the dumping that goes on down there. The water table is high enough down there and ground water is plentiful for industry. Most of Ohio sits on a lot of underground water resources. Water quantity is never an issue here.
It's sort of a circular argument that you've presented though. "It's bad, so you can't attract." Why isn't there any motivation to clean it up? After all, there's a huge drug abuse problem in Franklin County too...look at all the meth heads and crackheads!