If you are an OEDA member interested in being involved with any of OEDA's committees, your input is welcome! Please feel free to contact the committee chairs listed below (contact information for each can be found on the OEDA board page), or contact the OEDA offices at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Speaker’s Bureau is an exciting new program that was recently launched to help identify members who are willing to lend their expertise and speak on behalf of the profession. As the preferred source for economic development information, OEDA often receives requests for media interviews and guest speakers. These requests might be based on geography such as having someone from speak from a local or regional perspective. Or they may be related to a specific topic and the need for a content area expert to share their knowledge and insight on a given subject. You can express your interest in this program in your member profile.
The Committee works on three basic goals:
1) Engage the legislative and executive branches of state government to ensure that policies and programs produce a positive outcome for Ohio’s economic development community.
2) Actively support State issues and legislation that are of particular interest to OEDA members.
3) Insure that the legislative and administrative requirements of Ohio's economic development programs allow local economic development organizations to implement the programs effectively and equitably.
A great way to support OEDA’s public policy efforts is the Key Person Program. Economic development professionals play a critical role in keeping communities and economies strong. They have an excellent understanding of the issues impacting local and regional communities and economies, making them an excellent resource for policy makers. The Key Person program is designed to quickly and efficiently identify an economic professional who is able to speak to an issue when meeting with individual legislators who want not only the statewide implications of a bill, but also the impact to the communities in their respective districts. You can express your interest in the Key Person program in your member profile.
The Ohio Economic Development Association is the statewide leader and voice for economic development professionals and communities throughout Ohio. Our role has never been larger or more important than it is right now.
It’s also a great time to invest in the Ohio Economic Development Association. We believe that the exposure to the economic development community as a supporter of these efforts is good for your business and it is vital to the work we do.
We’re asking that you consider an OEDA sponsorship in your plans. Our sponsorship packages provide you with maximum exposure to our members and vendors throughout the year along with additional opportunities at our popular annual summit. It’s a great deal for you and so important to our efforts in economic development in Ohio.
Please take a look at our sponsorship packages and consider putting OEDA in your budget. We’d be happy to answer any questions and look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks again for supporting the Ohio Economic Development Association!
OEDA’s Mentoring Program allows members to give back to the profession and helping develop new professionals is also an important part of OEDA’s mission. Mentors are needed to assist with the Ohio Certified Economic Development Professional program and support the Young Professionals Committee. Members can volunteer their time on their terms, ensuring that their level of commitment aligns with their availability. Mentors can serve in a variety of capacities from acting as a local contact for young professionals and those new to economic development or a larger commitment to support a specific member seeking certification and working on their capstone course. You can express your interest in mentoring in your member profile.