OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  September 2013
Through advocacy, networking, and professional development, OEDA provides its members with resources to better inform leaders about the importance of economic development in their community.  The OEDA newsletter provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, principles, practices, and ethics in the field of economic development.  Please feel free to submit articles and announcements to oeda@assnoffices.com
2013 OEDA Annual Summit
"Thrive in Ohio:  Perspectives from across the State"

October 23 - 25

Columbus Marriott Northwest


Registration is now open for the 2013 OEDA Annual Summit!

  Registration is available through Wednesday, October 14th!


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(Please note that the hotel room reservation deadline is October 1st.)

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    State Helps Train Ohio's Workforce
Ohio Development Services Agency
                                          September 5, 2013                                
A pre-application is now available for businesses who want financial help to train their current workforce. The Ohio Development Services Agency is launching round two of the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program. This program will make $30 million in Fiscal Year 2014 available for employers to train their workforce. $27 million in grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The remaining $3 million will be used for loans. Applications for the grant program will be accepted for review on September 30, 2013.

“Building a strong economy is about ensuring Ohio’s workforce has the tools it needs for success,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “We want our workforce to be ready for the competitive jobs of tomorrow.”

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   Ohio Development Services Agency Focused on Accountability
Ohio Development Services Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency administers programs that support job creation in the state of Ohio. While JobsOhio is focused on attracting and assisting employers, the Development Services Agency is charged by the General Assembly with administering state incentives to job creators. Once a commitment is made to Ohio, the Agency ensures that job creators follow through on their commitment. Accountability is the Agency’s responsibility.  The Agency has implemented new initiatives to track the state’s investments.

The Agency has created the Office of Reporting and Quality Assurance. This office is focused on tracking the outcomes of the state’s incentives and following up with companies on their job creation progress. It is the sole duty of this office to track state incentives. The Reporting and Quality Assurance team is in communication with companies to ensure their on pace to meet their commitment and if they are experiencing challenges. If they are facing challenges the Agency works to determine the best course of action for the company. Regular communication with the companies allows the Agency to protect the state’s investment.

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The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority receives $5,000 in Local Economic Assistance Program Grant from AEP Ohio

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
August 27, 2013

Marietta, Ohio (August 27, 2013) – The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority (SeOPA) today announced that it received a Local Economic Assistance Program grant awarded by AEP Ohio. The grant award of $ 5,000 will help Southeastern Ohio Port Authority in its development of up-to-date marketingmaterials as the Port Authority promotes Washington County to outside interests looking to locate in southeastern Ohio. In 2012, the Port Authority also received a $5,000 LEAP Grant which was used to offset development costs for the Port Authority’s new web-site. The web-site (www.seohioport.com) will officially launch in September 2013 as the Port Authority enters the internet/social media marketing arena with an all-out professional presence thanks to work by Stonewall Digital and SeOPA staff.

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Workforce Development: 
A Strategic Priority

Toledo Business Journal
September 1, 2013

Toledo Business Journal recently interviewed Tracy Intihar. Intihar is the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation having been appointed at the creation of this entity in 2012.

Toledo Business Journal: A set of strategic priorities was established when the Office of Workforce Transformation was created in 2012. One of the priorities was to identify the most urgent needs of businesses in Ohio. Can you update progress in this area?

Tracy Intihar: Identifying and summarizing businesses’ workforce needs has become the foundation for much of our workforce reform work. We believe that to better understand the problems and influence change, we need to aggregate the workforce needs of an industry. The current system and practice supports “one-off solutions” for business, typically working with an education provider or the local workforce system. We believe we can expand the talent pipeline of workers for employers more efficiently by addressing the workforce needs of an industry.

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New 350,000-sqaure-foot Plant
Proposed for Lewisburg

Dayton Daily News
August 19, 2013

Pratt Industries Inc., a leading recycling firm and corrugated packaging maker, plans to open a 350,000-square-foot corrugating manufacturing plant in Lewisburg in Preble County, according to documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

The same project was approved July 29 by Ohio Tax Credit Authority to receive a 65 percent, 10-year Job Creation Tax Credit, an income tax abatement. Lewisburg is in competition for the project site. If the project moves forward here, the company is committed to create 140 new jobs to receive the financial incentives.

Pratt is working with the Warren County Port Authority on construction of the plant.

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Ohio Workforce Coalition
Stakeholder Survey

The Ohio Workforce Coalition is looking to improve its value to their membership base in the coming year and would like you to share your opinions on how they can be of better service to Ohio workforce development stakeholders and communities.

Please take a few minutes of your time to provide your input within the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MHTY689

Thank You

Foreign-Trade Zone Seminar 2013


Companies in 25 Central Ohio counties can become more competitive in the global marketplace by taking advantage of the economic benefits and time savings offered by FTZ #138. Come to the seminar and find out how the FTZ program can help your business.

Columbus Regional Airport Authority is the Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) #138. The FTZ is a federal program that enables companies who import product to save on U.S. Customs costs and provides an avenue for significant logistical flexibility. Lower duties, reduced processing fees and quicker movement of goods from the port of entry are some of the benefits possible in an FTZ that will improve your bottom line and keep your business strong.


Tuesday, October 1
8 a.m. to Noon

Aladdin Shrine Event & Conference Center
3850 Stelzer Road
Columbus, OH 43219
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Click here to RSVP by September 24.
You can also RSVP to Angie Atwood at aatwood@columbusairports.com or 614.409.3622.

Cost:  FREE

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Join or Renew Your 2013 OEDA Membership Today!
Ohio's economic development professionals are the leaders in our communities in developing initiatives and programs that will help Ohio companies and communities find success.  It is vitally important for us to work together to keep and attract jobs to Ohio.

Through continued collaboration we will become more proactive and effective in our job retention and creation efforts.

Through the OEDA we advocate for funding for economic development programs at the State level.  We advocate for improvements to State and local incentive programs.  And we build awareness with legislators and community stakeholders of the successes of Ohio and of the increasing national and international competition for jobs.

In 2013, the OEDA will provide forums and professional development opportunities where practitioners, from new to seasoned, can identify fresh initiatives and workforce programs to implement in their communities.

For information on membership categories, membership benefits and how to purchase your membership please visit:

OEDA Job Listings
Economic Development Director, Madison County Chamber of Commerce
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Director of Economic Development, Jefferson County Port Authority
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President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation
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In This Issue

2013 OEDA Annual Summit

State Helps Train Ohio's Workforce

Ohio Development Services Agency Focused on Accountability

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority receives $5,000 in Local Economic
Assistance Program Grant from AEP Ohio

Workforce Development:  A Strategic Priority

New 350,000-square-foot Plant Proposed for Lewisburg

Ohio Workforce Coalition Stakeholder Survey

Foreign Trade Zone Seminar 2013

Join or Renew your 2013 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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