OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  January 2014
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
2014 Ohio Basic Economic
Development Course

Registration is now open!

The Ohio Basic Economic Development Course (OHIO BEDC) is an intensive training experience for  economic development practitioners, community leaders , local government officials and others committed to building healthy economies for their communities.  


The course meets for three days; March 5-7, 2014. The location chosen for the 2014 course is The DoubleTree Columbus - Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, OH  43235, 614-885-3334.  The registration fee for the 2014 course is $700.  Registration is required by February 14th. 


CLICK HERE to view full details about the course, including the course agenda and hotel room booking information.


CLICK HERE to register for the course by February 14th.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Vectren Scholarship Application

Global Automotive Glassmaker to Invest $200 Million in a former GM Plant in Moraine and Create 800 Jobs

January 14, 2014
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced on Friday that the Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. Ltd – the largest automotive glass supplier in China, with 65 percent of the market and 18 percent of the global automotive glass market – will build its first North American automotive facility in Moraine. The project, supported by the efforts of JobsOhio, is expected to create approximately 800 new jobs during the next five years and will involve a $200 million investment in more than one million square feet of the former GM Moraine plant. The facility is expected to be manufacturing glass by the end of 2015. Based on information from the foreign investment tracking organization FDI Markets, the deal will be "the largest Chinese investment ever made east of the Mississippi River and the largest Chinese automotive industry investment ever made in the U.S. since records have been kept."

For more, read the full news release.
Resources for Food Industry
Companies in Your Community

Mark your calendar for the Ohio Food Industry Expo, Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at the NorthPointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio (just north of Columbus). The Ohio Food Industry Expo will be held where food manufacturers and auxiliary service providers can convene to discover new techniques, learn of industry trends, and identify valuable resources that will strengthen the already sizable industry of more than 1,000 food manufacturers in Ohio. For information on becoming an exhibitor, contact 419-535-6000, ext. 108., or visit the CIFT website at www.ciftinnovation.org .

Click Here for more information.
Ohio Takes First Step Towards Sector Strategies with the Release of Toolkit

In December, Ohio Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) took a first step towards implementing a statewide industry sector partnership strategy with the release of its Sector Partnership Online Toolkit [ http://workforce.ohio.gov/OWTStrategicFramework/SectorStrategies.aspx ]. The toolkit provides an overview of industry sector partnerships, a sample invitation to employers, a sample agenda, industry sector partnerships suggested qualifications, and data on jobs, supply and performance metrics.

This follows the announcement last summer [ http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/homepage-archive/sector-strategies-key-to-oh.html ] by OWT that they would begin identifying and supporting priority sector partnerships in in-demand industries by engaging the Governor's Executive Workforce Board (GWIB) members in industry outreach, providing convening support through partner state agencies, providing access to detailed labor market data and creating industry-specific Sector Partnership Toolkits as well as labor market data and a basic toolkit for sector partnerships in all other industries not deemed "priority".

The Ohio Workforce Coalition (OWC), which NSC helped to initially convene, has long worked to elevate sector strategies in workforce policy and funding discussions. NSC will continue working with OWC as they partner with the Administration to implement industry sector partnerships strategies in the state.

General Economic News

How Energy is Impacting the Economy - Business Insider

Economists are revising growth forecasts for the US thanks to the strength of the oil and natural gas.

Click here to read more.


2014: Year of the Open Ecosystem – Ideas Lab by GE

This article touches on the latest trends in how computer technology, software, and new open platforms continue to transform every facet of our economy.

Click here
to read more.


The Freelance Economy (Part One) – Elance

How companies find talent, and how the growing freelance workforce markets their skills, continues to evolve. See what kind of IT skills are in demand, and what they pay, in real time across the country and in Ohio. Is this how more and more people will work in the future? Can you help entrepreneurs in your community to be more successful by promoting web sites like this as a way to grow their income?

Click here
to read more.


The Freelance Economy (Part Two) – Stocklogos.com

You need a new logo for your organization, but have limited funds. A typical logo design by a professional graphic designer can cost $1,000 - $10,000, and usually involves only three initial concepts. Stocklogos.com opens your logo design to submissions from thousands of designers around the world that submit their ideas based on your parameters, and you only pay the fee (packages range from $375 - $750) to the winning design. One Ohio community has actually used this service to get a new logo and had over 100 submissions to choose from.

Click here for more information.


Could the College Campus Go the Way of the Bookstore?
-The Atlantic Cities

Virtual learning is changing the way we learn, which is also beginning to impact communities with a large physical presence from a college or university. Read the latest trends and predictions for how education may change in your community, and how some colleges are already reinventing the way they utilize physical space.

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to read more.

JobsOhio a Major Resource for
Urban Revitalization Funding

Montrose Group, LLC

JobsOhio has substantial resources secured through its purchase of state liquor profits to spend on economic development programs. The largest economic development program Jobs Ohio operates is the JobsOhio Site Revitalization Loan and Grant Fund.  $43M of JobsOhio’s $100M annual budget is slated for this program.   The Jobs Ohio Site Revitalization Loan and Grant Fund funds the redeveloping Ohio sites where the cost of the redevelopment and remediation is more than the value of the land.  This program is a replacement for the Clean Ohio Fund.

Click Here to read more.

National Skills Coalition Spotlights OWC Leadership in Ohio

Leadership Spotlight:  Kerrie Carte

Kerrie Carte is a planning and development specialist for WSOS Community Action [ http://www.wsos.org/ ] and leads the Ohio Workforce Coalition [ http://ohioworkforcecoalition.org/ ]. She has been involved with National Skills Coalition since 2008 and became a member of the NSC Leadership Council in 2012.

She is a tireless advocate at the state and federal level, working regularly to cultivate workforce champions among Ohio's congressional delegation and the state legislature, including organizing an Ohio Workforce Coalition advocacy day at the state capital this year. She brings over 20 years of experience in community action and workforce development. Learn more about the path that led Kerrie to her leadership role with NSC, how her involvement has advanced advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels, and why others should join her in her efforts:

 [ http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/homepage-archive/december-leadership.html ]

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In This Issue
2014 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

Global Automotive Glassmaker to Invest $200 Million in a former GM Plant in Moraine and Create 800 Jobs

Resources for Food Industry Companies in Your Community

Ohio Takes First Step Towards Sector Strategies with the Release of Toolkit

General Economic News

JobsOhio a Major Resource for Urban Revitalization Funding

National Skills Coalition Spotlights OWC Leadership in Ohio

Join or Renew your 2014 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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