OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  May 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 Annual Excellence Awards
Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of OEDA members will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select an overall winner.  Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 22 - 24 Columbus Marriott Northwest 5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 43017. Award finalists will be notified prior to the Annual Summit.

Winners and finalists will be promoted on OEDA’s website and in an OEDA e-newsletter. This information may also be published by winners and finalists in the media and used for promotional purposes.

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H.B. 345 Would Require the DSA to Keep the Value of its Tax Credits Public

April 29, 2014

Ohio Rep. Nick Barborak (D-Lisbon) recently delivered sponsor testimony for H.B. 345, which he introduced in November to require the director of the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) to estimate the revenue that would be foregone by the state as a result of each tax incentive proposed to the Tax Credit Authority. The bill would also require DSA to publish the director’s estimates on its website, consistent with current DSA practice. Rep. Barborak said his bill would codify this practice to ensure the information is always publicly accessible.
City of Avon Selects Pam Fechter to Assume its Newly Created Economic Development Coordinator Position

April 28, 2014
The City of Avon in Lorain County recently created a new economic development coordinator position, The Plain Dealer reports. Pam Fechter, of Avon Lake, was selected from more than two dozen applicants to take the job, effective May 5th. Fechter is "currently the project manager of Team Lorain County, a public-private partnership that aggressively markets Lorain County to promote new jobs and investments and support existing companies," the article said.

For more, read the full story.

Market Competition is an Opportunity for Substantial Power Rate Reduction

The Montrose Group, LLC

Many states are moving to a utility model that permits customer choice as a means reduce power costs.  Electric Choice was first introduced in Michigan in 2000.  However, the Michigan Electric Choice program provides that no more than 10 % of an electric utility's average weather-adjusted retail sales for the preceding calendar year may take service from an alternative electric supplier at any time. Michigan, unlike Ohio and Illinois offers a very limited approach to utility choice.  Ohio is in full swing related to offering electric and natural gas choice for residential, commercial and industrial customers.  

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Highlights, Updates and Recent Developments at JobsOhio

May 14, 2014

JobsOhio Project Highlights

The Daily-Record reports on the groundbreaking of a 200,00 square-foot Daisy Brand sour cream plant that will employ 89 Ohioans and spur research and innovation in Wooster. This is Daisy Brand's first facility east of the Mississippi River. Read more.

The Lima News reports Lakeview Farms, a dairy product manufacturer, is bringing 200 jobs to Delphos. The JobsOhio Revitalization Program will help open a shuttered Reser facility to accommodate Lakeview's growth and consolidation from Wisconsin. Read more.

JobsOhio announced that advanced auto parts manufacturer Unique-Chardan, Inc. is growing its footprint in Ohio with the creation of 30 new jobs and retention of 52 jobs at its facility in Bryan. Read more.

JobsOhio's Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting in Cincinnati on April 18. JobsOhio covered recent project wins and industry catalysts, and introduced the firm's Director of Compliance. Read more.

Selected Recent Events

The Plain Dealer reports JobsOhio committed $750,000 to support efforts by Global Cleveland to attract people and talent to Northeast Ohio. Read more.

John Minor discussed JobsOhio's economic development efforts in Northeast Ohio with mayors, development officials, public finance officials, and county representatives at the City Club in Cleveland.

Senior Managing Director Mark Patton provided a JobsOhio update before the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee Board Meeting at the Queen City Club.

Did you know?
Ohio ranks first in the United States for glass and glass product manufacturing.

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Bricker & Eckler and Argus Growth Consultants Launch the DevelopOhio Economic Incentives Toolkit

  May 14, 2014

Incentives can be very important for economic development projects, and the incentive landscape is rapidly changing in Ohio. The attorneys and economic development professionals at Bricker & Eckler LLP and the firm’s economic development subsidiary Argus Growth Consultants, Ltd. are pleased to provide the DevelopOhio Economic Incentives Toolkit. The toolkit is the only resource that outlines in one place the many ways economic development projects can maximize state and local assistance programs.
Online Training for Economic
Development Professionals

Discover how to apply proven successful private sector practices to help make your economic development organization even more successful.  The courses are delivered online and can be conveniently taken from either your office or home.  New courses are being added regularly, so bookmark this link and check it often. Class size is limited to 25 participants.  If you wish to schedule a class exclusively for your team, simply send a request to eburghard@mac.com and arrangements will be made to accommodate your need.  Copy and paste this link into your browser to view the current catalogue: https://attendee.gototraining.com/25f7k/catalog/5993467927889241856
2014 NREDA Annual Conference
Registration is open for the 2014 NREDA Annual
Conference and 25th Anniversary Celebration

“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,
Contributing to Rural America for 25 Years”
July 23-25, 2014
Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square - Cleveland, OH

REGISTER ONLINE (Note: Sponsors will have a separate link)


ONLINE: Go to http://www.nreda.org/web/2006/03/events.aspx.  If you are a member, click on the login at the upper right-hand corner of the home page. If you have logged in to the NREDA website and forgot your username and password, select Reset Password, then enter your e-mail address. Online registrants receive a $50 discount off of the conference fee.

BY CHECK: If you are paying by check, mail registration form with check enclosed, to: NREDA, 1255 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023.

BY FAX: To pay by fax, complete your registration form with credit card information and fax to: (515) 334-1174.

Please do not register without a form of payment. If you have any questions, please contact NREDA Headquarters at (515) 334-1047 or kkipping@aml.org. Registration Early Bird Deadline: On or Before July 9, 2013

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
President & Chief Executive Officer, Team Lorain County, Click here for more information

Economic Development Coordinator, The Crawford County Partnership for Education & Economic Development,
Click here for more information

Business Attraction & Expansion Manager, West Chester Township Community Development Department,
Click here for more information

Chief Executive Officer, Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County,
Click here for more information

In This Issue
2014 Annual Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

H.B. 345 Would Require the DSA to Keep the Value of its Tax Credits Public

City of Avon Selects Pam Fechter to Assume its Newly Created Economic Development Coordinator Position

Market Competition is an Opportunity for Substantial Power Rate Reduction

Highlights, Updates and Recent Developments at JobsOhio

Bricker & Eckler and Argus Growth Consultants Launch the DevelopOhio Economic Incentives Toolkit

Online Training for Economic Development Professionals

2014 NREDA Annual Conference

Join or Renew your 2013 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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