OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  June 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
OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

Brought to you by The Ohio Economic Development Association and JobsOhio

Demonstrating competitive economic development sales skills is no longer just an option for economic development professionals who wish to be successful in retaining, growing, and winning quality jobs.  Participants will learn and apply skills to prepare, respond, and win in the fierce competition of economic development.

You’ll Learn how to:

·         Respond strategically to the prospect’s top 3 requirements for elimination and selection.

·         Uncover the prospect’s key drivers at every phase, every visit.

·         Make your presentation evolve from first to final visit.

·         Present to the C-level the way they are used to making capital decisions.

·         Build your competence and confidence to direct your local economic development team and Stop the Stupid Stuff that loses deals.

Click Here for more information and to register.

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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Ohio Enacts New Limitations on Joint Economic Development Zones

  June 9, 2014

On June 5, 2014, Gov. John Kasich signed Sub. H.B. 289 into law. The bill imposes sweeping limitations on the use of joint economic development zones (JEDZs) and establishes municipal utility districts for economic development purposes. The authority to create a new JEDZ, or to make a substantial amendment to an existing JEDZ agreement, expires January 1, 2015. The bill was passed as an emergency measure and takes effect immediately.

For more, click here.
Ohio Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs in JobsOhio Suit Lack Standing

June 10, 2014

In a major legal victory for Gov. John Kasich’s signature economic development initiative, the Supreme Court of Ohio today rejected a legal challenge to legislation providing for the creation and operation of JobsOhio. The Court held that plaintiffs ProgressOhio.org, Inc., Michael J. Skindell and Dennis E. Murray, Jr. lacked standing to raise their claims. Standing is a threshold requirement for legal action. Without any direct personal stake in the outcome of the case, the Court explained, the plaintiffs did not have standing and could not proceed. The Court did not reach the merits of the plaintiffs’ claims. Justice Sharon Kennedy concurred in the majority opinion, and Justices Paul Pfeifer and William O’Neill authored dissenting opinions.

For more, see the Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-2382.

Ohio Continues Growing
Technology Economy

Third Frontier Investing in High-Tech
Start-Ups and Innovation

Ohio Development Services Agency
June 11, 2014

Today the Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved more than $84.9 million to support promising start-ups, new cutting-edge technologies and getting innovative ideas to the marketplace.

“We are continuing our commitment to provide early-stage capital to Ohio’s technology start-ups,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission. “The investment in our innovators will continue bringing jobs to the state.”

Click Here to read the entire News Release

Ohio Leading in Neurotechnology and Pharmaceutical Advances
Third Frontier Funding Cutting-Edge Innovation

Ohio Development Services Agency
June 11, 2014

Today the Ohio Third Frontier Commission made the first awards from the new Technology Commercialization Center Program. The two projects that received funding will take breakthrough technologies and turn them into treatments and medicines that will change lives.

The Commission approved $21 million to establish the Neurotechnology Innovations Translator led by The Ohio State University in Columbus. The Commission also approved $25 million to support the Harrington Discovery Institute – Innovation Support Center led by University Hospitals in Cleveland. These organizations were chosen for their unique approaches and strong commitment to accelerating product development and forming new companies in Ohio.

Click Here to read the entire News Release

HCDC Grants Fuel Redevelopment at Abandoned Gas Stations
Inner‐ring Suburban Communities Receive
Boost to Clean Up Costly Sites

HCDC - Bridget Doherty
May 28, 2014
HCDC is awarding four Urban Land Assistance Program (ULAP) grants to three communities to encourage the redevelopment of vacant and underutilized gas stations and auto repair properties. HCDC, the official Economic Development Office for Hamilton County, Ohio, administers the ULAP program that targets commercial and industrial sites in the inner‐ring suburban communities of the county. Norwood, Reading, and Golf Manor will  be awarded the grants that total $80,260 to spur redevelopment.

“Gas stations and auto repair shops are often located along high‐traffic thoroughfares,” says David K. Main, President of HCDC. “The costs associated with environmental assessments and demolition can make redevelopment out of reach for many communities. Combining these catalyst grants with strong community involvement, means adding more jobs in a safer and cleaner

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Sharonville Convention Center
Anchor Hotel Underway

New development is critical for the center's continued success and is part of the transformation of the
Northern Light's District

City of Sharonville - Nicole Hamilton
  May 28, 2014

Sharonville, OH The City of Sharonville today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rolling Hills Hospitality Group to begin work on a $14 million, 120 room, first class, select service anchor hotel at the Sharonville Convention Center. The hotel development will bring additional economic impact to the region by attracting more conventions and tradeshows. It also reinforces the city’s commitment to the multi-million dollar redevelopment of Sharonville’s Northern Lights Entertainment District.

"We are excited about joining forces with Rolling Hills to bring a top notch hotel property to the newly renovated Sharonville Convention Center,” said City of Sharonville Mayor Kevin Hardman. “This is a crowning achievement to the ongoing transformation of our Northern Lights District.”

Click Here to read the Press Release
Third "Small Towns, Big Futures" Conference Slated for Columbus in August

WSOS Community Action

WSOS Community Action, through its Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program, has filled the roster for its third conference for Ohio rural communities, “Small Towns, Big Futures”, to be held August 13 and 14 at the Hilton Columbus at Polaris.  With four tracks over two days, many topics of interest to local government and community and economic development officials will be covered.  The four broad tracks include infrastructure operations and management, other infrastructure topics (finance, oversight, legal responsibilities), local government leadership and management, and community and economic development.

Economic development sessions will include plenary and breakout sessions featuring Ed Burghard on branding  (including practical tips for branding your community) and Rich Overmoyer (Fourth Economy Consulting) on preparing your community to respond to coming development trends; and additional sessions with Craig Schroeder (RUPRI Center on Rural Entrepreneurship) on combating the brain drain, Dr. Ned Hill (Cleveland State Univ.) on the future of manufacturing, Shanna Ratner (Yellow Wood Assoc.) on connecting community assets to market demand through WealthWorks, John Albers (Albers and Albers) on trends and best practices with JEDDs and JEDZs, Sunil Iyengar (Nat’l. Endowment for the Arts) on the creative economy, and a panel on Brownfields development and resources.   Other sessions range from funding for infrastructure to personnel management, superior communication, design/build construction, and engaging your citizens online.

This conference is distinctive in its targeting of rural Ohio and its county, municipal, township, and regional governments and development organizations in particular, with content that is meaningful for the non-metro areas in Ohio.  More information and conference registration is available at www.ohiorcap.org .

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:

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In This Issue
OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

2014 Annual Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

Ohio Enacts New Limitations on Joint Economic Development Zones

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs in JobsOhio Suit Lack Standing

Ohio Continues Growing Technology Economy

Ohio Leading in Neurotechnology and Pharmaceutical Advances

HCDC Grants Fuel Redevelopment at Abandoned Gas Stations

Sharonville Convention Center Anchor Hotel Underway

Third "Small Towns, Big Futures" Conference Slated for Columbus in August

2014 NREDA Annual Conference

Join or Renew your 2013 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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