OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  January 2015
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
2015 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 3-5, 2015. The location chosen for the 2015 course is The Marriott Columbus Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH  43017, 614-791-1000.  The registration fee for the 2014 course is $700.  Registration is required by February 13th. 

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 13th.

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.

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$150.00 for current OEDA Members

$300.00 for Non-members

Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) will be hosting the International Economic Development Council’s professional development training, Managing Economic Development Organizations November 12-13, 2015 at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square.

Because OEDA is partnering with IEDC on this event, you may register by October 1st at the OEDA discounted rate using discount code OH15.  Using this code will allow you to qualify for the early, member rate of $435 throughout the registration period.

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To register by check, visit the link below to download the registration form to mail with your check payment of $435.


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Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
Receives AEP Ohio CEDA Grant Award for $10,000

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
  Janet K. Nelson

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority (SeOPA) was one of 12 Appalachian Ohio economic development organizations to receive a $10,000 grant from AEP Ohio for completing the Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA). The SeOPA CEDA Team included Michele Tipton, Outreach Coordinator and Janet Nelson, Executive Assistant with the Port Authority and Melissa Zoller, Development Specialist with Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional Development District.

The multi-phase professional develop program was created to build a better understanding of the site selection process companies use to locate new plants and operations.  The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Team participated in a one day Site Selection Workshop, completed a gap analysis for local available sites and then hosted a community visit by InSite Consulting--the site selectors who conducted the Community Economic Development Academy Training.

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Ohio Third Frontier - 2015 Program & Funding Plan Offers $95M
Geared Toward Early Stage Companies

The Montrose Group, LLC 

During its meeting on December 10, 2014, the Ohio Third Frontier’s Commission and Advisory Board adopted a 2015 program and budget plan. As reported by staff back in September, 2014 approximately $350M of the original $700M bond initiative approved by Ohio’s voters in 2010 remains to be spent. The Third Frontier Commission outlined a $95M funding plan for 2015 with a larger focus on technology entrepreneurship, venture capital funding and early stage company funding.  So, what is ahead for 2015? Third Frontier will continue to place a heavy focus on start-up and early-stage companies, with the majority of program funds planned to be awarded to benefit these entities. Major return on investment (ROI) metrics collected earlier in 2014 show that start-up and early-stage company investments have provided a high value return and clearly indicate that Third Frontier’s funding has been transformational for these companies. According to the 2015 program funding plan, a total of $95M will be made available through the following Third Frontier programs.

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Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
Appoints Jim Black as Executive Director

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority
  Janet K. Nelson

The Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Board of Directors named Jim Black Executive Director effective October 1, 2014. Previously Mr. Black was Interim Executive Director and had served on the Board of Directors since 2007. Chairman of the Board Tom Webster stated that Jim brings valuable experience and a sincere dedication to economic development to his role as Executive Director. Mr. Webster said the Port Authority and the County are fortunate to have Jim’s leadership.

Jim was born in Pittsburgh and raised on the family farm outside Apollo, Pa.  Following graduation from Apollo High, Jim attended Grove City College where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Reserve Commission in the United States Air Force in 1966.

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Governor Kasich signs HB 319

New Fund to Assist Natural Gas
Infrastructure Development

Columbia Gas of Ohio

House Bill 319, landmark legislation for Ohio natural gas utilities, was recently voted through the Ohio House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Kasich. State Representative Cheryl Grossman championed bill, which grants local distribution companies the ability to apply to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for a rider to recover the costs for infrastructure investments connected to economic development projects.

“This bill represents legislation that was 10 years in the making,” said Darnita Bradley, Columbia Gas of Ohio manager of governmental affairs and economic development. “It's great to have a tool available to remove natural gas infrastructure barriers should they exist.  It provides communities with another resource in a highly competitive business attraction and retention process.” 


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Crawford Success Center to open this fall!

Area residents will soon have even more opportunities to expand their horizons,
increase earning power

Crawford County Education and Economic Development Partnership

Crawford County residents will have more access to training and education closer to home when the new Crawford Success Center (CSC) opens this fall. A collaborative effort between Crawford County organizations and business representatives, and North Central State College (NCSC), this satellite location of NCSC will be located at 130 N. Walnut Street in Bucyrus (the former Board of Elections building, across from the county courthouse’s main entrance).

“Our research indicates that education pays,” said Dr. Dorey Diab, president of North Central State College. “A look at 2013 statistics shows that, the more education a person completes, the more opportunities they typically have to earn more money. We believe that providing more educational and training opportunities for students, educators, and employers will lead to an improved quality of life for the community as a whole.”

Aside from offering courses closer to home for students already pursuing degrees at NCSC, the Crawford Success Center will focus on new education and training opportunities to better serve the needs of first-time college students and our area’s workforce. Focus groups held this summer sought input from area employers and revealed a need in Crawford County for training that could help current employees advance more in their careers, as well as training that will help those looking to get started on a new or different career.  Programs planning to be offered at the CSC include Industrial Readiness Training, Business Management and Agriculture Management.


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Ohio Workforce Initiative Association's Business Resource Network (BRN) Expansion Project Highlights

The Business Resource Network

The Business Resource Network (BRN) is a collaborative and systematic process that provides individual businesses a single point of contact in order to address challenges and opportunities and tap into the collective resources of workforce, economic development and education partners. The BRN establishes a new, innovative way of doing businessundefineda shared philosophy moving from transactional services to a disciplined and consistent partnership structure.  Involving the region’s chambers of commerce, workforce and economic development organizations, schools, colleges, universities, community organizations and government agencies, the BRN connects multiple systems that create a seamless service delivery system delivering more effective and efficient business services, facilitating coordination of outreach, services and resources across programs and funding streams to provide coordinated solutions to businesses. 


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Join or Renew Your 2015 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 2015, 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.

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In This Issue
2015 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Receives AEP Ohio CEDA Grant Award for $10,000

Ohio Third Frontier - 2015 Program & Funding Plan Offers $95M Geared Toward Early Stage Companies

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Appoints Jim Black as Executive Director

Governor Kasich Signs HB

Crawford Success Center to open this fall!

Ohio Workforce Initiative Association's Business Resource Network (BRN) Expansion Project Highlights Successes

Join or Renew your 2015 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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