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

Brought to you by The Ohio Economic Development Association and JobsOhio

There are two separate opportunities to attend this training, one in the Dayton Region, April 14-15 and another in the Southeast Ohio Region, April 27-28.

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 for the April 14 - 15, 2015 training being held in Fairborn, Ohio

Click Here for more information and to register for the April 27 - 28, 2015 training being held in Athens, Ohio

$150.00 for current OEDA Members

$300.00 for Non-members

OEDA Networking Event

There are two Networking Events being held in April

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Fairborn and

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Athens

Join your colleagues in economic development
for a networking reception!
Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided.

You will hear from OEDA's leadership on
new member benefits, programming and
future plans for the organization.

Please visit the link(s) below to RSVP today!
There is no charge to attend,
but RSVPs are appreciated.

April 14th in Fairborn, Ohio

April 27th in Athens, Ohio

Presented by The Ohio Economic Development Association

For further information on sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Karla Dunbar at karla@assnoffices.com.

Trust Belt Conferences
Comes to Columbus

Special discount being offered to all members of OEDA

EVP of Conway Inc.

For three days in June, Columbus will host an event unlike any other in the history of Ohio or the Midwest – the first-ever Trust Belt Conference. Sponsored by Columbus 2020 and organized by Conway Inc., publisher of Site Selection, the event will feature state and community leaders from across the entire Midwest.

In today’s global economic climate, states and regions seeking to remain viable must compete not only amongst each other, but band together to contend with foreign counterparts like China, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.  Government efforts such as the Select USA conference on a national level or the southern Aerospace Alliance on a regional level serve to consolidate efforts and maintain a stake in global economic competition. To that end, Midwestern states traditionally known as the “Rust Belt” are using tax law changes and other reforms to transform and increase economic opportunity in their region, marking their renaissance as the “Trust Belt”.  To continue to shape the economic future of the region, leaders from “Rust Belt” states will convene at the upcoming “Trust Belt” Conference (May 31 - June 3, 2015) in Columbus, OH. The event will highlight how Midwest states are fending off the lure of corporate migration with the promise of quality workers, trust, and a legacy built on manufacturing excellence.  Over the three-day conference, Governors, Mayors, University Presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs and executives who are leading the communities and companies of the Greater Midwest Region will come together to discuss how the Trust Belt economy has and is reinventing itself.

A special 20 percent discount off the regular registration fee of $995 is being offered to all members of OEDA. Sign up today, and you can get full registration to Trust Belt for just $795. 

For more details, contact Ron Starner, EVP of Conway Inc., at ron.starner@conway.com.

As a valuable part of your OEDA membership, we will frequently send you opportunities for discounted professional development and networking functions. Please know that we do not necessarily endorse the hosting organization or the content of the function, and leave the value of that particular opportunity completely up to your discretion.

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.

Click Here to register by credit card.

Click Here to register by check, download the registration form to mail with your check payment of $435.

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Southeastern Ohio Port Authority

2015 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Washington State Community College
Graham Auditorium
710 Colegate Dr., Marietta OH 45750

Please RSVP by February 20th to 740-568-1958 or janet@seohioport.com. Thank-you!

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Team NEO's Jay Foran Named One of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers


OhioTeam NEO
Consultant Connect, a consulting agency that bridges the gap between economic developers and site consultants, named Jay Foran, senior vice president, business attraction for Team NEO, one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The professionals selected for the list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.   

“Being selected for this list is a great honor,” said Foran. “Economic development is a team sport that requires many talented and dedicated players. Being recognized by peers and site selection professionals for the work we do to advance Northeast Ohio’s economy is truly gratifying.”

Foran and his team, in partnership with local economic development organizations, JobsOhio and the state of Ohio, have assisted in the attraction of companies such as Alexander Mann, Ambaflex, Borgers, Exterran, Nestle USA, Steel Warehouse, Valerus and more. He has been with the organization since 2007.
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40 Under Forty Rising Stars in
Economic Development



Want to know who the rising stars are in economic development? Click here to view the full list of the industry’s top innovators, deal closers, job creators, investment attractors and marketing extraordinaires. What’s even more amazing about these rockstars?

Picked by a five-member selection committee the industry’s top 40 under 40 share with us their thoughts on the biggest challenge facing the economic development industry (can anyone say workforce?!) and their passion for places.

Each week we’ll feature a more in-depth profile of each economic developer, so keep coming back if you’re interested in learning more.

Ohio recipients are:

6. Jamie N. Beier Grant, Director, Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, Ohio

17. Liz Hayden, Business Development Specialist, City of Hamilton, Ohio

21. Chris Lawson, Executive Director, The Hamilton Mill, Ohio

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Ohio Funding Entrepreneurs,
Technology Start-Ups
Third Frontier Supporting Commercialization
and Company Growth

Ohio Development Services Agency
Lisa Colbert

Today the Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $2.11 million to commercialize technologies and advance start-up companies.

“Helping entrepreneurs move technology into the marketplace creates small businesses and grows jobs,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.

 Technology Validation and Start-Up Awards

The Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund provides grants to move technology developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other nonprofit research institutions into the marketplace. The institutions can receive funding to demonstrate that a technology is commercially viable through activities such as testing and prototyping. The ultimate goal is to license the technology to start-up and early-stage companies.

Companies can also receive funding from the program to accelerate commercialization through activities such as market research and further prototyping.  This helps companies either raise funds or get the licensed technology to the marketplace.

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Jamie Beier Grant Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development


Ottawa County Improvement Corporation

Palm Beach, Fla. – Jamie Beier Grant, Director with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.

A five-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 157 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.
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YSU, Chamber lead 10-County International Trade Effort

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
Guy Coviello

YOUNGSTOWN – The Valley’s economy is poised to reach new levels beginning this month when Youngstown State University, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and eight other economic development organizations in a 10-county, two-state region launch a global trade initiative.

The OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative is the culmination of six months of planning spearheaded by YSU’s International Trade Assistance Center and the Regional Chamber. The two organizations decided to meld their international trade efforts to create a worldwide trade strategy that would turn the Valley into a more formidable economic engine.

YSU’s International Trade Assistance Center and the Regional Chamber brought economic development leaders from Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties in Ohio, and Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence, Beaver and Butler counties in Pennsylvania into the fold. They plan to kick off the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative this month with a survey of all manufacturers within the 10-county area to potentially be followed by a retention and expansion visit.


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Hardin County....A Great Place to Live, Work & Prosper
Alliance Celebrates New Hardin County Logo & Moto


Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance, along with the Hardin County Commissioners, countywide mayors, and council members held a joint press conference on October 7, 2014 to announce the new Hardin County logo and motto.

The new motto, Hardin County, a Great Place to Live, Work and Prosper, was incorporated into a new logo designed by Wesley Goldsmith, a local Hardin County resident and recent graduate of Ohio Northern University in graphic design.

As part of the Hardin County Chamber & Business  Alliance strategic plan, expanding Hardin County’s market awareness on a regional, national and global scale starts with a clear and simple message.  


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One of world's most powerful businesswomen to speak at ATHENA

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
Guy Coviello

American Banker Magazine’s No. 1 female banker in each of the last two years will deliver the keynote address at the Regional Chamber’s ATHENA Award dinner.

Beth E. Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer for KeyCorp who was once recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Business,” will speak at the May 28 event that honors the top professional women in the Valley. The 23rd annual ATHENA award dinner, sponsored by the Regional Chamber and The Vindicator/vindy.com, will be held at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

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HCDC Announces Business Award Winners

Seven Companies/Individuals Honored at 32nd Annual Meeting


Bridget Doherty

January 19, 2015—HCDC, Inc. is pleased to announce the 32nd Business Development Award winners for their outstanding contributions to growing jobs, businesses, and communities. The formal presentation of the awards took place on January 16, 2015 at the Cooper Creek Event Center, in Blue Ash, OH. Jamie Smith, Publisher of the Business Courier, was the emcee at the luncheon that celebrates business and community partners in HCDC’s three program areas: Business Loans, Business Incubation and Economic Development.

The following individuals and local companies were recognized for their exceptional contributions to expanding businesses, creating jobs, and contributing to the overall economic health and development in our communities.

  Click Here to read more.
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.

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

OEDA Job Listings
Executive Director, Zanesville-Muskingum County, Ohio, Port Authority,
Click here for more information.
In This Issue
OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

OEDA Networking Event

Trust Belt Conferences Comes to Columbus

Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

Southeastern Ohio 2015 Annual Meeting

Team NEO's Jay Foran Named One of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers

40 Under Forty Rising Stars in Economic Development

Ohio Funding Entrepreneurs, Technology Start-Ups

Jamie Beier Grant Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

YSU, Chamber Lead 10-County International Trade Effort

Hardin County....A Great Place to Live, Work & Prosper

One of world's most powerful businesswomen to speak to ATHENA

HCDC Announces Business Award Winners

Join or Renew your 2015 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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