OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  March 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.

The April 14 - 15, 2015 training being held in Fairborn, Ohio is now
Sold Out.

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.

Call for Presentations for the
2015 Annual Summit

OEDA invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2015 Annual Summit, themed “A World of Opportunity, Economic Development in Ohio,” to be held October 21 -23 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest.  The OEDA Annual Summit offers an opportunity for you to showcase solutions, initiate provocative discussions, and share effective strategies to the many challenges facing economic developers in Ohio.  We are particularly interested in showcasing case studies related to community economic development and workforce development initiatives.  The theme this year is also indicative of the broad reach that economic development has.  Workforce Development (innovations, best practices, collaborative initiatives), Transportation (including intermodal), Foreign Direct Investment are some of the areas we would like to focus on, based on the feedback from last year’s evaluations.  Panel presentations are encouraged.

Click here for more information

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.

OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

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.

As an OEDA member, you may register by October 1, 2015 through OEDA's discounted rate $435.  You must use the discount code OH15 when registering.

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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Save the date!
Ohio Economic Development Association
Mid-Year Briefing

Presented by
Ohio Economic Development Association,
JobsOhio and its Regional Network Partners,
Ohio Development Services Agency,
Bricker & Eckler,
and Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE)

Date:  Friday, July 17, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (lunch provided)

Location:  Marriott Columbus Northwest, 5605 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, OH  43017

Who Should Attend:  All Economic Development Professionals and Elected Officials interested in current JobsOhio and ODSA programs, and economic development legislative affairs.  This event is open to OEDA members and non-members.

Look for more information later this Spring!

JobsOhio Presents the 2014 Annual Report and 2015 Strategic Plan

March 2, 2015

Dear Ohioan,

On behalf of John Minor, President and Chief Investment Officer of JobsOhio, I am proud to present the JobsOhio 2014 Annual Report and 2015 Strategic Plan, which you can find on our website at Jobs-Ohio.com/strategic-plan.

In 2014, JobsOhio and its Network Partners successfully assisted 276 companies that committed to create 21,377 new jobs for Ohioans and make $6.1 billion in new capital investments. These new job and investment commitments represent nearly a 20 percent and a 72 percent increase, respectively, over 2013 year-end metrics.

In 2015, JobsOhio will remain focused on accelerating job growth and increasing capital investment across businesses of all sizes, and we will ramp up efforts to strengthen workforce development programs.

We thank you for your support and look forward to your observations and perspectives on the 2014 Annual Report and 2015 Strategic Plan. If you would like to discuss this document further, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Matt Englehart
JobsOhio Spokesman
RGP's Gary Thompson Named among Top 50 Economic Developers
Regional Growth Partnership
March 12, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio – Gary Thompson, executive vice president at the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), today was named one of the top 50 economic developers in North America.

The honor was made by Consultant Connect, a Michigan-based company which surveyed leading site-decision influencers to identify the top economic development professionals. Consultant Connect specializes in bringing together economic development groups and locations consultants to help each other better work together in the site location process.

Thompson joined the RGP in 2011, having previously headed the Oregon Economic Development Foundation. In addition to his role in business development, Thompson also serves as Chief Operating Officer for the RGP and director of the Northwest Ohio region for JobsOhio.

Throughout 2015, Consultant Connect will feature a weekly podcast interview of each of the 50 honorees, including Thompson.

The Regional Growth Partnership is a private, nonprofit development corporation dedicated to fostering local, national and international economic growth opportunities for Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The RGP serves as Northwest Ohio’s network partner for JobsOhio.

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

Project Coordinator, Dayton Development Coalition,
Click here for more information.

Economic Development Manager,

Click here for more information.

Planning & Development Director, City of Oberlin,
Click here for more information.
In This Issue
OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

OEDA Networking Event

Call for Presentations for the 2015 Annual Summit

Trust Belt Conferences Comes to Columbus

OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

Save the date!  Ohio Economic Development Association Mid-Year Briefing

JobsOhio Presents the 2014 Annual Report and 2015 Strategic Plan

RGP's Gary Thompson Named among Top 50 Economic Developers

Join or Renew your 2015 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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