OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  April 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 Networking Event

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Athens
Ohio University Inn and Conference Center
Cutler Ballroom
331 Richland Ave., Athens, OH  45701

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 below to RSVP today!
There is no charge to attend,
but RSVPs by April 21st are appreciated.


Presented by The Ohio Economic Development Association, Lawrence Economic Development Corp. Hocking County CIC & Ohio University Innovation Center

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

A Message to OEDA Members about the
Job Creation Tax Credit

One of the impacts of the lessening income tax rate that has been implemented by the Kasich Administration has been the need for a revision of the Job Creation Tax Credit.

As a result of the tax revisions, the value of the Job Creation Tax incentive decreases for the employer. The current calculation for the tax credit is based on withholding. The budget proposes to revise the calculation to be payroll, which should give an incentive to companies that increase the amount they pay employees.

 The Ohio Development Services Agency is asking for the Modernization of the Job Creation Tax Credit for two reasons. First, the change will increase the ability to recapture taxpayer money from underperforming companies. The proposed change would allow the Tax Credit Authority to recapture money from companies that fail to substantially meet or maintain their commitments to the state of Ohio, rather than waiting for the business to cease operations.

 Second, the calculation of the credit will be based on new payroll created, a variable companies can control, which encourages more jobs and payroll. This credit remains a performance-based credit which rewards companies for creating jobs and higher wages. Changing the calculation using new payroll will keep Ohio competitive with other sates while maintaining a neutral value on the tax credit.

 OEDA is working with the Ohio Development Services Agency and the General Assembly as they consider these revisions, and will keep the membership up to date on this change as it moves forward.

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.

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CDFA Brownfields Project Marketplace
May 19th in Columbus, OH

Does your community have a brownfield site that needs assistance? Enroll in CDFA’s Brownfields Project Marketplace! The Marketplace provides an opportunity to present your brownfield redevelopment project to financing professionals and brownfield project experts who can help identify potential resources for the project.

CDFA Brownfields Project Marketplace
May 19, 2015 from 1:00-5:00 pm EDT
CDFA Rosenberg Center
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215

The Project Marketplace will include brief presentations by communities detailing important information on their brownfield sites. Presentations will be followed by open discussions among community officials and technical assistance partners with the purpose of providing suggestions for the communities' redevelopment plans and financing sources.

To enroll in the Marketplace, please complete the application below. CDFA staff will follow up with you at the contact information you provide below to confirm your submission.

>>> Brownfields Project Marketplace Application

To learn more about CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, click here.

Please contact me with any questions at emoser@cdfa.net. or 614-705-1305.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Emily Moser
Program Manager
Council of Development Finance Agencies

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.

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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!

Ohio Earns Top Spots in Site Selection's Governor s Cups

  Lisa Farina

For the second consecutive year, Ohio has earned the number two spot in both the overall rankings and per capita rankings in Site Selection magazine’s Governors Cups. Ohio’s 582 projects were cited as the reason for the high ranking.

“Our consistent high ranking shows that more job creators are learning what we have known all along, Ohio is a premier place to live, work and do business,” said JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor. “With assistance from our Regional Network partners as well as local economic development organizations, Ohio has sustained a level of confidence and growth that is essential to attracting jobs and investment.”

Click Here to read more.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development deliver keynote at annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference.

Ohio University
  Laura Alloway

ATHENS, Ohio (April 14, 2015) - Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development will address the theme, “Manufacturing Workforce: Building Capacity,” in his keynote presentation during the Fourth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on May 12, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Through his position, Williams leads the federal economic development agenda with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy.

Williams has a strong background in the manufacturing sector. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Williams served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. In this capacity, he worked directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to deliver federal support to ensure they returned to better economic condition.

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Ohio Advancing Early-Stage Software Companies
Third Frontier Investing in HR Tools
and Healthcare Software

Ohio Development Services Agency
  Lisa Colbert

Today the Ohio Third Frontier continued its commitment to supporting entrepreneurs and startup companies, building on the state’s strong technology economy.  The Advisory Board and Commission reviewed past projects and lasting technology infrastructure, with the Commission approving $2.2 million to companies commercializing software solutions for the HR and healthcare industries.

 “We are supporting the problem-solvers and businesses that are building a new Ohio,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission.  “Our investments are the foundation, creating new opportunities for Ohio technology companies that could save lives and change the way we work and live.”

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Task Force Announces Statewide Plans to Prioritize Healthy Food Access in Ohio

Finance Fund
  February 12, 2015

Columbus, OHIO -- Despite Ohio’s internationally recognized agricultural and food processing activity, the state is home to many communities with too few places to purchase healthy, affordable food. This food access crisis has put over 2 million residents, including more than 500,000 children, at risk for chronic disease and diet-related death.

A new policy statement from the Ohio Healthy Food Financing Task Force states that local and state policymakers can take steps to remove barriers that are keeping healthy food retailers from operating in places where they are needed most. One of the key recommendations is establishing a statewide Healthy Food Financing Fund to overcome the most significant barrier to healthy food retail development in low-income areas: access to flexible financing.

The full policy statement including analysis and success stories is published at www.financefund.org.

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Site Development Needed to Capture Economic Growth

The Montrose Group, LLC
  April, 2015

It is a fundamental rule of economic development that no jobs are created with the availability of a site.  The recent economic rebound is creating a large demand for sites in rural, suburban, exurban, and urban areas.  This demand is actually a challenge for economic development leaders.  This problem can most likely be traced to the bottoming out of our economy in 2009.  The housing crisis caused banks and the Federal Reserve to tighten money policy which halted credit and lending to a near standstill.  Developers who had before this time been able to find banks willing to lend were not only unable to get new loans but in many instances the banks called their existing loans.  Fast-forward to today and what many communities find is that land has not been developed and new buildings have not been built to handle increased demand as the economy has recovered.

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Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies:  A Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in Ohio's Cities and Regions

The Greater Ohio Policy Center invites you to attend Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies: A Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in Ohio's Cities & Regions, which will be held at The Westin Columbus on June 9th and 10th, 2015. This Summit will bring together national experts, state policymakers and local leaders from all sectors to discuss new strategies for transforming Ohio’s cities and regions and making Ohio economically competitive in the 21st century.  Click here to visit the Summit website and to register.

As part of the Summit, Greater Ohio Policy Center is currently accepting award nominations for the first Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards.  The Awards recognize public, private, and non-profit sector leaders who are working to create vibrant and sustainable communities and regions in Ohio. The deadline for nominations is April 17thClick here for more information.

Columbus 2020's Katie Murphy Hamilton Receives Certified Economic Developer Designation
Columbus 2020
  April 13, 2015

Columbus, OH – Columbus 2020 project manager Katie Murphy Hamilton has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Candidates are required to pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Hamilton joined the Columbus 2020 team in November 2010 as project manager of economic development and was appointed vice president of professional development on the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) board of directors in July 2012. She now holds the positions of president-elect and treasurer for OEDA. Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU EDI), an intensive weeklong, three-tier program that provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for economic development professionals. She also sits on the Developing Leaders Planning Committee for NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

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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.

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

OEDA Job Listings

City Planner, City of Marysville
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Community and Economic Development Deputy Director (Unclassified),
City of Cincinnati

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Special Assistant to the Director,
City of Cincinnati
Click here for more information.

Director of Development,
City of Dublin
Click here for more information.

Network Manager,
Click here for more information.

Executive Director,
Zanesville-Muskingum County, Ohio, Port Authority
Click here for more information.

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

Economic Development Manager,

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In This Issue
OEDA Networking Event

A Message to OEDA Members about the Job Creation Tax Credit

Call for Presentations for the 2015 Annual Summit

CDFA Brownfields Project Marketplace - May 19th in Columbus, OH

Trust Belt Conferences Comes to Columbus

OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

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

Ohio Earns Top Spots in Site Selection's Governors Cups

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development deliver keynote at annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference

Ohio Advancing Early-Stage Software Companies

Task Force Announces Statewide Plans to Prioritize Healthy Food Access in Ohio

Site Development Needed to Capture Economic Growth

Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies:  A Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in Ohio's Cities and Regions

Columbus 2020's Katie Murphy Hamilton Receives Certified Economic Developer Designation

Join or Renew your 2015 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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