OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  May 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
Register Today for the
OEDA Mid-Year Briefing

Presented by the Ohio Economic Development Association,

The Ohio Development Services Agency

and JobsOhio and its Regional Partners.

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015

Time:  10:00 am to 2:15 pm

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

Registration Fees: 
OEDA Member $45 per person (includes lunch).
Non-Member $55 per person (includes lunch).

Who Should Attend:  All Economic Development Professionals and Elected Officials interested in current JobsOhio and DSA programs.  This event is open to OEDA members and non-members.

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2015 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 21 - 23 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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2015 Annual Summit
October 21 - 23
Columbus Marriott Northwest

Hotel Room Reservations Info.:

The Columbus Marriott Northwest will be the host site of the 2015 Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Summit.  The Columbus Marriott Northwest is located at 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH  43017. 

You may book your hotel room now for the 2015 Annual Summit!  A limited number of rooms have been blocked for the nights of October 20, 21, and 22 at the discounted rate of $138 per night for single and double rooms.  The reservation deadline is September 29, 2015. 

You may make your reservation online by visiting http://www.ohioeda.com/AnnualSummit, or directly at https://aws.passkey.com/event/12892714/owner/2496028/landing Or you may make your reservation by calling  1-800-Marriott - be sure to mention that you are booking your room in conjunction with the Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Summit.


Look for the Summit schedule and
registration information this summer!

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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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.

Circleville Advances in America's Best Communities Competition
Receives $50,000 for Implementing Economic Development

Pickaway Progress Partnership
  Stacey Sark
April 29, 2015 — Across the country, 50 communities have advanced to the quarterfinalist round of the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities. Frontier Communications, DISH, CoBank and The Weather Channel — the Competition’s sponsors — announced that each community that has advanced to the quarterfinals will be awarded $50,000 to further develop and implement their comprehensive strategies to accelerate their local economies and improve quality of life.

Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3) worked with the City of Circleville to develop a quality application and was selected for the quarterfinals. We will have 6 months to complete a comprehensive Community Revitalization Plan to be considered for additional investment. In early 2016, 15 semifinalists will be selected to attend the America’s Best Communities summit to present their strategies, with eight finalists then awarded $100,000 to continue implementation of their plans. In April 2017, the final awards will be presented— those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented. The winning community will be awarded $3 million, with $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.

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Entrepreneurship Is Like Riding a Bike

JumpStart, Inc.
Ray Leach

As a venture development organization (VDO) based in Northeast Ohio, we at JumpStart often get asked why entrepreneurs in fly-over regions like ours face more challenges than they do on the coasts.

In fact, we get this question so often that we sat down and made this short video, telling the story using a very simple analogy: riding a bicycle.

Of course, simple analogies only go so far. Building a startup venture from scratch is a lot more complicated than learning to pedal a bike. What attracted us to the comparison was one simple question: How do people actually learn to do either one?

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Wilmington Air Park Named Ohio Airport of the Year for 2015
OAA Recognizes Progress at the Air Park

Wilmington Air Park
  April 27, 2015

The Wilmington Air Park was recognized by the Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) at its annual conference as the 2015 Airport of the Year. Each year the OAA selects an airport which puts in to practice the association’s mission of promoting aviation by providing a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods, information, and experiences. 

“This award is an acknowledgment of an Airport who has made extraordinary accomplishments in moving their airport program forward and helping move Ohio aviation forward,” stated Paul Strack, OAA past president. “The Wilmington Air Park has done an extraordinary job bouncing back in supporting aviation locally, creating new opportunities in UAS research and job creation”

In accepting the award, Executive Director Kevin Carver offered thanks to the OAA and its membership on behalf of the Clinton County Port Authority Board of Directors. “This is and has been a team effort – it has been a long road back and it could not have been done without the support of our Federal and State Legislators, the expertise of the LGSTX Services Staff and the efforts of JobsOhio and ODOT,” said Carver.

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YSU, Chamber lead 10-county international trade effort

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
Ohio International Trade Assistance Center
State University
  April 21, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN – The Web site for the 10-county, two-state global trade initiative created by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and Youngstown State University will go live today, the Chamber vice president for business expansion announced this morning.

Chamber Vice President for Business Expansion North America Sarah Boyarko said the partnership positions the Valley’s economy to reach new levels, and cites the partnership’s recent recognition by the prestigious Brookings Institute as evidence.

“We’re thrilled about the ongoing support from Brookings,” Boyarko said. “As a leader in export policy and planning, their encouragement and guidance is necessary for the success of this initiative. With the release of our website (www.ohpaexports.com) and survey, we’re ready to move on any opportunity to assist local firms with export growth and new firms with foreign direct investment.”

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Adaptive Re-use:  A New Face of Preservation
Heritage Ohio
Tyler Long

Adaptive re-use brings a unique opportunity to re-purpose vacant and under-utilized historic buildings, which are often viewed as a negative rather than a positive to Ohio communities.  By bringing new life and utility to buildings, historic preservation has the capacity to alter how we think about opportunities in attracting and growing business in Ohio. Below are three examples of adaptive re-uses unique impact:

Urban Krag

Urban Krag is a recreational rock-climbing gym operating out of a rehabilitated Presbyterian church in Dayton, Ohio.  Urban Krag provides jobs andconsumer spending whichbuilds the community tax base through increased sales, income, and property taxes.  As a unique landmark to Dayton (and Ohio) it also attracts the tourism dollar.

In a 2007 presentation given at the Historic Districts Council Annual Conference in NYC, Donovan Rypkema noted that “85% of all net new jobs are created by firms employing less than 20 people. One of the few costs firms that size can control is occupancy rent/costs. In both downtowns, but especially in neighborhood commercial districts, a major contribution to the local economy is the relative affordability of older buildings.”

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Regional Chamber launches Rebuilding America series
Local program to address 'middle skills' gap
Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
Guy Coviello

YOUNGSTOWN – A Harvard Business School senior lecturer and a manufacturing career pathways summit are among the highlights of a four-part Regional Chamber series that focuses on arming workers with the “middle skills” needed to meet employment demands.

In partnership with the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Youngstown State University, Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative and Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership, the Regional Chamber’s Rebuilding America series launches May 20 with a keynote address by Harvard lecturer Joseph Fuller, founder of the global consulting firm Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. The series concludes Sept. 22 with the summit that includes opportunities for students to meet with representatives from manufacturing companies and career centers about jobs, internships and co-ops.

“By addressing one of the top concerns for employers and site selectors in manufacturing, the Youngstown-Warren area can better position itself to continue capitalizing on the nation’s industrial rebirth,” Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Humphries said. The Chamber, as the lead economic development agency for Trumbull and Mahoning counties, has positioned the region among the nation’s leaders in industrial investment and exportation. Last year it attracted $126 million in business investments that created 484 new jobs in the Valley.

Click Here to read the entire News Release
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, Harrison County Economic Development Corporation
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In This Issue
Register Today for the OEDA Mid-Year Briefing

2015 Annual Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

2015 Annual Summit October 21 - 23 Columbus Marriott Northwest

Trust Belt Conferences Comes to Columbus

OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

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

Circleville Advances in America's Best Communities Competition Receives $50,000 for Implementing Economic Development

Entrepreneurship Is Like Riding a Bike

Wilmington Air Park Named Ohio Airport of the Year for 2015

YSU, Chamber lead 10-county international trade effort

Adaptive Re-use:  A New Face of Preservation

Regional Chamber launches Rebuilding America series

Join or Renew your 2015 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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