OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  June 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!

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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County Economic Development Symposium 

The first County Commissioners Association of Ohio County Economic Development Symposium, will be a unique opportunity to bring together key stakeholders from your county to consider policy, practice and collaboration. The agenda includes keynotes from IEDC's Jeff Finkle and OSU's Mark Partridge, along with interactive workshops on a host of topics, including incentives, infrastructure, using community data to fashion your ED strategy, broadband, economic gardening and workforce.

The conference will take place June 24-25, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High Street.

Bring county officials together with business leaders and economic development experts for learning and interaction.

Explore what business leaders and economic development consultants consider of utmost importance when looking to start, grow, expand or relocate a business.

Forum for sharing thoughts on what counties can/should be doing to foster economic growth.

Participants will be asked to identify concepts and ideas that might strengthen or enhance the counties’ role in economic development. Included will be interactive sessions talking with participants and how they can identify key economic development priorities.


Building a High-Tech Economy
Ohio v. Missouri

The Montrose Group, LLC

Building a high-tech economy is a major goal for most regions and states. Technology based Economic Development initiatives create high wage “multiplier” jobs with companies in the growth mode for the Information Age economy. Half of America’s jobs recently created have been done so by firms that did not exist a decade ago. Successful high-tech economies create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce, enhance research and development spending and venture capital fundraising and investment totals.

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Ohio Supporting New Technology,
Startup Companies
Third Frontier Investing in Medical and
Cell Phone Technology

Ohio Development Services Agency
  Lisa Colbert

Today the Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $1.55 million to commercialize new technologies and products, advancing startup and early-stage companies.

“We are investing in the entrepreneurs that are moving technology into the marketplace, creating companies and 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.

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The Challenge of Developing a 21st Century Workforce

The Montrose Group, LLC

The world of economic development and how we find, train and keep a workforce has changed dramatically over the last two decades. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s we addressed the workforce challenge in one of two ways; 1. State and local governments provided grant dollars to companies for on-the-job training and consultant classroom training, and 2. Community colleges and vocational schools provided workforce packages (classes) and certificates to train employees. This system, while not perfect, provided a benefit to both companies and employees. Employees upgraded their skill level and companies were able to find the skilled employees they needed.

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Ohio Prioritizes Healthy Food Access

Finance Fund

In April, the Ohio House established and framed a public private partnership called the Ohio Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) in its budget bill, HB 64. If passed, this Initiative would provide state seed capital that can attract new and expanded supermarkets and other healthy food retailers to underserved areas across the state. The HFFI is now under consideration in the Ohio Senate.

In May, Finance Fund joined the American Diabetes Association, Ohio Association of Food Banks, and a volunteer for the American Heart Association in testimony before the Senate Finance Workforce Subcommittee to advocate for retention of the HFFI and increased funding in the budget. Finance Fund CEO James R. Klein’s testimony on behalf of the statewide Healthy Food Financing Task Force detailed how Ohio’s HFFI can leverage state grant capital with loan funding 3 to 1 to substantially increase the funding pool and allow the HFFI to create or expand more healthy food access projects in Ohio communities of greatest need. Compared to a conventional creditor, the HFFI will offer more flexible terms and structured financing customized to the needs of each project. State grant funding is essential to the success of the initiative since most healthy food projects will require 30 percent grant funding to overcome barriers associated with locating in low-income urban and rural areas.

The Healthy Food Financing Task Force is composed of nearly 50 leaders from the grocery industry, and the community, public health, civic and economic development sectors. The Task Force identified the need for increased access to healthy affordable food in Ohio through a statewide mapping study conducted by The Food Trust last year. The study identifies where one million Ohio residents, including over 275,000 children, live in lower income areas that are underserved by supermarkets and have high rates of diet-related death. A policy statement developed by the Task Force, “Supporting Grocery Development in Ohio”, was presented at the Ohio Statehouse in February. It outlines ten steps that local and state policymakers can take to remove barriers that are keeping healthy food providers from locating in areas where they are needed most.

The report is found at http://www.financefund.org/userfiles/files/Other%20Documents/OH_recommFINAL.pdf

Team NEO Names Chief Executive Officer
William R. Koehler to lead organization

Team NEO
Richard Batyko

CLEVELAND, June 5, 2015 — Team NEO Chairman James R. Clay announced today the appointment of William “Bill” R. Koehler as chief executive officer of the organization, a private-sector economic development organization that markets Northeast Ohio to the world and collaborates with its partners and others to attract new businesses, help those that are here grow, and accelerate the pace and impact of innovation throughout the region. Koehler begins in this role on June 15.

“Bill’s vast leadership experience and business acumen make him perfectly suited to take on this critical leadership role at Team NEO,” said Clay. “His history of collaboration and track record of tackling business opportunities to achieve results will benefit all of Northeast Ohio.”

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Top Ten Economic Development Projects, May 2015

The Montrose Group, LLC
  1. Volvo Chooses South Carolina for its new, $500 million assembly plant committing to 2000 jobs, receiving a reported $214 million in incentives: http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article20628765.html
  2. American Specialty Alloys commits to $2.4 billion investment and 1450 new jobs in Louisiana Plant: http://businessfacilities.com/2015/05/american-specialty-alloys-announces-plans-for-mill-complex-in-central-louisiana/
  3. Amazon commits to 1,000 new jobs, $1.1 billion investment in Ohio: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/05/29/amazon-has-big-plans-in-ohio.html

Read More: http://montrosegroupllc.com/top-ten-economic-development-projects-may-2015/

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
Economic Development Director, Delaware County,
Click here for more information.

Executive Director,
Clinton County, Ohio, Port Authority

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Executive Director,
Ohio Economic Development Association,
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Director of Economic Development, Lucas County Planning & Development, Click here for more information.

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

OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

County Economic Development Symposium

Building a High-Tech Economy:  Ohio v. Missouri

Ohio Supporting New Technology, Startup Companies

The Challenge of Developing a 21st Century Workforce

Ohio Prioritizes Healthy Food Access

Team NEO Names Chief Executive Officer

Top Ten Economic Development Projects, May 2015

Join or Renew your 2015 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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