OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   November 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
2015 OEDA Annual Excellence Awards

The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its annual Excellence Awards at its 2015 Annual Summit, held October 20-23 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest.  Congratulations to our 2015 winners and finalists!

Click here to see a list of the winners and finalists.
OEDA Enhancing Skills through Professional Development

Lee Crume

The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) is ensuring that the professionals in our field are equipped with the skills to compete for the job-generating projects that bring opportunity and prosperity to our communities.

In early 2014, OEDA launched a new program to enhance the professional skills of economic development personnel across Ohio.

With assistance from JobsOhio, OEDA and the regional organizations within the JobsOhio Network so far have successfully organized six training sessions with Carol Johnson, founder of Continuous Dialog, a professional training firm specializing in economic development sales.

These courses are customized to each region of the state and to reach specific audiences, including experienced economic developers, elected officials and those new to the profession. They range from a half-day to a full day, depending on the agenda. 

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Energy Company Tax Policy Impacts Attraction of Energy Intensive Industries

David J. Robinson
The Montrose Group, LLC

States and regions looking to attract energy intensive industries need a multi-pronged approach to tax policy. This tax policy needs to accomplish three complex tasks:

1.     promote energy industry investments in drilling, distribution and processing facilities needed to produce low-cost energy resources

2.     provide for needed infrastructure investments in primarily rural markets that typically are the site of most energy developments

3.     retention and recruitment of heavy manufacturers dependent on the cost of energy more so than other industries

Most debate among policy makers related to energy tax policy centers on how to tax the energy companies themselves. This focus on how energy companies are taxed impacts the attraction of high-wage energy intensive company jobs because without the initial drilling, transmission and processing investment by the oil industry—there is no oil or natural gas or wind or solar power to use.

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Call for Governor's Cup Submissions

Stuart Moynihan

Collectively, you can make a positive impact by submitting your community’s successful economic development projects.   The Governor’s Cup submission portal is now open at:  http://jobs-ohio.com/govcup-input/

The data collected will be used by Conway Data to determine rankings for Site Selection Magazine's Governor’s Cup submission.  Positive rankings can attract additional attention to economic development opportunities in both the state of Ohio and the local communities that are featured annually. Manufacturing, distribution, office, data center, and R&D projects are eligible for submission.  Projects must meet one or more of the following criteria to be considered: 1) employees - 20 or more new jobs created; 2) square footage - 20,000 or more of new or expanded facility space; and 3) capital investment - $1,000,000 or more (construction, land, building). 

Deadline for submissions is November 24, 2015.  If you have any questions please contact JobsOhio at 614.224.6446.

How does this help you and how is this information used?  The data collected on successful economic development projects provides information on the overall economic activity so, together, we can tell the story of aggregate success, entice additional opportunities for growth, and assist in planning and data analytics for communities and other partners."

AMES announces new client,
eyes 200 new jobs at air park

Delta signs 5-year maintenance contract

Nathan Kraatz
Wilmington News Journal

WILMINGTON — A Delta Air Lines plane brought good news to Wilmington Wednesday when Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) President Brady Templeton disembarked and announced the creation of about 200 jobs at the air park.

Templeton told AMES employees, as well as state, local and several companies’ officials, that a five-year heavy maintenance contract with Delta Air Lines was signed, including a three-year contract for work on Boeing 717 aircraft.

AMES maintains, repairs and overhauls aircraft.

Templeton said it would create about 150 direct jobs and 50 support jobs.

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SCEDC Hosts the 1st Annual Manufacturers' Career Showcase Event for Local 9th Grade Students

Kay E. Reiter

Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC); a non-profit organization that focuses on business retention, business recruitment, green energy and developing technologies for Sandusky County, hosted a Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event on Friday, October 2nd for approximately 825 local ninth grade students from St. Joseph Central Catholic, Temple Christian, Fremont, Lakota, Clyde, Bellevue, and Gibsonburg School Districts.

Over three years ago, the SCEDC pulled together a team of local manufacturers, educators, and countywide service agencies to begin addressing the workforce needs for the manufacturing community of Sandusky County.  As the planning group began to organize, thirteen common skill-sets were identified as necessary for manufacturing today and into the future.  From there the SCEDC hosted two manufacturing bus tours, October 2013 and October 2014, for the eight Sandusky County High Schools’ guidance counselors, principals, and superintendents.  After the 2014 bus tour, our planning group heard back from the schools that we needed to start focusing on the 9th grade student population.

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Athens County rolls out new small business revolving loan fund to help businesses affected by county fires

Mollie Fitzgerald
Athens County Economic Development Council

Early on the morning of November 16th, 2014, a fire blazed through a strip of Union Street apartments and businesses in Uptown Athens. Five short months later, a second fire destroyed several buildings in the historic Nelsonville Square – including structural damages to the 136-year-old Stuart’s Opera House, a cornerstone of Nelsonville’s public square.

Combined, these two fires destroyed 12 businesses, leaving building and business owners encumbered by the costs to rebuild and reestablish once-thriving businesses. In an attempt to relieve part of this burden, The Athens County Economic Development Council (ACEDC) decided to focus on programming that would financially help those affected by the two county fires. ACEDC Executive Director Sara Marrs-Maxfield explains, “We were initially motivated to apply for this as a result of the horrific fires that hit two of our main business districts, and through our search for resources to help these fire-affected businesses, we applied for the RBDG grant.”

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Pickaway Progress Partnership,
City of Circleville Unveil Strategic Revitalization Plan

10-Point Roadmap Developed Through
America's Best Communities Competition

Ryan Scribner
Pickaway Progress Partnership

Economic development efforts are on a roll in Circleville.

The Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3) and the City of Circleville unveiled the community's strategic revitalization plan-- developed in conjunction with the America's Best Communities competition. Circleville had been named a quarter finalist in the competition earlier this year, and the plan serves a dual purpose as the city’s contest submission.

Containing 82 pages, the plan establishes a bold community vision to become a top micro-politan center in the Midwest by 2030. In addition, the document details four objectives to be met by 2030: doubling number of college graduates; increasing the population by 25 percent; cutting the poverty rate in half; and increasing per capita income from $20,453 to $30,000.

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Join or Renew Your 2016 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 2016, 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, City of Middletown, Ohio,
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Grants Manager,
Clermont County Dept. of Community and Economic Development
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Business Services Specialist, Ohio Development Services Agency,
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In This Issue
2015 OEDA Annual Excellence Awards

OEDA Enhancing Skills through Professional Development

Energy Company Tax Policy Impacts Attraction of Energy Intensive Industries

Call for Governor's Cup Submissions

AMES announces new client, eyes 200 new jobs at air park

SCEDC Hosts the 1st Annual Manufacturers' Career Showcase Event for Local 9th Grade Students

Athens County rolls out new small business revolving loan fund to help businesses affected by county fires

Pickaway Progress Partnership, City of Circleville Unveil Strategic Revitalization Plan

Join or Renew your 2016 OEDA Membership

OEDA Job Listings

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