OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   February 2016
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

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.

Southwest Ohio

Click Here for more information and to register for the February 22 - 23, 2016 training being held in Liberty Township, Ohio

Northeast Ohio

Click Here for more information and to register for the March 15 - 16, 2016 training being held in Kent, Ohio

Central Ohio

Click Here for more information and to register for the
April 28 - 29,2016
training being held in Columbus, Ohio

$150.00 for current OEDA Members

$300.00 for Non-members

2016 Ohio Basic Economic
Development Course

Registration Today!
The Ohio Basic Economic Development Course (OHIO BEDC) is an intensive training experience for economic development practitioners, community leaders, local government officials and others committed to building healthy economies for their communities.

The course meets for three days; April 5-7, 2016. The location chosen for the 2016 course is The Marriott Columbus Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH  43017, 614-791-1000.  The registration fee for the 2016 course is $700.  Registration is required no later than March 18th. 

CLICK HERE to register.

CLICK HERE for more details about the course, including the course agenda.

for hotel room booking information.
Governor's Cup Submissions

Stuart Moynihan

JobsOhio, its Regional Network Partners, and the Ohio Development Services Agency would like to thank all of our economic development partners across the state who submitted projects for the 2015 Governor’s Cup.  Ohio’s success is evidenced by the large number and size of projects you submitted.  More information on Ohio’s standing in the Governor’s Cup is expected in the near future.  

The submission process for the 2016 Governor’s Cup is already underway.  The Governor’s Cup submission portal will be open throughout the year at:  http://jobs-ohio.com/govcup-input/ Please take the time to enter new projects as they are announced during the year.  The information collected will be used by Conway Data to determine the rankings for next year’s Site Selection Magazine Governor’s Cup.  

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). 

The data collected on successful economic development projects provide information on the state’s overall economic activity.  Positive rankings can attract additional attention to economic development opportunities in our state and local communities. Together, we can tell the Ohio success story and drive economic growth.

Clermont County to Develop 242-acre Industrial Park

Kathleen Burke Williams
Clermont County, Ohio

BATAVIA, Ohio -- The Clermont County CIC,Inc. has purchased 242 acres of land at Half Acre Road and State Route 32 in Williamsburg Township that will be developed as South Afton Commerce Park, a“business-ready” site for manufacturers.

The CIC is a nonprofit created under Ohio law to facilitate economic development activities for the Clermont County commissioners,and has served in this capacity since 2004.

Click Here to read more.
South Afton Commerce Park FAQ
Middletown Hires New Economic Development Director

Mike Rutledge

MIDDLETOWN —Business leaders in Middletown are pleased with City Council’s decision to appoint Jennifer Ekey the city’s new economic development director. And Ekey is looking forward to getting started, likely in mid-February.

Ekey, a Maineville resident and the economic development director for the city of Harrison since 2008, also worked as a Hamilton economic development specialist before that. She will be paid $95,091 a year in Middletown.

“Jennifer has had her whole career here, between Hamilton and Harrison,” said Greg Martin, of Martin Excavating and Middletown Moving Forward, who was part of the team that interviewed candidates.

Click Here to read more.

2016 to See Substantial TBED
Federal Funding Opportunities

Jon Dudley
The Montrose Group, LLC

As states continue placing focus on their budgets for funding to support existing and new state-driven technology-based economic development programs, the U.S. federal government will be increasing support of its TBED efforts through numerous funding opportunities and tax credits in 2016. 

Read more here:

ODSA Launches Local
Government Safety Grant

Todd Walker
Ohio Development Services Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency can help enhance public safety in your Ohio community. The Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program provides money that can be used for vehicles, equipment, facilities or systems for police, fire or emergency medical services needed to enhance public safety.

Ohio political subdivisions can apply. An eligible project can request a grant amount up to $100,000. Political subdivisions working together to consolidate service or enhance cooperation to more efficiently deliver emergency services can also apply. Joint applicants may be eligible for up to$500,000.

“Collaboration is key when it comes to saving money,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Through the process of sharing services and eliminating duplication, communities have seen direct savings.”

Final determination is made by the Local Government Innovation Council, which oversees programs to promote shared services and local government efficiency.

For more information about this program, visit www.development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_lgscgp.htm.

Applications will be accepted beginning February 16, 2016.

Champaign County's New Economic Development Agency Completes Successful First 6 Months of Operation

Marcia Bailey
Champaign Economic Partnership

Champaign County’s public-private economic development agency, the Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP), recently completed its first six months of operation.

The agency, launched on July 1, 2015, is currently working on 25development projects with a potential of more than 400 new jobs in manufacturing, services, retail and health care. And in the past three years,the county has added 900 manufacturing jobs, reports Marcia Bailey, economic development director of the CEP.

Bailey formerly served as economic development coordinator for the City of Urbana, which joined with the Champaign County commissioners in creating the CEP as the county’s sole economic development organization.

Click Here to read more.

7 Tips for a Better Blog

Michelle Bretscher
The Montrose Group, LLC

When it comes to content, all indicators suggest it’s quality over quantity that matters. As more and more content is produced,breaking through becomes harder and harder. 

The numbers are staggering.According to a recent report from
ContentMarketing Institute, 86 percent of B2B marketers say that their organizations are using content marketing, and 70 percent of them are creating more content than they did one year ago. That’s a lot of noise. 

Read more here
: http://montrosegroupllc.com/7-tips-for-a-better-blog/

Alternative Fuels Transportation Program Requests Proposals

Todd Walker
Ohio Development Services Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency is soliciting proposals for the Alternative Fuels Transportation Program. The program provides financial assistance to businesses, nonprofit organizations, school districts, or local governments for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel refueling, blending, or distribution facilities and terminals.

A total of $2.9 million in loan funding is available in state Fiscal Year 2016.  Grants, in the form of up to $10,000 in forgivable loan principal, are available for the costs of educational and promotional materials for selected loan projects.

The Alternative Fuels Transportation Program Request for Proposal (RFP) is posted on the state of Ohio procurement website. To view the RFP, click here. The guidelines and application process are included in the RFP. Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines before starting the application process. Please note:

  • All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent. A prospective applicant cannot submit a formal application without having first submitted a Letter of Intent. Letters of Intent will be accepted until March 16, 2016.
  • All applicants must attend the Bidder’s Conference on March 23, 2016.
  • Questions will be accepted until April 13, 2016.
  • Formal proposals are due April 20, 2016.

The goals of the Alternative Fuels Transportation Program are to increase the alternative fueling infrastructure throughout Ohio, increase the use and availability of alternative fuels, improve Ohio’s air quality, and educate the public on the use of alternative fuels.

A copy of the RFP can be found here.

Thank you for your interest in the Alternative Fuels Transportation Program.

Kick Start your Efforts to Work with Entrepreneurs!!

Is Entrepreneurship a part of your economic development strategy?  If not, find out why it should be!
Interested in hearing lessons learned by communities around the country?  Then this workshop is for you.

Trainer: Don Macke, well-known expert from the

A two-hour free workshop on

  • Why Entreprepreneurs as a Development Focus?  The End Game - Greater Community Prosperity - Entrepreneurs as Change Agents in your Community's Development.
  • E2 Framework and Process
  • Getting Started - Opportunity Assessment - Readiness for Entrepreneurship - Five Critical Assessments
  • Wrap-Up  - Going to Scale 
  • Bonus: Stories included from communities around the U.S.

Where?  Quest Conference Center,
             8405 Pulsar Place (Polaris),
             Columbus, OH
When?  Monday, March 14, 2016, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER no later than March 7, 2016!
Register by clicking HERE

Questions?  Contact Debra Martin @ 419/334-5117 
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:

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In This Issue
OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

2016 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

Governor's Cup Submissions

Clermont County to Develop 242-acre Industrial Park

Middletown Hires New Economic Development Director

2016 to See Substantial TBED Federal Funding Opportunities

ODSA Launches Local Government Safety Grant

Champaign County's New Economic Development Agency Completes Successful First 6 Months of Operation

7 Tips for a Better Blog

Alternative Fuels Transportation Program Requests Proposals

Kick Start your Efforts to Work with Entrepreneurs!!

Join or Renew your 2016 OEDA Membership

Place Your Job Listings

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