OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   June 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
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Executive Directors Column

Jennifer Tisone Price

Ohio Economic Development Association

Presidential Candidates Muck It Up While Convention
Host Cities Prepare to Shine

The 2016 presidential election is widely considered to be one of the most contentious and divisive in recent history and there are still many months before Election Day.  Rarely is there a day where stories about skirmishes between the two political camps don’t headline the news.  And, the war of words seems to be escalating as each party cements its support of the presumptive nominee. 

On the bright side, the two host cities for the major party conventions will soon be making more positive headlines and garnering huge amounts of media attention.  In a little over one month, 50,000 politicos will visit Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.  Two weeks later, a similar number of convention goers will visit Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention.  While there may be some opposing viewpoints of the economic impact of these types of mega-events, the political conventions provide cities with a unique opportunity to reinforce their brand and unprecedented national media attention.

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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.

North West Ohio

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June 27 - 28, 2016
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West Central Ohio

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August 1 - 2, 2016
training being held in Dayton, Ohio

South East Ohio

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September 8 - 9, 2016
training being held in Athens, Ohio

$150.00 for current OEDA Members

$300.00 for Non-members

Register Today for the
OEDA Mid-Year Briefing

Presented by the 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 15, 2016
Time:  10:00 am to 2:15 pm
Location:  Marriott Columbus Northwest,
                      5605 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, OH  43017

Registration Fees: 
OEDA Member $50 per person (includes lunch).
Non-Member $60 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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2016 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!  Click here for full details and to submit your nomination. 


Save the Date
2016 OEDA
Annual Summit
"Connect and Collaborate"

October 19-21

 Columbus Marriott Northwest,
5605 Blazer Pkwy.

Dublin, OH  43017

OEDA's annual premiere event! 
Look for more information later this spring!

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Top-notch speakers including best-selling author Peter Zeihan and Moody’s Analyst Sophia Koropeckyj headline an all-star roster of keynoters and panelists at this year’s conference.

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Diversity Attracts Foreign Direct Investment to Ohio

Andrew Lange

When a global company leader looks to locate and expand in the U.S., it can be a tough and personal decision to make.

However, Ohio makes the decision less complicated, rising to the top of any company's site selection short list. The state's diversity, professional infrastructure, and cultural competency are key reasons Ohio stands out. Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany currently rank as the top three investor countries in Ohio.

Ohio is an ideal destination for global investment and currently, there are over 3,800 international establishments, owned by more than 1,000 foreign companies from 47 countries across nine key industries located here. Together, international establishments employ 215,560 people in Ohio, making global investors important contributors to the strength of the state's economic prosperity.

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Manufacturing Company to Reopen on Mill Street in Athens

Athens Mold & Machine to stimulate economic growth with 60 new jobs over the next three years

Sara Marrs-Maxfield
  Business Remixed
ATHENS, OH, April 28, 2016 - Athens Mold and Machine (AMM), a tire mold manufacturing company, will reopen its doors at 180 Mill Street this year following several years of dormancy due to the recent reshoring of tire mold production. The $3 million investment project includes building renovations, machinery upgrades, and a roadway extension that will improve commercial truck access from Stimson Road to the manufacturing park. “I am really thrilled with the opportunity of restarting the business in Athens and eager to bring jobs back to my home community, which will help the local economy and city development. I am deeply grateful for the people and entities that gave us funding assistance making it possible. I would also like to voice my sincere appreciation the Athens County Economic Development Council and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), and all others involved, for the help and guidance throughout this endeavor. It is very fulfilling to be able to make a difference in our community.” said Samuel G. Thornton, Project Manager, Athens Mold and Machine.

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Changes to State JEDD Law Impact Economic Development

David J. Robinson

  The Montrose Group, LLC
Ohio House Bill 182 which is in route to passage by the Ohio General Assembly will have a major impact on the operation of Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDDs).  JEDDs are created and organized under three sets of statutory procedures.  JEDDs are an economic development tool that permit a municipality and a township to form a district in which to jointly develop.  Ohio law provides several different forms of JEDDs depending upon if the JEDD is within a county that has adopted a charter, with an airport owned by a city but located outside of the city, part of a transportation improvement district before November 15, 1995, and for a city and township within the same or adjacent county.

Read more at: http://montrosegroupllc.com/changes-to-state-jedd-law-impact-economic-development/
Ohio Development Services Agency wins President's E-Award

Sameen Dadfar

  Ohio Development Services Agency

From left to right Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Joyce Steffan, Export Internship Program (EIP) Program Manager at The Ohio State University, Sameen Dadfar, Export Assistance Program Manager at the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s (ODSA) Export Assistance Office was recently awarded with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. This award is the highest recognition any U.S. organization can receive for significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

The President’s “E” Award recognized contributions of the Ohio Export Internship Program which helps companies export for the first time or improve current export initiatives. While many Ohio companies recognize the opportunities that global markets offer, many lack the focus and expertise to pursue an international strategy. This program was designed to address these challenges and provide companies with resources to allow them to develop a more successful global strategy.

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BWC Addresses Coverage Gap for Ohio Employers Doing Business in Other States

Kendra DePaul
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

If you operate a business with employees who travel across state lines, you understand the many questions that can arise when an employee is injured in another state. That’s because the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation generally provides coverage for employees working temporarily outside of Ohio, but complications occur when the injured worker files a claim in another state. Treatment can be delayed and businesses can be subject to penalties by the other state.

BWC is addressing this gap in coverage with the Other States Coverage option, which was developed after a law enacted last year granted BWC the authority to contract with an insurer licensed in other states to offer an option that ensures proper coverage regardless of jurisdiction. BWC has secured the services of United States Insurance Services (USIS) and Zurich North America  to provide an insurance solution in all U.S states except those that do not permit private workers’ comp insurance (North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming).

Employers interested in this optional coverage offering can apply directly to BWC, which will determine eligibility and the premium cost for the coverage. BWC will work with USIS and Zurich to issue a policy to coverage out of state exposures.

Watch this video for a brief explanation of the offering. Learn more and apply at bwc.ohio.gov.

JobsOhio Growth Loan Fund Filling Financing Gap for Tech Companies

Nate Green
The Montrose Group, LLC

As Ohio’s Third Frontier is winding down its spending capacity, JobsOhio is stepping up with a new loan program focused on emerging tech companies.  The JobsOhio Growth Fund Loan provides capital for expansion projects to companies that have limited access to capital and funding from conventional, private sources of financing.

Read more athttp://montrosegroupllc.com/jobsohio-growth-loan-fund-filling-financing-gap-for-tech-companies/

Poorman Joins the
Appalachian Partnership

Charlotte Hatfield

  Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth
The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) is pleased to announce that Thomas Poorman will be joining the staff as a JobsOhio Regional Project Manager. Poorman has served the last 25 years as president of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce.

“Tom understands economic development in our region,” said Mike Jacoby, APEG vice-president for business development. “He has attracted and retained businesses and supported workforce and small business development during his years at the Chamber; his experiences make him a great fit for APEG’s work.”

Poorman will cover APEG’s central counties with the goal of bringing new businesses and growing current businesses to strengthen the region’s economy and grow jobs.

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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.

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In This Issue
Executive Directors Column

OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

Register Today for the OEDA Mid-Year Briefing

2016 Annual Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

2016 OEDA Annual Summit - Save the Date

Special Offer for All Members of OEDA:  20 Percent Off Registration at TrustBelt

Diversity Attracts Foreign Direct Investment to Ohio

Manufacturing Company to Reopen on Mill Street in Athens

Changes to State JEDD Law Impact Economic Development

Ohio Development Services Agency wins President's E-Award

BWC Addresses Coverage Gap for Ohio Employers Doing Business in Other States

JobsOhio Growth Loan Fund Filling Financing Gap for Tech Companies

Poorman Joins the Appalachian Partnership

Join or Renew your 2016 OEDA Membership

Place Your Job Listings

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