OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   July 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 Director's Column

Jennifer Tisone Price

Ohio Economic Development Association

There’s never been a better time to join OEDA!  Some of the greatest benefits of your OEDA membership are access to quality professional development, networking opportunities, and significant member discounts.  And, right now, is the best time to take advantage of all three!

  • OEDA is excited about the launch of several new programs and initiatives in early 2017 including expanded professional development courses and a new certification program.  At least two new courses will be available and the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course is being expanded to provide more in-depth coverage of important topics.  The certification program, which will be done in partnership with a university, is an excellent way to grow your knowledge base and let others know that you have taken your career to the next level.
  • In recognition of Ohio being the host state for the International Economic Development Council’s 2016 Annual Conference, OEDA members get the deeply discounted IEDC member rate.  That’s a savings of $180 over the non-member price!  But, you must be an OEDA member in good standing.  Be sure to check that you have renewed your membership and paid to be able to receive the OEDA member discount.  Did you also know that OEDA memberships are pro-rated for new members?  Right now, new members can join for only $137.50.  So, if someone you know is planning on attending IEDC in September, make sure they know a membership in OEDA pays for itself and then some!
  • It’s almost time for OEDA’s Annual Summit which is not only one of the state’s largest economic development conferences, it’s also one of the state’s premier networking event for economic development professionals.  This year’s Annual Summit will be held October 19-21 in Columbus.  Economic development professionals will have a chance to “Connect & Collaborate” at this year’s event and OEDA members save $100 of the full conference rate.  Registration for this year’s event will open in late July.

We hope you will take full advantage of your member benefits.  If you have any questions about the status of your membership, please contact Karla Dunbar at oeda@assnoffices.com or log into your account on our website.



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2016 Annual Excellence Awards
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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!  The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2016!

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!

A Chance to Give Back at the
2016 IEDC Annual Conference

OEDA is excited to have partnered with IEDC and Cleveland Metroparks to support restoration efforts in the Acacia Reservation, one of the park system’s largest conservation efforts in an urban watershed as a special activity during the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference.

Ohio is the proud host state, and Cleveland the proud host city, for this year’s IEDC Annual Conference.  This is an excellent opportunity for OEDA members to get involved in an impactful service project in their own (big) backyard.  I encourage all attendees to support this project which will be held Saturday, September 24, from 12-4 p.m. This event is free, but, at this point, only open to conference registrants given the activity participation is limited to 50 people.

The Acacia Reservation, is a 155- acre green space oasis among a significantly congested area of the City of Lyndhurst.  Though this is definitely a very “hands-on” service project, participants will also benefit from learning about the project and building knowledge should this be something that they may want to explore in their community. The service activity begins with an information meeting highlighting the transformation of this unique area from a former golf course to a nature preserve over the next few years.

Participants will be trained and be given a project overview prior to the start of work, which will include the use of basic hand tools to restore and increase native habitat. Volunteers may help with installing plants and trees, providing plant care with enclosures to minimize animal browse, and other restoration activities.

Pitch in and lend a hand. Join OEDA and IEDC for this special volunteer service project as we kick-start the 2016 Annual Conference. More information about this project can be found HERE.

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Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to qualify for an exclusive discount for all OEDA Members – 20 percent off registration at the 2016 TrustBelt Conference in Chicago, August 7-9.

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.

For more information and to register using your special OEDA Code – OEDA20 – go here: http://www.trustbelt.com/
Development Fund of the Western Reserve, along with Cleveland Development advisors and Chase Bank CDE, provide NMTC financing for the new Lincoln Electric Welding Technology Center in Euclid, Ohio

Development Finance Authority of Summit County

This new technology center will focus on the training of welding educators and industry leaders to address the rising demand for welding education and career pathways in welding and advanced manufacturing and expand Lincoln's local, national and global reach in its recognition as the global leader in welding education.  The new facility addresses increased customer demands and, in partnership with skilled trades and technical schools,help develop the next generation of industry-ready welders.  Lincoln Electric's welding training program will provide additional new courses including the concept of "training the trainer".  The facility is designed to accommodate a larger number of trainees and advance the skills of trainers on-site who can then impart skilled knowledge to their students at area high schools, colleges, and skilled trade centers, resulting in an increase in the number of individuals that develop state of the art welding skills.

In partnership with $5 million Federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) and $2.6 million State NMTC from Cleveland Development Advisors and $1 million Federal NMTC from Chase Bank CDE, this project is utilizing $5 million of Federal NMTC provided by Development Fund of the Western Reserve.

This project creates approximately 194 construction jobs and 40full time permanent jobs, in addition to retaining at least 20 existing permanent full time jobs.  

Visit Lincoln Electric's website

Fyda Freightliner Opens Full-Service Dealership in Ohio


Truck dealer group Fyda Freightliner has opened a new 46,000-square-foot, full-service Freightliner and Western Star dealership in Zanesville, Ohio.

Construction on the dealership began earlier this year and the new facility will allow Fyda to expand its offerings to a wider area and move closer to some current customers.

“It is our goal to always keep our customers first, and the opening of our newest full service dealership represents another step in that direction,” said Gary Tiffan, general manager. "Our Zanesville location was built to better serve our current customers within their home bases, while allowing us to expand our services to drivers who travel in the area between our Columbus and Pittsburgh dealerships."

Click Here to read more.

Billion Dollar Historic Preservation Economic Development Benefit

Dave Robinson

  The Montrose Group, LLC

Saving historic structures can be a key element to an economic development strategy.  Did you know:

  • Historic preservation increases land values and enhances the regional economy.
  • Historic Preservation helped create more than two million jobs and $90 billion in investment.
  • Rehab construction creates 50 percent more jobs than new build construction.

Saving historic structures can be a key element to an economic development strategy.  Did you know: historic preservation is a tool local communities can choose to revive neighborhoods, enhance environmental quality and reduce infrastructure costs by promoting development in existing areas rather than sprawling out? It is estimated that historic preservation projects save 50-80 percent in infrastructure costs compared to new suburban development. A 2011 Economic Impact Study of the Ohio Historic Tax Preservation Tax Credit illustrated strong benefits of the program for the Buckeye state. The study showed for every $1 million in tax credit allocated by the state, $8 million of construction spending and 80 construction jobs are created. More importantly, $32 million in total economic impact is created by this $1 million in state investment.  

Read more here: http://montrosegroupllc.com/billion-dollar-historic-preservation-economic-development-benefit/  

Statewide Investments to Create $32 Million in New Payroll

Stephanie Gostomski

  Ohio Development Services Agency

On Monday, June 27th,  Governor John R.Kasich announced the approval of assistance for nine projects set to create 655new jobs and retain 1,108 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in $32.2 million in new payroll, and spur more than $130million in investment across Ohio.

Click here to read more.

Ohio Broadband Trends

Amanda Murphy
Connected Nation

Ohio has been a leader in fostering a vibrant broadband ecosystem in the state,according to the report, OhioBroadband Trends, released today by Dr. John Hoag of Ohio University. However, significant and substantial gaps in broadband availability and adoption still persist in Ohio according to the report, which was sponsored by Connect Ohio.

Ohio was one of the first states to formally create a state-based broadband leadership initiative. The report documents that states with these ongoing comprehensive broadband initiatives collectively lead the nation in broadband availability and adoption.

Click here to read more.
6 Steps to Redevelop Historic Property Using Ohio Downtown
Redevelopment Districts

Nate Green
The Montrose Group, LLC

Ohio municipal corporations can create downtown redevelopment districts (DRDs) and innovation districts to promote rehab of historic buildings if a city has a certified historic structure, creates a district as large as 10 contiguous acres around that historic structure and develops a DRD economic development plan under recently enacted HB 233. Six steps exist to redevelopment historic property using DRDs.

Read more here: 

Development Finance Authority of Summit County provides financing for Fairlawn GIG project

Development Finance Authority of Summit County

The $9.9 million public utility project will offer fast, reliable wireless and fiber optic connectivity to the Internet for area businesses and residents, delivering Internet service 20 times faster than currently available.  "This is huge because in December 2014, Ohio was ranked 48th out of 50 states for Internet connectivity.  We want to create a state-of-the-art network to deliver one gigabit of service to our customers.  This is the utility of the future.  We have created a template that is a first in the U.S.," said Fairlawn Mayor Roth. Summit County Executive Russell Pry added that to call the project"exciting" was an "understatement."  "This is cutting edge in Summit County and we are looking to partner with others [to expand this concept]," said Pry.  City officials added that customers will be able to stream high-definition video content with little to no delays and download movies, songs and TV shows in seconds.  In addition, customers will be able to stream services simultaneously to multiple devices, allowing families to video chat, stream a movie, play an online game, work from home and browse the Internet without interruption.

This project creates 60 new fiber jobs as well as an expected 8 percent growth to the economy (national average) with this type of project.

Development Finance Authority financed this project providing $10.5M in tax exempt bonds through our Jobs & Investment Fund.  


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
Executive Director's Column

OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

2016 Annual Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

2016 OEDA Annual Summit - Save the Date

A Chance to Give Back at the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference

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

Development Fund of the Western Reserve, along with Cleveland Development Advisors and Chase Bank CDE, provide NMTC financing for the new Lincoln Electric Welding Technology Center in Euclid, Ohio

Fyda Freightliner Opens Full-Service Dealership in Ohio

Billion Dollar Historic Preservation Economic Development Benefit

Statewide Investments to Create $32 Million in New Payroll

Ohio Broadband Trends

6 Steps to Redevelop Historic Property Using Ohio Downtown Redevelopment Districts

Development Finance Authority of Summit County provides financing for Fairlawn GIG project

Join or Renew your 2016 OEDA Membership

Place Your Job Listings

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