OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   August 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

Back-to-School for the Kids and You

The dog days of summer that are upon us are usually associated with high heat and humidity and a general collective groan from school age children across the state.  That’s because these sultry dog days of summer also mark a return to the classroom, which, for most kids, is not nearly as appealing as carefree summer days and homework free nights.  As adults, we address this academic apathy by stressing the importance of education to our children, emphasizing that learning is not only fun but the ticket to a brighter future. 

Ironically, it is easy for us to put our own continued professional development on the back burner.  Even though we know how important it is to keep current in our professions, work deadlines, family obligations, and volunteer service often, understandably, take priority.   OEDA’s recent membership survey underscores the importance and value of continuing education and professional development for economic development professionals.

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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.

South East Ohio

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September 8 - 9, 2016
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$150.00 for current OEDA Members

$300.00 for Non-members


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! 
Registration will open soon!

2016 Annual Summit Hotel Information

The Columbus Marriott Northwest will be the host site of the 2016 Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Summit.  The Columbus Marriott Northwest is located at5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH  43017. 

You may book your hotel room now for the 2016 Annual Summit!  A limited number of rooms have been blocked for the nights of October 18, 19, and 20 at the discounted rate of $140per night for single and double rooms.  The reservation deadline is September 27, 2016. 

You may make your reservation online by visiting http://www.ohioeda.com/AnnualSummit, or directly at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cmhnw?groupCode=DEVDEVA&app=resvlink&fromDate=10/17/16&toDate=10/21/16&stop_mobi=yes.   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.

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.


How the Heartland Became
A Tale Of Two Midwests

Economist Ned Hill handicaps the TrustBelt and gives frank advice to site selectors and communities

Ron Starner
Site Selection Magazine

When fast-food behemoth McDonald’s announced June 13 it was moving its headquarters from suburban Oak Brook to Chicago’s hip West Town area, it became the latest Fortune 500 firm to ratify the defining trend of the Midwest.

America’s Heartland has become a tale of two Midwests.

On the one side are booming metropolises like Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Des Moines and Pittsburgh, that cater to highly educated millennials and the corporate employers who covet them. On the other side are fading suburbs and some rural outposts where low-to-middle-skilled jobs dominate the landscape. In between is a hodge-podge of rising communities like Findlay, Wooster, Bay City, Elkhart, Solon, Utica, Canal Winchester and other places where Corporate America and FDI projects increasingly find a welcoming home.

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Historic Preservation White Paper

Dave Robinson

  The Montrose Group, LLC

Historic preservation is a $90 B business that creates high wage jobs through the redevelopment of historic structures. Redeveloping existing structures also is a hot topic as young, Millennial workers make a push to move back to the city in search of the walkable neighborhoods of their great grandparents’ generation. American cities have those walkable, mixed use communities in the Downtowns that were developed a hundred years ago. However, it is more expensive and complex to redevelop an old structure compared to building something new. Policymakers across the United States are responding to this push for more mixed use, walkable communities through the creation of incentives to redevelop historic structures and districts in small and large communities.  

Download our white paper and take advantage of historic preservation tax credits and grants.

Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Application Opens August 8, 2016

Penny Martin

  Ohio Development Services Agency

The second competitive round of the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant will open Monday, August 8th. The grant provides funding for local communities to assess and clean up contaminated abandoned gas stations. A minimum of $3.5 million will be available in this round of funding, and for the first time county land banks are eligible to apply.

Grants up to $100,000 for assessment activities and up to $500,000 for cleanup may be awarded through the competitive program. Competitive applications are scored based on the impact the project will have on the environment, community and economy. Non-competitive Fast Track grants are awarded on an on-going basis for projects where the only likely contamination is associated with the underground storage tank location(s).

Applications for the second round of competitive funding are due to the Ohio Development Services Agency by Friday, September 9, 2016. The application along with the scoring matrix can be found online at https://www.development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_agsc.htm.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact April Stevens at (614) 466-4007 or via email at April.Stevens@development.ohio.gov.

  Ohio is a Prime Target for the
Growing Medical Marijuana Marketplace

Dave Robinson
The Montrose Group, LLC

Ohio is a prime target for the growing medical marijuana marketplace.  The estimated legal U.S. cannabis market in 2016 was estimated to grow from $5.7 B in 2015 to $7.1 B to top $22 B by 2020 according to market research firm ArcView Group.   Joining now what will be a majority of states, medical marijuana is coming to Ohio.  On June 6th, 2016, Governor Kasich signed into law HB 523 that legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio to treat specific medical conditions. Five clear steps exist to launch an Ohio medical marijuana business—they include to recognize and participate in the Ohio medical marijuana regulatory framework, understand the Ohio marketplace, capitalize on Ohio tax policy and incentives, and navigate Ohio land use policy and site development issues. 

Read more here, 

10 Reasons Economic Development
Needs PR

Lara Kretler

Economic development is a complex industry with a myriad of functions and considerations. Never was this clearer to me than after completing two and a half days of intensive training as part of the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course in April of this year.

Strategic economic development should focus on three key areas: community development, traditional economic development (business attraction) and business retention and expansion. But all too often, strategic marketing communications and PR are left out of the equation. Here are 10 tips – several for each of the core economic development functions - for how you can use PR to boost efforts in your region.

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Ohio Historic Preservation
Tax Credit Program

Round 17 Application is now Available

Stephanie Gostomski

Ohio Development Services Agency

When Ohio historic buildings are revitalized, they have a catalytic economic impact within their community. The Ohio Development Services Agency administers the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, and the application period for Round 17 is now open. The Application Guide and online application are available under ‘Application Information’ on the program website: https://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_ohptc.htm.

For questions, contact Carrie Manno at carrie.manno@development.ohio.gov or 614-466-6667.

Ohio's Small Business Tax Climate is Among Top 10 Best in U.S.

"Small Business Tax Index 2016" report names Ohio's tax climate among 10 best in U.S.


Ohio provides a great environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The state has a world-class workforce, offers easy access to North American markets and features an economy that’s improved more than any other state. All of these assets helped Ohio earn its latest ranking as the eighth best tax climate in the U.S.

The “Small Business Tax Index 2016,” report published by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, ranks tax systems in all 50 states from best to worst for small business and entrepreneurship. According to the index, Ohio’s tax climate is the eighth best in the country.  

This year’s report evaluated 25 different tax measures and combined them into a single score to compare and rank all 50 states. The report examines the tax rates on personal and corporate income, capital gains and dividends and interest. It also considers whether or not states impose a death tax, adjusts tax brackets for inflation and charges an alternative minimum tax on individuals and corporations. 

Within the Midwest region, Ohio's tax climate ranks the best and the state continues to be recognized in the top 10 for tax climate, ranking ninth on the 2015 index and eighth on the 2014 index. 

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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 Director's Column

OEDA Presents Building Competitive Advantage to Win Sales Training

2016 OEDA Annual Summit - Save the Date

2016 Annual Summit Hotel Information

A Chance to Give Back at the 2016 IEDC Annual Conference

SiteSelection Group Free Webinar

How the Heartland Became A Tale Of Two Midwests

Historic Preservation White Paper

Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Application Opens August 8, 2016

Ohio is a Prime Target for the Growing Medical Marijuana Marketplace

10 Reasons Economic Development Needs PR

Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

Ohio's Small Business Tax Climate is Among Top 10 Best in U.S.

Join or Renew your 2016 OEDA Membership

Place Your Job Listings

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