OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   October 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

Just Wow!  I joined more than 300 economic development professionals to attend OEDA’s Annual Summit conference last week and it was an exciting, energizing, and impressive experience. The event was the scene for two major announcements, the program was outstanding, and the presenters were tops in their fields.

Sessions covered topics ranging from innovative project financing and the Ohio legislative update to winning in the site selection process and redeveloping the most challenging of brownfields.  On Thursday the winners of the Ohio Economic Development Awards were recognized and attendees also were able to hear first-hand from JobsOhio and the Ohio Development Services Agency. JobsOhio announced it was moving to GIS mapping for its SiteOhio program to an enthusiastic Friday morning crowd.  The conference planning committee, led by board member Jennifer Ekey, did an outstanding job.

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Ohio Economic Development Association Present 2016 Annual Excellence Awards

The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its annual Excellence Awards at its 2016 Annual Summit, held October 19-21 at the Columbus  Marriott Northwest. 

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce  Development.

Click here for the entire Press Release which includes the winners and runners up.

 
 
Call for Governor's Cup Submissions

Stuart Moynihan

JobsOhio

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 centers, call centers, 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 November22, 2016.  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."

 
 
Rebirth!  Columbia Gas grant helps manufacturing jobs return

Dave Rau

Columbia Gas of Ohio

Manufacturing jobs are returning to southeast Ohio thanks to a grant from Columbia Gas of Ohio’s Jobs Growth Fund. Athens Mold and Machine promises to create 60 jobs by 2019. The company was a fixture in Athens for decades. But by 2011, foreign competition forced it to lay off the last employees and shut its doors.

The plant is coming back to life thanks to the determination of the owners, the vision of local leaders and grants from economic development partners. Columbia contributed $50,000 to refurbish the building and acquire new machinery and equipment. The company’s Jobs Growth Fund is a $1.55 million grant program to assist companies creating new jobs. The fund has helped companies preserve and add jobs in Cambridge, Columbus, Norwalk and across Ohio.

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Ohio Team Heads to Money20/20
to Build Partnerships

Valentina Isakina

JobsOhio

Ohio may not be the first place that comes to mind when looking for a fast-paced and evolving Fintech environment, but it should be. For the first time, our team, along with our economic development partners at Columbus 2020, TeamNEO and REDI Cincinnati, will share Ohio’s Financial Services story at Money/2020 later this month in Las Vegas. A premier Fintech event, Money20/20 attracts more than 10,000 stakeholders defining the future of how we spend, borrow and manage money. It will be an incredible opportunity to develop partnerships with companies of all sizes.

Our message to all of them will be the same: Ohio has all of the building blocks to be a leading Fintech hub. Our state is ranked 5th nationally in the number of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 company headquarters. A high-value IT infrastructure as well as a multitude of tech-savvy millennials makes Ohio a key location. Ohio’s access to a wide array of global leaders across many industries indicates why Financial Services is ranked the second largest private sector in Ohio.

Help us spread the word. The Ohio team will be at Booth 1028 October 23 – 26 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Want to know more about Ohio’s long list of attributes and expertise in the financial services industry? Read more.  

 
 
Ohio Energy Battles and the Role of Economic Development

Dave Robinson

Montrose Group

Energy is a hot topic in Ohio.  Renewable energy industry leaders are battling utilities and manufacturers related to the renewable energy standards.  Electric utilities such as American Electric Power made a public pronouncement that they want to move back to a regulated market in Ohio.  State government leaders are facing billion dollar energy policy decisions and lobbying success will depend on who makes the best economic development argument.


Read more here, 
http://montrosegroupllc.com/ohio-energy-battles-and-the-role-of-economic-development/

 
 
State Program Helps Businesses
Grow Internationally

Morgan Bleich-Lee
Ohio Development Services Agency

Businesses in Ohio are elevating their marketing plans and exporting their products and services internationally. As a result, small businesses are becoming more globally competitive while creating jobs in their communities. The Ohio Development Services Agency is now accepting applications for the 2017 Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program.

The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE), funded by the state of Ohio and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP),is designed to increase exports and create jobs. In the first three years of the program, 313 grants have been awarded, resulting in more than $181 million in expected global sales. “This program brings value to businesses in Ohio looking to export their products into international markets,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “By offsetting high marketing costs, small businesses can reach international customers and grow their business beyond Ohio’s borders.”

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Piqua commits to $4.5M riverfront plan

Tristan Navera
Dayton Business Journal



Piqua has decided to move ahead on a plan for the long-anticipated redevelopment of its riverfront.

The city commission approved this week a $124,500 contract with Boston-based consultant Gamble Associates Architecture + Urban Planning for design services to proceed on there development of the riverfront that runs through the downtown of the Miami County city.  The consultant has already been working with the city on preliminary concepts for the revival of the riverfront, estimated to be a $4.5 million project.

"This is a place-making project ... (the riverfront) should be a real destination place," City Manager Gary Huff said. "I think this is a place that people can come to at all times."

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Montrose Way 4th Quarter
Economic Report

Dave Robinson
Montrose Group
Economic indicators clearly tell the picture that the American economy is continuing to grow amid global turmoil. Below is a summary of the research on economic growth in the US, the Midwest, and Ohio.

Read more here,
 
http://montrosegroupllc.com/montrose-way-4th-quarter-economic-report/
 
 
$6 Million Grant to Advance NW33 Smart Mobility Corridor

Union County Ohio

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $5.9 milliongrant to the City of Dublin, the City of Marysville and Union County for theadvancement of the Northwest U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor. The grant willprovide funding for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) along thecorridor for connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle testing and research. Theexpansion of fiber-optics and smart mobility apparatus along the corridor willsolidify the importance of technological advancements in smart mobility for theautomotive sector.

Click to read more: http://www.unioncounty.org/6-million-grant-to-advance-northwest-us-33-smart-mobility-corridor/

 
 
BRE:  30 Years of Community
Economic Impact

Nancy Bowen
OSU Extension Community Development

This year marked the 30-year anniversary of an Extension program that’s been delivered in nearly every county of Ohio. After 30 years, do you believe the program could still be relevant?

In just the past three weeks, two requests and a highly anticipated software announcement underscore the innovation and ongoing importance of the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) program first conceived by OSU’s Leroy Hushak and George Morse in 1986. First, the two requests: 1) a WVU Extension Educator recently called to ask if the BRE program could serve as an effective response mechanism for a number of West Virginia counties that experienced significant flooding this summer, and 2) a new OSU Educator recently inquired about whether BRE could be used to address business gaps within a neighborhood or village setting. The answer (of course):  Yes,and yes!!

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Entrepreneurship is Hard Work,
But You're Not Alone

Morgan Bleich-Lee
Ohio Development Services Agency


Born in Peru, Stefannie Sanchez moved to the United States with her family when she was young. Without speaking any English, she came to Ohio with hopes of building a new life.   

Sanchez comes from a family of entrepreneurs and her Dad owned his first business by the time he was 18-years old. She always admired his work ethic and dedication to his business, but never thought her life would follow the same path.

“Until you get an idea that you’re passionate about – it doesn’t seem realistic,” said Sanchez. For her, it was the overwhelming love she had for her dog, Jake. She would take him to dog parks all around Columbus, but there was never a place where she could incorporate both her social lifestyle and energetic puppy.

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One Park, 800 Jobs

Shelly Schultz
Times Recorder

ZANESVILLE- When 5B's Embroidery moved into a 170,000-square-foot facility in 1996, the company became one of the largest contract embroidery corporations in the U.S.,according to Todd Biles, the company's president and chief executive officer.5B's also became the anchor tenant for the Airport Industrial Park, and is looking to expand yet again.

The Airport Industrial Park is one of three industrial parks owned by Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority. The port authority was established in 1987 as the economic development agent for both Muskingum County and the city of Zanesville.

"The park is located adjacent to the Municipal Airport and within two miles ofI-70," said Matt Abbott, executive director of the port authority."Location and demographics make all of our industrial parks very attractive for manufacturers."

Muskingum County is part of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth. APEG acts as the “front-door” for business access to JobsOhio and Ohio Development Services Agency business incentive and support programs using an application and review process to determine priority, Abbott said.

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Export Initiative Partners Join Leaders from Around the World at Global Cities Summit in Washington, D.C.

Kim Calvert
Regional Chamber

Representatives of the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative attended the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Summit in Washington, D.C., Sept. 28and 29 to engage in peer-to-peer learning through panel discussions, workshop sessions, networking opportunities and a public forum.

Moussa Kassis, director of the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network at Youngstown State University; Dorte Heffernan, international trade manager for the Northwest Commission in Pennsylvania; and Michelle Phillips, research analyst at the Regional Chamber, were invited by Brookings to join leaders from metro cities worldwide at the summit, which reinforced the importance of global competitiveness and engagement, highlighted major urban innovations underway and catalyzed a next wave of bottom-up initiatives that respond to the ongoing dynamics and challenges in the global economy.

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New Business Solutions Center in Montgomery County

Dan Bish
Montgomery County

 

Regional growth requires thinking outside the box.  Looking for ways to deliver services in a timely and effective manner that makes it easier for the customer.  Montgomery County’s answer is the Business Solutions Center. 

Montgomery County will unveil its brand new 10,500 square foot Business Solutions Center to the public in October.  This one-of-a-kind facility offers a convenient "office away from the office"where businesses can connect with multiple resources and services in one place.  The goal is to save time and money for local businesses while helping them grow and be successful. 

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Pipeline H2O Water-Tech Commercialization Program Launches in  Hamilton

City of Hamilton Economic Development Department

With the announcement of Pipeline H20, a new water-tech commercialization program that officially opened to applications on September 12, the Hamilton Mill has become the place for water-innovation companies to cluster. This water-tech initiative, managed by the Mill in partnership with regional cities, utilities,universities, and other organizations, will provide both new and established companies with mentorship, help in securing venture capital, and a willing beta-testing market.

The Mill, the small business incubator for the City of Hamilton, has launched a number of clean energy and advanced manufacturing technology organizations in recent years by using the “City as a Lab” concept to help ideas grow. This approach enables companies to quickly engage with municipal departments to prototype and test their products.

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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:

 
 
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In This Issue
Executive Directors Column

Ohio Economic Development Association Present 2016 Annual Excellence Awards

Call for Governor's Cup Submissions

Rebirth!  Columbia Gas grant helps manufacturing jobs return

Ohio Team Heads to Money20/20 to Build Partnerships

Ohio Energy Battles and the Role of Economic Development

State Program Helps Businesses Grow Internationally

Piqua commits to $4.5M riverfront plan

Montrose Way 4th Quarter Economic Report

$6 Million Grant to Advance NW33 Smart Mobility Corridor

BRE:  30 Years of Community Economic Impact

Entrepreneurship is Hard Work, But You're Not Alone

One Park, 800 Jobs

Export Initiative Partners Join Leaders from Around the World at Global Cities Summit in Washington, D.C.

New Business Solutions Center in Montgomery County

Pipeline H2O Water-Tech Commercialization Program Launches in Hamilton

Join or Renew your 2016 OEDA Membership

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