OEDA Dateline Newsletter
   November 2016
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Executive Directors Column

Jennifer Tisone Price

Ohio Economic Development Association

Who Are You?

Many Americans have been doing some serious soul searchingfollowing a presidential election which could be characterized in twowords:  angry and unexpected.  Regardless of party, voters were frustratedwith the angry rhetoric of both camps and surprised with an outcome that defiednearly every poll and pundit.  So, whileAmericans debate the future of the electoral college and ponder the futureimplications of the Election of 2016, we at OEDA aren’t going to be asking youto dig deep to tell us who you are.  Wesimply want you to take a moment to update your member profile!

OEDA’s new member profile page is designed to tell us whoyou are—from a professional, not political, standpoint.  The member profile page has been rebuilt toinclude questions about the type of work you are engaged in, the depth of yourexperience, the economic development issues of most interest to you, and theways in which you would like to get involved in OEDA.

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Call for Governor's Cup Submissions

Stuart Moynihan


Site Selection magazine just released its annual rankings of state business climates and Ohio moved up two spots to No. 3, overtaking Texas. Ohio continues to be a top destination for new business investment and job creation. Through a statewide collaborative effort, we can continue our positive momentum by submitting successful economic development projects to the Governor’s Cup submission portal at http://jobs-ohio.com/govcup-input/ between now and the November 22, 2016 deadline.

Conway Data uses the collected data to determine rankings for Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup submission. This is significant for a couple of reasons. First, from a marketing and sales perspective, positive rankings help attract additional attention to economic development opportunities in the state of Ohio and the metropolitan and micropolitan areas that place high on the list. Second, JobsOhio can work with our network partners as well as DSA to analyze details of projects won outside of those that JobsOhio assists. This data is crucial to refining our strategies and resources.

Projects that meet one or more of the following criteria can be considered:

  • Employees: 20 or more new jobs created.
  • Square footage: 20,000 or more of new or expanded facility space.
  • Capital investment: $1 million or more for construction, land, or building.

Manufacturing, distribution, office, data centers, call centers, and R&D projects are all eligible for submission.  A project is more likely to be accepted when the local economic development organization supplies more than one of the qualifying data criteria above to the Governor’s Cup submission portal.

Deadline for submissions is November 22, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Stuart Moynihan at 614.224.6446.

Champaign County's Largest Employer Continues to Grow with CRA Incentives

Marcia Bailey

Champaign Economic Partnership

KTH Parts Industries, Inc. has grown dramatically since beginning operations in 1985 near St. Paris.

Starting with 195 full-time associates in a 239,122 -square-foot facility, KTH has become Champaign County’s largest employer. Now 914 full-time permanent and 223 temporary associates make automobile subassemblies in KTH’s 1,110,448-square-foot complex.

With the help of the Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP), KTH received approval from the Ohio Development Services Agency (OSDA) to yet again expand its facility and employment.

ODSA granted final approval of a Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) application approved by the Champaign County commissioners and developed by CEP Director Marcia Bailey in partnership with KTH. The CRA grants KTH a 50 percent, 15-year real estate tax exemption on the company’s new construction, a 128,950-square-foot expansion expected to cost $6.7 million.

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Third Frontier Adds More Than $67 Million into Ohio's Technology Economy

Dave Robinson

Montrose Group

On October 27, 2016, the Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded $67.4 million to 21 entities through the Entrepreneurial Services Program, Commercial Acceleration Loan Fund, and Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund Program. The three Third Frontier programs make available funding and other assets and resources to assist entrepreneurs with developing new and improved products to grow their technology start-up companies in Ohio. 

Read more here, http://montrosegroupllc.com/third-frontier-adds-more-than-67-million-into-ohios-technology-economy/

Ohio Supports Entrepreneurs and Technology Startups
Third Frontier Funds Network to Grow Innovative Companies

Lisa Colbert

Ohio Development Services Agency
Today the Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $67.4 million to help entrepreneurs develop innovative products and grow their technology startup companies.

“We are supporting the problem-solvers and businesses that are building a new Ohio,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission. “The investment in innovators will continue to create jobs.”

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Utica Plans Downtown Redevelopment District, Local Growth

Nate Green
Montrose Group

Utica is a quintessential American small town surrounded by the ruraland agricultural community. Located in northern Licking County and SouthernKnox County along the North Fork of the Licking River, Utica benefits fromassets that other areas in the County do not have. For nearly thirty yearsUtica was the center of the window glass industry and now finds itself as oneof Ohio’s long standing ice cream producing communities.

Read more here, http://montrosegroupllc.com/utica-plans-downtown-redevelopment-plan-strategy-tied-to-local-growth-plans/

Port Authority OKs CareSource land sale

Tom Gnau
Dayton Daily News
After a 40-minute closed executive session and two open-meeting votes, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority did its part Friday to facilitate CareSource’s planned new downtown Dayton office tower.

The Port Authority’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to buy about 1.5 acres at 118 E. First Street from the Dayton Public Schools district for $1 million.

With a second unanimous vote, the trustees voted to sell the same land to nonprofit health insurer CareSource, also for $1 million.

The authority’s involvement made possible the land transfer without the school district having to put the land up for bid, which might have delayed the process and made it more expensive, said Jerry Brunswick, the port authority’s president and executive director.

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Cleveland Economic Development Veteran Don Iannone Joins
Montrose Group

Dave Robinson
Montrose Group
The Montrose Group, LLC announced the addition of Cleveland economic development veteran Don Iannone to its multi-disciplinary team of economic development, lobbying and marketing professionals. Iannone will serve as Senior Economic Development Advisor to the Montrose Group and will focus on assisting local, state and regional economic development clients.

Iannone is a nearly 40-year veteran of the economic development field. He has managed his own economic development consulting business since 2000. For 15 years, he headed the economic development program at Cleveland State University, and before that he directed economic development programs at the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and Lake County Economic Development Center. Iannone is retiring as head of the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County (in Northeast Ohio), which is a private nonprofit focused on economic and community development.

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Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Receives Auditor of State Award

Jim Black
Southeastern Ohio Port Authority

Marietta – A recent two year financial audit of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report. Executive Assistant Janet K.Nelson’s excellent record keeping has earned the Port Authority the Auditor of State Award.

“Janet is an excellent comptroller.She monitors issues related to compliance and brings any questionable items to the attention of the executive director and the executive committee for review to enable a quick and expedient resolution prior to any non-compliance finding by the state auditors,”  said David Haas,Secretary/Treasurer of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority.

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City of Medina Economic Development Director Receives State Award

City of Medina
Kimberly Marshall, the City of Medina Economic Development Director, was honored by Heritage Ohio with the Best Public Leader in Revitalization Award at its October annual conference in Cincinnati. She has over twenty-five years in public service with federal, state, and local government, and has been in her current position with the City of Medina since 2011.

Kimberly chairs the City of Medina Economic Development Committee, and is President of the Medina City Development Corporation. She serves on the board for The American Red Cross of Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties, and the Workforce Alliance Resource Council for the Medina County Economic Development Corp.

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Airport and Eastpointe Business Parks
are Now Fiber Ready

Carmel Victor

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority and At&T Ohio has announced Wednesday that the Airport and Eastpointe Business Parks are now fiber ready.

This designation is part of At&T’s continuing effort to drive economic development and investment in Ohio.

“Over the last three years we’ve done 1.5 billion in upgrades to our infrastructure,” At&T Ohio, President, Adam Grzybicki said. “What we’re trying to do is share the stories locally of where that investment is happening and where fiber facilities are available.”

Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority Executive Director Matt Abbott said infrastructure is vital for business growth.

“Fiber is a huge part of that,” Abbott said. “Broadband. Cloud capabilities. Are capabilities that are expectations now, that maybe weren’t expectations 10 to 15 years ago. This is definitely an edge. It’s an exciting time for the port authority, the commissioners, and the City of Zanesville. It’s been a collaborative effort.”

Abbott is excited to be able to move forward and tell prospective businesses about the great things that are available at the Airport and Eastpointe Business Parks.

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In This Issue
Executive Directors Column

Call for Governor's Cup Submissions

Champaign County's Largest Employer Continues to Grow with CRA Incentives

Third Frontier Adds More Than $67 Million into Ohio's Technology Economy

Ohio Supports Entrepreneurs and Technology Startups

Utica Plans Downtown Redevelopement District, Local Growth

Port Authority OKs CareSource Land Sale

Cleveland Economic Development Veteran Don Iannone Joins the Montrose Group

Southeastern Ohio Port Authority Receives Auditor of State Award

City of Medina Economic Development Director Receives State Award

Airport and Eastpointe Business Parks are Now Fiber Ready

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