New look. New energy. New ways to get involved.


The Ohio Economic Development Association is more than just a new website.  There’s a new energy at OEDA, reflecting those we serve.  As the professional association for economic developers, our new brand reflects our members– dynamic, on-the-move, decisive, knowledgeable, informed, engaging.  The Ohio Economic Development Association is committed to helping our members expand their knowledge, expand their network and expand their influence.  So, come join us as we work to expand your opportunities.



The Ohio Economic Development Association is committed to providing Ohio’s economic development community with resources to help practitioners best serve their business community during the COVID-19 outbreak. We believe one of the most helpful roles OEDA can play is curator; sifting through and summarizing the vast amount of information so you can focus on what you need as professionals.



New look. New energy. New ways to get involved.








Expand Your Knowledge


Prepared professionals win.  OEDA provides professional development and continuing education for practitioners at every level through high-value conferences, courses, and trainings.  To help you stay current, we seek out important information from around the state to be your information safety net.  Our flagship program, the Ohio Economic Development Institute offers high-level, state-specific courses that are the pathway to earning the Ohio Certified Economic Development credential.


Expand Your Network


We know economic developers also learn from each other.  OEDA enables members to connect with peers from around the state– gaining knowledge, building relationships, and identifying resources.  Structured learning is important but our members value the opportunities OEDA provides to interact with fellow practitioners as well as consultants and related industry representatives.


Expand Your Influence


OEDA prides itself on being a preferred source of state economic development information for our members as well as legislators and policy makers. OEDA members receive a monthly legislative update on legislation being monitored by the advocacy team as well as timely breaking news on key bills. With members representing every county in Ohio, OEDA is a unique position to connect legislators with economic development professionals from their districts.


Stay Up to Date


OEDA is your partner for success at every step of your career.  Our foundational programs and services are designed to support you in your current position as well as preparing you for future career growth.  Whether it is through our jobs board, opportunities to connect, or your expansion of knowledge, OEDA opens doors and expands opportunities.



ODOD releases rules and program guidelines for Brownfield Remediation Program and Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program

The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) released rules and associated program guideline documents (Brownfield Remediation and Building Demolition and Site Revitalization) to govern the disbursement of $500 million in total grant funds for distressed properties in Ohio. Governor DeWine’s signature of H.B. 110 on June 30, 2021, set in motion the creation of two massive funding sources that are now available to community and economic development stakeholders: Brownfield Remediation Program (see R.C. 122.6511) and Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program (see R.C. 122.6512).

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Companies Can Apply Now for Ohio Export Internship Program

The Ohio Export Internship Program matches businesses interested in growing exports with highly motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. The Ohio Department of Development offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.

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Growth of Ohio’s Bioscience Ecosystem Presents Incredible Opportunity

This is an incredibly exciting and auspicious time for Ohio’s bioscience, health and life sciences industries, with incredible growth and massive record investment in recent years. In 2020, bioscience companies in the state attracted a record $3.3 billion from sources including venture capital, exits, angel investment, federal research grants and other state initiatives.

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Tracked House Bills – January 2022

Federal News:

Final Rule released for local governments’ use of ARPA funds:  On January 6, the U.S. Treasury issued its 437-page Final Rule on the use of ARPA – Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.  The Treasury published a high-quality overview describing its new guidance. 

But which form of guidance to follow?  Interim Rule or Final Rule?  Treasury states that its Final Rule takes effect on April 1, 2022; prior to that date, “recipients may take actions and use funds in a manner consistent with the final rule, and Treasury will not take action to enforce the interim final rule if a use of funds is consistent with the terms of the final rule, regardless of when the [Local Fiscal Recovery Funds] were used” (U.S. Treasury, Statement Regarding Compliance with the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Interim Final Rule and Final Rule, Jan. 2022, at page 1).

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Tracked Senate Bills – January 2022

State News:

State Capital Bill requests to be due by March 18 to your legislators:  We now know of the timeline set by the General Assembly and Governor DeWine’s Administration for the capital budget for 2022. In December, Senate Finance Committee Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) announced the plan to (i) complete the capital re-appropriations budget by March 31 of funding already authorized projects and (ii) appropriations for new capital projects are to be due to state legislators by March 18.  For new projects, legislators will submit their priorities by April 1.

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Tracked House Bills – December 2021

Federal News:

Hello, Senator Manchin. It’s you again. President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan on the ropes: The Biden Administration’s multi-trillion dollar climate change and economic plan was torpedoed December 19 by Senator Joe Manchin III (D – West Virginia) during a television appearance.

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Stay Connected


The best and the brightest practitioners have invested in their careers and communities by becoming members of the Ohio Economic Development Association. But, other top industries and organizations have as well.  Support for OEDA is support for the economic development profession and reflects these organizations’ commitments to growing the Ohio economy.