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.



Prioritizing Ohio Businesses During COVID-19 Recovery

This year presented us with a lot of unexpected challenges. But as Ohioans, we don’t give up, and throughout this pandemic, we’ve demonstrated the value of our economic development network. The JobsOhio team is thankful for all you’ve done to help companies and your communities during this time. We have a long road still ahead of us, but JobsOhio believes this is the time to rebuild, improve and seize opportunities.

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Small Business in Hamilton Thriving Despite Pandemic

Even in the midst of a historic pandemic, business goes on in Hamilton, Ohio. Over the past few  months, the city has celebrated the opening of Pinball Garage, a classic pinball arcade with a cocktail bar; Smoochies Boba & Crepes, a bright and cheery place to grab a bubble tea, fresh fruit smoothie, or a yummy crepe; and the Strauss Gallery & Gift Shop, a hip shop with works from local artists living in the downtown Artspace lofts.

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Tracked House Bills – July 2020

News from the Statehouse:

House Speaker Arrested, Charged with Federal Bribery and Related Offenses

On July 21, the FBI raided the home of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. Later during the day, law enforcement arrested Speaker Householder and four other individuals in connection with a $60 million bribery case related to H.B. 6, legislation that subsidized Ohio’s two nuclear power plants.  Speaker Householder had returned to the House in 2016 following a stint in the early 2000s when he also served as Speaker.  His earlier departure coincided with another FBI investigation stemming from e-mails and related to funneling of campaign contributions.  No charges were ever filed in that case.

The other four individuals arrested are Neil Clark, founder of Grant Street Consultants, a prominent lobbying firm in Columbus; former Ohio Republican Party chair and consultant Matthew Borges; Juan Cespedes, co-founder of The Oxley Group in Columbus; and Jeffrey Longstreth, adviser to Householder.  They were released from custody afterward, with travel restrictions and prohibitions on contact with others involved in the case.  All face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Tracked Senate Bills – July 2020

COVID-19 Update:

Mask Requirements:

With COVID cases on the rise, on July 22 Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties.  All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:

At an indoor location that is not a residence
Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

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Tracked House Bills – June 2020

Federal News:

Unemployment Numbers Improve: As reflected in numbers released Friday June 5, the U.S. economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May as some states reopened.  The   unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent from April’s number of 14.7 percent. The positive news was complicated by the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics said it had misclassified data in May, as it had in April and March. Without the error, the unemployment rate in April would have been higher at 19.7 percent, and May’s rate would have been 16.3 percent. 

HEROES Act: On May 15, the House approved a fifth aid bill dubbed the “HEROES Act” (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) that would authorize additional COVID assistance totaling $3 Trillion.  The bill is now under consideration by the Senate.  It includes another round of direct cash payments to individuals, extends unemployment benefits to the end of January, adds hazard pay for front-line workers and includes aid to state and local governments. It also expands virus-testing efforts and contact tracing and treatment.  The bill also includes some changes to programs that were approved in the CARES Act, including an expansion of the IRS payment program.  In addition, the plan sets aside $3.6 billion to protect federal elections, $25 billion to support the U.S. Postal Service, $100 billion for low-income rent support, $75 billion for a homeowner assistance fund and $100 million for the Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs.  It also would expand funding for small-business loans, enhance an employee-retention tax credit program and boost worker protections.

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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.