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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

GENERAL NEWS

Manufacturer investing $225M to expand Dayton-area facility

One of the Dayton region’s largest manufacturing companies is planning a massive expansion at one of its local facilities.

Cargill Inc., a Minnesota-based provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services, will invest $225 million to expand its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney.

The project will create new jobs and further enhance Cargill’s presence in the region.

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Montrose Group Releases Rural Development White Paper: A Mandate for Transformation

The Montrose Group released A Rural Development White Paper: A Mandate for Transformation timed in conjunction with a forum held in Circleville, Ohio before 100 economic development, business and community leaders focused on rural economic development.  A copy of the white paper can be found at https://montrosegroupllc.com/2019/10/rural-development-whitepaper-a-mandate-for-transformation/.

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Urbana Students Win Design Challenge

URBANA, Ohio – On November 1, students from Urbana High School were announced as the winners of the second annual Champaign County Design Challenge during the county-level competition at Urbana University. The winning team, consisting of Ron Ragland, Bryant McKenzie, Dale Mason, Bryant Chamberlain, and Johnny Moore, are part of Ohio Hi-Point’s Advanced Manufacturing satellite program at Urbana High School.

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ADVOCACY

Tracked Senate Bills – October 2019

SB 1 REGULATIONS  (McColley, R., Roegner, K.)  This bill would require each state agency to reduce the regulatory restrictions contained in its rules by 30% by 2022, according to a schedule and criteria set forth in the bill.  It also prohibits an agency from adopting new regulatory restrictions that would increase the percentage of restrictions in the agency’s rules and requires an agency that does not achieve a reduction in regulatory restrictions according to the required schedule to eliminate two restrictions before enacting a new rule containing a restriction.  It allows the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to lessen an agency’s required reduction in regulatory restrictions if the agency fails to meet a reduction goal and show cause why the agency’s required reduction should be lessened.  Effective January 1, 2023, it limits the total number of regulatory restrictions that may be in effect in Ohio. The bill passed in the Senate May 8 and has been referred to the House State and Local Government Committee, where a first hearing occurred June 12.

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Tracked House Bills – October 2019

HB 2 CREDENTIAL PROGRAMS (Cross, J., Lepore-Hagen, M.)  This legislation introduced May 13 would provide $35 million in state funding in FY 2020 and FY 2021 for its programs, with funding allocated as follows:

TechCred Program — $12.3 million a year to reimburse employers and individuals for training to receive a micro-credential, at the rate of $500-$2000 per credential;
Industry Sector Partnerships Program — $2.5 million a year to support regional partnerships across the state, including a grant program to develop the partnerships and promote their mission.

The Bill was assigned to the House Economic & Workforce Development where several hearings occurred.  An amendment was submitted June 5 that moved the TechCred application and due date to better align with education standards, better defined regional sector partnerships, removed audit authority from the bill, included race and gender demographic information gathering requirements, and barred employers with recent minimum wage violations.   The revised bill passed in the House June 12 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where a third hearing with all testimony occurred October 8.

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Tracked Senate Bills – September 2019

State Update:

Ohio Wins $7.5M Federal Grant for Automated Vehicle Project in Rural Areas: The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded an Ohio team $7.5 million for a research project to develop and deploy automated vehicles to rural roads and highways. The project will test the safe integration of automated driving systems and examine the economic effects of the technology.  Partners in the team include DriveOhio (the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) autonomous and connected vehicle initiative), the Transportation Research Center (TRC), Ohio State University, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati, who will contribute an additional $10.3 million, bringing the total size of the project to nearly $18 million. The grant was made possible through DOT’s Automated Driving System Demonstration grant program, which supports projects that are meant to generate data to inform rulemaking and encourage collaboration on automated driving systems. The project was apparently one of more than 70 nationwide competing for $60 million in grants.

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