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.




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.




Extension Educator, Community Development in Noble County

Extension Educator, Community Development in Noble County to conduct programming for OSU Extension targeted to local needs. An earned Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at the time of hire is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in the field of economic development, public administration, business administration, community planning, community development, applied economics or a related field.

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Call for Presentations for the 2018 OEDA Annual Summit

OEDA invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Annual Summit, themed “Back to Basics” to be held October 17-19 at the Columbus Renaissance Downtown. The sense that 2018 is going to be a very busy and dynamic year serves to remind us that we need to be doing the foundation work better than ever in order to have great success.

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Tracked House Bills – February 2018

Federal Infrastructure Plan:

President Trump released his long-awaited infrastructure plan on February 12. The proposal apparently would leverage $200 billion in federal dollars, matched by cuts elsewhere in the overall federal budget, to achieve $1.3 trillion in state, local, and private spending. Reports indicate that the $200 billion would be broken down as follows:

$100 billion for on a competitive grant program for state and local governments, favoring revenue-generating projects
$50 billion for rural infrastructure
$20 billion for “transformative” projects, defined as “ambitious, exploratory, and ground-breaking project ideas”
$20 billion to expand low-cost federal loans aimed at waterways, railroads, and private activity bonds
$10 billion to improve federally owned infrastructure

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2018

State Legal and Legislative Activity:

On February 21, Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cain ruled that language in the state budget bill (HB 49 ) allowing for the centralized collection of municipal net profits taxes meets constitutional muster. The ruling came in a lawsuit that included as plaintiffs more than 160 cities and villages across the state. Plaintiffs had asked the court to issue an injunction to prevent the law from going into effect. However, Judge Cain rejected the arguments made by the municipalities that the language violates both home rule and the single subject rule of lawmaking. “Everything comes down to whether the General Assembly has the power or it doesn’t,” he wrote in the nine-page decision. “In this case, the General Assembly has the power.”

Judge Cain found that the Ohio Constitution makes it clear that all taxes must be levied pursuant to the law. He went on to say that using common sense, the court could only find that the collections deal with the levying of taxes, and that the General Assembly has the authority to enact the collection provisions.

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OEDA Member Alert: Update on Federal Economic Development Matters

Several year-end changes occurred to federal programs that may be of interest to OEDA members.

The Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late December preserved the main provisions of Private Activity Bonds (PABs), Historic Preservation Tax Credits (HPTC) and New Markets Tax Credits. Unfortunately, the Act repealed tax-exemption for advance refunding bonds issued after December 31, 2017.

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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.