Fintech71: Where Financial Leadership Meets Industry Innovation

The program received support from national, industry-leading financial institutions and insurance companies that got involved in the program through mentorship and other means. This includes leaders such as Huntington National Bank, KeyBank, Progressive Insurance, Grange Insurance, CardinalCommerce, Visa, Fifth Third Bank, Mastercard, PNC Bank, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, First Federal Lakewood and Safelite Group.

JEDDs Face New Reporting Rule in Ohio

Robert McCarthy. Bricker & Eckler. A new state rule requires joint economic development districts (JEDDs) to report and file certain information with the Ohio Tax Commissioner by February 12, 2018. Communities that have used JEDDs to support economic development...

Tracked Senate Bills – January 2017

State Legislative Activity:

Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendments: Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) and Rep. Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) announced on December 18 that they were introducing six separate constitutional amendments that address right-to-work issues. The proposals could each appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot, but a long process has to occur first. House leadership would first have to move them out of committee for a floor vote, where a supermajority passage of three-fifths is required. The process would then repeat for the Senate. Then, Gov. John Kasich would have to sign the resolutions. While the chances of that process being accomplished are slim, interesting dialogue should occur along the way.

State legislative activity resumed January 9.

On January 10, House Republican screening panels selected a former member and a former member’s son to fill two vacant seats. Jim Hoops, who served in the House from 1999-2006, was chosen to represent the 81st District, which was left open when Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) was appointed to the Senate. Riordan McClain, son of former Rep. Jeff McClain, was chosen to replace Wes Goodman in the 87th District in the seat previously held by his father. Mr. Hoops, of Napoleon, is currently associate vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Northwest State Community College. He also previously served as Henry County auditor. Mr. McClain, of Upper Sandusky, is director of Finance and Customer Service at Doc Investments LLC. He holds degrees from Bluffton University and the University of Findlay. The two new lawmakers are expected to be sworn in on Wednesday, January 17.

Director David Goodman Names Business Services Leadership Team

The Ohio Development Services Agency supports business and economic development in the state. Recent promotions within the Business Services Division will provide increased service to our business customers while providing opportunities for advancement for members of the team providing exemplary service.