JobsOhio’s Site Authentication Program Offers In-Depth Look at Sites Ready for Immediate Development

Economic development officials across the state now have a resource to help attract companies to Ohio: an inventory of industrial sites ready for immediate development.

This inventory of sites is made possible by SiteOhio, a one-of-a-kind site evaluation program offered by JobsOhio. SiteOhio has officially authenticated 15 sites available for immediate development across Ohio. SiteOhio goes beyond the typical site certification process, putting sites through several rounds of rigorous review and analysis, looking at everything from the size of the area’s workforce to the site’s accessibility to utilities, airports, railroads and interstates. Only those that meet certain criteria earn the SiteOhio Seal of Authentication, which guarantees all utilities are on site with adequate capacity, due diligence studies are complete and signed off on to mitigate risk, surrounding areas have been vetted for compatibility with industrial operations, and all authorizing state and federal entities have reviewed and provided concurrence with the findings.

Call for Governor’s Cup Submissions

Just a reminder to start thinking about the Governor’s Cup, awarded by Site Selection magazine every spring. Ohio continues to be a leading destination for new business investment and job creation. Through a statewide collaborative effort, we can continue our positive momentum by submitting successful economic development projects to the Governor’s Cup submission portal at until November 20, 2018.

Tracked Senate Bills – October 2018

State Issue 1: Voters will see one state issue on the November ballot, State Issue 1. State Issue 1 is titled “To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs”, and it would add a new Section 12 to Article XV of the Ohio Constitution designed to reshape the funding and implementation of Ohio’s drug treatment and correctional rehabilitation programming. The Ohio Ballot Board issued the following description of the components of State Issue 11: Require sentence reductions of incarcerated individuals, except individuals incarcerated for murder, rape, or child molestation, by up to 25% if the individual participates in rehabilitative, work, or educational programming; Mandate that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing, or using any drug such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances cannot be classified as a felony, but only a misdemeanor; Prohibit jail time as a sentence for obtaining, possessing, or using such drugs until an individual’s third offense within 24 months; Allow an individual convicted of obtaining, possessing, or using any such drug prior to the effective date of the amendment to ask a court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor, regardless of whether the individual has completed the sentence; Require any available funding, based on projected savings, to be applied to state-administered rehabilitation programs and crime victim funds, and Require a graduated series of responses, such as community service, drug treatment, or jail time, for minor, non-criminal probation violations. The Issue is very controversial. Opponents say it could decrease the effectiveness of Ohio’s drug courts and that its decriminalization of fentanyl will lead to increased overdoses. Proponents include Former Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray, the Democrat running for governor; Christian Coalition of Ohio; American Civil Liberties Union and numerous church and social service organizations. Opponents include Ohio Gov. John Kasich; Ohio Attorney/Republican Gubernatorial candidate General Mike DeWine, and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and numerous law enforcement agencies in Ohio.

Tracked House Bills – October 2018

Ohio Legislature: Recent House and Senate Sessions have been sparse, and legislators are in full campaign-mode. However, work has continued in legislative committees.

Gubernatorial Race: With the three scheduled gubernatorial debates completed, most polls show the race between Democratic candidate Richard Cordray and Republican candidate Mike DeWine too close to call. The outcome could well rest on voter turnout.

Early Voting Underway: Early voting for Ohio’s November 6 General Election began October 10 and lasts through November 5. Voters can either vote early by mail (Request a ballot from your county’s board of elections, fill out the form and mail it back or drop it off at your local board of elections headquarters) or in person by going to your county’s Board of Elections with an acceptable form of identification. Hours are as follows: between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays between Oct. 10 and Oct. 26; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.

Economic Development Program Associate (Grant Funded)

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Ohio University, Athens, OH

This position requires a flexible, team player who will assist faculty, professional staff, and students with technical assistance, applied research, data compilation/analysis, project administration, oral presentations, and report writing in the area of community and economic development. Position will directly apply knowledge of local and state economic development policies and tools specific to Ohio. As such, the position requires a familiarity and experience with Port Authorities, Special Improvement Districts, Joint Economic Development Districts, tax abatement/credit programs, enterprise bond funds, grant programs, and other tools available to support economic development efforts in Ohio.