Zoning Inspector – City of Middletown

The City of Middletown is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Zoning Inspector. This position is responsible for administration and enforcement of Middletown’s Development Code. Under general supervision, the Zoning Inspector is a professional position with a high degree of independence and responsibility for assuring compliance of City zoning regulations. Minimum Requirements: One (1) to two (2) years of equivalent experience in municipal planning, zoning, or public administration.

Tracked House Bills – December 2018

Federal Opportunity Zones: President Trump signed an Executive Order December 12 directing federal agencies to prioritize resources for opportunity zones. The order will create a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, covering 13 federal agencies and led by Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development secretary. The council will work to prioritize opportunity zones in a variety of federal efforts, including grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending and crime prevention. The 13 federal agencies included in the new council have apparently provided examples of potential actions they could take to support investment in opportunity zones. Projects could include the Agriculture Department targeting water infrastructure and rural broadband spending in certain zones, or the Small Business Administration focusing certain loan programs in designated tracts. The Justice Department could also shepherd spending on anti-crime efforts — such as mentoring and gang-prevention initiatives — to the zones. The Administration apparently also intends to finish two more rounds of regulations that will govern the zones and the funds that invest in them.

Tracked Senate Bills – December 2018

Role for the Lieutenant Governor? A bill passed by the General Assembly this week and sent to the Governor for signature hinted at a role to possibly be filled by Lieutenant Governor-elect Jon Husted. Senate Bill 296, originally drafted to increase law enforcement survivor benefits was amended to include a compromise pay raise omnibus amendment affecting state and local elected officials. An additional amendment apparently requested by the Governor-elect’s transition team would create an office within the Governor’s Office called “InnovateOhio” (see https://www.mikedewine.com/innovationohio/) and would allow the Lieutenant Governor, if appointed to head such an office, to receive the salary for that office rather than the lieutenant governor’s statutory pay.

New mission bringing 400-plus jobs to Wright-Patt

The Pentagon announced today Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be the site of a new mission that will bring hundreds of jobs to the Dayton region.

The F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator Organization, which supports the F-35 stealth fighter jet, will be located at the base. It is an acquisition-related program, and falls under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, which is headquartered at the base.