News from the Statehouse:
House Speaker Arrested, Charged with Federal Bribery and Related Offenses
On July 21, the FBI raided the home of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. Later during the day, law enforcement arrested Speaker Householder and four other individuals in connection with a $60 million bribery case related to H.B. 6, legislation that subsidized Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Speaker Householder had returned to the House in 2016 following a stint in the early 2000s when he also served as Speaker. His earlier departure coincided with another FBI investigation stemming from e-mails and related to funneling of campaign contributions. No charges were ever filed in that case.
The other four individuals arrested are Neil Clark, founder of Grant Street Consultants, a prominent lobbying firm in Columbus; former Ohio Republican Party chair and consultant Matthew Borges; Juan Cespedes, co-founder of The Oxley Group in Columbus; and Jeffrey Longstreth, adviser to Householder. They were released from custody afterward, with travel restrictions and prohibitions on contact with others involved in the case. All face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
With COVID cases on the rise, on July 22 Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:
At an indoor location that is not a residence
Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.
“Yesterday’s success does not mean that the City of Dublin can rest on its laurels today. The City’s thought leaders recognize that stagnation results in economic decline, and therefore Dublin must continue to proactively pursue cutting-edge economic development practices…” Dublin Economic Development Strategic Plan
While Dublin has long enjoyed a healthy and vibrant business climate, this has been the result of a sustained approach to monitoring economic trends and ensuring the City’s economic development policies and programs are responsive and relevant to the local and regional business community.
The Erie County Port Authority in Sandusky is issuing a Request for Proposals to fill the position of Executive Director. The successful proposer will be expected to have significant economic development experience through an Ohio port authority and to enter into a five year consulting contract beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The position is as a consultant and not an employee. Responses are due Aug. 4.
The Blanchard Valley Port Authority in Findlay-Hancock County is issuing a Request for Proposals to fill the position of Administrative Consultant. The successful proposer will be expected to have significant economic development experience through an Ohio port authority and to enter into a five year consulting contract beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The position is as a consultant and not an employee. Responses are due Aug, 3.