Economic Development Specialist – City of Independence

The City of Independence, OH, is looking for a full-time Economic Development Specialist to join our team. The Specialist assists in the planning, design, coordination, review and managing of the City’s economic development strategies and programs. Work may include providing technical assistance to businesses and the public; supporting marketing, business retention and expansion efforts; maintaining, analyzing and manipulating database, GIS, reporting and website information; interacting with various agencies, officials, boards and commissions; and providing other complex administrative support for City departments. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Economic Development Director.

Tracked House Bills – October 2020

House Bill 6 Repeal Effort(s), Civil Litigation & Business Groups Step Forward:  Work continued in committees – the House Select Committee on Energy Policy & Oversight and the Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee – on three bills (HB 738, HB 746 & SB 346, described below) to straight-repeal HB 6’s nuclear energy subsidy program.  One issue that’s been raised in the House Select Committee hearings is HB6’s use of 2018’s peak revenue for FirstEnergy as a reference year for the company’s entitled annual revenue levels via ratepayer subsidy charges.  The nuclear subsidy charges are set to appear on ratepayer bills on January 1.

Tracked Senate Bills – October 2020

Clawback of GM Tax Credits & Awarding new LG Chem Tax Credits:  The Ohio Tax Credit Authority on September 28 approved a clawback agreement with General Motors under which the automaker will repay $28MM in incentives resulting from the idling of its Lordstown assembly plant in 2019.  The agreement also requires GM to provide another $12MM in “Ohio Community Support” in the form of scholarships or job training at Youngstown State University or schools and/or infrastructure assistance in the Mahoning Valley region.

Economic Rural Development Coordinator Center for Regional Development – Bowling Green State University

The rural development program coordinator supports and promotes the Center for Regional Development’s (CRD) mission of improving the lives of residents of northwest Ohio through economic and community development.   In partnership with the Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO), the position assists the Senior Director and Assistant Director by implementing CRD’s scope of work related to its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Community Development Initiative program.