RFP – Economic Development Strategic Plan for the City of Grandview Heights

Minutes from downtown Columbus but in a class of its own, the City of Grandview Heights (“the City”) combines the energy of urban living with the welcoming, neighborly attitude you’d expect from a city its size. At just over 1.3 square miles and home to 8,000+ residents and growing, Grandview Heights boasts tree-lined, walkable streets, trendy shops and stellar dining, all boosted by the power of its proximity to some of Central Ohio’s most desirable neighborhoods, business centers and entertainment districts.

Closely aligned with the Village of Marble Cliff, City and Village residents enjoy access to a full range of city services, Grandview Heights City Schools, a beloved community library, and parks and recreation
opportunities. A designated Tree City, USA, by the Arbor Day Foundation, Grandview Heights residents benefit from a variety of well-planned passive community parks and natural areas, as well as active indoor and outdoor recreational spaces and programs.

Tracked House Bills – August 2021

State News:

ODOD adopts Residential Broadband Expansion Program rules on an emergency basis:  On July 30, ODOD formally filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) the rules for HB 2’s broadband expansion program.  This filing occurred the same day as Governor DeWine issued his executive order authorizing their immediate adoption.  ODOD is charged with implementing the rules immediately, with their emergency status to expire within 120 days (when they are to be adopted via the traditional JCARR process).

On August 4, the newly formed Broadband Expansion Authority members met for first time.  With three named members, of five total, the Authority convened to approve scoring criteria they will use to approve grant applications.  The window for submitting application materials commences September 6 and will close November 8.

Tracked Senate Bills – August 2021

Federal News:

Breaking news: “Neither side got everything they wanted”: On August 10, the Senate approved the $1T physical infrastructure improvement plan, with the 69-30 vote demonstrating a rare bipartisan comity among senators.  The “ayes” included Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. – Kentucky) and 18 other Republicans.   The 2,700-page legislation now proceeds to the House, with the following plan elements:

Economic impact study illustrates Uptown Cincinnati’s significant impact on local economy

A study on the economic impact of the area of Uptown Cincinnati was recently published by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center. The report summarizes the economic and financial impact of almost all of Uptown’s anchor institutions — Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, TriHealth, University of Cincinnati and UC Health — and the roughly 1,092 auxiliary businesses operating in Uptown’s five core neighborhoods: Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights, and Fairview), and Mt. Auburn.