OEDI Capstone Course Open for Registration October 15

The next Cohort of the OEDI Capstone Course will be open for registration October 15, 2020.

Economic developers who have completed the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course and the required Core Courses are eligible to register for the Capstone Course.

Economic Equity Agenda Needed to Revive the American Dream for All

2020 has been a disaster.  COVID 19 not only infected millions of American and likely will kill a couple hundred thousand more but, triggered by police misconduct, a surge of legitimate protests along with unwarranted violence lead to the destruction of neighborhoods and property across the United States.  The economic challenge for many communities even before COVID 19 illustrated a clear line between winners and losers.  In Franklin County, Ohio, home to mid-sized urban market winner Columbus, before the large negative impact of COVID 19 the county’s overall poverty rate was 16.7%, 29.9% for African Americans, and 25% for children.  Rural America has been struggling as they lose population and battle opioid addiction.  Public officials, economic development and private sector business and development leaders are searching for ways to address legitimate claims that the American Dream does not seem achievable by a share of the nation. 

Delivering Local Government Services During a Pandemic

The defining challenge that local governments have faced during the COVID-19pandemic, and one that they will continue to face for some time, is how to administer critical services in a manner that keeps both the public and government employees safe and healthy. While many services can be delivered via internet/ web-based applications, some residents do not have access in their homes, and others may prefer to interact face-to-face. Still others do not have access to transportation or must rely solely on public transit where it is available. As a result, there is an enduring need for areas inside government facilities where the public and staff can safely interact in person.

Helping All Ohioans Return to Work

Like the rest of the nation, Ohio faces historically high unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The impact, at its height, has reached more than a million displaced workers, disproportionately touching Ohio’s economically vulnerable populations.