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OEDA is committed to providing Ohio’s economic development community with resources and relevant news to help practitioners best serve their business community during the COVID-19 outbreak and in the economic recovery efforts that follow.  This COVID-19 Resource Center contains the following:

  • Your Input (Upper Left Corner): Here’s you’ll find links to surveys related to Ohio’s economic recovery strategies, efforts, and policy issues.  Your opinion matters–we want to hear from you!
  • Key Resources (Left Column):  Here you’ll find information on best practices and tips for successful economic development efforts during the economic recovery phase.  This includes case studies and quick snapshots on what is going on around the state. 

DeWine Announces COVID-19 Curfew

Governor Mike DeWine announced that the administration is issuing a statewide curfew that takes effect on Thursday, November 19. Under the curfew, individuals are to be at home from 10PM until 5AM. The curfew lasts for 21 days. The Governor previously signaled he was considering closing in-person dining at bars and restaurants as daily case counts crept up over 8,000 per day.

COVID Numbers Skyrocket, DeWine Reissues Orders, Indicates Future Actions Possible

Amid record setting daily case numbers of COVID-19 and dangerous levels of hospitalizations, Governor DeWine addressed the state on Wednesday, November 11. During the speech (prepared remarks), the Governor began by confirming that the state remains in a state of emergency because of the pandemic. He then announced the administration will issue a revised mask order with new requirements for retail businesses and creating a new Retail Compliance Unit, charged with enforcing the revised mask order.

Senate HEALS Act Proposal: Key Provisions of Interest to Ohio’s Economic Developers

Details about the Senate’s approach to a second coronavirus relief package, titled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability, and Schools Act or HEALS Act, have been released but federal lawmakers and interested parties are still scrambling to understand what is included in the $1 trillion stimulus package.

Senate Republicans have said they are hesitant to endorse the package until they have more time to vet the bill’s provisions.  A number of items which are seemingly unrelated to coronavirus relief, such as $1.75 billion for a new FBI building, have made Senate Republicans hesitant to endorse the measures.  The feasibility of certain provisions, such as basing the among of stimulus payments on a yet to be create system that will have to coordinate with individual state unemployment offices, have also drawn concerns.

Public Meetings

The Ohio Legislature passed a bill on March 25 (HB 197) that will address many challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, especially public meetings, and will likely allow public entities to meet remotely provided there is sufficient public access to video or telephone...

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Job Search

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation has developed a website specifically geared toward matching essential businesses with Ohioans who are able and willing to work as an essential employee during the COVID-19 crisis....

Stay At Home Order

On March 22, 2020 Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton signed a Health Director’s order he referred to as a “stay at home” order, essentially a shelter in place order as seen in other states. Certain businesses are exempt...

Federal News & Resources

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act On March 6, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law H.R.6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, an $8 billion emergency funding measure for...

State Assistance & Tools

The State of Ohio’s COVID-19 resource center is a one-stop location for information on the COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio including the number of cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths....

Small Business Administration

The SBA has released new guidance on their programs that are useful during the COVID-19 crisis. Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan AdvancesThe advances can be up to $10,000 and small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are...