Exciting OEDA Training Opportunities Coming Up

Feb 10, 2021 | News, Newsletter

March and April will be great months for OEDA members to take advantage of training opportunities to improve your update your economic development skills, get caught up on the latest trends, and hear from experts in bring economic growth to Ohio and its communities.

The Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, April 6 – 29 online,

The Ohio Basic Course is the premier course for economic developers who are new to the profession or their organization. Attendees will hear from thought leaders and experienced practitioners, as well as having an opportunity to network with their peers. You can find the Agenda for the 2021 Basic Course HERE.

Real Estate Development Core Course, March 18 – 19, online

The first Core course of 2021, Real Estate Development is taking place March 18 – 19, 2021. The course includes discussions with best practice leaders from around Ohio, about the changing face of real estate, the impact of COVID on markets and feasibility, how “work from home” will change the face of real estate development. This course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

ROI/Gap Analysis course on March 8, 9am – 1pm; online

“How Much is Enough?” That’s the question asked by community leaders and practitioners when considering incentives and investment for economic development. OEDI’s ROI and Gap Analysis course, will provide a hands-on look at the practical tools for making decisions on incentives, financing, and investment for development projects. Speakers include Price Finley and Jeffry Harris from Bricker & Eckler, Matt Deptola from JobsOhio, Tim Bartik from the Upjohn Institute, and Ned Hill from The OSU.

Funding your EDO: March 15, 2021; 9:30 – 11am online

This 90 minute webinar, conducted in partnership with The Montrose Group LLC and the Resource Development Group, will provide participants with ideas on how to increase support for your EDO among elected officials and decision-makers, ensure EDO relevance at a time of change, discuss strategies for sustainable, long-term funding, and develop programs that are beneficial to their communities.

Ohio’s Community Reinvestment Areas Program, March 31, 2021, online

The first course in OEDA’s Economic Development Tools Series, Ohio’s CRA Program, will take place on March 31, 2021. This 90 minute webinar will focus on the “how to” of the Community Reinvestment Act program, one of Ohio’s most used tax abatement programs.  Future webinars in the series will cover Enterprise  Zones, Income Tax Incentives, Joint Economic Development Districts, and Accountability & Transparency in incentives.

All OEDA courses are eligible for OhioCED credits. Most courses are eligible for AICP CM Credit.

OEDA has reduced its basic fees from prior years, and is also offering discounts for multiple course registrations and “Join and Save” program.

You can get more information about all of OEDA’s Training Programs at www.ohioeda.com/events.

Hold the Date: July 26th – Community Rooted Economic Inclusion Playbook Webinar

The Ohio Economic Development Association is sponsoring a complimentary webinar on bringing equity and diversity to neighborhoods on July 26, 2021, 3 to 4:30pm. Sponsored in collaboration with the International Economic Development Council and the Brookings Institute, the Community-rooted Economic Inclusion Strategic Action Playbook argues that now is the time for community, city, and regional leaders to advance bold place-based solutions that foster long-overdue investment and opportunity within disinvested communities—and to do so in a way that benefits existing residents and small businesses within these communities.

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Substantial Transportation Funding Opportunities Blossoming

While this May has been cold, transportation funding opportunities are starting to heat up. The month of May brings with it funding opportunities for Ohio’s Transportation Improvement Districts (TIDs).  Ohio has 51 TIDs covering large areas of the state.  These intergovernmental agencies are designed to foster planning and cooperation among different counties and local governments to plan for regional transportation priorities.  TIDs have local, state and federal transportation funding sources upon which they can access. 

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