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RFP for Project Planning and Development Consultant – OVRDC

The Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) is requesting proposals from experienced individuals, groups, or firms to perform Project Planning and Development Consultant duties in the 12-county OVRDC region in southern Ohio. This is a contract-based position, and the selected contractor shall be responsible for all expenses incurred while performing services. The total compensation fee, which shall include all related expenses to be paid by consultant, may be negotiated but will include consideration for experience. This project and RFP are supported by American Rescue Plan Act funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the Ohio Department of Development.

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Development Manager – The City of Piqua

The City of Piqua is seeking a Development Manager who will perform complex professional work researching, administering and applying for grant funds for special projects.  This position will also create and direct community activities; Administer State economic development programs; Communicate with public and private funders to ensure adherence to program rules and regulations; Create and administering community engagement programs; Provide research and technical assistance to other departments related to grant preparation.

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News

In Memoriam – The Life of Dan Evers

I first met Dan in the fall of 2016.  I had moved to Central Ohio over the late holiday season in 2015 to begin serving as the new Director of GROW Licking County CIC, Dan’s former role.  I was immediately struck by many in the community who worried that I would “not be enough,” that the “shoes were too big,” and that “Dan was larger than life.”  And they were right. 

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OEDA 2022 Annual Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized statewide!

A panel of judges will evaluate the nominations, determine finalists, and select a winner for each of the categories noted below.  Award winners will be announced in conjunction with the 2022 OEDA Annual Summit, being held October 3-6 at the Exchange at Bridge Park in Dublin, Ohio. 

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SEMCORP to Invest $916 Million to Produce Critical Lithium-ion Battery Component in Sidney, Expanding Ohio’s Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

SEMCORP Advanced Materials Group announced it will establish a manufacturing facility in Sidney, Ohio, creating nearly 1,200 jobs with $73 million in annual payroll and $916 million in capital investment.

The facility will make separator film, a key component in batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). SEMCORP’s products will be used by leading EV battery makers across North America.

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Uptown is one of three great connectors of the region: A Q&A with Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments’ CEO, Mark Policinski

A connected region is critical for residents, workers, students, patients and visitors in Uptown Cincinnati. Increasi_ng the Greater Cincinnati region’s transportation offerings will continue to be a critical focus as the region continues to grow, retain and attract talent, and compete with other cities across the country.

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Advocacy

Tracked House Bills – June 2022

Federal News:

Thoughts on the ban of Russian oil’s impact on global energy supply and demand: The European Union’s pending embargo on Russian oil imports (save for pipeline-supplied oil to Hungary and other counties) may re-order the entire globe’s long-held status quo in the supply of energy. 

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Tracked Senate Bills – June 2022

State News:

State’s Appalachian region to receive $500MM in funding for transformational projects:  Inserted into HB 377’s appropriations of the 2nd tranche of ARPA funding from the U.S. Treasury to nonentitlement units of local government (i.e., smaller municipalities, villages, and townships), the General Assembly appropriated an additional $500MM of the State’s ARPA funds to bolster “transformational projects” with “region-wide impact” in Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties.

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Tracked House Bills – May 2022

Federal News: 

The whole high-price-of-fuel thing?  Yeah, it’s not going to get any better: In a recent NY Times opinion article, a political economics professor at Cambridge put the world on notice that the 1970s fuel crises were chump change compared to what’s coming at us.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, already stressed energy markets were pushed over the edge.  Prior to Putin’s aggression in that country, fuel supplies had already been struggling to meet demand; prices notably surged during the past year.  (This despite the U.S. shale boom during the previous decade; but the rate of growth of shale gas has been falling since 2020.)  And the new OPEC Plus cartel of oil producers now exercises a decidedly anti-U.S. position.

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Tracked Senate Bills – May 2022

State News:

Ohio General Assembly to fast-track townships & smaller cities’ ARPA funds: In anticipation of the 2nd tranche of COVID relief to arrive from the U.S. Treasury this month or next, the G.A. has scheduled HB 377 (described below) for full action before the summer recess to distribute those funds to Ohio’s townships and smaller cities (so-called nonentitlement units of local government, or NEUs, under ARPA).

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Tracked House Bills – April 2022

Federal News:

Real discussions afoot as to changing the global supply chain model of past several decades:  Appearing on Thursday, April 21 at the World Bank and IMF, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the audience the time has come to rejigger global supply chains that are “not secure.”  With the more aggressive stance taken by adversarial countries such as Russia and its ally China, Secretary Yellen stated that global supply chains had proved to be unstable, and that supply chains should be reshaped around “trusted partners,” even if it meant higher product costs.

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Events

Save the Dates for the In-Person OEDA Annual Summit!

It sure has been a while… We are so excited to be back as the 2021 Annual Summit returns to an in-person event this year!

This 2021 Annual Summit is designed to help you re-connect and re-energize while making sure you have the information you need to achieve success in your community.

This year’s conference is built around two days of general sessions and multiple networking opportunities. It ends with a celebration of Ohio’s economic and workforce development community at the 2021 Excellence Awards.  Stay tuned for more details; the final schedule will be released later this month.

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.