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Executive Director Port Authority

Dayton/Montgomery County Ohio Port Authority is seeking an Executive Director for this leadership position directing the activities of the Port. Candidate will be responsible for identifying, organizing, planning and facilitating economic development and job creation/retention within the region served by the Port.

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Call for Presentations for the 2020 Annual Summit

OEDA invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2020 Annual Summit, themed “Moving the Needle” to be held September 29-October 1 at the Marriott Columbus University Area. This year’s theme focuses on how economic development practitioners continue to make...

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April Event Brings Small Businesses and Government Buyers Together

Small businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government buyers at the local, state and federal level in April at the 2020 Ohio Business Matchmaker.

The largest small business-to-government contracting event in the state will kick off with a networking reception Tuesday, April 28, at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio 45324. The Ohio Business Matchmaker’s main “matchmaking” event will take place Wednesday, April 29. 

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Dayton-made ‘American Factory’ Wins Oscar for Fuyao Documentary

On Sunday evening, the Dayton-made documentary “American Factory” took home the Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert accepted the Oscar for their film about Chinese auto glass maker Fuyao Glass America’s revival of a former General Motors plant with the creation of over 2,000 jobs in Moraine.

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Ohio Returns to Funding Spec-based Commercial & Industrial Development

In 2020, Ohio’s development officials are again awarding large amounts of grant funding to commercial and industrial development projects that don’t have known end users. JobsOhio is now in the midst of launching a $50 million per year grant and loan program for spec-based opportunities. Such projects often originate from local communities or developers eager to prepare sites for future business use. These types of projects lack a business prospect waiting in the wings. They are pursued from a “if we build it, they will come” mindset.

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Technology Disruption of Traditional Markets to Generate Corporate Site Location Opportunities in 2020

Economic disruption will be the prime economic driver this year as major corporate site location projects will follow a new era of technology companies growing beyond their corporate headquarters in a sear for IT talent based upon the analysis of the Montrose Group for what trends are apparent for corporate site location in 2020.  Creation of new technology, adoption of new consumer behavior or the entrance of a major new market competitor create the disruption economy.  The disruption economy allows companies and communities to redefine how and why they work to create a better way to serve employees who choose to work there because they believe in the company’s purpose.

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Tracked House Bills – February 2020

Federal News:  To address the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 6, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law an $8 billion emergency funding measure for government entities such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, the Indian Health Service, and the Food and Drug Administration. This measure is intended to develop and purchase vaccines, medical supplies and products, as well as provide state and local governments with preparedness grants, training and other forms of assistance.  On March 13, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced an agreement on a second bill entitled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (HR 6021).  This legislation would provide free testing, paid emergency leave to qualified employees, increased Medicaid funding and expanded unemployment insurance, nutritional assistance and small business loans.

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2020

State News:  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine continues to lead the nation in proactive steps taken by state governors to fight the community spread of COVID-19.  As of March 18, he announced that in addition to previous orders banning mass gatherings, postponing the state’s primary election, closing private businesses including gyms, fitness facilities, movie theaters, bowling alleys and restaurants (excepting takeout and delivery services), the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices, barbershops, spas and hair/nail salons will now be closed.

There are also now 88 confirmed cases in 19 counties in the state of Ohio. Ages of those affected range from 2 years to 91 years with a median age of 45.5.  There are 33 females and 55 males, with 26 hospitalizations, 0 deaths and 10 cases in Central Ohio. The state’s medical experts are currently estimating the COVID peak may be around May 1, 2020.

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2020

State News: 

Industry Sector Partnership Grants: On January 23, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the launch of the Industry Sector Partnership Grant program which was established by HB 2 and funded in the state operating budget (HB 166). The program is designed to drive collaboration among employers, training providers and community stakeholders to assist with workforce development.  Applications can be submitted through March 13 to:  https://workforce.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/workforce/initiatives/initiatives/isp/

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Tracked House Bills – February 2020

State News: 

Industry Sector Partnership Grants: On January 23, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the launch of the Industry Sector Partnership Grant program which was established by HB 2 and funded in the state operating budget (HB 166). The program is designed to drive collaboration among employers, training providers and community stakeholders to assist with workforce development.  Applications can be submitted through March 13 to:  https://workforce.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/workforce/initiatives/initiatives/isp

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Tracked Senate Bills – January 2020

Legislature Resumes End of January: The House and Senate have resumed Committee activity and will resume full Statehouse activity at the end of January. Priorities are likely to include:

• Sports Gambling: Several bills have been introduced to legalize sports gambling activities in Ohio. House Bill 194 would also create a Sports Gaming Advisory Board to oversee regulation, and it would fall under the purview of the Ohio Lottery Commission. Alternatively, Senate Bill 111 would permit the Ohio Casino Control Commission to regulate sports wagering. Stakeholders from the collegiate level continue to request that college athletics in the state be excluded from both measures. However, no amendments have been accepted on either bill to remove college athletics. Sports gambling will continue to be discussed and debated in 2020. While there is considerable interest in moving forward on the issue, the chambers need to agree on the regulatory body best suited to oversee sports gambling in the state.

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Events

2020 OEDA Annual Summit

Be sure to save the date for the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 16-18, 2018 at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown. The Annual Summit is OEDA’s flagship conference, with programming for every Ohio economic developer. From the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in case studies to the information gleaned from nationally-recognized experts and industry leaders, the 2018 Annual Summit is an excellent opportunity to Expand Your Knowledge and Your Network. Mark your calendar today!