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City of Gahanna: Director of Economic Development

The Director of Economic Development provides overall leadership, direction, guidance and management of the functions, operations, programs, activities and resources required for the comprehensive development, redevelopment, and expansion of the City as it relates to industrial, commercial and residential facilities.

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Neighborhood Development Manager City of Fairfield, OH

Under the general supervision of the Director of Development Services, the Neighborhood Development Manager is a highly visible team member who leads the City’s efforts to assist residents in improving the desirability of neighborhoods through relationship building, blight abatement, active revitalization efforts, strategic use of property, and placemaking.

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News

Protect Your Workplace from the Ongoing Opioid Epidemic

Hope appears to be on the horizon as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed across the United States. The same cannot be said for the ongoing opioid epidemic that has ravaged Ohio, and the rest of the nation, for the better part of a decade. In fact, 2020 brought about some of the darkest days we’ve ever seen in the history of the opioid epidemic.

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2021 Shows New Opportunities in Lawrence County

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented a degree of uncertainty for Ohioans, and Lawrence County residents were no exception. The concerns caused by the pandemic, and its repercussions, brought about economic sluggishness throughout the world, with healthcare, government and business leaders vigorously working to find a solution. On the local level, the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) took the challenge head-on by finding new ways to adapt and continue work from beyond the office.

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“How to Support Local Business in Winter, NOW!”

In the midst of the pandemic, Main Streets and commercial centers around the world are working to rapidly reinvent themselves in an attempt to extend a lifeline to their struggling small businesses. Open streets, “streateries,” shared streets, expanded sidewalks, new bike lanes and more are popping up from city to town in an effort to save the lifeblood of their local economies and the heart and soul of their communities.

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Advocacy

Tracked House Bills – January 2021

House Bill 6 – Repeal effort to resume in 134th General Assembly: In a Franklin County civil suit by Attorney General Dave Yost, Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Brown on December 21 blocked the collection of $170MM in annual subsidies that had been scheduled to commence this month (January 2021).  Judge Brown noted an “obvious” public harm should the subsidies move forward. He further determined Attorney General Yost established by a preponderance of the evidence a likelihood of eventual success in the case on its merits, given the extent of the criminal allegations and the guilty pleas from two of the criminal defendants.

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Tracked Senate Bills – January 2021

Efforts failed in the 133rd Ohio General Assembly to make a legislative fix of scandal-tainted HB 6, as lawmakers halted legislative work December 18 without acting on any of their pending proposals.  Among the most promising and backed by Ohio House leadership, HB 798 failed to muster the needed votes to advance.

Efforts to repeal HB 6 will continue in the 134th General Assembly, with a Democratic plan announced shortly before the Ohio House’s opening day session.  Senate President Huffman likewise voiced his desire to go line-by-line through the law to determine which provisions need to be repealed or reworked.

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Tracked House Bills – December 2020

Capital Bill in lame duck session: As the 133rd General Assembly winds down its affairs, on Tuesday, December 8, Ohio OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks described a $2.1B state capital budget.

Interestingly, SB 310, originally intended to carry federal COVID-19 allocations through the Ohio General Assembly, has been identified as the vehicle such a fast-tracked capital budget; the capital appropriations would be inserted into SB 310 as the bill sits in conference committee.

Hearings are scheduled for the week of December 14.  Be on the watch for amendments as the measure must be reconciled between the existing House and Senate versions to clear conference committee.

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Tracked Senate Bills – December 2020

Virtual Public Meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Ohio Senate amended HB 404, ostensibly a measure to authorize university and college trustees to participate in meetings through electronic means, to include broadly applied emergency provisions related to COVID-19, several of which were to expire. Most relevant to local economic development practitioners, the bill includes: (1) Open Meetings Act – extends until July 1, 2021 the temporary authorization for members of a public body to hold and attend meetings virtually (this authorization under HB 197 was to expire December 1); and (2) Coronavirus Relief Fund – requires any unspent payments that cannot be redistributed locally to be paid to the state treasury.

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Tracked House Bills – November 2020

House Bill 6 repeal: more civil litigation & lame duck efforts: On October 27, Columbus and Cincinnati filed their own lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to block HB 6’s nuclear subsidies.  Named defendants in the cities’ complaint include FirstEnergy Corp., Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chair Sam Randazzo and State Treasurer Robert Sprague.  The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction to block end user surcharges set to begin January 1.  (All ratepayers in Ohio are required to pay up to 85 cents per bill as a means to providing up to $150 million to support the two nuclear plants located in Ohio.)

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Events

Montrose Group’s Ohio’s Transformational Mixed Use District Program Webinar

Please join Montrose Group for a free webinar to learn about Ohio’s new Transformational Mixed-Use Development (TMUD) program that can spur growth in urban and rural markets. Recently, the Ohio General Assembly passed and Governor DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 39 to create the Ohio’s TMUD program providing $100M in tax credits for large-scale mixed-use projects.

Rural Corporate Site Location Summit on December 9, 2020

Montrose Group’s 2020 Virtual Rural Corporate Site Location Summit on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 2:00PM-5:00PM will explore how private companies can create high-wage jobs and make capital investments in rural markets through the development of Public-Private-Partnerships. Montrose Group is a national consulting company providing corporate site location, economic development planning, lobbying and site development services such as land use entitlements, infrastructure finance and tax incentive services.