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The City of Shaker Heights, Ohio – Development Opportunity and RFP

The City of Shaker Heights, Ohio is seeking proposals from qualified development teams to design, develop and construct a creative, new, mixed-use development project on approximately 2.4 acres of City-owned property located at 3393 Warrensville Center Road (at the SE corner of Farnsleigh Road) in the Van Aken District. Attached please find the Request for Proposals (RFP) for this development opportunity. Proposed projects should build on and complement surrounding amenities and activities. We encourage creative and innovative ideas for the use, design and space, with the goal of creating a unique, dense, walkable, and connected development.

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Community Development Director – City of Medina

The City of Medina is seeking a Community Development Director.  This position is appointed by the Mayor and requires the confirmation of Medina City Council.  Master’s Degree in municipal planning, urban affairs, or a related field desirable. Compensation commensurate with experience having the starting annual salary range set between $86,886-$94,124.  Full-time benefits include group hospitalization/ or opt-out stipend, sick leave, paid holidays and paid vacation.

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News

Port Authority Celebrates Award-Winning SBDC Member

(Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to congratulate David Riggs, Director of the SBDC at Miami Regionals, for being named Ohio’s SBDC State Star in 2021.

America’s SBDC, the national association that represents the nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), annually recognizes one outstanding SBDC employee from each of its 62 members. This outstanding employee exhibits exemplary performance, makes a significant contribution to their state or regional SBDC program, and shows a strong commitment to small business. Using a peer-based selection process, the Ohio SBDC network selected David Riggs for Ohio’s SBDC State Star.

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Tiffin Foundry and Machine to invest in new machinery and equipment

Tiffin Foundry and Machine has announced it will purchase new machinery and hire more staff with assistance from a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant. Tiffin Foundry has eight employees in Tiffin, and has an additional operation in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

JobsOhio’s grant, secured with assistance from the Regional Growth Partnership, will support a planned $321,923 in machinery and equipment upgrades and three new jobs. In addition, Tiffin Foundry and Machine worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County on other potential incentives to support the company’s growth.

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Champaign Economic Partnership Hosts Festive Community Career Fair

The Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP) and partnering organizations provided about 20 Champaign County employers an opportunity to recruit prospects for numerous careers in a festive outdoor setting, on the former Urbana University campus.

The Champaign County Career Fair shared the spotlight and campus with a youth football camp led by Ohio State University football legends Braxton Miller and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, with the support of several of their teammates and former OSU coach Jim Tressel.

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Advocacy

Tracked House Bills – July 2021

State News:

Reminder: Grant money available from ODOD for Ohio small businesses hurt by pandemic: Small and medium-sized Ohio businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for grants up to $30,000 under programs offered by ODOD and funded by federal aid (see link for Columbus Dispatch reporting: https://www.dispatch.com/story/business/2021/06/25/ohio-small-business-grants-available-applications-open-june-29/5344308001/). Programs will provide a total of $155 million to businesses that opened in 2020, lodging or entertainment venues, and food and beverage establishments, according to the article. Information on the grant programs is available at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov, and Ohio Small Business Development Centers and Ohio Minority Business Assistance Centers “have advisors who can help businesses with the application process.” The federal money is first allocated among the state’s 88 counties; any money not claimed within a county by July 31 will become available to businesses statewide.

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Tracked Senate Bills – July 2021

Federal News:

Federal infrastructure plan signed on by 5 Republican & 5 Democratic Senators: When formal negotiations ended in June between the Biden Administration and the Senate Republican caucus on new federal infrastructure spending, an effort to get traction materialized among a small group of senators led by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D – Arizona) and Sen. Rob Portman (R – Ohio).

On June 24, a bipartisan group of 10 senators (5 Rep., 5 Dem.) announced with the President the arrival at an agreed-upon $1.2T plan, including $579B in new spending on roads and bridges, as well as $65B for broadband expansion. This package includes authorizing the issuance of direct-pay municipal bonds for infrastructure investment, and the Republican caucus’ favored expansion of public private partnerships.

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New State Budget Enacts Significant Changes to Economic Development Policies, Programs, and Tools

In the late evening of Wednesday, June 30, Governor DeWine signed the budget bill into law. The final enacted version had elements of particular interest to economic developers.

Below you can find a synopsis of these changes from Bricker & Eckler. Please note OEDA will be hosting a complimentary webinar in partnership with Bricker & Eckler on the new budget and its impacts on economic development later this month.

The date will be finalized soon and a save the date notice sent out shortly. Be sure to check your e-mail and the website in the next few days so you don’t miss this important webinar.

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Tracked House Bills – June 2021

State News:

Senate leader on how to use State’s $5.4B ARPA Allocation: Broadband & Brownfields: Not counting any American Rescue Plan Act funds to local governments, Ohio is expected to receive approximately $5.4B in federal COVID-19 relief stimulus funds. At the time of this writing, Ohio has received half ($2.7B) from the U.S. Treasury in the first tranche of funding; the funds must be committed by September 30. We expect these funds to be appropriated by the Ohio General Assembly in a stand-alone bill, outside the scope of the pending state operating budget (HB 110).

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Tracked Senate Bills – June 2021

Federal News:

(Formal) bipartisan talks ended as of June 8 for federal infrastructure bill:  President Biden cut off negotiations with lead Republican negotiator, Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, via phone call on Tuesday, June 8.  He made clear the gulf between the Senate Republicans and the Administration was too wide; the last counter-offer from Sen. Moore Capito was to add $50B to her last infrastructure spend amount. 

The move to inject significant federal spending to the county’s network of roads, bridges, water pipes and other physical infrastructure now will proceed either (1) under the Senate’s budget reconciliation process to avoid the filibuster or (2) via a group of centrist senators who have been working separately on their own infrastructure plan.  President Biden called the latter group individually and urged them to find a solution.

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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.

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.