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Executive & Economic Development Director – Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development

The Partnership is accepting applications for the full time position of Executive and Economic Development Director. This individual will be employed by the Partnership’s Board of Directors and will report to the Board, while providing regular reports to the Partnership’s Executive Committee. The Executive and Economic Development Director is authorized to execute a broad range of economic development initiatives and is responsible for implementing goals, policies, financial management, and providing leadership and oversight for staff and resources toward the accomplishment of the Partnership’s mission.

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News

Loan Programs to Help Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

Two new loan programs have launched to help minority- and women-owned businesses grow and boost the Ohio economy.

The new Women’s Business Enterprise Loan Program and Ohio Micro-Loan Program were both priority initiatives of the DeWine-Husted Administration included in the 2022-2023 operating budget.

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ODOD releases rules and program guidelines for Brownfield Remediation Program and Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program

The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) released rules and associated program guideline documents (Brownfield Remediation and Building Demolition and Site Revitalization) to govern the disbursement of $500 million in total grant funds for distressed properties in Ohio. Governor DeWine’s signature of H.B. 110 on June 30, 2021, set in motion the creation of two massive funding sources that are now available to community and economic development stakeholders: Brownfield Remediation Program (see R.C. 122.6511) and Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program (see R.C. 122.6512).

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Companies Can Apply Now for Ohio Export Internship Program

The Ohio Export Internship Program matches businesses interested in growing exports with highly motivated college students who have taken export-focused coursework. The Ohio Department of Development offers participating small to medium-sized businesses a 50 percent reimbursement for the wages of the intern.

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Advocacy

Tracked House Bills – January 2022

Federal News:

Final Rule released for local governments’ use of ARPA funds:  On January 6, the U.S. Treasury issued its 437-page Final Rule on the use of ARPA – Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.  The Treasury published a high-quality overview describing its new guidance. 

But which form of guidance to follow?  Interim Rule or Final Rule?  Treasury states that its Final Rule takes effect on April 1, 2022; prior to that date, “recipients may take actions and use funds in a manner consistent with the final rule, and Treasury will not take action to enforce the interim final rule if a use of funds is consistent with the terms of the final rule, regardless of when the [Local Fiscal Recovery Funds] were used” (U.S. Treasury, Statement Regarding Compliance with the Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Interim Final Rule and Final Rule, Jan. 2022, at page 1).

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Tracked Senate Bills – January 2022

State News:

State Capital Bill requests to be due by March 18 to your legislators:  We now know of the timeline set by the General Assembly and Governor DeWine’s Administration for the capital budget for 2022. In December, Senate Finance Committee Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) announced the plan to (i) complete the capital re-appropriations budget by March 31 of funding already authorized projects and (ii) appropriations for new capital projects are to be due to state legislators by March 18.  For new projects, legislators will submit their priorities by April 1.

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Tracked House Bills – December 2021

Federal News:

Hello, Senator Manchin. It’s you again. President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan on the ropes: The Biden Administration’s multi-trillion dollar climate change and economic plan was torpedoed December 19 by Senator Joe Manchin III (D – West Virginia) during a television appearance.

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Tracked Senate Bills – December 2021

State News:

New ODOD Brownfields & Building Demolition grant funds launched: On December 7, Governor DeWine issued an executive order that immediately released rules relating to ODOD’s $500 million in new funding for site cleanup.

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Tracked House Bills – November 2021

Federal News:

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill signed, with key help from an Ohioan: On Monday, November 15, President Biden signed the largest public works bill since the Eisenhower Administration’s federal interstate highway program. On November 5, the House voted 228-206 to approve the bill (including 13 Republican House members, who have since received death threats and vitriolic messages from constituents… welcome to our America in 2021). For some local flavor, Rep. Joyce Beatty (D – Columbus), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, led the breakthrough in the House’s logjam in passing this measure.

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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.