Economic Development Director (Consultant) – The City of Ravenna

This position stewards the work outlined in the Community’s Economic Development Strategy. It is responsible for ensuring, facilitating, and promoting economic development to achieve a sustainable local economy for the Ravenna community. The position guides companies in establishing, relocating, or expanding their businesses within the Community. It advises, recommends, and collaborates with the City of Ravenna and Ravenna Township to advance economic development in the community.

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Economic Development Program Associate – Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs

This position requires a flexible, team player who will assist faculty, professional staff, & students w/technical assistance, applied research, data compilation/analysis, project administration, oral presentations, & report writing in the area of community & economic development. Position will directly apply knowledge of local & state economic development policies & tools specific to OH. As such, the position requires a familiarity & experience with Port Authorities, Special Improvement Districts, Joint Economic Development Districts, tax abatement/credit programs, enterprise bond funds, grant programs, & other tools available to support economic development efforts in OH.

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Scholarships for NDC Affordable Housing Certification in Columbus

Ohio CDC Association is partnering with Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to bring the National Development Council (NDC) Housing Development Finance Training to Ohio.

NDC offers this nationally renowned training program that builds the development finance capacity for professionals working at every level and for every sector of the economic, housing and community development profession.

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CEP JOBS Team Visits Rosewood Machine and Tool

The Champaign Economic Partnership has created the JOBS (Jobs, Opportunities, Buildings and Space) Team, which visits local businesses to discover what they need to help maintain or expand operations and jobs in Champaign County.

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February 2019 Legislative Update

Governor Mike DeWine and the Board of Directors of JobsOhio announced February 14 that J.P. Nauseef has been selected as the next president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio. Mr. Nauseef will start the new role in March and replace John Minor, who had served since 2012. Mr. Nauseef is a former U.S. Air Force officer with experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and most notably was the president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. More information is at:

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January 2019 Legislative Update

Goodbye Governor Kasich, Hello New Administration:

New Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted were sworn in to office shortly after midnight on Monday, January 14. Ceremonial swearing-in events occurred at Noon at the Statehouse, and the inaugural ball occurred there the evening of January 14.

Ceremonies and receptions for others elected to statewide office (Attorney General Dave Yost, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, State Auditor Keith Faber and State Treasurer Robert Sprague) also occurred January 14.

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Tracked House Bills – December 2018

Federal Opportunity Zones: President Trump signed an Executive Order December 12 directing federal agencies to prioritize resources for opportunity zones. The order will create a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, covering 13 federal agencies and led by Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development secretary. The council will work to prioritize opportunity zones in a variety of federal efforts, including grant funding, loan guarantees, infrastructure spending and crime prevention. The 13 federal agencies included in the new council have apparently provided examples of potential actions they could take to support investment in opportunity zones. Projects could include the Agriculture Department targeting water infrastructure and rural broadband spending in certain zones, or the Small Business Administration focusing certain loan programs in designated tracts. The Justice Department could also shepherd spending on anti-crime efforts — such as mentoring and gang-prevention initiatives — to the zones. The Administration apparently also intends to finish two more rounds of regulations that will govern the zones and the funds that invest in them.

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Tracked Senate Bills – December 2018

Role for the Lieutenant Governor? A bill passed by the General Assembly this week and sent to the Governor for signature hinted at a role to possibly be filled by Lieutenant Governor-elect Jon Husted. Senate Bill 296, originally drafted to increase law enforcement survivor benefits was amended to include a compromise pay raise omnibus amendment affecting state and local elected officials. An additional amendment apparently requested by the Governor-elect’s transition team would create an office within the Governor’s Office called “InnovateOhio” (see and would allow the Lieutenant Governor, if appointed to head such an office, to receive the salary for that office rather than the lieutenant governor’s statutory pay.

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Tracked Senate Bills – November 2018

Ohio Election Results:

Voter turnout for the November General Election in Ohio was quite high. According to the Secretary of State’s office, of the state’s 8,070,917 registered voters, 54.3 percent voted.

In Federal races, U.S. Senate Democratic incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown defeated Congressman Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) with a 53.19 to 46.81 percent advantage. In U.S. House of Representatives races, the Ohio Congressional delegation political breakdown remained the same in all 16 seats. Ohio U.S. Representatives Marcia Fudge (D), Marcy Kaptur (D), Troy Balderson (R), Mike Turner (R), David Joyce (R), Tim Ryan (D) and Steve Stivers (R) all won re-election. Steve Chabot (R), Brad Wenstrup (R), Joyce Beatty (D), Jim Jordan (R), Bob Latta (R), Bill Johnson (R), Bob Gibbs (R) and Warren Davidson (R) were also successful. Likewise, former Ohio State University football player and first-time candidate for elected office, Anthony Gonzales (R), won election by 56.84 percent of the vote.

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2019 OEDA 360

  May 15, 2019   Renaissance Columbus Downtown50 North Third StreetColumbus, OH  43215     More information coming soon...  

2019 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!