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Zoning Administrator – City of Middletown, Ohio

The City of Middletown is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Zoning Administrator. Position reports to the Planning Director. Position is responsible for administration and enforcement of the City of Middletown’s Development Code. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration or closely related field and/or a minimum of two (2) years of equivalent experience in municipal planning, zoning, or public administration.

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Revolving Loan Fund Administrator – Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA)

The Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA) has an immediate opening for a Revolving Loan Fund Administrator. A Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, public administration or related field and/or a minimum of five years experience in finance is required. The selected candidate will be responsible for administering the Revolving Loan Fund Programs for OMEGA to include marketing the programs, client coordination, application review, presentation of loan application to OMEGA’s loan review committee, preparing loans for closing, processing payments, monthly reconciliations, reports to federal and state agencies, and monitoring borrowers for compliance with state and federal program regulations. 

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News

Capitalizing on rural corporate site location opportunities

Rural communities are prime targets for companies considering a corporate site location project. Rural areas in the U.S. cover 97 % of the nation’s land area but contain 19.3 % of the population who are more likely to own a single family home, are older and less likely to hold a bachelor’s degree or be in poverty than their urban counters.

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AEP Names Wells Vice President, Sales, Economic and Business Development

American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) has promoted Timothy J. Wells to vice president, Sales, Economic and Business Development, effective Nov. 2, 2020. Wells replaces Mark James who retired last month.

Wells, 55, will lead AEP’s efforts to attract new commercial and industrial customers to its service territory and help existing customers take advantage of AEP’s growing menu of business consultation services. AEP has unique expertise in the energy field and has become a trusted energy advisor to many of its larger customers. Wells will be responsible for leading growth in services that fall outside of the distribution and transmission of electricity, in addition to helping communities bring new jobs to their local economies.

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Governor’s Cup Submissions, Deadline Nov. 23

It is time again to start thinking about the Governor’s Cup, awarded by Site Selection magazine every spring.

Although this year presented us with a lot of challenges, Ohio continues to be a leading destination for new business investment and job creation. Through a statewide collaborative effort, we have been able to continue to attract, retain, and grow companies in Ohio.

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Customer Service Expert to Speak November 6, courtesy of the I70/75 Development Corporation

The I70/75 Development Corporation is sponsoring a no-charge online presentation by Louis Gravance, open to all economic developers, on November 6th at 11:30am. Mr. Gravance is a customer service guru and former training designer for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After almost two decades with Disney, Louie was drafted by Bank of America and ING Financial to help re-think service in the investment industry.

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Advocacy

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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Tracked Senate Bills – November 2020

Centralized collections of municipal net profits taxes: The Ohio Supreme Court on November 5 issued its decision that the state can centralize the collection of municipal net profits taxes.  But in the same decision, the Court held the State cannot levy an administrative charge on municipalities for such tax collection. 

Specifically, the Supreme Court held to be constitutional the General Assembly’s effort to impose on municipal corporations a process of centralized tax collection.  But the Court stated the same law allowing Ohio to retain 0.5% of collected municipal net-profits taxes amounts to the imposition of a fee, and therefore exceeds the General Assembly’s constitutional authority.

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Tracked House Bills – October 2020

House Bill 6 Repeal Effort(s), Civil Litigation & Business Groups Step Forward:  Work continued in committees – the House Select Committee on Energy Policy & Oversight and the Senate Energy & Public Utilities Committee – on three bills (HB 738, HB 746 & SB 346, described below) to straight-repeal HB 6’s nuclear energy subsidy program.  One issue that’s been raised in the House Select Committee hearings is HB6’s use of 2018’s peak revenue for FirstEnergy as a reference year for the company’s entitled annual revenue levels via ratepayer subsidy charges.  The nuclear subsidy charges are set to appear on ratepayer bills on January 1.

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Tracked Senate Bills – October 2020

Clawback of GM Tax Credits & Awarding new LG Chem Tax Credits:  The Ohio Tax Credit Authority on September 28 approved a clawback agreement with General Motors under which the automaker will repay $28MM in incentives resulting from the idling of its Lordstown assembly plant in 2019.  The agreement also requires GM to provide another $12MM in “Ohio Community Support” in the form of scholarships or job training at Youngstown State University or schools and/or infrastructure assistance in the Mahoning Valley region.

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Tracked House Bills – September 2020

New Round of Coronavirus Relief Fund Payments to Local Governments
A new proposed funding formula for the final $650 million tranche of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Ohio local governments is included in the fast-tracked Senate Bill 357 (described more fully, below).  This latest legislative vehicle to distribute federal CARES Act funds to Ohio units of local government will reflect some changes from previous Coronavirus Relief Fund distributions (e.g., HB 481’s distribution of $350 million): extending the deadlines imposed on Ohio local governments to spend their federal money; and the funds-distribution formula moves away from the 2019 Local Government Fund formula (used under HB 481) and instead uses a per capita basis.

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Events

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.