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Economic Development Representative for Ohio

This position is located in the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Chicago Region. This is a home based position and the selected candidate must reside in the state of Ohio.

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Economic Development Administrator – City of Dublin, Ohio

“Yesterday’s success does not mean that the City of Dublin can rest on its laurels today. The City’s thought leaders recognize that stagnation results in economic decline, and therefore Dublin must continue to proactively pursue cutting-edge economic development practices…” Dublin Economic Development Strategic Plan
 
While Dublin has long enjoyed a healthy and vibrant business climate, this has been the result of a sustained approach to monitoring economic trends and ensuring the City’s economic development policies and programs are responsive and relevant to the local and regional business community.

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News

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Loan Financing for Social Services Agency Completed in Conneaut

When the Conneaut Human Resources Council (Conneaut HRC) learned the facility would need a new roof, it applied to NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) for a PACE loan to finance it.  The new roof qualified as an energy efficiency improvement, one of the requirements for this financing.  Conneaut HRC will save approximately $1,015 annually on its energy costs after installing the new roof with better insulation.  The $115,000 financing is structured with a 3.5% fixed-interest rate and 15-year term.  The project financing also included a $45,000 Community Development Block Grant provided by Ashtabula County. 

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Ohio Supreme Court upholds “expedited tax foreclosures,” allowing county land banks to acquire unoccupied, tax delinquent properties free of charge

In May 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion that carries importance for county elected officials and community and economic developers. Rejecting an activist effort to invalidate “expedited tax foreclosures,” the Court upheld the practice in Ohio by which county Boards of Revision (BOR) may directly transfer unoccupied, tax delinquent properties to county land banks.

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April 22, 2020 State of Ohio Update: COVID-19

Current Statistics: As of April 20, Ohio had 12,516 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 403 probable cases for a total of 12,919.   2,653 Ohioans were hospitalized, with 798 in ICU.   87 counties have confirmed cases, with Vinton County being the only county with no confirmed cases.  There have been 491 confirmed deaths from the virus and 18 probable deaths, for a total of 509.

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Tracked House Bills – February 2020

Federal News:  To address the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 6, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law an $8 billion emergency funding measure for government entities such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, the Indian Health Service, and the Food and Drug Administration. This measure is intended to develop and purchase vaccines, medical supplies and products, as well as provide state and local governments with preparedness grants, training and other forms of assistance.  On March 13, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced an agreement on a second bill entitled the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (HR 6021).  This legislation would provide free testing, paid emergency leave to qualified employees, increased Medicaid funding and expanded unemployment insurance, nutritional assistance and small business loans.

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2020

State News:  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine continues to lead the nation in proactive steps taken by state governors to fight the community spread of COVID-19.  As of March 18, he announced that in addition to previous orders banning mass gatherings, postponing the state’s primary election, closing private businesses including gyms, fitness facilities, movie theaters, bowling alleys and restaurants (excepting takeout and delivery services), the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices, barbershops, spas and hair/nail salons will now be closed.

There are also now 88 confirmed cases in 19 counties in the state of Ohio. Ages of those affected range from 2 years to 91 years with a median age of 45.5.  There are 33 females and 55 males, with 26 hospitalizations, 0 deaths and 10 cases in Central Ohio. The state’s medical experts are currently estimating the COVID peak may be around May 1, 2020.

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Tracked Senate Bills – February 2020

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Industry Sector Partnership Grants: On January 23, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the launch of the Industry Sector Partnership Grant program which was established by HB 2 and funded in the state operating budget (HB 166). The program is designed to drive collaboration among employers, training providers and community stakeholders to assist with workforce development.  Applications can be submitted through March 13 to:  https://workforce.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/workforce/initiatives/initiatives/isp/

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Tracked House Bills – February 2020

State News: 

Industry Sector Partnership Grants: On January 23, Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced the launch of the Industry Sector Partnership Grant program which was established by HB 2 and funded in the state operating budget (HB 166). The program is designed to drive collaboration among employers, training providers and community stakeholders to assist with workforce development.  Applications can be submitted through March 13 to:  https://workforce.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/workforce/initiatives/initiatives/isp

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Events

2020 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course

Save the date for the 2018 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course! The four-day course will be held April 10-13, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017. The Ohio Basic Course is an intensive training experience for economic development practitioners, community leaders, local government officials and others committed to building healthy economies for their communities.

Northeast Ohio Development Exchange Holiday Event

Catch up with your colleagues and meet new ones at a year-end NODE special holiday lunch at Root Candles in Medina. You’ll enjoy a lunch with a historical overview from President Brad Root before we get a factory tour. And just in time for the holidays, we’ll visit the factory store for your gift-buying needs. There will also be some holiday surprises!