Interesting Times at the Ohio Statehouse

Oct 26, 2017 | Advocacy |

Chris Schmenk.
Bricker & Eckler.

While 2018 promises to be a banner year for Ohio politics, activity at the Ohio Statehouse has already started to get interesting. This week, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) confirmed rumors that he may be exploring a run for Ohio Auditor of State in 2018.

When asked about this possibility by reporters, Speaker Rosenberger said he’s been humbled by phone calls from people encouraging him to run, and that “I’m having very serious conversations with folks across the state. I’m going to continue to have them, and I hope to make a decision really soon,” he said. Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina), who was the former Senate President, has been officially running for the Republican nomination for Auditor of State since January 2017. Speaker Rosenberger’s entrance into the race would create a tough primary for the Republican nomination. Speaker Rosenberger is term limited and currently in his final two-year term in the Ohio House. Some have asked if the Speaker formally decides to enter the race for Auditor of State, whether he will step down as Speaker or continue in that position for the remainder of the 132nd General Assembly? On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Zack Space announced his campaign for the nomination for auditor in August. Other pundits have Speaker Rosenberger running for County Commissioner in his home county of Clinton. The OEDA will continue to keep you advised of these interesting developments.

Additionally, last week, Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, resigned from the Ohio Senate after acknowledging that he engaged in inappropriate conversations and behavior with a state employee. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced that the Senate Republican Caucus will seek to fill the 1st Senate District seat quickly. The 1st Senate District includes all of Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams counties and parts of Auglaize, Fulton, and Logan counties in Northwest Ohio. Assistant Majority Whip Representative Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) has expressed his interest in the appointment. Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) has also decided to apply for the appointment. The Senate Republicans are accepting applications until 4 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017. A Senate panel will then hold in-person meetings with the candidates. We will inform you of the new appointee once the Senate concludes its process.

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The USDA is seeking new technology and/or creative product ideas from grass roots innovators! Got a great idea? The USDA may be interested in funding the research and development of your concept! Ohio State Extension is partnering with the USDA to promote the accessibility and availability of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. OSU Extension will be offering two (2) workshops, one in Northeast Ohio (Lorain County Community College on June 19) and one in Southwest Ohio (OSU Lima Campus) to orient interested innovators, researchers, and practitioners to this grant opportunity and the grant application process. Registration is open!

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2018 Annual Excellence Awards – Call for Nominations

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s annual excellence awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development. Submit your nominations today and have excellence in your community recognized state-wide!

A panel of judges will assess the nominations, determine finalists, and select a winner for each of the categories noted below. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the OEDA Annual Summit to be held October 16-18 at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown. All award finalists and winners will be notified prior to the Annual Summit so as to make appropriate arrangements.

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Register Today for the Remaining 2018 Ohio Economic Development Institute Courses
OEDI is presented in partnership the Ohio Economic Development Association, JobsOhio, and the Ohio University Voinovich School.

Next Up for OEDI’s courses: Finance & Incentives July 19-20 and Business Retention & Expansion September 20- 21! Be sure to register early for these in-demand programs, as space is limited!

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