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Aug 14, 2014

Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Price Finley recognized with CDFA Excellence Award
 

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) recently announced the winners of the 2014 CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Excellence Awards. CDFA and CEO President Tony Rittner said in the press release, “[e]ach year CDFA is proud to honor excellence in development finance. The work of our award winners is cutting-edge, innovative and an example of best practices in our industry.” Bricker & Eckler LLP partner Price Finley was awarded the CDFA Excellence Award in Leadership for “his leadership and his role in advising the City of Upper Arlington for the successful implementation of the Lane Avenue Mixed Use project,” according to the release. Finley will receive his award at the annual Ohio conference in September 2014. 


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

Aug 13, 2014

Bricker & Eckler LLP attorneys to present at MODE’s program on changes to Sunshine Laws
 

Bricker & Eckler LLP attorneys Maria Armstrong, Katie Johnson, and Chris Schmenk will present at the upcoming Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE) program entitled Project Sunshine. Project Sunshine will be held on Thursday, August 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Everal Barn and Homestead in Westerville. Please join us for discussion of recent changes to Ohio’s Sunshine Laws that affect economic development projects throughout the state. For more details, and to register, click here.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

Jun 06, 2014

Leaders discuss the state of economic development in Ross County
 

Several company officials recently spoke about the state of economic development in southern Ohio during the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio's INsider OUTlook breakfast, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. A Kenworth representative said its Chillicothe plant has "2,000 employees and an annual payroll of $150 million." An official with the printing company Glatfelter, meanwhile, detailed the impact of the retiring baby boomer generation, noting that its Chillicothe plant "employs 1,270 people and has an annual payroll of $100 million," the article said. Ohio University's Chillicothe branch campus has also been especially significant for the area. With 2,300 students, the university was estimated to have contributed $36 million to Chillicothe and Ross County last year, the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Professional Associations  Regional Updates   |   Permalink

 

Mar 05, 2014

Newly founded VentureOhio is the first unified voice representing the state's entrepreneurs
 

The recently announced formation of the VentureOhio trade group is the "first unified voice representing" Ohio's entrepreneurial community, Columbus Business First reports. Its 45 founding members will work together to pursue policy initiatives that "promote the ecosystem that includes incubators, accelerators and universities." In addition to an annual investment report and policy recommendations, the group's 2014 agenda includes lobbying efforts for expansion of the Ohio Capital Fund as well as Ohio Third Frontier's pre-seed capitalization program, the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Mar 04, 2014

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator launches its $1.7 million GrowthBridge Fund
 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) recently announced the launch of the first phase of funding for its L. Ross Love GrowthBridge Fund, which will "provide debt capital to finance growth projects of established, highly competitive, African American- and Hispanic-owned firms in the region," The Cincinnati Herald reports. Since the fund was announced in June 2013, it has "raised more than $1.7 million from 28 investors representing both corporations and private commitments." Fundraising will continue until July 31st to "secure a goal of at least $2 million," the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Financial Incentives  Professional Associations  Regional Updates   |   Permalink

 

Feb 24, 2014

First Batch Incubator in Cincinnati will accept applications from entrepreneurs until March 17th
 

From February 17th through March 17th, the First Batch Incubator in Cincinnati will be accepting applications from "entrepreneurs seeking production funds, mentorship and business development training," Soapbox Media reports. The four-month accelerator program "connects inventive entrepreneurs with resources, training and funding needed to take a prototype to the first batch of manufactured product sales." The incubator also covers up to $8,000 of "expenses incurred in manufacturing the first round of product" per participant, the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Financial Incentives  Professional Associations  Regional Updates   |   Permalink

 

Jan 24, 2014

Economic impact of craft brewers in Ohio was $1.26 billion in 2012
 

A new analysis by the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association, shows that small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012. That year in Ohio, the craft brewing industry was responsible for 10,731 full-time equivalent jobs, earning $355,888,000 in total income with an average annual salary of $33,164. The total economic impact of craft brewers in the state was $1,261,063,000. For more, read the full news release and the state-by-state data set.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Federal Updates  Professional Associations  Regional Updates  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Jan 20, 2014

Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth receives $1.7 million Make It in America Challenge Grant
 

The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), a coordinated program through the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District, and the Ohio Valley Employment Resources organization were recently awarded a $1.7 million Make It in America Challenge Grant to help fund worker training, domestic business investment and supply chain access, according to the Ohio Conference of Community Development, Inc. The grant – part of a national $20.5 million challenge grant program – will target the metal fabrication, polymers and chemicals, and other manufacturing industries throughout the region. The $1,700,844 grant "includes $400,888 from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and $1,299,956 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration." For more, read the full news release.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Federal Updates  Financial Incentives  Professional Associations  Regional Updates   |   Permalink

 

Dec 16, 2013

Deloitte partner Brian Carley named president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber last week named Brian Carley, a partner with the professional services firm Deloitte, as its new president and CEO, effective March 1, 2014, Cincinnati.com reports. The chamber had previously stated that it wanted to fill the position with someone who could use "his or her clout to recruit new companies and spur growth in high-paying jobs" by "fully engaging the region's powerful chief executives" (See our Oct 6, 2013, blog post – "Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber wants its next CEO to fully engage powerful business executives to spur growth"). Carley is currently based in Cleveland, where he has "extensive business relationships," the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
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Sep 03, 2013

Leadership changes at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
 

After serving more than two years as the executive director – including a year as interim executive director – Denyse Ferguson recently submitted her resignation to the Cincinnati USA Partnership, which is the economic development arm of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Ferguson's boss, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber CEO Ellen Van der Horst, is also leaving "when her current contract is completed early in 2014," the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
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Jul 01, 2013

Council of Development Finance Agencies selects three Ohio receipts of distinguished award
 

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) recently announced that it will award the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (TLCPA) with the CDFA Distinguished Development Finance Agency Award (Local Agency) in recognition of the fact that its "collaboration, public-private partnerships, energy retrofitting, and low-cost financing" have proven to be a "catalyst for revitalizing the region," a press release from the council announced. The Columbus-based Finance Fund also will receive an award for its "ability to apply New Market Tax Credits" to fund a $100 million redevelopment project in downtown Kent, a project that includes the new $15.4-million Kent State University Conference Center & Hotel. Finally, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) will be given the CDFA Federal Development Finance Leadership Award for "advancing development finance" through historic preservation, reshoring manufacturing, and clean-energy investment initiatives.

These awards, which "honor excellence in the use of financing tools for economic development, as well as the individuals who champion these efforts," will be formally presented during the 2013 CDFA National Development Finance Summit in Washington, D.C., on August 8. For more, read the full CDFA press release.


 
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May 10, 2013

Bricker & Eckler attorney Caleb Bell explains PACE financing at recent NAIOP chapter event
 

Bricker & Eckler associate Caleb Bell recently served as a panelist at the Central Ohio NAIOP's Six Pack for Lunch event that took place on March 20, 2013, at the firm's main office in Columbus. A member of the firm's Public Finance group, Caleb explained the meaning and uses of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which is a unique option for financing energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. Bricker & Eckler is Ohio's leader in PACE law. For more, watch the full video.


 
Posted by R. McCarthy in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Feb 26, 2013

Environmental Defense Fund releases report on Ohio’s advanced energy economy
 

The nonprofit advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund released a report as part of its Clean Energy Economic Development Series detailing the ways in which Ohio’s advanced energy technology industry has the potential to “diversify and contribute to the state and local economy.” The report, titled “Ohio’s Advanced Energy Journey,” explores how the state is stimulating demand, seeding innovation, and capturing economic benefits for its advanced energy economy, as well as the results of these efforts. For more, read the full report.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Feb 13, 2013

New report calls the practice of using tax incentives to retain and attract businesses “interstate job piracy”
 

The Washington D.C.-based non-partisan research center Good Jobs First released a report recently that slams the practice of states engaging in “regressive business promotion policies it says siphons jobs from one region to another with little net gain to taxpayers,” according to The Hannah Report. The report, titled “The Job-Creation Shell Game: Ending the Wasteful Practice of Subsidizing Companies that Move Jobs from One State to Another,” determined that the practice is a waste of taxpayer funds, which are used to provide tax incentives to businesses so that they relocate to an area, effectively reshuffling existing jobs geographically (dubbed “interstate job piracy”) at the expense of other communities instead of encouraging new business activity, a press release from the organization said.

Good Jobs Ohio said that some companies that were given such incentives failed to uphold their end of the deal, such as creating new jobs, which has driven Gov. Kasich and others to reconsider pursuing such bidding wars — a move praised by the organization (see our January 29, 2013, blog post for more information).

For more, read this Toledo Blade story, Good Jobs Ohio’s press release and the full report.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Financial Incentives  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Dec 21, 2012

Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Chambers of Commerce release progress report on recommendations for fiscal progress and job growth
 

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Metro Chambers of Commerce reported last week the progress that has been made since the 2010 release of Redesigning Ohio: Transforming Government into a 21st Century Institution, which provided a series of recommendations aimed at “reforming Ohio’s regulatory climate, and achieving local government efficiencies through shared services and cost-cutting,” according to a press release from the Greater Cleveland Partnership. The update found that many of the initial report’s suggestions have been implemented, which has helped to “slow the increasing cost of Medicaid,” reign in the cost of the state’s criminal justice system, “eliminate an $8 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes” and reduce the state’s unemployment rate from 9.2 percent in December 2010 to 6.9 percent in August 2012, the release said. In addition to suggesting an ongoing commitment to all of the initial recommendations, the chambers recommend that priority be given to:

  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments 
  • Helping state and local governments become more results-driven
  • Performing a dynamic analysis of Ohio tax expenditures
  • Improving healthcare outcomes and related Medicaid cost
  • Reforming the public primary and secondary education system for continued education improvement

For more, read the full Greater Cleveland Partnership press release, this WTVN story, the 2010 report and the 2012 update.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Legal Developments  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Dec 04, 2012

State funding cuts to local governments amount to $1 billion for 2012 and 2013
 

The nonprofit economic policy group Policy Matters Ohio released a report last month that found that cuts in state aid to local governments amounted to a little more than $1 billion for calendar years 2012 and 2013 — a “nearly 50 percent reduction from 2010 and 2011,” according to a press release from the group. The report provides an in-depth analysis of county-level data on cuts and descriptions of the “damage done,” including “slashed services, closed facilities and layoffs,” the release said. The report found that the biggest cuts in state funding to local governments came from the Local Government Fund (LGF), a program that provides general operating funds to communities, and “reimbursements that compensated for local property taxes eliminated during the past decade,” the release said.

The funding cuts resulted from budget decisions made in 2011 by Gov. John Kasich and the state legislature eliminating a projected $8 billion budget shortfall without raising state taxes. Columbus Business First reports that Kasich will present the next biennial budget plan by early March, and that some local government officials “fear additional funding reductions are in the works.” For more, read the Columbus Business First story or this Dayton Business Journal story.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Legal Developments  Professional Associations  Regional Updates  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Sep 19, 2012

CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference: Innovation, Energy and Infrastructure
 

Join the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) on September 25, 2012, for the fourth annual Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference focused on innovation, energy and infrastructure finance in the Buckeye State. The event features public- and private-sector economic development finance experts from around the state discussing emerging financing models and creative projects in early-stage seed/venture capital and innovation finance, clean-tech and renewable energy development, and creative infrastructure financing mechanisms like TIF and P3s. The conference will take place at the Fawcett Center in Columbus and is supported by the state’s finest development finance leaders, including the Ohio Department of Development. For more, visit the CDFA website.


 
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Sep 04, 2012

International Economic Development Council's Annual Conference
 

Economic development professionals from around the globe will gather September 30 - October 3 at the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Annual Conference in Houston, Texas to “address the challenges and opportunities of growing jobs and investment in today's global economy,” according to the conference website. The theme of this year’s event is "Energizing Today to Empower Tomorrow: Creating Success in a Global Economy."

Economic development professionals should consider participating in professional organizations like the IEDC as time and resources allow. These types of organizations offer interaction with site selectors, developers and other industry professionals, which can be beneficial to your community’s business development and job creation objectives. For more, visit the conference website.


 
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Aug 13, 2012

New advanced energy trade group created to give disparate advanced and renewable energy industries a unified voice
 

Seventy-two companies have joined the new trade group Advanced Energy Economy Ohio, which aims to give those disparate companies — collectively referred to as “advanced energy companies” — a unified voice for lobbying that will help them define and acquire what they need to “develop and manufacture advanced and renewable technologies,” The Plain Dealer reports. The 72 companies employ more than 1,500 people and have annual revenues of about $135 million, the article said. For more, read the full story or visit the Advanced Energy Economy Ohio website.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Aug 13, 2012

Study assessing Ohio’s advanced energy economy is the first of its kind
 

A report released by the Advanced Energy Economy Ohio (AEE Ohio), and touted as the first to ever study Ohio’s advanced energy economy, found that there are “more than 400 advanced energy companies in the state that employ more than 25,400 Ohioans,” Gongwer reports. The study, undertaken by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, found that Ohio’s advanced energy economy “employed Ohioans across 22 industry segments in 2010” with the largest number of jobs — nearly 7,000 — found in the energy-saving building materials sector, the article said. For more information, read the full report.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Aug 08, 2012

Energy in Depth launches Ohio shale jobs website
 

Energy in Depth-Ohio, a lobbying trade group formed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America,  launched a “jobs portal” on its website Monday to help connect Ohio residents with shale-related jobs, The Columbus Dispatch reports. In addition to providing a list of job types and required qualifications, the website also has a collection of 22 links for the employment pages of companies such as Anadarko Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and Dominion East Ohio, the article said. For more, read the full story or visit the jobs portal.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

May 24, 2012

Walker selected as CEO of TechColumbus
 

TechColumbus’ board of directors has announced the selection of Tom Walker as the organization’s new chief executive officer, according to a press release from the organization. TechColumbus, a public-private partnership whose objective is to accelerate business growth, job creation and prosperity in central Ohio, announced the decision last week. Widely regarded as an expert in technology-based economic development, Walker formerly served as CEO and president of Oklahoma-based i2E.


 
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May 11, 2012

Nationally, venture capital fundraising down in first quarter
 

Nationwide, $4.9 billion was raised by 42 venture capital funds during the first quarter of 2012, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. According to a recent report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, that’s a 35 percent decrease in dollars and a 9 percent decrease in the number of funds compared to the first quarter of 2011. Raising $16.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, Fraser McCombs Ventures LP in Boulder, Colorado is the largest new fund, the article said.  For more information, read the full article.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Federal Updates  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

May 11, 2012

Venture capital investments rebound in Ohio
 

A recent report by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that venture capital investments in Ohio have grown during the last two years and that the total amount of money invested during the first quarter of this year "was the highest quarterly total in a decade" with Ohio receiving 14 venture capital deals worth $122.7 million, the Springfield News-Sun reports. Based on data from Thomson Reuters, the report indicates that Ohio is displaying a more positive trend than what is occurring on the national level, which industry experts credit to programs implemented by the state that "provide effective resources and funding to entrepreneurs" to help them develop their business plans and become attractive to venture capitalists, the article said. For more, read the full story.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Financial Incentives  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Apr 27, 2012

OEDA Annual Legislative Event
 

The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) will host its 8th Annual Legislative Event in Columbus on May, 2, 2012, to relay its message and agenda to the state's elected officials and to serve as an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues and state legislators, according to a press release from the organization. During the event, Sen. John Carey (R-OH) will be honored with an OEDA Award for Service "for his efforts in supporting economic development in Ohio," the release said.

For more information about the 2012 Annual Legislative Event and OEDA’s 2012 legislative priorities, click here and select the Advocacy link in the top left corner of the page.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  JobsOhio/ODSA  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

Apr 18, 2012

A number of Ohio businesses push for local tax standardization
 

The Municipal Income Tax Uniformity Coalition, which is comprised of 14 Ohio business groups, are pushing for reforms that would "create a uniform code with clear definitions of income, tax withholding, penalties and related regulations" in an effort to make the state more attractive to businesses that work across multiple jurisdictions, Columbus Business First reports. While the coalition primarily works with three state representatives to develop a uniform tax code, another group — the Ohio Municipal League — is concerned that these reforms, if realized, may take away local control and management of revenue by charging the state with the task of collecting and distributing municipal income taxes, the article said. For more, read the full story here (subscription required).


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Apr 06, 2012

Ohio joins biopharmaceutical industry coalition
 

We Work for Health, a coalition that supports the biopharmaceutical industry and is active in 15 states, added Ohio to its roster in mid March, according to a press release from the organization. The Ohio coalition, which includes members from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, BioOhio, NAACP (Columbus Chapter), Prevent Blindness Ohio, Strategic Health Care, Pfizer, Western Economic Council, and Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, was formed to "demonstrate the impact of Ohio's growing biopharmaceutical industry, its contributions to the state's economy and the health of Ohioans," the release said. For more, read the full press release here.


 
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Dec 30, 2011

Ohio oil and gas industry associations form alliance
 

According to the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance, several oil and gas associations have formed an alliance in an effort to serve as a comprehensive statewide resource for the variety of questions Ohioans have with regard to Marcellus and Utica shale drilling.

The article reports that the new organization – the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance – is comprised of the Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC), a division of the American Petroleum Institute (API); the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA); the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP); Energy In Depth – OHIO (EID OHIO), and the Buckeye Energy Forum.

The alliance will hold "a series of forums and events across the state to address questions Ohioans may have about oil and gas exploration and production and the impact it will have on Ohio's economy," the article said.

Although the alliance website is not currently operational, those wishing to schedule a forum can do so by contacting Rebecca Heimlich, Director of the Ohio Energy Resource Alliance, at heimlichr@api.org.


 
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Dec 16, 2011

Job openings in blue-collar fields will outpace other professions
 

A recent article in the The Dayton Daily News  reported on a Georgetown University study that predicts there will be more job openings in blue-collar fields than "food and personal services, managerial and professional office work, education, health care and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields." Although students and parents alike are hesitant to move away from an academics-based college education, 6.7 million openings in blue collar occupations will exist by 2018 due to "the retirement of older workers," the article said.

Bill Lukens, chairman of Stillwater Technologies, a machine shop in Troy, has agreed to lead a Dayton Region Manufacturing Association committee and explore possible solutions. The committee may have its first meeting in December, said Angelia Erbaugh, executive director of the organization that recently was known as the Dayton Tooling and Manufacturing Association.

Even now, manufacturing employers are requesting the aid of state and federal government officials in launching a national marketing campaign to fill existing positions. Read the full story here.


 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations  Regional Updates   |   Permalink

 

Dec 12, 2011

CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference features JobsOhio
 

This past week, Price Finley and Quinten Harris of Bricker & Eckler LLP presented and moderated a panel discussion at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference. The panel, called “Development Finance from the Middle: Regional Agency Perspectives,” featured Kenny McDonald, Chief Economic Officer, Columbus2020! and Christine Nelson, Vice President of Regional Business Development, Team Northeast Ohio.  The exchange featured a timely discussion regarding the state's regional economic development financing matters, and the latest updates on the JobsOhio Regional Network.

 

Click here for overview and agenda information about the 2011 CDFA Ohio Financing Roundtable Conference.  Presentations provided throughout the conference will be available on CDFA’s resource database for your review.


 
Posted by S. Martin in  Professional Associations  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Nov 11, 2011

Ohio ranks in the Top 10 for Site Selection’s Best Climate for Business contest
 

 
On November 1, Site Selection magazine announced that Ohio ranked ninth in the U.S. for the best climate for business, dropping three places from last year's ranking at the No. 6 spot. The state was ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation in 2009.
 
The annual business climate rankings are determined by two main criteria: a state’s performance in Conway Data’s New Plant Database, which tracks new and expanded business facility activity, and a survey of corporate site seekers across the country.
 
Here's a look at Site Selection's Top 10 in 2011:
 
  1. Texas
  2. Georgia
  3. North Carolina
  4. Virginia
  5. South Carolina
  6. Indiana
  7. Louisiana
  8. Tennessee
  9. Ohio
10. Florida

 
Posted by Q. Harris in  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

Oct 19, 2011

OEDA Annual Summit to feature JobsOhio update
 

Next Wednesday, October 26, the Ohio Economic Development Association is holding its three-day Annual Summit at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris.  The theme of the conference is appropriately titled “Ohio in Change” and will feature breakout sessions from a variety of professionals in the economic development industry.  

A JobsOhio update will be presented by Mark Kvamme and several JobsOhio and ODOD representatives including Kristi Tanner, Nathan Green, Kristi Clouse, and Chris Schmenk.  Their updates will be timely as the development community has been closely following the changing model for delivery of job creation and economic development services in Ohio.     

Separately, Bricker & Eckler LLP will host a panel called “Real-Time Discussion of Real-World Economic Development Projects” featuring industry professionals in an exchange of economic development case studies, challenges, and solutions. 

Click here for more information about the OEDA Annual Summit.


 
Posted by C. Bell in  Professional Associations  Regional Updates  State Updates   |   Permalink

 

Sep 23, 2011

International Economic Development Council's Annual Conference concludes in Charlotte, NC
 

This past week, more than 1,000 economic developers gathered at the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  
Quinten Harris, Bricker & Eckler's senior public finance and economic development specialist was in attendance.  Participants learned new strategies, discussed hot topics, and made connections to help improve business development and learn best practices from peers across the globe. 

This year's conference theme was "Connect Locally, Succeed Globally."  Attendees explored how economic developers are adapting to the "new" normal and rewriting the rules for economic development.  Leading experts in the industry led sessions over four days on cutting-edge trends, best practices, and replicable models. 

The conference program featured four learning tracks:

• Understanding Current Forces Shaping Economic Development
• Building the Foundations for Economic Growth
• Catching the Next Wave of Innovation
• Expanding Connections and Relationships: Professional Development

Economic development professionals should consider membership in professional organizations like the IEDC.  These types of organizations offer peer-to-peer interaction with site selection and related industry professionals.  Next year, the 2012 Annual Conference will be held September 30 – October 3 in Houston, TX at the George R. Brown Convention Center. 


 
Posted by P. Finley in  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

Sep 21, 2011

JobsOhio to be featured at Ohio GFOA Annual Conference
 

The Ohio Government Finance Officers Association is holding its 24th Annual Conference and Membership Meeting from September 21 through September 23 at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland.

This annual meeting is an important gathering of finance officers from across the State of Ohio as members meet for an in-depth look at issues facing the industry.

The conference will concentrate on economic development issues with regard to State and local communities, including an overview of JobsOhio and what it means for local governments.  Additional topics include the identification and review of economic development resources and techniques.  

Several members of Bricker & Eckler's economic development team will be attending the conference as participants and presenters.  Our topics include design build construction practices and other risk management alternatives, and case studies of successful, and not so successful, tax increment financings.  We look forward to seeing you there!

More information about the Ohio GFOA can be found at www.ohgfoa.com


 
Posted by J. Burkart in  JobsOhio/ODSA  Professional Associations   |   Permalink

 

Sep 19, 2011

Site Selectors Guild to host first annual conference
 

The Site Selectors Guild (The Guild), a new professional association of international site selection consultants, will host its first annual conference in Orlando, Florida, on January 22-24, 2012. 

The group was founded in 2010 by 12 internationally recognized site selectors to advance the profession of international corporate site selection through networking and educational events and services.  The Guild also coordinates direct contact between businesses and site selection companies.

The Guild may prove to be an increasingly helpful resource to economic development professionals in Ohio.  The networking, training and information sharing platform could benefit communities and organizations by elevating their profile and providing opportunities for interaction with this group of individuals that influence an estimated 60 percent of corporate site selection projects internationally.  For more information on the Site Selectors Guild, visit their website at www.siteselectorsguild.com.


 
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