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Amazon HQ2 and the Future of Business Investment in Columbus

July 5, 2018 | 0

A favored line of politicians is that their policies will bring new businesses and investments to their communities, but what really makes businesses decide to put down roots in an area?  This question is at the front of local and state leaders’ minds as the stakes for attracting new business to the state appear higher…

New Education Campaigns Hope to Reduce the Societal Costs of the Opioid Epidemic

June 26, 2018 | 0

The opioid epidemic is making an impact on more than just families and governmental budgets. Recent data estimates that Ohioans have lost more than 500,000 years of life expectancy to the epidemic in the past seven years. Overall, the life expectancy of the average Ohioan is down 1.1 years.  According to the Center for Disease…

Lucas County Political Parties Usher in New Leaders

June 21, 2018 | 0

  In recent weeks, both the Lucas County Republican and Democratic parties underwent leadership changes, electing new chairmen to their respective organizations. Attendees at Impact Ohio’s Toledo Regional Conference might recall hearing from leaders of both the Lucas County Republican and Democratic parties last September as they closed out our conference discussing the local parties…

Soccer, Startups, and Self-Driving Vehicles Hope to Secure the Future of Cincinnati

June 14, 2018 | 0

Cincinnati has been making headlines with recent innovation and economic development, a brand new pro-sports team, and a larger than ever population according to the most recent census.  These achievements mark a new age for Cincinnati, one in which investment in the city’s future comes first. For the first time in more than a decade…

Ohio House Elects New Speaker

June 7, 2018 | 0

After weeks of negotiating, the Ohio House of Representatives finally chose Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to be Speaker of the House for the remainder of the 132nd General Assembly.  The chamber has been without an official leader since former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned in April amid an FBI investigation into his travel expenses. That investigation and the…

Toledo Area Wrestles with Regional Water

June 6, 2018 | 0

In early 2018, elected leaders from Toledo and surrounding communities signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating the framework for the Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA).  For years the City of Toledo has supplied water to many communities in the surrounding region, but the water system, including the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant, remained under city…

Executive Order Fast Tracks Autonomous Vehicle Testing

May 30, 2018 | 1

As autonomous vehicles continue to change the way we view transportation, Governor John Kasich issued a timely executive order to ensure Ohio remains at the forefront of this growing industry.  On May 9,  Kasich issued Executive Order 2018-04K to permit the testing of autonomous vehicles on all roads and highways in Ohio.  The order also provides…

Opportunity Zones: A New Economic Development Tool for Ohio

May 29, 2018 | 0

A new economic development tool called Opportunity Zones, could bring new, private investments to economically distressed communities in Ohio and across the country. In December of last year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which overhauled and reformed the United States’ mammoth federal tax code.  Within this complex piece of legislation,…

Legislature Weighs in on College Affordability

May 23, 2018 | 0

At the first hearing of the Joint Committee on College Affordability, Chancellor of High Education John Carey testified that Ohio’s efforts to make college more affordable have made a difference.   In his testimony, Carey credited the administration and legislature’s efforts for improving the affordability of Ohio’s public universities and community colleges. Carey noted that tuition…