Ohio Development Services Agency

ODSA offers global trade missions to grow businesses through export

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The Ohio Development Services Agency has released a list of three global trade missions scheduled for early 2019 as part of their Export Assistance programming, in partnership with Small Business Development Centers.

From the ODSA:

Ohio companies exported more than $50 billion in products and services in 2017. The Ohio Development Services Agency wants to help you open foreign markets for your business.  The agency is partnering with regional Small Business Development Centers to offer three trade missions in March and April 2019. Register now to make sure you don’t miss out on these unique opportunities.

Upcoming Trade Missions:
Thailand-Vietnam Trade Mission
March 22-30
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2019
Mission Participation Fee: $1,000

Target markets include, but are not limited to, industrial or electrical machinery and equipment, automotive parts and accessories, iron and steel products, optic and medical equipment, plastics products, chemicals and hardwood lumber.

Brazil-Colombia Trade Mission
March 23-30
Registration Deadline: January 22, 2019
Mission Participation Fee: $1,500

Target markets include, but are not limited to, construction equipment for public roads and airports, transportation services and mass transit systems.

Germany Trade Mission
April 1-10
Registration Deadline: December 7, 2018
Mission Participation Fee: $1,500

Target markets include, but are not limited to, technology/med-tech, energy systems, innovative supply solutions, consulting, metalworking and instrumentation. This mission includes participation in Hannover Messe.

Mission participation fees include resources to support your business in foreign regions:

  • In-advance market research – to prepare your business for the countries’ markets and buyers.
  • One-on-one business matchmaking – for in-person networking and business opportunities.
  • Extensive in-country assistance – including logistical and translation assistance.

For details and to register, email Thien Bui at  Thien.Bui@development.ohio.gov

NCOESC is Awarded Grant for Public Safety Services

Press release from NCOESC:ncoesc

The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (NCOESC) was awarded a $163,000 grant from Ohio’s Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program. The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), along with the Local Government Innovation Council, informed NCOESC that the grant application was approved.

The IT Safety Project includes computer equipment and new fiber lines to enhance the safety of our local communities. The collaborative partners include NCOESC, North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments (NCORcog), Seneca County, the City of Tiffin and the villages of Attica, Bettsville, Bloomville, Green Springs, New Riegel and Republic.

The Local Government Innovation Council provides funding in two ways: Local Government Innovation Program (LGIP), which offers loan assistance to communities for plans, and projects that create more efficient service delivery at the local level; and Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program (LGSC), which offers communities assistance to enhance public safety. Together, these programs assist communities with shared services and efficiency projects in all aspects of operations.

NCOESC and NCORcog were also successful with a $100,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study regarding Information Technology Connectivity. After the review of the study, a $500,000 no-interest loan was awarded to subsidize the implementation of the study.

According to David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, the Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program, provides opportunities to enhance public safety. Goodman stated, “Communities are working together to improve their safety service and save taxpayers money.”

NCOESC’s Superintendent/CEO, Dr. Jim Lahoski, was very pleased that this grant opportunity will provide additional revenues to the community. Lahoski stated, “The efforts made by NCORcog Director, John Davoli, along with NCOESC Information Technologists Kathy Mohr and Brian Rupp, demonstrate a wonderful spirit of cooperation between the NCOESC and many political subdivisions of Seneca County.” He further expressed appreciation to local law enforcement officials that provided vital information to complete the successful application.

Director Davoli stated, “This grant will provide collaborative opportunities to work with officials from Seneca County, the City ofTiffm, all Seneca County villages and SIEDC.” Davoli indicated that the next step will be to meet with all the partners and to set a timeline for the work to begin the initial phase and that NCOESC will continue to pursue additional funding to complete the project.

The Local Government Safety Grant Program is a highly competitive grant that had over 400 applicants in this second round with only 10% of the applications funded.

Ohio companies invited to exhibit at Hannover Messe 2017

hannovermesseflyerupdated12_08_page_1The Ohio Development Services Agency, Export Assistance Office, is inviting small- to medium-sized Ohio companies to exhibit their products and services at one of the world’s largest industrial trade shows, the Hannover Messe.

Hannover Messe welcomes companies in R&D, industrial automation and IT, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as energy and environmental technology. In 2016, the show attracted 190,000 trade visitors and 5,200 exhibitors from 75 countries.

Registering with the Ohio Booth gives companies access to federal and state resources, as well as networking events. Participants will receive: trade show booth space, a directory listing, matchmaking (one-on-one business meetings), accommodations and transportation, business service support and, in some cases, financial assistance (qualifying businesses could receive up to 50% reimbursement through the IMAGE Grant).

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 6, 2017.

See the attached flyer for more details and a registration form. More information is available on the Toledo Chamber’s dedicated webpage. If you have any questions, contact Colleen Kardasz with the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network, Toledo Chamber of Commerce at 419.243.8191 or colleen.kardasz@toledochamber.com.

Housing project receives Tiffin’s first ever Historic Tax Credit

20161220_125951The Tunison Flats housing project, located at 105-107 Frost Parkway, was awarded an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit by the Ohio Development Services Agency. The project, a total investment of $620,902, will receive a $99,031 tax credit.

More information from the ODSA news release:

Today, the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $22.8 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 18 applicants planning to rehabilitate 33 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to bring approximately $225.6 million in private investment in 12 communities.

“A community’s historic buildings make it unique,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Giving a building new life honors the history of the building, while creating construction jobs in the short term and opportunity for economic activity into the future.”

The awards will assist private developers in rehabilitating historic buildings in downtowns and neighborhoods. The renovated buildings drive further investment and interest in adjacent property. Developers are not issued the tax credit until project construction is complete and all program requirements are verified.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered in partnership with the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Office determines if a property qualifies as a historic building and that the rehabilitation plans comply with the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The Tunison Flats project is the first to be awarded state tax credits in Tiffin. Constructed as a duplex in the late 1880s, this building was later converted into four apartments. This project will rehabilitate the brick building into three apartments while preserving the original staircases, fireplace mantels, wood trim, and windows.

Workforce Training Funds Available

OhioDevelopmentServicesAgencyPress release provided by Ohio Development Services Agency
Thousands of Ohio employees have received training to advance their career through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round five is rapidly approaching.

“It’s important that Ohio’s workforce keeps current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This training ensures employees stay ahead of the game, keeping Ohio competitive.”

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive Manufacturing, Automotive Technicians, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Polymers and Chemicals, Logistics, or Research and Development. Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, the provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency reimburses the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a Fiscal Year is $75,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Eligible businesses can begin the online application process on September 26, 2016 and will have three weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application. The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2016.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.

For complete guidelines for the 2017 program, click here.

 

Workshop fosters partnerships with Federal labs

ohio mepOn Wednesday, August 10 from 9 am – 4 pm, leaders in engineering, manufacturing and technology are invited to attend “Partnering with Federal Labs,” a workshop sponsored by CIFT and MAGNET on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP). The workshop is designed to introduce business leaders to the Federal labs research centers that help push technology to the private marketplace.  The meeting will highlight how federal agencies’ expertise and technologies can assist Ohio firms.

 

Magnet

USDA-Agricultural Research Service has already formed over 120 formal partnerships this year with companies of all sizes for the development and commercialization of technologies. As of 2015, more than 800 businesses, universities, governments and non-profit groups partnered with either Oak Ridge National Lab or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through 2016, the Department of Energy is providing up to $20 million in vouchers so that small businesses can request technical assistance from national labs to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.

CIFT

The workshop is designed to introduce business leaders to the Federal labs research centers that help push technology to the private marketplace. The meeting will highlight how federal agencies’ expertise and technologies can assist Ohio firms. Speakers include representatives from:

Federal Lab Consortium (FLC)

The FLC is the formally chartered, nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that fosters commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for accelerating federal technologies from out of the labs and into the marketplace.

NASA

NASA John H. Glenn Research Center drives research, technology, and systems to advance aviation, advance space missions and aeronautics by leveraging core competencies to deliver from concept through applications. Examples include air breathing propulsion, cryogenic fluids management, communications technology, energy storage and conversion, and materials for extreme environments.

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center

USDA – Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

The ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination. The ARS research agenda is broad, with about 750 research projects organized under four major program areas: Nutrition, Food Safety and Quality; Animal Production and Protection; Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Crop Production and Protection.

Department of Energy, ORNL & NREL

The Department of Energy (DOE) has aligned resources to invest in technology research and development, new innovation models, technical assistance, and the shared technical facilities that help transition scientific innovations into new manufacturing capabilities. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have capabilities that include facilities and expertise in: solar, wind, water power, geothermal, bioenergy, buildings, fuel cells, batteries, vehicle technology, advanced manufacturing, and next generation materials.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Department of Commerce, NIST, promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Laboratory capabilities include facilities and expertise in: Bioscience and Health, Building/Fire Research, Physics, Electronics/Telecommunications, Energy, Environment/Climate, Information Technology/Cyber, Manufacturing, Materials Science, Quality/Transportation, and more.

For more information, contact CIFT at 419-535-6000 or info@ciftinnovation.org, or register here.

Workforce Training Money Available

OhioDevelopmentServicesAgencyOnline Applications Will be Available Beginning September 28, 2015

<Press release issued by the Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich>

More than 122,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round four is right around the corner.

“As technology evolves, so does the training needed to keep employees current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.  “It’s important that employees across the state have the tools they need to succeed.”

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible:  Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, Back Office, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Logistics, Polymers and Chemicals, and Research and Development.  Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, at provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Businesses can begin the online process on September 28, 2015 and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application.  The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2015.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.

For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or Shannon.Vanderpool@development.ohio.gov,  Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr@development.ohio.gov.

Guidelines can be found here, and FAQs here.