Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency

By David Goodman

December 31, 2018

Update from the Ohio Development Services Agency

It is hard to believe 2018 is coming to an end. I’m proud to be a part of the work we do to strengthen our communities. Working together, we continue to make a difference in the lives of Ohioans. Thank you for your partnership. I hope you will continue to reach out to our staff when you have potential projects, or questions about our programs. 

One of the ways we’ve improved customer service is with the Program Finder on our website. Customers said it was hard to find information on the more than 70 agency programs, including who to contact with general questions.  Now, visitors can click a topic to find a brief description of any program and within the listing is the contact information for the program manager. This tool not only improved our access to our programs, but also increased the transparency of our programs.  

As your community develops its plans for 2019, remember our team is here, ready to work with you to identify the best programs to assist with your project. Here’s information on a few programs that may help.   

The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Program turns an old run-down gas station into land ready for development. Projects are evaluated on the impact cleanup will have on the environment, the community, and the local economy. Political subdivisions, including county land banks, are eligible for the program. The non-competitive Fast Track grants are awarded on an on-going basis. Applications are available on our website

The Energy Loan Fund provides low-cost financing to businesses, communities, and nonprofit organizations for energy improvements that reduce energy usage and improve efficiency at a facility/location. Eligible activities include energy retrofits, energy distribution technologies and renewable energy technologies. Projects must achieve 15 percent reduction in energy usage. To learn more, click here

Also, remember to list your community festivals and events on Ohio.org. You can also list your community’s trail, historic site, or bed and breakfast. It’s FREE and a great way to promote your community. For more information, click here

Thank you for your partnership throughout the year. Together, I know we are making Ohio a better place to work, live and play. Ohioans know – you can Find It Here. Feel free to call our office at (614) 466-2285, if you need assistance or have suggestions on how we can improve our services. Have a great holiday season!

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