New and Revised Community Development Fact Sheets Now Available

Aug. 3, 2021
Primary data is collected through surveys, interviews, and questionnaires. Photo: Andreas Breitling, Pixabay.

Recently, two OSU Extension Community Development fact sheets were published. Click on the titles to view them on Ohioline:

  • Utilizing Secondary Data for Business Retention and Expansion Planning and Reporting (CDFS-1580) NEW 8/3/2021
    Authors: Gwynn Stewart and Joe Lucente

    Before creating Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) programs, community partners and professionals often identify reliable, existing data to help with analysis and greater understanding of local communities and business trends. There are a variety of reliable local and state, as well as regional and national data available for consideration.

    When coordinating a BRE program in a community, it is important to carefully gather and analyze both internal and external data about the community where planning and the BRE program will be completed. Data can be facts or figures from which conclusions may be drawn (Ajayi, 2017).
  • Joint Economic Development Districts (CDFS-1560) REVISED 6/30/2021
    Authors: David Civittolo and Gwynn Stewart 

    In 1993, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation enabling local communities to create special-purpose districts known as Joint Economic Development Districts (JEDD). That legislation also had a significant rewrite in Sub. HB 182 adopted by the 131st Ohio General Assembly in 2015.

    A JEDD agreement enables townships, cities, and villages to cooperatively address concerns associated with economic development, diminishing local revenues, growth and annexation pressures. A JEDD provides a local community approach to solving economic development issues by providing local governments the ability to enter into legal agreements that have the potential to increase revenues and create jobs. The contractual agreements, which vary by jurisdiction, serve as a significant economic development tool for local communities. 

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