The wave of Priority Based Budgeting is coming

As a former local gov. staffer in NC and a degree holder in public administration, I can hardly contain my excitement at the prospect of priority based budgeting taking root here in Ohio. That may sound like peak nerdery, but let me explain why. Ever wonder where and why your county or city spent money […]

JobsOhio 2018 Annual Report and 2019 Plan

For those unaware, JobsOhio is the economic development arm of our great state. JobsOhio is the mechanism for grant allocation and business assistance via the state liquor taxes. APEG is our regional partner and includes 20+ counties that makeup Southeastern and Southern Ohio. Each year a report of the great successes of the organization is […]

When the results of the survey don’t “feel” right?

I read an article in the paper this week where one of our local elected leaders indicated there was some discrepancy between the results of a recent survey and the response they had personally experienced. What the councilor was expressing is a concern for survey error………but also their own bias in which responses are most […]

Downtown Economic Plan Committee Seeks Community Input

To take Downtown Marietta Survey, click here! Downtown Planning is happening within the City of Marietta! During the first week of February (1st and 2nd) the Enrich Marietta Team, a Downtown Planning Steering Committee, in cooperation with OHM advisors will be circulating a survey to persons who live/work/care about downtown Marietta. Along with that survey, […]

We need to start asking, “What evidence do you base that assumption off of?”

Evidence based decision making…….it’s critical. I can tell you that I am scared to death of making gut based decisions. You should be scared of your own gut as well. We are in an era of data driven decision making and there are two types of organizations, ones who use data and make themselves better […]

“If you do not have that, you do not have a site”

A consultant came to a group of legislators and economic developers and preached to the choir. For many it was probably the first time they had ever given thought to their role in sewer, water, electric utility presence. Unfortunately, here in Southern Ohio the same informational gaps exist. This is why I am writing articles […]

Looking to 2019 and beyond

We spent quite a bit of time this year refining our scope of work, examining the areas where we can make the most impact, and considered the larger needs of our community first and foremost. In the past we have been accused, rightfully so, of trying to be too many things to too many people. […]

Opportunity Zones Frequently Asked Questions……and where our zone is?

Q. What is an Opportunity Zone? A. An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. […]

We opened a shop in Belpre………here’s why

When I first arrived back in the valley after a few years away, I was quickly whisked into a committee of concerned and eager citizens from the Belpre Chamber. The Economic Development Committee as they were so called, were the front lines of promoting and attracting business in the community. It wasn’t long after that […]

Critical Path to Site Development Pt. 4: Ease of Acquisition and Incentives

Much is made in the econ dev world of the importance of incentives. In higher, more competitive circles, the discussion usually centers around what incentive, rebate, program the end user got to finalize the deal. The fallout from the Amazon HQ2 process proved as much when immediately following the announcement, the articles about what the […]