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FAQ Topic: Economic Development FAQ

Why is the 208 Plan important for economic development in the region?

Ohio EPA cannot legally issue a Permit-to-Install (PTI) for wastewater projects that are in conflict with a 208 Plan.  Doing so would be a violation of the federal Clean Water Act and Ohio Revised Code.  Examples of projects that require a PTI from Ohio EPA are wastewater treatment plant upgrades and expansions, and sanitary sewer extensions.  New residential and commercial development often requires a PTI from Ohio EPA since sanitary sewer extensions are … Continued

What is an Economic Development District (EDD)?

Economic Development Districts (EDDs) are multi-jurisdictional entities, commonly composed of multiple counties and in certain cases even cross-state borders. They help lead the locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic blueprint (i.e., an economic development roadmap) for regional collaboration. For … Continued

What is an Opportunity Zone and are there any in my area?

Qualified opportunity zones were created by the federal 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and designed to spur economic development by bringing private investment to areas that might otherwise have difficulty attracting it. To access the Opportunity Zone Tool visit: Opportunity Zones

What is a CEDS?

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process and document that successfully engages a range of partners, including community leaders and residents, Economic Development Districts (EDDs), tribes, the private sector, educational institutions, and other stakeholders in planning for your region’s future.  For more information visit: CEDS Central

How do I apply for an EDA grant?

The first step in applying for an EDA grant is to contact NEFCO with your project idea. Projects must be consistent with the regional CEDS. Contact Nick Lautzenheiser.

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