OEDA 360: The State of Economic Development in Ohio

  • 07 Mar 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Renaissance Columbus Downtown, 50 North 3rd Street, Columbus, OH 43215


OEDA 360:  The State of Economic Development in Ohio

March 7, 2018

Renaissance Columbus Downtown
50 North 3rd Street,

Columbus, Ohio  43215

Online Registration is now closed! 

Registration after March 2nd will be on-site only (on-site registration will open Wednesday, March 7th beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will be located in the Woody Hayes Grand Ballroom Foyer, on the 2nd Floor of the Renaissance Columbus Downtown). 

To save time onsite please print and fill out the onsite registration form
ahead of time and bring it with you.

Thank you!

Join Us for OEDA 360 on March 7, 2018 at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus.  This event brings together the top minds in economic development and state leaders for a day of insight, information, resource identification and connections.  OEDA 360 is a “can’t be missed” event for economic developers, elected officials and policy makers. 

Join us for a frank look at the issues impacting economic development in Ohio—including a national perspective by keynote speaker, Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

OEDA 360 is designed to provide attendees with a comprehensive view of the state of economic development in Ohio, identify new resources for successful projects, and interact with peers and thought leaders from around the state. Attendees can earn 5.5 credit hours towards the Ohio Certified Economic Developer credential at this year’s event.


10-11 a.m. S.W.O.T. Ohio –Key Issues Impacting Economic Development Across the State

This one-hour panel discussion is a take on the classic S.W.O.T. analysis and features economic development leaders from each of Ohio’s six regional network partners.  This candid conversation will review the opportunities and challenges facing our state, where our strengths lie, and areas in which we need to improve if Ohio is going to be successful—across all regions of the state as well as the state as a whole.

What are the current and emerging issues and what do they mean to me?  How might my community and/or organization be impacted?  How can I prepare?  Are their new opportunities?  Are there threats on the horizon?  S.W.O.T. Ohio will help you answer these questions and more.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Leading Industry Trends – A JobsOhio Perspective

This session brings together the industry sector leaders for four of the state’s key industries in consideration of their impact to the state economy and footprint across the state.  Understanding the changes and trends shaping these industries is key to understanding the impact to your community and region. 

Technological advances, market trends, and changes in public policy are constantly shaping these industries and ultimately impacting economic development strategies, business retention and attraction, site development and selection, workforce needs and the attractiveness of certain economic development tools and incentives.

Successful economic developers need to understand the industries present in their local communities and region as well as target industries for future growth.

12-1:15 p.m. Luncheon Keynote “Future of Economic Development”—Jeff Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO, International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development. With the formation of IEDC in 2001 following the merger of the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) - where he was president for 15 years - and the American Economic Development Council (AEDC), Jeff set the course for a more effective and influential organization. Today IEDC is the world's largest economic development membership organization renowned for its leadership in professionalizing and diversifying the field of economic development.

A frequent lecturer and author of numerous articles, Jeff has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox television and the Journal Report on PBS. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications in 1976 from Ohio University in Athens and pursued graduate studies in business administration at Ohio State University. He maintains a strong connection with Ohio University’s Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs.

1:15-1:45 p.m. Dessert Networking Break

We know you value opportunities to expand your knowledge and your network so we’ve carved out this specific time to connect with your colleagues, visit resource tables, and engage with the profession’s thought leaders while enjoying desert and refreshments.

1:45-2:45 p.m. Resource Ohio – Tapping into Resources, Programs & Funding

JobsOhio, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

This is your opportunity to not just get the latest information and updates on key programs from state agencies and state-level organizations, but also to learn how to tap into lesser known and under-utilized resources that may be exactly what you need to win a project. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about these resources -- ranging from technical assistance to funding—and how they can be utilized for success in communities big and small.

2:45- 3:30 p.m. Political Landscape Overview – Potential Impacts to Economic Development

This always popular session combines a comprehensive legislative update with all the inside baseball from Capital Square to keep you “in the know.” This information has never been more important as 2018 is a big election year. By covering both policy and politics, attendees will gain an important understanding of the legislation and issues impacting local economic development as well as how the political landscape may impact economic development policy.

Ancillary Event:  Legislative Reception, Bricker & Eckler Law Firm
Reception registration is closed - at capacity.

Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: 100 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Limited spaces available for the reception. Open only to the first 75 registrants.

Online registration is available through March 2, 2018.  

Registrations after this date are onsite only.  


Registration Fees:

OEDA Member:
$99 per person

per person


Parking:   Attendees will receive the discounted valet parking rate of $15 for the day.  Be sure to let the valet know you are with the OEDA event.  For additional parking options in downtown Columbus, please visit http://www.bestparking.com/columbus-parking/.