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Small and mid-sized companies represent most of a community’s economic and workforce landscape and many of these companies are borne out of innovation of local entrepreneurs. While much attention is given to building a local entrepreneurial support system where new businesses can create innovative products or services and bring them to market, pivoting from a […]

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Special Guest Story by: Rohit Kejriwal Scarlet Oak Capital Impact The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund of the U.S. Department of Treasury awarded 100 Community Development Entities (CDEs) $5 billion in New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs) in September 2021. Of the 100 CDEs which won a NMTC Allocation, 71 have a national or multi-state footprint, […]

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Community civic projects are always searching for funding sources. Gaining funding from multiple sources is now commonplace as rarely does on pot of funding have enough money to complete transformational projects in urban or rural communities.  Two civic project funding sources, the state of Ohio Capital Budget Community Project legislation and the federal budget earmark […]

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Every ten years Ohio goes through the process of redistricting both state legislative and Ohio’s congressional districts. Ohio once again has seen its share of members of Congress decreasing, due to slower population growth when compared to other states. Although Ohio’s population grew by 2% compared to the national average of 7.4% over the past […]

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The science and data are clear. Regions with higher population rates fully vaccinated against COVID 19 have lower series cases of this deadly virus. The economic data will also be clear that regions with lower COVID 19 vaccination rates will also be the last to enjoy economic recovery and could trigger a substantial slowdown in […]

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A lot like the state operating budget, the capital budget is passed every 2 years, in the second year of the General Assembly. The capital budget is legislation where the State of Ohio appropriates resources to state owned infrastructure as well as other government purpose projects called community projects. Community projects make up only a […]

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Ohio-based developer Make Build Ship, LLC has broken ground on a new 48,000 SF speculative industrial building in the Logan-Hocking Commerce Park in Hocking County. In partnership with the Hocking County CIC, Make Build Ship’s new, flexible speculative building brings turn-key industrial space to prospects needing anywhere from 6,000 SF to the full 48,000 SF […]

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The Montrose Group is excited to share Rick and Meghan Hogrefe and the city of Sandusky’s selection to receive a $1 million JobsOhio Vibrant Community Grant Program award. In 2019, USA Today recognized the city of Sandusky as America’s “Best Coastal Small Town,” and for good reason. Prioritization by city leadership of revitalizing the downtown […]

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Companies and customers are in desperate search for workers.  Before COVID 19, a booming economy pushed the United States to full employment and a lack a skilled workers was the number one issue facing corporate site location projects.  During COVID 19, many companies and customers simply cannot find any workers—skilled or unskilled. The labor force […]

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