Governor Mike DeWine recently announced grant awards for local jail projects. During negotiations for the past Ohio Capital Budget the Ohio General Assembly and DeWine administration dedicated $50 million in support for new construction and repair of jail facilities at the local level of government. Like many other areas of public infrastructure, many of Ohio’s […]

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After more-than a decade long-awaited infrastructure legislation has been passed and finally signed into law. The bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed by President Biden recently after months of negotiations. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will provide much needed resources across the country for a variety of important areas and will be distributed […]

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Data should drive good decision making.  Whether in business or government, major decisions need to be based upon the needs and wants of a growing customer base.  In government, that customer base is voters.  Constituencies that support public officials also matter as they can create positive economic, health, education or other outcomes based upon sound […]

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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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