Auto supplier plans additional $73M investment, 204 jobs in Springfield

Topre America is expanding its previous plans for a new facility in Springfield (see our June 12, 2017 blog post), announcing it will invest an additional $73 million in the facility to meet increased production requests, the Dayton Business Journal reports. The additional investment in the 177,000 square-foot stamping and steel production plant will “create 204 assembly, research and development, stamping and light manufacturing jobs,” according to the article. The expansion is “contingent upon the approval of state and local incentives.” Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition regional JobsOhio affiliate, said the coalition understands the impact of more than 200 new jobs and “will continue to work with our partners in Springfield and JobsOhio to move this project forward.” For more, read the full article.

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Ohio recommends Opportunity Zones for federal tax breaks

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created an opportunity for states “to identify up to 25% of low-income, high-poverty census tracts” for consideration for federal tax breaks for economic development, according to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) website. The U.S. Treasury “will make the final determination” of which tracts will be designation as Opportunity Zones, making them eligible for “‘Opportunity Funds’ (not yet formed) to invest in economic development to receive a 10-year federal tax break.” Ohio recommended its full 25% allocation, 320 census tracts out of the 1,280 that were eligible. According to the ODSA, tracts were prioritized by “[j]ob creation potential, history of public/private investment within the tract, future commitments of public/private investment, available land for development,” and other factors. For more, see the ODSA website.

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Economic development groups “doubling down” to keep expanding companies in Northeast Ohio

JobsOhio, Team Northeast Ohio and the Greater Cleveland Partnership want to make sure local companies who want to grow “do so here rather than elsewhere in the United States and beyond,” Crain’s Cleveland reports. The three groups will add up to a dozen staffers between them “who will be calling on companies” in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties “to identify those that are evaluating the long-term location strategies for their businesses,” according to the article. The organizations want “to be ready with financial incentives or sites available for expansion before the businesses decide to expand a plant at a location out of state, or leave the region altogether.” Kristi Clouse, executive director of operations for JobsOhio, said the increased involvement in retention and expansion is “because the bulk of the job creation, about 80%, comes from the expansion of existing businesses.”

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Columbus one of 20 finalist cities for Amazon’s $5B HQ2

The only city in Ohio to make it through the first cut for Amazon’s $5-billion second headquarters is Columbus, reports Columbus Business First. “Unlike cities that offered plots of land, Columbus offered incentives to recoup partial land acquisition costs in the bid prepared by economic development groups Columbus 2020 and JobsOhio,” according to the article. Among those incentives are a “tax abatement on sites where Amazon opts to invest” and “a cash payment based on a portion of income tax withholding for new jobs.” Columbus also “pledged a dedicated transit and roadwork fund, also funded by reserving Amazon employee withholding tax,” according to Columbus Business First. Out of 238 proposals, Amazon selected 20 finalists; Columbus will compete with New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and others, The Columbus Dispatch reports. For more, read the full Columbus Business First and Columbus Dispatch articles. 

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