Posts Authored by John Caleb Bell

More than 100,000 Ohioans work in clean energy jobs, report shows

A report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and the Clean Energy Trust shows the clean energy and vehicles sectors currently employ more than 103,400 Ohioans, according to a recent The Hannah Report article. Clean Jobs Midwest’s Ohio Fact Sheet shows “[t]he biggest sector of Ohio’s clean energy industry is energy efficiency, accounting for nearly 71 percent of the region’s clean energy jobs,” at 73,291. The fact sheet also outlines the gains in advanced transportation as “automakers and their suppliers continue to shift to electric vehicles,” noting electric vehicle (EV) jobs grew by 8.9 percent, “and are poised for future growth with supportive policies and significant commitments to EVs by major vehicle manufactures like Ford and GM and their suppliers.” To see the complete Clean Jobs Midwest Ohio Fact Sheet, click here

Energy Efficiency, Environmental, State Updates

Greenfield selected for economic development opportunity

The City of Greenfield “has been awarded an opportunity to not only further economic development in the village, but development in the industrial park” as one of five communities in a 25-county region selected for the Prepared Communities Program, The Times-Gazette reports. That program, through OhioSE and Bricker & Eckler, provides six hours of free virtual economic development planning assistance to selected communities. City Manager Todd Wilkin called Bricker & Eckler the “gold standard in economic development stimulation,” and said the city is excited to work with the Columbus-based law firm and OhioSE, according to the article. For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, State Updates

Municipal port authority would expand Middletown’s economic development options

Middletown City Council is planning to dissolve its Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) and create a municipal port authority to “enable the city to address its unique economic development needs,” the Journal-News reports. Port authorities have the same powers as CICs as well as additional powers including creating sales tax exemption programs, loan funding at competitive rates, directly incentivizing specific community needs such as additional infrastructure, and facilitating job creation projects, according to the article. City Economic Development Director Chris Xeil Lyons “said the tax-exempt status of port authorities has the advantage of passing savings on to private economic development projects, thus making complex projects possible that might not otherwise happen.” For more, read the full article.

Economic Development, Financial Incentives, State Updates

Columbus ESID closes over $100 million in funding

On July 17, 2020, the Columbus Regional Special Improvement District (ESID)'s PACE financing program, administered by the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, announced that they have now closed over $100 million in funding for local energy-related projects. Since 2015, the Columbus Regional ESID has provided a 32 percent average utility bill reduction and annual energy savings of $1.4 million in Franklin County. Congratulations to the ESID and Finance Authority teams, and a special congratulations to Jeremy Druhot for his hard work in making our local PACE financing program a nationally recognized success. For more, read the full press release.

Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financial Incentives, Project Finance

Dayton manufacturer’s $3M expansion includes PACE financing

Tomco Machining, a producer of tubular assemblies for commercial and military clients, is “on track to finalize a nearly $3 million project by mid-May,” which will enable them to expand their workforce, the Dayton Business Journal reports. The company’s new 24,000 square-foot building “will be about 70% larger” than its existing facility, which had no space to add new equipment, owner Jim Tomasiak said in the article. The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority authorized “a little under $1 million” in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for the project, which “incorporates several energy-efficient design elements, including high-efficiency insulation, HVAC, efficient lighting and solar panels.” For more, read the full article.

Energy Efficiency, Project Finance