State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) today announced the introduction of House Bill 489, legislation that will reform the Ohio Department of Development in order to continue revitalizing Ohio’s job creation efforts.

When enacted, House Bill 489 will complete the transition from the Ohio Department of Development to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). The legislation will revitalize Ohio’s job creation efforts by providing essential services to JobsOhio—the state’s private, non-profit entity created through House Bill 1—including the administration and oversight of loans and tax credits that will further create and expand Ohio businesses. The bill also clarifies the contracts between the ODSA and JobsOhio.

“House Bill 489 builds on our progress over the past 15 months to get Ohio working,” said Dovilla. “By streamlining state government to work smarter and more effectively in encouraging job creation and economic development, we will help ensure Ohio continues to lead the region and our nation in job creation. I am honored to have this opportunity to work on common sense, bipartisan legislation that will continue to place Ohio back on the path to prosperity.”

Specifically, the legislation would:

• Create a pilot program, TourismOhio, to provide a dedicated funding source for tourism marketing;
• Improve access to capital for minority-owned businesses by increasing the amount of financing available; and
• Reform the tax credit process to ensure businesses are not penalized by delays due to the meeting schedule of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.

“Continuing a focus on economic development, we are pleased to move forward on this legislation that will make Ohio’s job creation efforts more efficient and effective,” said Representative Hagan. “The Development Services Agency will revitalize Ohio’s economy and give our state the tools to meet the ever-changing needs of businesses. This is a forward-thinking proposal that will greatly benefit our state and boost our competitiveness, and I look forward to seeing it through the legislative process.”

Additionally, the legislation creates within ODSA the Office of TourismOhio, which will be funded through a five-year pilot program that links funding for TourismOhio to the growth in sales tax revenues of tourism-related industries. The TourismOhio Advisory Board the bill creates will include industry experts to provide guidance and support efforts to promote Ohio tourism.

House Bill 489 has been assigned to the State Government and Elections Committee and will receive sponsor testimony in the coming weeks.


The current ODOD:

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The streamlined ODSA:

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