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In This Issue

Association News
- All members invited to important meeting on March 14
- Downtown redevelopment districts webinar – April 12
Legislative Briefing Update

State News
Four communities receive grants to clean up abandoned gas stations

Federal News
New interactive tool provides neighborhood-level health data 
USDA seeks proposals for critical agricultural wetlands 

NACo News
NACo Arts and Culture Awards applications available
NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Achievement Award Program – brilliant ideas that work!

Education and Grants
State of the Region Conference – March 20
Ohio RCAP to offer sustainable infrastructure training 
Negotiations seminar to focus on health care coverage, contributions and costs – April 11

Job Postings
CCAO publishes classified ads on our website free of charge as a service to counties. When submitting your ad to CCAO, please provide a link to the online job posting and a deadline date. Email your classified ad to Mary Jane Neiman, CCAO Public Relations Associate. 

Statehouse Report
Check out the Statehouse Report for the CCAO Policy Team's updates about legislative activity affecting Ohio's counties. 


Print Version
All members invited to important meeting on March 14

The general membership is invited to join the CCAO Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, March 14 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the CCAO Offices, 209 E. State Street, in Columbus. Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Gary Mohr will be present to discuss the department’s proposal to require Felony 5 offenders to remain in the community. 

Gov. John Kasich's biennial budget proposes to continue and take state-wide, in the second year of the biennium, a current pilot program designed to divert certain offenders from the state's overcrowded prisons. Under the program, DRC provides the participating counties with funding to treat low-level offenders in their communities and provide a variety of supervision services within the community. Mohr’s testimony and a fact sheet along with a Columbus Dispatch article provide background on the program.

This week, CCAO received two additional documents from DRC:
  1. County-specific data regarding CY 2016 Felony 5 commitments that are targeted in the budget proposal. The total number of commitments per county is broken down by gender, as well as the percentage that were community control violators and the percentage who had at least one prior prison commitment and 
  2. Estimated funding information - DRC is still refining the funding formula, and the budget is still proposed, we thought it best to provide estimated ranges to account for any changes that may occur during the budget process.
CCAO believes this is a very important committee meeting as this proposal has significant budget implications. We strongly encourage you all to attend and take part. Lunch will be available. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP by Monday, March 13, to Curt Pratt, CCAO Administrative Assistant, at (614) 220-7985 or (888) 757-1904. 

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Downtown redevelopment districts webinar – April 12

CCAO is pleased to offer a one-hour webinar on Apr. 12 at 9:30 a.m. on “Downtown 
Redevelopment Districts”. During the past year, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation to provide additional tools to meet the challenges of local governments establishing downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). DRDs operate similarly to tax increment financing districts except that the collected service payments can be used for a wider array of uses, including grants and loans to owners of historic buildings for renovation. This is a potential tool for courthouse restoration and renovation. 
This webinar will focus on:
  • What is a downtown redevelopment district?
  • What is an innovation district?
  • Who establishes a downtown redevelopment district?
  • What is the territory of the district?
  • What are the economic development plan requirements?
  • What are the revenue sources and uses?
  • What are the reporting requirements? 
  • How do you certify a courthouse as a historic building?
  • How can DRDs be used to address maintenance and rehab costs with historic county courthouses? 
Our speaker is David J. Robinson, the principal and founder of the Montrose Group, LLC. Previously, David worked for a decade managing government relations practices’ in large law firms and served in the Ohio House of Representatives. David is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Fisher School of Business Advanced Management Program.

Click here to register. If you experience difficulty in registering, please contact Curt Pratt, CCAO
administrative assistant, and provide him with your name, title, employer and email address. For
additional information regarding the topic for this webinar, please contact Brad Cole, CCAO
managing director of research, at (614) 220-7981 or (888) 757-1904. Read more…

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Legislative Briefing Update

CCAO is half way through our regional legislative briefings. If yours is still to come…it’s time to RSVP for your briefing session. Also, personally call you legislator to remind them of the invitation they received from CCAO and encourage them to attend.

As our best advocates, your presence at these legislative briefing sessions will allow our counties to tell their stories to their legislators about the real consequences to service delivery that will be effectuated by HB 49, the proposed FY 18/19 Executive Budget. The governor’s budget casts huge doubt on the administration’s commitment to a viable state/county partnership.  

For more information, please contact John Leutz, CCAO Legislative Counsel, at (614) 220-7994 or Curt Pratt, CCAO Administrative Assistant, at (614) 220-7985. 

Mar. 13 9:00 a.m. Ottawa Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams
Mar. 13 12 noon Toledo Lucas
Mar. 20 9:00 a.m. Brookville Miami, Montgomery and Preble
Mar. 20 9:30 a.m. Sunbury Delaware and Knox
Mar. 24 11:30 a.m. Akron Summit
Mar. 24 11:30 a.m. Dayton Clark, Greene and Madison
Mar. 27 11:30 a.m. Rootstown Ashtabula, Columbiana, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Portage and Trumbull
Apr. 7 11:30 a.m. Ashland Ashland, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne

For more information, please contact John Leutz, CCAO Legislative Counsel, at (614) 220-7994 or Curt Pratt, CCAO Administrative Assistant, at (614) 220-7985. 

Briefings This Week

Briefings This Week
Friday – March 13 at 9 a.m.
Red Pig Inn
1470 North Perry, Ottawa
Counties: Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams

Friday - March 13 at 12 p.m.
Georgio’s Café
426 North Superior Street, Toledo
County: Lucas

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Four communities receive grants to clean up abandoned gas stations

Four communities received a total of more than $700,000 to clean up abandoned gas stations sites. The projects were evaluated on the impact cleanup will have on the environment, the community and the local economy. The grantees were:

•    Adams County Commissioners - $416,000
•    City of North Royalton (Cuyahoga County) - $100,000
•    Crawford County Commissioners - $100,000
•    Village of Manchester (Adams County) - $100,000 

Political subdivisions including county land banks are eligible for the Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Program. Assessment grants are accepted and awarded on an on-going basis, as are Fast Track grants. For more information, please contact April Stevens, Environmental Specialist 2, Development Services Agency - Office of Community Assistance, at (614) 466-4007. Read more…  

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New interactive tool provides neighborhood-level health data 

A new web-based interactive tool released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will let anyone find and search health data at the neighborhood level for 500 U.S. cities. Data from Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Parma, Toledo and Youngstown is available. 

The 500 Cities Project, a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the CDC Foundation, is part of a nationwide effort to provide health information for geographic areas smaller than counties. The effort began in 2015 and includes city and census tract-level estimates for 27 chronic health conditions, behaviors, risk factors and preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States.

The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. These small area estimates will allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions, and assist them in planning public health interventions.

Click here for a 500 Cities Project webinar hosted last year by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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USDA seeks proposals for critical agricultural wetlands 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $15 million in technical and financial assistance available to help eligible conservation partners leverage local resources to voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. The funding is provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership, part of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, a Farm Bill conservation program. Proposals are due to NRCS state offices by April 24. Read more…

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NACo Arts and Culture Awards applications available

The NACo Arts and Culture Award recognizes county governments for their efforts to enrich American cultural and intellectual life, promote lifelong learning and protect our national heritage. These efforts include activities from arts education to historic preservation to the support of local museums, cultural institutions and nonprofit arts organizations.

Both ongoing programs and onetime projects are eligible. The eligible program/project must have become operational after Jan. 1, 2012 and have measurable results. County officials and/or staff, as part of their official duties, must have played a significant role in developing and implementing the program or project.
Application deadline: Apr. 17. Presentation of the award will be made at the Arts and Culture Commission Awards function held at the NACo Annual Conference hosted by Franklin County in July. For more information about the Arts and Culture Awards Program, please contact Jenna Moran, NACo Program Manager, at (202) 942-4224. Read more…

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NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Franklin County Commissioners John O’Grady, Marilyn Brown and Kevin Boyce are proud to host the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, in Columbus, O-H…I-O!

Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country (right behind San Francisco), is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio. Columbus is located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the U.S. population. Read more…
This is a great opportunity for Ohio officials who have never attended a NACo Conference to see what they have been missing! When registering, notice the new option for those that cannot attend the entire conference - you can register for two days at a reduced price. And remember to register online to save $25! Register here…
If your county is not a member of NACo, new members that join this year get unlimited free registrations for a year…a $865 value per registration. Contact Andrew Goldschmidt, NACo Membership/ Marketing Director, at (202) 942-4221 for membership information.

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Achievement Award Program – brilliant ideas that work!

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is accepting submissions for the 2017 Achievement Awards program. 

For 47 years, NACo has recognized innovation in county government through the Achievement Awards Program. The awards provide an excellent opportunity for counties to promote their successes to a larger audience, as well as share best practices with partners and peers across the nation. 

As a non-competitive awards program, each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Awards will be presented in 18 categories during the 2017 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition to be held in Franklin County (Columbus), O-H-I-O. All steps in the application process must be completed and application fees must be paid in full by the March 27 deadline. Click here for more information or email if you have any questions.

As part of the 2016-2017 Presidential Initiative of NACo President Bryan Desloge, the association is launching, Counties Matter Challenge: Brilliant Ideas that Work, a friendly competition to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that highlights county innovation at its best. Your entry in the Achievement Award program will be in the running for the Challenge.

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State of Region Conference - March 20

The Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development will host the “15th Annual State of the Region: Workforce Innovation Strategies” Conference on Monday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., in Perrysburg. The goal of this forum is to facilitate better connections throughout Northwest Ohio.

State of the region address: Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer is the senior vice president of External Outreach and Regional Analytics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He specializes in the macroeconomic impact of labor market development and identifying factors that contribute to regional economic growth. Following address, there will be a reaction panel with economic development leaders.  

Keynote speaker: Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. After the address, a best practices panel focusing on innovative workforce strategies will take place. Register here.

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Ohio RCAP to offer sustainable infrastructure training 

The Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) has released their spring sustainable infrastructure training schedule. During Mar., Apr. and May training will be held for local officials in several locations. RCAP is providing the workshops through funding from the Ohio EPA.  

Utility Management Series
Courses:  Asset Management, Applied Asset Management Using CUPSS, Utility Management, Financial Management
Sustainable Infrastructure Series
Courses:  Best Management Practices for Collection Systems, GIS for Small Systems, Guiding and Funding Your Future, What are You Missing and What Does it Cost You? and Tools to Save Money

There is no cost to attend the training. Lunch is on your own. Click on the training links for the date, time, location and OEPA contact hours for each course. The pre-registration deadline is the Friday before each training. Register online or contact Nadine Thompson, Program Assistant - WSOS CAC/Great Lakes RCAP, at (800) 775-9767. 
RCAP, part of the WSOS Community Action, provides technical assistance to small, rural communities to help solve water and wastewater problems. 

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Negotiations seminar to focus on health care coverage, contributions and costs – April 11
The State Employment Relations Board’s (SERB) Mediation Section will hold its 2nd Annual Negotiations Seminar on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Library of Ohio, 274 E. First Avenue, in Columbus. The seminar will emphasize health care negotiations featuring six top negotiators in Ohio. 

In the morning, the negotiators will discuss the featured topics followed by mock negotiations in the afternoon. The session will then be open for additional comments and questions. Mediators and speakers will also discuss health care, health care costs, key elements in the health care coverage, health savings accounts and related items.  

Registration fee: $50. Registration deadline: April 3. Space is limited. Register here… 

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