Ohio Economic Development Association
Columbus, OH, United States
The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) is the professional association for Ohio economic developers. Our members work at the local, regional, and state levels in public, private, nonprofit and partnership economic development organizations. OEDA and its flagship program, the Ohio Economic Development Institute (OEDI), offers professional development for practitioners in economic development and related fields through high-value courses and conferences. OEDA's curricula, delivered both in-person and on-line, includes basic, intermediate and advanced courses in core economic development subjects, skill-specific workshops and trainings, thought leadership discussions, and special offerings around current trends and emerging issues. The programs primarily focus on in the needs of economic and community developers but are helpful to individuals working in allied professions professionals who work in planning, finance, local government, law, and real estate development. Through OEDI, OEDA is able to develop custom professional development programs to meet the specific needs of economic development organizations. OEDA "core skills" topics includes real estate development, financing and incentives, site development and selection, business attraction and retention and workforce & talent. Elective topics have included fiscal and economic impact analysis, broadband, electric and gas utilities, and transportation and transit among others. OEDA also sponsors the Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, which is an introductory, International Economic Development Council (IEDC) certified course for economic development professionals who are new to the profession or want to keep up to date on best practices. OEDA is proud to partner with other professional organizations and higher education institutions to advance and elevate the quality and relevance of its professional development offerings. Professional development and continuing education program decisions are guided by a Professional Development Committee and a 30-member Curriculum Committee (which includes both state and national level educators). OEDA works in partnership with JobsOhio, the state economic development partnership, and the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to deliver OEDI programs.