With the passage of the state’s main operating budget, attention now turns to the state Capital Appropriations Budget, which will be introduced and passed in early 2020. The capital budget provides communities with the opportunity to seek state funding assistance for projects that involve the acquisition, construction, equipment, or renovation of buildings and other facilities that meet a defined “public purpose.” Communities – especially Ohio’s weaker market and smaller communities – must be prepared to “make their case” to secure funds for catalytic projects in their community.
On September 16, Greater Ohio, in partnership with Heritage Ohio and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), hosted a webinar, “Preparing a Successful Bid for State Capital Budget Dollars” with presentations from GOPC’s Manager of Government Affairs, Jason Warner, and OFCC’s Grants Administrator, Jessica Delong Bachman, providing communities with a “101 on the Capital Budget” , and examples of small communities utilizing capital budget dollars for thoughtfully-planned projects, including their planning steps and process to secure funds.
If you were unable to participate in the webinar, you can still view the webinar online courtesy of our partners at Heritage Ohio. (Please note, due to a technical error, the presentation does not advance online. The PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here).