House Bill 259 is bipartisan legislation that would create a pilot program in the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) to "provide technical assistance to eligible businesses to help them expand and hire new employees," according to The Daily Reporter (See our Sept 09, 2013, blog post for more information). Ohio Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), who sponsored the bill, said it is based on an economic development model known as economic gardening. Under H.B. 259, $250,000 would be appropriated to the program for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The program's services would be directed toward entrepreneurial growth companies (EGCs), which are businesses that "have passed the start-up phase and have the potential for additional growth," the article said. For more, read the full story.