The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) and the Ohio Department of Development rolled out their program for distributing $150 million in job stimulus dollars for advanced energy projects on October 29, 2008. The product of Ohio House Bill 554, these dollars are intended to stimulate Ohio’s economy through investment in job creation and innovation in clean-coal and advanced energy technologies. The State also unveiled a new website at http://www.ohioairquality.org/advanced_energy_program dedicated to the stimulus program and encouraged those interested to check the site often for updates.
Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Ohio’s Director of Development said the State will, “seek to use the financial leverage of the Advanced Energy Job Stimulus to build on Ohio’s industrial strengths in ways that will quickly stimulate our energy industry.”
The primary goal of the program is immediate job creation, but the State set out the complete list of award criteria on their new stimulus program website.
At an earlier stakeholder meeting, the OAQDA highlighted the Authority’s guiding principals for Green Strategies Client Bulletin No. 01-18 Green Strategies Client Bulletin successful allocation of funds. Those principals include:
- Support for projects that strengthen Ohio’s position as a leader in advanced energy
- Analysis of projects for breakthrough technologies
- Emphasis on workforce development and job growth and creation
- Encouragement of projects that leverage state dollars to attract private investment
The authority will hold a bidder’s conference at http://www.bricker.com/Publications/attachments/bidderconference.pdf on November 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM to introduce interested parties to the application process. The conference will take place at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Resources Assembly Center, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus Ohio, 43229. The conference will also be available by webcast at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/424825278.