HOLIDAY CLOSURE, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25TH & wEDNESDAY, jANUARY 1ST
*The Ohio Water Development Authority office will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas Day and will re-open on Thursday, December 26th at 8:00 a.m. The office will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in observance of New Years Day, re-opening on Thursday, January 2nd at 8:00 a.m.
SCEIG WEBINAR, TUESDAY, DEC. 3RD, NOON TO 1:30 P.M., "HELPING SMALL COMMUNITIES MEET THEIR WATER & WASTEWATER SYSTEM NEEDS"
*The Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group (SCEIG), a consortium of state and federal agencies and organizations that provide loan/grant funding and technical assistance, will be conducting an informational webinar for Ohio's small communities on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from noon to 1:30 p.m. This interactive webinar will offer funding and technical assistance options for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in Ohio with populations under 5,000.
During the webinar, members of the SCEIG will present funding options available to local governments for improvements to their water and wastewater systems and participants will also be allowed to ask questions during the session. For full details including registration prior to the webinar, please click here.
NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
The Local Government Efficiency Program is the newest initiative to be launched under the Local Government Innovation Fund. The program has been officially launched in Cleveland and will award grants of up to $100,000 to political subdivisions, or scholarships to employees of political subdivisions, for training in and implementation of process efficiency programs such as Lean, Kaizen and Six Sigma. Click here to read about the event and the new program.
The Fund is now comprised of two distinct programs that encourage the planning and implementation of process efficiency, collaboration, shared services and other efforts that improve service delivery for constituents across the state.
The Local Government Innovation Program, which will award up to $50,000 in grant funds per feasibility study, up to $100,000 in loan assistance per entity for demonstration projects and up to $500,000 in loan assistance for collaborative demonstration projects.
The Local Government Efficiency Program, which will award grants of up to $100,000 to political subdivisions, or scholarships to employees of political subdivisions, for training in and implementation of process efficiency programs such as Lean, Kaizen and Six Sigma.
The application round for both of these programs is now open and available on the website, http://development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_localgovfund.htm. All application materials (link to obtain a username and password, the application site and detailed instructions) can be found under Application Materials on the left side of the page. All applications are due to the Office of Redevelopment by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9th, 2013.
Please contact Nicole Bent in the Office of Redevelopment at email@example.com or 614-995-2292 with any questions.
FRESH WATER INTEREST RATE CHANGE
*On April 25, 2013, the Ohio Water Development Authority modified how the Fresh Water interest is calculated. Please click here for more information.
NEW UN-SEWERED AREA ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
*The Ohio Water Development Board created the Un-Sewered Area Assistance Program at the May 30, 2013 board meeting. This new program is designed to provide gap financing for the construction of new sewer systems for communities with failing on-site systems. The guidelines for the new program are available here. The total funding amount for the program is limited to $7.5 million. Application for the funding is to be made in the same manner as traditional OWDA financing. Application forms are available here. If you have questions regarding the program and community eligibility, please contact Sue Farmer, Chief Loan Officer or Ken Heigel, Chief Engineer.
TRAINING FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES
“Puzzled by your community water system?” is a three-session workshop for Local Officials. This workshop is designed to assist water boards, township trustees, city council members, county commissioners, and other local officials in obtaining the answers they need to make decisions about developing a new water system or upgrading an existing one. The workshop includes “Putting Together the Pieces of a Community Water System”; “Water Supply Drop-By” professionally led field trip; and “Assessing Community Needs and Gathering Resources”. For detailed information or to schedule a workshop, click here for more information.