About the CPMRA

Economic and Community Development

The Center is able to assist local governments in their community and economic development efforts. Community development is a broad area; however, basic building blocks of community development include developing local leadership and empowering citizens in the management and planning of their community's affairs. Topics such as goal-setting, community infrastructure, wage and benefit assessment, land-use planning, zoning, solid waste management, and numerous other issues relating to the public interest, all fall under the field of community development.

Economic development is the mobilization of land, labor, and capital resources for the creation of wealth in a community. Economic development practices lay the foundation for improving the quality-of-life in a community by increasing the tax base. The basic components of economic development include: business expansion and retention, job creation, business attraction, strategic planning, marketing, and utilizing various financing techniques and incentives.

Examples of Projects

City of Monroe Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) - assisted the City of Monroe with the creation of three Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs). These areas will facilitate economic development and reinvestment through real property tax abatements for qualified commercial, industrial, or residential projects. This project is part of the Center’s overall assistance to the City in developing a stronger regional economic development presence.

Village of New Madison Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) - provided technical assistance during the development and implementation of the Village's CRA program. The Village's CRA program provides real property tax abatements on qualified residential, commercial, and industrial projects within the Village.

City of Fairfield Route 4 Corridor Market Study - assisted the City of Fairfield in accurately capturing the current business climate of an older business corridor, analyzing the area?s assets and challenges, and developing possible programs to assist the business community.

West Milton Community Improvement Corporation - facilitated goal-setting and action-planning process for Board of Directors that involved preparing an inventory and environmental scan, conducting a visioning and goal-setting process, and prioritizing and developing an implementation strategy for the Action Plan.

Village of Waynesville (Warren County) - as part of the economic development and marketing efforts of the village, the Center coordinated the Village's application for the Ohio Development Association's "Red Carnation" Award and developed an interactive CD-rom package; the Center also assisted the village with a successful application for an ESRI/GIS Small Governments grant to establish a local capacity for mapping and related development efforts.

Delhi Pike Business District Survey - in cooperation with Hamilton County Office of Economic Development; designed, conducted and analyzed survey; findings were valuable to the Delhi Pike Visioning Study Committee, the Zoning Commission; and the Board of Township Trustees in development efforts to revitalize the township's major business corridor.

Village of Union City (Darke County) - provided strategic planning and technical assistance for the Mayor's Quality of Life Initiative.

City of Harrison (Hamilton County) - assisted the city in QBS process for land-use planning consultant. This was a continuing project assistance to help the City initiate an overall community and economic development plan. The Center assisted the City in applying GIS to development efforts.

Village of New Richmond (Clermont County) - assisted in application for ESRI-GIS small governments grant for economic and community development efforts. 

Glossary of Development-Related Terms

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has produced an on-line reference guide for economic development to orient newcomers to the field and keep experienced practitioners up to date on emerging trends. The guide covers 28 common terms and topics in the economic development profession. For each category, you are provided with information on:

  • Key terms and definitions related to the topic

  • Current and emerging trends

  • Hyperlinks to nationally focused resources and specific examples including: nonprofit organizations, private firms, state and federal agencies, and other key funding sources.

Useful Information

OFFICE OF POLICY RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC PLANNING, Ohio Department of Development - the official source of statistical information on Ohio's people, industry, and economy.  The office is the primary liaison for the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates and Projections, and an Official Census Bureau Partner (State Data Center). The recently redesigned web site includes: Ohio Population Studies, Ohio County Profiles, Ohio Economy and Industry Reports, maps, and information related to Census efforts within the state.  Research links are available for data related to Ohio's agriculture, children, crime, economics, education, employment, environment, federal programs, finance health, taxes, technology, and transportation.

THE OHIO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION - the ODA is a "resource for education, information, advocacy, and networking opportunities for economic development practitioners" in Ohio.

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL - the IEDC is a resource for economic development information, education, and certification. Their 2003 Annual Conference was held in Cincinnati, OH on September 14-17.

COUNTY PROFILES (includes maps, demographics, contact information, etc.):

Provided by the State of Ohio, Department of Development, Office of Strategic Research

PROGRAMS and SERVICES (links to information about economic and community development programs available through the State of Ohio and the Federal Government):

The State of Ohio's Department of Development

The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

The United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development


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