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Presentation at the OEC's 2013 Legislative Summit.

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    Clean Ohio Fund update Clean Ohio Fund update Presentation Transcript

    • Clean Ohio Update Krista Magaw, Tecumseh Land TrustAdrienne Dziak, The Nature Conservancy OEC Legislative Summit February 1, 2013
    • 2008 Clean Ohio Fund Reauthorization Statewide Ballot Issue• Approved by voters with 69% support. Passed in all 88 counties.• Allows the General Assembly to approve selling $400 million in state bonds: – $200 million for Revitalization Fund - brownfields cleanup. – $200 million for three “green programs” - Agricultural Easement, Conservation, and Trails programs.
    • Green Programs Funded 2008-2012• $100 million in bonding included in FY 2009-2010 Capital Budget bill. Shared among three programs – Fall 2008.• $6 million in bonding for Trails Fund in FY2013- 2014 Capital Budget bill – Spring 2012.• $6 million for Agricultural Easement Purchase and $36 million for Green Space Conservation programs in bonding included in FY2012-2013 Mid-biennial Budget Review bill – Spring 2012.• $52 million in bonding remains available for green programs.
    • Progress from Bonding Approved in 2012• Agricultural Easement Purchase Program - $2.7 million in funding available - Winter 2013. Second funding round of $2.7 million planned for 2014.• Conservation Program - $36 million in funding available - Fall 2012. Awards in process.• Trails Fund - $6 million. Proposals due today.
    • Brownfield Funds• $15 million in bonding included in FY2012-2013 Mid-Biennial Budget Review bill.• Fund administered through Ohio EPA and former Ohio Department of Development, now Development Services Agency (DSA).• Fall 2012 – DSA proposed changes in policies & procedures and process for reviewing and awarding applications.• January 2013 – No formal action taken on proposed changes.
    • Green Programs – Next Steps• Secure $52 million in bonding in current General Assembly.• Advocacy efforts – Economic impact report being developed. – Meeting with key legislators in Columbus. – Scheduling legislators to visit Clean Ohio sites in their respective districts. – OEC Lobby Day – March 19. – Other efforts in collaboration with coordinating group.• Looking ahead to Clean Ohio Fund renewal.
    • Questions/DiscussionKrista Magaw 937 767 9490krista@tecumsehlandtrust.orgAdrienne Dziak 614 717 2770 x125adziak@tnc.org