Site Selection Assistance

Site Selection Assistance: Using and a network of local economic development organizations, assistance is available to help identify industrial site and building opportunities for new business investment projects. Information on available properties is maintained by a partnership between state and local economic developers, and is available 24-7 online at

Expedited Permitting Assistance: Collaborative efforts led by the Ohio Department of Development and involving the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, will assure that all necessary industrial, building, environmental, and related permits are processed in a timely, business-friendly manner. Where possible, ombudsman services can be offered to further streamline any multi-agency permitting processes.

Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund: The Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), capitalized by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), offers below-market rate loans to assist with the remediation of a Brownfield property to return it to a productive economic use in the community. Municipalities, non-profit and private entities can apply for program funding to conduct remediation activities at eligible sites. 

Clean Ohio Fund - Brownfield Revitalization: The Clean Ohio Revitalization and Clean Ohio Assistance Funds are key financial components to helping communities build economic capacity by providing the funds needed for brownfield redevelopment. Such redevelopment allows communities to reclaim and improve underused properties, making them viable for new economic activity. Local forms of government are eligible for Clean Ohio funding to conduct cleanup, demolition and environmental assessment activities. The Ohio Department of Development, through its Urban Development Division, administers both programs in consultation with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program: The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program provides a tax credit for the rehabilitation expenses to owners of historically significant buildings. The tax credit subsidizes 25% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures (QRE) for historic rehabilitation projects up to a $5 million cap. The Urban Development Division is responsible for administering the program in partnership with the Ohio Department of Taxation and Ohio Historical Society.

Roadwork Development (629) Account: These grant funds are available for public roadway improvements, including engineering and design costs. This fund is available for projects primarily involving manufacturing, R&D, high technology, corporate headquarters, and distribution activity. Projects must typically create or retain jobs. Grants are usually provided to the local jurisdiction and require local participation.

Ohio Rail Development Commission: Loan and grant funds are available for public or private rail improvements, including engineering and design work. The amount and type of funding available for a project will depend on job creation and rail traffic volume generated by the project.

Ohio Water Development Authority – Local Economic Development Fund: Low-interest financing is available to communities for public water and sanitary sewer improvements. Loans are made directly to local communities on favorable interest rates and terms.

Community Development Block Grant: Federal grant funds are available through the state to assist with public road, water, and sanitary sewer improvements specifically benefiting economic development projects.  Job creation must be involved, and companies must commit to hiring at least 51 percent of employees from low- to moderate-income populations in the county where the project is located.

Industrial Site Improvement Fund: assists geographical and/or economically disadvantaged countries around Ohio in the expansion and modernization of buildings, remediation of environmentally contaminated property, and completion of other infrastructure improvements at sites used primarily for commercial or industrial activities.