The director of development may designate any governmental entity as an agency of the state to act within a specified region of the state for the purpose of creating and preserving jobs and employment opportunities and financing projects intended to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities. Any such designation shall be in addition to agency designations made for such purpose by, or by the director pursuant to, Section 56.09 of H.B. 298 of the 119th general assembly, the provisions of which pertaining to such designations, and the designations so made, remain in full force and effect as continuing grants of authority. Each agency designated by or pursuant to Section 56.09 of H.B. 298 of the 119th general assembly or this section may exercise any statutory powers it has under any other section of the Revised Code to accomplish the purposes of this section within the agency's specified region. The regions served by agencies shall not overlap. The director may reduce, expand, or otherwise modify the region served by, or limit the authority of, any such agency.
Effective Date: 05-06-2005 .