122.22 Grant eligibility.

(A) In order to be eligible for a grant under section 122.20 of the Revised Code, the applicant shall demonstrate both of the following to the director of development:

(1) That the applicant is proposing to carry out the purposes described in section 122.20 of the Revised Code in an entity that has been designated as an eligible area by the director of development under division (A) of section 122.21 of the Revised Code;

(2) The applicant's capacity to undertake and oversee the project, as evidenced by documentation of the applicant's past performance in economic development projects.

(B) In order for an applicant to be eligible for a grant under section 122.20 of the Revised Code, the governing body of the entity that has been designated as an eligible area by the director of development in accordance with division (A) of section 122.21 of the Revised Code shall, by resolution or ordinance, do all of the following:

(1) Designate the applicant that will carry out the purposes described in section 122.20 of the Revised Code and that qualifies as one of the five categories of eligible applicant listed in division (B) of section 122.19 of the Revised Code;

(2) Specify the eligible area's financial participation in the project;

(3) Include a marketing strategy to be utilized in administering the project that includes details used in past successful projects;

(4) Identify a management plan for the project.

(C) A governing body may designate the political subdivision it governs to be an eligible applicant.

(D) In order to be eligible for a grant under section 122.20 of the Revised Code for land acquisition, infrastructure improvements, or renovation of existing structures in order to develop an industrial park site for a distressed area, labor surplus area, or situational distress area as defined in section 122.19 of the Revised Code that also is a distressed area, labor surplus area, or situational distress area as defined in section 122.23 of the Revised Code, an applicant must be approved as a grant applicant by resolution of the legislative authority of each county containing any area that has been designated as an eligible area by the director of development under division (A) of section 122.21 of the Revised Code and whose governing body has designated the applicant to seek a grant for any of these purposes on behalf of the eligible area. The director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing criteria for the legislative authority to use in determining whether to approve a qualified applicant.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999