Chapter 166: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

166.01 Economic development program definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Allowable costs" means all or part of the costs of project facilities, eligible projects, eligible innovation projects, eligible research and development projects, eligible advanced energy projects, or eligible logistics and distribution projects, including costs of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, rehabilitating, renovating, enlarging, improving, equipping, or furnishing project facilities, eligible projects, eligible innovation projects, eligible research and development projects, eligible advanced energy projects, or eligible logistics and distribution projects, site clearance and preparation, supplementing and relocating public capital improvements or utility facilities, designs, plans, specifications, surveys, studies, and estimates of costs, expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility or practicability of assisting an eligible project, an eligible innovation project, an eligible research and development project, an eligible advanced energy project, or an eligible logistics and distribution project, or providing project facilities or facilities related to an eligible project, an eligible innovation project, an eligible research and development project, an eligible advanced energy project, or an eligible logistics and distribution project, architectural, engineering, and legal services fees and expenses, the costs of conducting any other activities as part of a voluntary action, and such other expenses as may be necessary or incidental to the establishment or development of an eligible project, an eligible innovation project, an eligible research and development project, an eligible advanced energy project, or an eligible logistics and distribution project, and reimbursement of moneys advanced or applied by any governmental agency or other person for allowable costs.

(B) "Allowable innovation costs" includes allowable costs of eligible innovation projects and, in addition, includes the costs of research and development of eligible innovation projects; obtaining or creating any requisite software or computer hardware related to an eligible innovation project or the products or services associated therewith; testing (including, without limitation, quality control activities necessary for initial production), perfecting, and marketing of such products and services; creating and protecting intellectual property related to an eligible innovation project or any products or services related thereto, including costs of securing appropriate patent, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, copyright, or other form of intellectual property protection for an eligible innovation project or related products and services; all to the extent that such expenditures could be capitalized under then-applicable generally accepted accounting principles; and the reimbursement of moneys advanced or applied by any governmental agency or other person for allowable innovation costs.

(C) "Eligible innovation project" includes an eligible project, including any project facilities associated with an eligible innovation project and, in addition, includes all tangible and intangible property related to a new product or process based on new technology or the creative application of existing technology, including research and development, product or process testing, quality control, market research, and related activities, that is to be acquired, established, expanded, remodeled, rehabilitated, or modernized for industry, commerce, distribution, or research, or any combination thereof, the operation of which, alone or in conjunction with other eligible projects, eligible innovation projects, or innovation property, will create new jobs or preserve existing jobs and employment opportunities and improve the economic welfare of the people of the state.

(D) "Eligible project" means project facilities to be acquired, established, expanded, remodeled, rehabilitated, or modernized for industry, commerce, distribution, or research, or any combination thereof, the operation of which, alone or in conjunction with other facilities, will create new jobs or preserve existing jobs and employment opportunities and improve the economic welfare of the people of the state. "Eligible project" includes, without limitation, a voluntary action. For purposes of this division, "new jobs" does not include existing jobs transferred from another facility within the state, and "existing jobs" includes only those existing jobs with work places within the municipal corporation or unincorporated area of the county in which the eligible project is located.

"Eligible project" does not include project facilities to be acquired, established, expanded, remodeled, rehabilitated, or modernized for industry, commerce, distribution, or research, or any combination of industry, commerce, distribution, or research, if the project facilities consist solely of point-of-final-purchase retail facilities. If the project facilities consist of both point-of-final-purchase retail facilities and nonretail facilities, only the portion of the project facilities consisting of nonretail facilities is an eligible project. If a warehouse facility is part of a point-of-final-purchase retail facility and supplies only that facility, the warehouse facility is not an eligible project. Catalog distribution facilities are not considered point-of-final-purchase retail facilities for purposes of this paragraph, and are eligible projects.

(E) "Eligible research and development project" means an eligible project, including project facilities, comprising, within, or related to, a facility or portion of a facility at which research is undertaken for the purpose of discovering information that is technological in nature and the application of which is intended to be useful in the development of a new or improved product, process, technique, formula, or invention, a new product or process based on new technology, or the creative application of existing technology.

(F) "Financial assistance" means inducements under division (B) of section 166.02 of the Revised Code, loan guarantees under section 166.06 of the Revised Code, and direct loans under section 166.07 of the Revised Code.

(G) "Governmental action" means any action by a governmental agency relating to the establishment, development, or operation of an eligible project, eligible innovation project, eligible research and development project, eligible advanced energy project, or eligible logistics and distribution project, and project facilities that the governmental agency acting has authority to take or provide for the purpose under law, including, but not limited to, actions relating to contracts and agreements, zoning, building, permits, acquisition and disposition of property, public capital improvements, utility and transportation service, taxation, employee recruitment and training, and liaison and coordination with and among governmental agencies.

(H) "Governmental agency" means the state and any state department, division, commission, institution or authority; a municipal corporation, county, or township, and any agency thereof, and any other political subdivision or public corporation or the United States or any agency thereof; any agency, commission, or authority established pursuant to an interstate compact or agreement; and any combination of the above.

(I) "Innovation financial assistance" means inducements under division (B) of section 166.12 of the Revised Code, innovation Ohio loan guarantees under section 166.15 of the Revised Code, and innovation Ohio loans under section 166.16 of the Revised Code.

(J) "Innovation Ohio loan guarantee reserve requirement" means, at any time, with respect to innovation loan guarantees made under section 166.15 of the Revised Code, a balance in the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund equal to the greater of twenty per cent of the then-outstanding principal amount of all outstanding innovation loan guarantees made pursuant to section 166.15 of the Revised Code or fifty per cent of the principal amount of the largest outstanding guarantee made pursuant to section 166.15 of the Revised Code.

(K) "Innovation property" includes property and also includes software, inventory, licenses, contract rights, goodwill, intellectual property, including without limitation, patents, patent applications, trademarks and service marks, and trade secrets, and other tangible and intangible property, and any rights and interests in or connected to the foregoing.

(L) "Loan guarantee reserve requirement" means, at any time, with respect to loan guarantees made under section 166.06 of the Revised Code, a balance in the loan guarantee fund equal to the greater of twenty per cent of the then-outstanding principal amount of all outstanding guarantees made pursuant to section 166.06 of the Revised Code or fifty per cent of the principal amount of the largest outstanding guarantee made pursuant to section 166.06 of the Revised Code.

(M) "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or governmental agency, and any combination thereof.

(N) "Project facilities" means buildings, structures, and other improvements, and equipment and other property, excluding small tools, supplies, and inventory, and any one, part of, or combination of the above, comprising all or part of, or serving or being incidental to, an eligible project, an eligible innovation project, an eligible research and development project, an eligible advanced energy project, or an eligible logistics and distribution project, including, but not limited to, public capital improvements.

(O) "Property" means real and personal property and interests therein.

(P) "Public capital improvements" means capital improvements or facilities that any governmental agency has authority to acquire, pay the costs of, own, maintain, or operate, or to contract with other persons to have the same done, including, but not limited to, highways, roads, streets, water and sewer facilities, railroad and other transportation facilities, and air and water pollution control and solid waste disposal facilities. For purposes of this division, "air pollution control facilities" includes, without limitation, solar, geothermal, biofuel, biomass, wind, hydro, wave, and other advanced energy projects as defined in section 3706.25 of the Revised Code.

(Q) "Research and development financial assistance" means inducements under section 166.17 of the Revised Code, research and development loans under section 166.21 of the Revised Code, and research and development tax credits under sections 5733.352 and 5747.331 of the Revised Code.

(R) "Targeted innovation industry sectors" means industry sectors involving the production or use of advanced materials, instruments, controls and electronics, power and propulsion, biosciences, and information technology, or such other sectors as may be designated by the director of development services.

(S) "Voluntary action" means a voluntary action, as defined in section 3746.01 of the Revised Code, that is conducted under the voluntary action program established in Chapter 3746. of the Revised Code.

(T) "Project financing obligations" means obligations issued pursuant to section 166.08 of the Revised Code other than obligations for which the bond proceedings provide that bond service charges shall be paid from receipts of the state representing gross profit on the sale of spirituous liquor as referred to in division (B)(4) of section 4310.10 of the Revised Code.

(U) "Regional economic development entity" means an entity that is under contract with the director to administer a loan program under this chapter in a particular area of this state.

(V) "Advanced energy research and development fund" means the advanced energy research and development fund created in section 3706.27 of the Revised Code.

(W) "Advanced energy research and development taxable fund" means the advanced energy research and development taxable fund created in section 3706.27 of the Revised Code.

(X) "Eligible advanced energy project" means an eligible project that is an "advanced energy project" as defined in section 3706.25 of the Revised Code.

(Y) "Eligible logistics and distribution project" means an eligible project, including project facilities, to be acquired, established, expanded, remodeled, rehabilitated, or modernized for transportation logistics and distribution infrastructure purposes. As used in this division, "transportation logistics and distribution infrastructure purposes" means promoting, providing for, and enabling improvements to the ground, air, and water transportation infrastructure comprising the transportation system in this state, including, without limitation, highways, streets, roads, bridges, railroads carrying freight, and air and water ports and port facilities, and all related supporting facilities.

(Z) "Department of development" means the development services agency and "director of development" means the director of development services.

Cite as R.C. § 166.01

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.02 Public policy declaration.

(A) The general assembly finds that many local areas throughout the state are experiencing economic stagnation or decline, and that the economic development programs provided for in this chapter will constitute deserved, necessary reinvestment by the state in those areas, materially contribute to their economic revitalization, and result in improving the economic welfare of all the people of the state. Accordingly, it is declared to be the public policy of the state, through the operations of this chapter and other applicable laws adopted pursuant to Section 2p or 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and other authority vested in the general assembly, to assist in and facilitate the establishment or development of eligible projects or assist and cooperate with any governmental agency in achieving such purpose.

(B) In furtherance of such public policy and to implement such purpose, the director of development may:

(1) After consultation with appropriate governmental agencies, enter into agreements with persons engaged in industry, commerce, distribution, or research and with governmental agencies to induce such persons to acquire, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, enlarge, improve, equip, or furnish, or otherwise develop, eligible projects and make provision therein for project facilities and governmental actions, as authorized by this chapter and other applicable laws, subject to any required actions by the general assembly or the controlling board and subject to applicable local government laws and regulations;

(2) Provide for the guarantees and loans as provided for in sections 166.06 and 166.07 of the Revised Code;

(3) Subject to release of such moneys by the controlling board, contract for labor and materials needed for, or contract with others, including governmental agencies, to provide, project facilities the allowable costs of which are to be paid for or reimbursed from moneys in the facilities establishment fund, and contract for the operation of such project facilities;

(4) Subject to release thereof by the controlling board, from moneys in the facilities establishment fund acquire or contract to acquire by gift, exchange, or purchase, including the obtaining and exercise of purchase options, property, and convey or otherwise dispose of, or provide for the conveyance or disposition of, property so acquired or contracted to be acquired by sale, exchange, lease, lease purchase, conditional or installment sale, transfer, or other disposition, including the grant of an option to purchase, to any governmental agency or to any other person without necessity for competitive bidding and upon such terms and conditions and manner of consideration pursuant to and as the director determines to be appropriate to satisfy the objectives of sections 166.01 to 166.11 of the Revised Code;

(5) Retain the services of or employ financial consultants, appraisers, consulting engineers, superintendents, managers, construction and accounting experts, attorneys, and employees, agents, and independent contractors as are necessary in the director's judgment and fix the compensation for their services;

(6) Receive and accept from any person grants, gifts, and contributions of money, property, labor, and other things of value, to be held, used and applied only for the purpose for which such grants, gifts, and contributions are made;

(7) Enter into appropriate arrangements and agreements with any governmental agency for the taking or provision by that governmental agency of any governmental action;

(8) Do all other acts and enter into contracts and execute all instruments necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this chapter;

(9) Adopt rules to implement any of the provisions of this chapter applicable to the director.

(C) The determinations by the director that facilities constitute eligible projects, that facilities are project facilities, that costs of such facilities are allowable costs, and all other determinations relevant thereto or to an action taken or agreement entered into shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of rights of parties arising from actions taken and agreements entered into under this chapter.

(D) Except as otherwise prescribed in this chapter, all expenses and obligations incurred by the director in carrying out the director's powers and in exercising the director's duties under this chapter, shall be payable solely from, as appropriate, moneys in the facilities establishment fund, the loan guarantee fund, the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, the innovation Ohio loan fund, the research and development loan fund, the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund, or moneys appropriated for such purpose by the general assembly. This chapter does not authorize the director or the issuing authority under section 166.08 of the Revised Code to incur bonded indebtedness of the state or any political subdivision thereof, or to obligate or pledge moneys raised by taxation for the payment of any bonds or notes issued or guarantees made pursuant to this chapter.

(E) Any governmental agency may enter into an agreement with the director, any other governmental agency, or a person to be assisted under this chapter, to take or provide for the purposes of this chapter any governmental action it is authorized to take or provide, and to undertake on behalf and at the request of the director any action which the director is authorized to undertake pursuant to divisions (B)(3), (4), and (5) of this section or divisions (B)(3), (4), and (5) of section 166.12 of the Revised Code. Governmental agencies of the state shall cooperate with and provide assistance to the director of development and the controlling board in the exercise of their respective functions under this chapter.

Cite as R.C. § 166.02

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.03 Facilities establishment fund.

(A) There is hereby created the facilities establishment fund within the state treasury, consisting of proceeds from the issuance of obligations as specified under section 166.08 of the Revised Code; the moneys received by the state from the sources specified in section 166.09 of the Revised Code; service charges imposed under sections 166.06 and 166.07 of the Revised Code; any grants, gifts, or contributions of moneys received by the director of development services to be used for loans made under section 166.07 of the Revised Code or for the payment of the allowable costs of project facilities; and all other moneys appropriated or transferred to the fund. Moneys in the loan guarantee fund in excess of the loan guarantee reserve requirement, but subject to the provisions and requirements of any guarantee contracts, may be transferred to the facilities establishment fund by the treasurer of state upon the order of the director of development services. Moneys received by the state under Chapter 122. of the Revised Code, to the extent allocable to the utilization of moneys derived from proceeds of the sale of obligations pursuant to section 166.08 of the Revised Code, shall be credited to the facilities establishment fund. All investment earnings on the cash balance in the fund shall be credited to the fund.

(B) All moneys appropriated or transferred to the facilities establishment fund may be released at the request of the director of development services for payment of allowable costs or the making of loans under section 166.07 of the Revised Code, for transfer to the loan guarantee fund established in section 166.06 of the Revised Code, or for use for the purpose of or transfer to the funds established by sections 122.35, 122.42, 122.54, 122.55, 122.56, 122.561, 122.57, 122.601, and 122.80 of the Revised Code and, until July 1, 2003, the fund established by section 166.031 of the Revised Code, and, until July 1, 2007, the fund established by section 122.26 of the Revised Code, but only for such of those purposes as are within the authorization of Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, in all cases subject to the approval of the controlling board.

(C) The development services agency, in the administration of the facilities establishment fund, is encouraged to utilize and promote the utilization of, to the maximum practicable extent, the other existing programs, business incentives, and tax incentives that department is required or authorized to administer or supervise.

Cite as R.C. § 166.03

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

166.031 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 166.031

Effective Date: 10-15-2007

166.032 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 166.032

Effective Date: 06-06-2001

166.04 Determining whether assistance will conform to chapter.

(A) Prior to entering into each agreement to provide assistance under sections 166.02, 166.06, and 166.07 of the Revised Code, the director of development services shall determine whether the assistance will conform to the requirements of sections 166.01 to 166.11 of the Revised Code. Such determination, and the facts upon which it is based, shall be set forth, where required, by the director in submissions made to the controlling board when the director seeks a release of moneys under section 166.02 of the Revised Code. An agreement to provide assistance under sections 166.02, 166.06, and 166.07 of the Revised Code shall set forth such determination, which shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of such agreement and any loan guarantees, loans, or other agreements entered into pursuant to such agreement to provide assistance.

(B) Whenever a person applies for financial assistance under sections 166.02, 166.06, and 166.07 of the Revised Code and the project for which assistance is requested is to relocate facilities that are currently being operated by the person and that are located in another county, municipal corporation, or township, the person shall provide written notification of the relocation to the appropriate local governmental bodies . Prior to entering into an agreement to provide the assistance, the director shall verify that such notification

has been provided.

(C) As used in division (B) of this section

, " appropriate local governmental bodies" means:

(1) The board of county commissioners or legislative authority of the county in which the facility to be replaced is located;

(2) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the

facility to be replaced is located.

Cite as R.C. § 166.04

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

166.05 Selection criteria.

(A) In determining the projects to be assisted and the nature, amount, and terms of assistance to be provided for an eligible project under sections 166.02 , 166.06 , and 166.07 of the Revised Code:

(1) The director of development services shall take into consideration all of the following:

(a) The number of jobs to be created or preserved, directly or indirectly;

(b) Payrolls, and the taxes generated, at both state and local levels, by the eligible project and by the employment created or preserved by the eligible project;

(c) The size, nature, and cost of the eligible project, including the prospect of the project for providing long-term jobs in enterprises consistent with the changing economics of the state and the nation;

(d) The needs, and degree of needs, of the area in which the eligible project is to be located;

(e) The needs of any private sector enterprise to be assisted;

(f) The competitive effect of the assistance on other enterprises providing jobs for people of the state;

(g) The amount and kind of assistance, if any, to be provided to the private sector enterprise by other governmental agencies through tax exemption or abatement, financing assistance with industrial development bonds, and otherwise, with respect to the eligible project;

(h) The impact of the eligible project and its operations on local government services, including school services, and on public facilities;

(i) The effect of the assistance on the loss of or damage to or destruction of prime farmland, or the removal from agricultural production of prime farmland. As used in this section, "prime farmland" means agricultural land that meets the criteria for this classification as defined by the United States soil conservation service.

(j) The length of time the operator of the project has been operating facilities within the state.

(2) The benefits to the local area, including taxes, jobs, and reduced unemployment and reduced welfare costs, among others, may be accorded value in the leasing or sales of project facilities and in loan and guarantee arrangements.

(B) Prior to granting final approval of the assistance to be provided, the director shall determine that the benefits to be derived by the state and local area from the establishment or development, and operation, of the eligible project will exceed the cost of providing such assistance and shall submit to the controlling board a copy of that determination including the basis for the determination.

(C)

Financial statements and other data submitted to the director of development services or the controlling board by any private sector person in connection with financial assistance under sections 166.02 , 166.06 , and 166.07 of the Revised Code, or any information taken from such statements or data for any purpose, shall not be open to public inspection.

Cite as R.C. § 166.05

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

166.06 Contracts to guarantee repayment of loans from loan guarantee fund.

(A) Subject to any limitations as to aggregate amounts thereof that may from time to time be prescribed by the general assembly and to other applicable provisions of this chapter, the director of development may, on behalf of the state, enter into contracts to guarantee the repayment or payment of not more than ninety per cent of the unpaid principal amount of loans made, including bonds, notes, or other certificates issued or given to provide funds, to pay allowable costs of eligible projects. Such guarantees shall be secured solely by and payable solely from the loan guarantee fund created by this section and unencumbered and available moneys in the facilities establishment fund in the manner and to the extent provided in such guarantee contracts consistent with this section. Such guarantees shall not constitute general obligations of the state or of any political subdivision, and moneys raised by taxation shall not be obligated or pledged for the payment of such guarantees.

(B) Before guaranteeing any such repayments or payments the director shall determine that:

(1) The project is an eligible project and is economically sound;

(2) The principal amount to be guaranteed does not exceed ninety per cent of the allowable costs of the eligible project as determined by the director. To assist the director in making this determination, the director may, in the director's discretion, engage an independent engineer, architect, appraiser, or other professional pursuant to a contract to be paid solely from the facilities establishment fund, subject to controlling board approval.

(3) The principal amount to be guaranteed has a satisfactory maturity date or dates, which in no case shall be later than twenty years from the effective date of the guarantee;

(4) The rate of interest on the loan to be guaranteed and on any other loan made by the same parties or related persons for the eligible project is not excessive;

(5) The principal obligor, or primary guarantor, is responsible and is reasonably expected to be able to meet the payments under the loan, bonds, notes, or other certificates;

(6) The loan or documents pertaining to the bonds, notes, or other certificates to be guaranteed contains provisions for payment by the principal obligor, and is in such form and contains such terms and provisions for the protection of the lenders as are generally consistent with commercial practice, including, where applicable, provisions with respect to property insurance, repairs, alterations, payment of taxes and assessments, delinquency charges, default remedies, acceleration of maturity, prior, additional and secondary liens, and other matters as the director may approve.

(C) The contract of guarantee may make provision for the conditions of, time for and manner of fulfillment of the guarantee commitment, subrogation of the state to the rights of the parties guaranteed and exercise of such parties' rights by the state, giving the state the options of making payment of the principal amount guaranteed in one or more installments and, if deferred, to pay interest thereon from the loan guarantee fund and the facilities establishment fund, any other terms or conditions customary to such guarantees and as the director may approve, and may contain provisions for securing the guarantee in the manner consistent with this section, including, at the discretion of the director, a lien provided for under section 9.661 of the Revised Code, and may contain covenants on behalf of the state for the maintenance of the loan guarantee fund created by this section and of receipts to it permitted by this chapter, including covenants on behalf of the state to issue obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code to provide moneys to the loan guarantee fund to fulfill such guarantees and covenants authorized by division (R)(1) of section 166.08 of the Revised Code, and covenants restricting the aggregate amount of guarantees that may be contracted under this section and obligations that may be issued under section 166.08 of the Revised Code, and terms pertinent to either, to better secure the parties guaranteed.

(D) The "loan guarantee fund" of the economic development program is hereby created as a special revenue fund and a trust fund which shall be in the custody of the treasurer of state but shall be separate and apart from and not a part of the state treasury to consist of all grants, gifts, and contributions of moneys or rights to moneys lawfully designated for or deposited in such fund, all moneys and rights to moneys lawfully appropriated and transferred to such fund, including moneys received from the issuance of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code, and moneys deposited to such fund pursuant to division (F) of this section; provided that the loan guarantee fund shall not be comprised, in any part, of moneys raised by taxation.

(E) The director may fix service charges for making a guarantee. Such charges shall be payable at such times and place and in such amounts and manner as may be prescribed by the director.

(F) The treasurer of state shall serve as agent for the director in the making of deposits and withdrawals and maintenance of records pertaining to the loan guarantee fund. Prior to the director's entry into a contract providing for the making of a guarantee payable from the loan guarantee fund, the treasurer of state shall cause to be transferred from the facilities establishment fund to the loan guarantee fund an amount sufficient to make the aggregate balance therein, taking into account the proposed loan guarantee, equal to the loan guarantee reserve requirement. Thereafter, the treasurer of state shall cause the balance in the loan guarantee fund to be at least equal to the loan guarantee reserve requirement. Funds from the loan guarantee fund shall be disbursed under a guarantee made pursuant to this section to satisfy a guaranteed repayment or payment which is in default. The treasurer of state shall first withdraw and transfer moneys then on deposit in the loan guarantee fund. Whenever these moneys are inadequate to meet the requirements of a guarantee, the treasurer of state shall, without need of appropriation or further action by the director, provide for a withdrawal and transfer to the loan guarantee fund and then to the guaranteed party of moneys in such amount as is necessary to meet the guarantee from unencumbered and available moneys in the facilities establishment fund. Such disbursements shall be made in the manner and at the times provided in such guarantees. Within ninety days following a disbursement of moneys from the loan guarantee fund, the treasurer of state, without need of appropriation or further action by the director, shall provide for a withdrawal and transfer to the loan guarantee fund from unencumbered and available moneys in the facilities establishment fund, including moneys from the repayment of loans made from that fund, of an amount sufficient to cause the balance in the loan guarantee fund to be at least equal to the loan guarantee reserve requirement.

(G) Any guaranteed parties under this section, except to the extent that their rights are restricted by the guarantee documents, may by any suitable form of legal proceedings, protect and enforce any rights under the laws of this state or granted by such guarantee or guarantee documents. Such rights include the right to compel the performance of all duties of the director and the treasurer of state required by this section or the guarantee or guarantee documents; and in the event of default with respect to the payment of any guarantees, to apply to a court having jurisdiction of the cause to appoint a receiver to receive and administer the moneys pledged to such guarantee with full power to pay, and to provide for payment of, such guarantee, and with such powers, subject to the direction of the court, as are accorded receivers in general equity cases, excluding any power to pledge or apply additional revenues or receipts or other income or moneys of the state or governmental agencies of the state to the payment of such guarantee. Each duty of the director and the treasurer of state and their officers and employees, and of each governmental agency and its officers, members, or employees, required or undertaken pursuant to this section or a guarantee made under authority of this section, is hereby established as a duty of the director and the treasurer of state, and of each such officer, member, or employee having authority to perform such duty, specifically enjoined by the law resulting from an office, trust, or station within the meaning of section 2731.01 of the Revised Code. The persons who are at the time the director and treasurer of state, or their officers or employees, are not liable in their personal capacities on any guarantees or contracts to make guarantees by the director.

(H) The determinations of the director under divisions (B) and (C) of this section shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity of a guarantee evidenced by a contract signed by the director, and such guarantee shall be incontestable as to moneys advanced under loans to which such guarantees are by their terms applicable.

Cite as R.C. § 166.06

Effective Date: 03-14-2003; 03-23-2005

166.07 Lending money from facilities establishment fund.

(A) The director of development, with the approval of the controlling board and subject to the other applicable provisions of this chapter, may lend moneys in the facilities establishment fund to persons for the purpose of paying allowable costs of an eligible project if the director determines that:

(1) The project is an eligible project and is economically sound;

(2) The borrower is unable to finance the necessary allowable costs through ordinary financial channels upon comparable terms;

(3) The amount to be lent from the facilities establishment fund will not exceed seventy-five per cent of the total allowable costs of the eligible project, except that if any part of the amount to be lent from the facilities establishment fund is derived from the issuance and sale of project financing obligations the amount to be lent will not exceed ninety per cent of the total allowable costs of the eligible project;

(4) The eligible project could not be achieved in the local area in which it is to be located if the portion of the project to be financed by the loan instead were to be financed by a loan guaranteed under section 166.06 of the Revised Code;

(5) The repayment of the loan from the facilities establishment fund will be adequately secured by a mortgage, assignment, pledge, or lien provided for under section 9.661 of the Revised Code, at such level of priority as the director may require;

(6) The borrower will hold at least a ten per cent equity interest in the eligible project at the time the loan is made.

(B) The determinations of the director under division (A) of this section shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity of a loan commitment evidenced by a loan agreement signed by the director.

(C) There is hereby established the micro-lending program for the purpose of paying the allowable costs of eligible projects of eligible small businesses. From any amount that the general assembly designates for the purpose of the micro-lending program, the director of development shall, either directly or indirectly, make loans under this section to eligible small businesses. The director shall establish eligibility criteria and loan terms for the program that supplement eligibility criteria and loan terms otherwise prescribed for loans under this section, and may prescribe reduced service charges and fees. For the purpose of lending under the micro-lending program, the director of development shall give precedence to projects of eligible small businesses that foster the development of small entrepreneurial enterprises, notwithstanding the considerations prescribed by divisions (A)(1)(a) and (b) of section 166.05 of the Revised Code to the extent those considerations otherwise may have the effect of disqualifying projects of eligible small businesses. The director may enter into agreements with for-profit or non-profit organizations in this state to originate and administer loans made.

Fees, charges, rates of interest, times of payment of interest and principal, and other terms, conditions, and provisions of and security for loans made from the facilities establishment fund pursuant to this section shall be such as the director determines to be appropriate and in furtherance of the purpose for which the loans are made. The moneys used in making such loans shall be disbursed from the facilities establishment fund upon order of the director. The director shall give special consideration in setting the required job creation ratios and interest rates for loans that are for voluntary actions.

The director may take actions necessary or appropriate to collect or otherwise deal with any loan made under this section, including any action authorized by section 9.661 of the Revised Code.

The director may fix service charges for the making of a loan. Such charges shall be payable at such times and place and in such amounts and manner as may be prescribed by the director.

Cite as R.C. § 166.07

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 03-14-2003; 03-23-2005

166.08 Issuing obligations.

(A) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Bond proceedings" means the resolution, order, trust agreement, indenture, lease, and other agreements, amendments and supplements to the foregoing, or any one or more or combination thereof, authorizing or providing for the terms and conditions applicable to, or providing for the security or liquidity of, obligations issued pursuant to this section, and the provisions contained in such obligations.

(2) "Bond service charges" means principal, including mandatory sinking fund requirements for retirement of obligations, and interest, and redemption premium, if any, required to be paid by the state on obligations.

(3) "Bond service fund" means the applicable fund and accounts therein created for and pledged to the payment of bond service charges, which may be, or may be part of, the economic development bond service fund created by division (S) of this section including all moneys and investments, and earnings from investments, credited and to be credited thereto.

(4) "Issuing authority" means the treasurer of state, or the officer who by law performs the functions of such officer.

(5) "Obligations" means bonds, notes, or other evidence of obligation including interest coupons pertaining thereto, issued pursuant to this section.

(6) "Pledged receipts" means all receipts of the state representing the gross profit on the sale of spirituous liquor, as referred to in division (B)(4) of section 4301.10 of the Revised Code, after paying all costs and expenses of the division of liquor control and providing an adequate working capital reserve for the division of liquor control as provided in that division, but excluding the sum required by the second paragraph of section 4301.12 of the Revised Code, as in effect on May 2, 1980, to be paid into the state treasury; moneys accruing to the state from the lease, sale, or other disposition, or use, of project facilities, and from the repayment, including interest, of loans made from proceeds received from the sale of obligations; accrued interest received from the sale of obligations; income from the investment of the special funds; and any gifts, grants, donations, and pledges, and receipts therefrom, available for the payment of bond service charges.

(7) "Special funds" or "funds" means, except where the context does not permit, the bond service fund, and any other funds, including reserve funds, created under the bond proceedings, and the economic development bond service fund created by division (S) of this section to the extent provided in the bond proceedings, including all moneys and investments, and earnings from investment, credited and to be credited thereto.

(B) Subject to the limitations provided in section 166.11 of the Revised Code, the issuing authority, upon the certification by the director of development or, with respect to eligible advanced energy projects, the Ohio air quality development authority to the issuing authority of the amount of moneys or additional moneys needed in the facilities establishment fund, the loan guarantee fund, the innovation Ohio loan fund, the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, the research and development loan fund, the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund, the advanced energy research and development fund, or the advanced energy research and development taxable fund, as applicable, for the purpose of paying, or making loans for, allowable costs from the facilities establishment fund, allowable innovation costs from the innovation Ohio loan fund, allowable costs from the research and development loan fund, allowable costs from the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund, allowable costs from the advanced energy research and development fund, or allowable costs from the advanced energy research and development taxable fund, as applicable, or needed for capitalized interest, for funding reserves, and for paying costs and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance, carrying, securing, paying, redeeming, or retirement of the obligations or any obligations refunded thereby, including payment of costs and expenses relating to letters of credit, lines of credit, insurance, put agreements, standby purchase agreements, indexing, marketing, remarketing and administrative arrangements, interest swap or hedging agreements, and any other credit enhancement, liquidity, remarketing, renewal, or refunding arrangements, all of which are authorized by this section, or providing moneys for the loan guarantee fund or the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, as provided in this chapter or needed for the purposes of funds established in accordance with or pursuant to sections 122.35, 122.42, 122.54, 122.55, 122.56, 122.561, 122.57, and 122.80 of the Revised Code which are within the authorization of Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, or, with respect to certain eligible advanced energy projects, Section 2p of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, shall issue obligations of the state under this section in the required amount; provided that such obligations may be issued to satisfy the covenants in contracts of guarantee made under section 166.06 or 166.15 of the Revised Code, notwithstanding limitations otherwise applicable to the issuance of obligations under this section. The proceeds of such obligations, except for the portion to be deposited in special funds, including reserve funds, as may be provided in the bond proceedings, shall as provided in the bond proceedings be deposited by the director of development to the facilities establishment fund, the loan guarantee fund, the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, the innovation Ohio loan fund, the research and development loan fund, or the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund, or be deposited by the Ohio air quality development authority to the advanced energy research and development fund or the advanced energy research and development taxable fund. Bond proceedings for project financing obligations may provide that the proceeds derived from the issuance of such obligations shall be deposited into such fund or funds provided for in the bond proceedings and, to the extent provided for in the bond proceedings, such proceeds shall be deemed to have been deposited into the facilities establishment fund and transferred to such fund or funds. The issuing authority may appoint trustees, paying agents, and transfer agents and may retain the services of financial advisors, accounting experts, and attorneys, and retain or contract for the services of marketing, remarketing, indexing, and administrative agents, other consultants, and independent contractors, including printing services, as are necessary in the issuing authority's judgment to carry out this section. The costs of such services are allowable costs payable from the facilities establishment fund or the research and development loan fund, allowable innovation costs payable from the innovation Ohio loan fund, or allowable costs payable from the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund, the advanced energy research and development fund, or the advanced energy research and development taxable fund, as applicable.

(C) The holders or owners of such obligations shall have no right to have moneys raised by taxation obligated or pledged, and moneys raised by taxation shall not be obligated or pledged, for the payment of bond service charges. Such holders or owners shall have no rights to payment of bond service charges from any moneys accruing to the state from the lease, sale, or other disposition, or use, of project facilities, or from payment of the principal of or interest on loans made, or fees charged for guarantees made, or from any money or property received by the director, treasurer of state, or the state under Chapter 122. of the Revised Code, or from any other use of the proceeds of the sale of the obligations, and no such moneys may be used for the payment of bond service charges, except for accrued interest, capitalized interest, and reserves funded from proceeds received upon the sale of the obligations and except as otherwise expressly provided in the applicable bond proceedings pursuant to written directions by the director. The right of such holders and owners to payment of bond service charges is limited to all or that portion of the pledged receipts and those special funds pledged thereto pursuant to the bond proceedings in accordance with this section, and each such obligation shall bear on its face a statement to that effect.

(D) Obligations shall be authorized by resolution or order of the issuing authority and the bond proceedings shall provide for the purpose thereof and the principal amount or amounts, and shall provide for or authorize the manner or agency for determining the principal maturity or maturities, not exceeding twenty-five years from the date of issuance, the interest rate or rates or the maximum interest rate, the date of the obligations and the dates of payment of interest thereon, their denomination, and the establishment within or without the state of a place or places of payment of bond service charges. Sections 9.98 to 9.983 of the Revised Code are applicable to obligations issued under this section, subject to any applicable limitation under section 166.11 of the Revised Code. The purpose of such obligations may be stated in the bond proceedings in terms describing the general purpose or purposes to be served. The bond proceedings also shall provide, subject to the provisions of any other applicable bond proceedings, for the pledge of all, or such part as the issuing authority may determine, of the pledged receipts and the applicable special fund or funds to the payment of bond service charges, which pledges may be made either prior or subordinate to other expenses, claims, or payments, and may be made to secure the obligations on a parity with obligations theretofore or thereafter issued, if and to the extent provided in the bond proceedings. The pledged receipts and special funds so pledged and thereafter received by the state are immediately subject to the lien of such pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of any such pledges is valid and binding against all parties having claims of any kind against the state or any governmental agency of the state, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof, and shall create a perfected security interest for all purposes of Chapter 1309. of the Revised Code, without the necessity for separation or delivery of funds or for the filing or recording of the bond proceedings by which such pledge is created or any certificate, statement or other document with respect thereto; and the pledge of such pledged receipts and special funds is effective and the money therefrom and thereof may be applied to the purposes for which pledged without necessity for any act of appropriation. Every pledge, and every covenant and agreement made with respect thereto, made in the bond proceedings may therein be extended to the benefit of the owners and holders of obligations authorized by this section, and to any trustee therefor, for the further security of the payment of the bond service charges.

(E) The bond proceedings may contain additional provisions as to:

(1) The redemption of obligations prior to maturity at the option of the issuing authority at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as are provided in the bond proceedings;

(2) Other terms of the obligations;

(3) Limitations on the issuance of additional obligations;

(4) The terms of any trust agreement or indenture securing the obligations or under which the same may be issued;

(5) The deposit, investment and application of special funds, and the safeguarding of moneys on hand or on deposit, without regard to Chapter 131. or 135. of the Revised Code, but subject to any special provisions of this chapter, with respect to particular funds or moneys, provided that any bank or trust company which acts as depository of any moneys in the special funds may furnish such indemnifying bonds or may pledge such securities as required by the issuing authority;

(6) Any or every provision of the bond proceedings being binding upon such officer, board, commission, authority, agency, department, or other person or body as may from time to time have the authority under law to take such actions as may be necessary to perform all or any part of the duty required by such provision;

(7) Any provision that may be made in a trust agreement or indenture;

(8) Any other or additional agreements with the holders of the obligations, or the trustee therefor, relating to the obligations or the security therefor, including the assignment of mortgages or other security obtained or to be obtained for loans under section 122.43, 166.07, or 166.16 of the Revised Code.

(F) The obligations may have the great seal of the state or a facsimile thereof affixed thereto or printed thereon. The obligations and any coupons pertaining to obligations shall be signed or bear the facsimile signature of the issuing authority. Any obligations or coupons may be executed by the person who, on the date of execution, is the proper issuing authority although on the date of such bonds or coupons such person was not the issuing authority. If the issuing authority whose signature or a facsimile of whose signature appears on any such obligation or coupon ceases to be the issuing authority before delivery thereof, such signature or facsimile is nevertheless valid and sufficient for all purposes as if the former issuing authority had remained the issuing authority until such delivery; and if the seal to be affixed to obligations has been changed after a facsimile of the seal has been imprinted on such obligations, such facsimile seal shall continue to be sufficient as to such obligations and obligations issued in substitution or exchange therefor.

(G) All obligations are negotiable instruments and securities under Chapter 1308. of the Revised Code, subject to the provisions of the bond proceedings as to registration. The obligations may be issued in coupon or in registered form, or both, as the issuing authority determines. Provision may be made for the registration of any obligations with coupons attached thereto as to principal alone or as to both principal and interest, their exchange for obligations so registered, and for the conversion or reconversion into obligations with coupons attached thereto of any obligations registered as to both principal and interest, and for reasonable charges for such registration, exchange, conversion, and reconversion.

(H) Obligations may be sold at public sale or at private sale, as determined in the bond proceedings.

Obligations issued to provide moneys for the loan guarantee fund or the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund may, as determined by the issuing authority, be sold at private sale, and without publication of a notice of sale.

(I) Pending preparation of definitive obligations, the issuing authority may issue interim receipts or certificates which shall be exchanged for such definitive obligations.

(J) In the discretion of the issuing authority, obligations may be secured additionally by a trust agreement or indenture between the issuing authority and a corporate trustee which may be any trust company or bank having a place of business within the state. Any such agreement or indenture may contain the resolution or order authorizing the issuance of the obligations, any provisions that may be contained in any bond proceedings, and other provisions which are customary or appropriate in an agreement or indenture of such type, including, but not limited to:

(1) Maintenance of each pledge, trust agreement, indenture, or other instrument comprising part of the bond proceedings until the state has fully paid the bond service charges on the obligations secured thereby, or provision therefor has been made;

(2) In the event of default in any payments required to be made by the bond proceedings, or any other agreement of the issuing authority made as a part of the contract under which the obligations were issued, enforcement of such payments or agreement by mandamus, the appointment of a receiver, suit in equity, action at law, or any combination of the foregoing;

(3) The rights and remedies of the holders of obligations and of the trustee, and provisions for protecting and enforcing them, including limitations on rights of individual holders of obligations;

(4) The replacement of any obligations that become mutilated or are destroyed, lost, or stolen;

(5) Such other provisions as the trustee and the issuing authority agree upon, including limitations, conditions, or qualifications relating to any of the foregoing.

(K) Any holders of obligations or trustees under the bond proceedings, except to the extent that their rights are restricted by the bond proceedings, may by any suitable form of legal proceedings, protect and enforce any rights under the laws of this state or granted by such bond proceedings. Such rights include the right to compel the performance of all duties of the issuing authority, the director of development, the Ohio air quality development authority, or the division of liquor control required by this chapter or the bond proceedings; to enjoin unlawful activities; and in the event of default with respect to the payment of any bond service charges on any obligations or in the performance of any covenant or agreement on the part of the issuing authority, the director of development, the Ohio air quality development authority, or the division of liquor control in the bond proceedings, to apply to a court having jurisdiction of the cause to appoint a receiver to receive and administer the pledged receipts and special funds, other than those in the custody of the treasurer of state, which are pledged to the payment of the bond service charges on such obligations or which are the subject of the covenant or agreement, with full power to pay, and to provide for payment of bond service charges on, such obligations, and with such powers, subject to the direction of the court, as are accorded receivers in general equity cases, excluding any power to pledge additional revenues or receipts or other income or moneys of the issuing authority or the state or governmental agencies of the state to the payment of such principal and interest and excluding the power to take possession of, mortgage, or cause the sale or otherwise dispose of any project facilities.

Each duty of the issuing authority and the issuing authority's officers and employees, and of each governmental agency and its officers, members, or employees, undertaken pursuant to the bond proceedings or any agreement or lease, lease-purchase agreement, or loan made under authority of this chapter, and in every agreement by or with the issuing authority, is hereby established as a duty of the issuing authority, and of each such officer, member, or employee having authority to perform such duty, specifically enjoined by the law resulting from an office, trust, or station within the meaning of section 2731.01 of the Revised Code.

The person who is at the time the issuing authority, or the issuing authority's officers or employees, are not liable in their personal capacities on any obligations issued by the issuing authority or any agreements of or with the issuing authority.

(L) The issuing authority may authorize and issue obligations for the refunding, including funding and retirement, and advance refunding with or without payment or redemption prior to maturity, of any obligations previously issued by the issuing authority. Such obligations may be issued in amounts sufficient for payment of the principal amount of the prior obligations, any redemption premiums thereon, principal maturities of any such obligations maturing prior to the redemption of the remaining obligations on a parity therewith, interest accrued or to accrue to the maturity dates or dates of redemption of such obligations, and any allowable costs including expenses incurred or to be incurred in connection with such issuance and such refunding, funding, and retirement. Subject to the bond proceedings therefor, the portion of proceeds of the sale of obligations issued under this division to be applied to bond service charges on the prior obligations shall be credited to an appropriate account held by the trustee for such prior or new obligations or to the appropriate account in the bond service fund for such obligations. Obligations authorized under this division shall be deemed to be issued for those purposes for which such prior obligations were issued and are subject to the provisions of this section pertaining to other obligations, except as otherwise provided in this section; provided that, unless otherwise authorized by the general assembly, any limitations imposed by the general assembly pursuant to this section with respect to bond service charges applicable to the prior obligations shall be applicable to the obligations issued under this division to refund, fund, advance refund or retire such prior obligations.

(M) The authority to issue obligations under this section includes authority to issue obligations in the form of bond anticipation notes and to renew the same from time to time by the issuance of new notes. The holders of such notes or interest coupons pertaining thereto shall have a right to be paid solely from the pledged receipts and special funds that may be pledged to the payment of the bonds anticipated, or from the proceeds of such bonds or renewal notes, or both, as the issuing authority provides in the resolution or order authorizing such notes. Such notes may be additionally secured by covenants of the issuing authority to the effect that the issuing authority and the state will do such or all things necessary for the issuance of such bonds or renewal notes in appropriate amount, and apply the proceeds thereof to the extent necessary, to make full payment of the principal of and interest on such notes at the time or times contemplated, as provided in such resolution or order. For such purpose, the issuing authority may issue bonds or renewal notes in such principal amount and upon such terms as may be necessary to provide funds to pay when required the principal of and interest on such notes, notwithstanding any limitations prescribed by or for purposes of this section. Subject to this division, all provisions for and references to obligations in this section are applicable to notes authorized under this division.

The issuing authority in the bond proceedings authorizing the issuance of bond anticipation notes shall set forth for such bonds an estimated interest rate and a schedule of principal payments for such bonds and the annual maturity dates thereof, and for purposes of any limitation on bond service charges prescribed under division (A) of section 166.11 of the Revised Code, the amount of bond service charges on such bond anticipation notes is deemed to be the bond service charges for the bonds anticipated thereby as set forth in the bond proceedings applicable to such notes, but this provision does not modify any authority in this section to pledge receipts and special funds to, and covenant to issue bonds to fund, the payment of principal of and interest and any premium on such notes.

(N) Obligations issued under this section are lawful investments for banks, societies for savings, savings and loan associations, deposit guarantee associations, trust companies, trustees, fiduciaries, insurance companies, including domestic for life and domestic not for life, trustees or other officers having charge of sinking and bond retirement or other special funds of political subdivisions and taxing districts of this state, the commissioners of the sinking fund of the state, the administrator of workers' compensation, the state teachers retirement system, the public employees retirement system, the school employees retirement system, and the Ohio police and fire pension fund, notwithstanding any other provisions of the Revised Code or rules adopted pursuant thereto by any governmental agency of the state with respect to investments by them, and are also acceptable as security for the deposit of public moneys.

(O) Unless otherwise provided in any applicable bond proceedings, moneys to the credit of or in the special funds established by or pursuant to this section may be invested by or on behalf of the issuing authority only in notes, bonds, or other obligations of the United States, or of any agency or instrumentality of the United States, obligations guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States, obligations of this state or any political subdivision of this state, and certificates of deposit of any national bank located in this state and any bank, as defined in section 1101.01 of the Revised Code, subject to inspection by the superintendent of banks. If the law or the instrument creating a trust pursuant to division (J) of this section expressly permits investment in direct obligations of the United States or an agency of the United States, unless expressly prohibited by the instrument, such moneys also may be invested in no-front-end-load money market mutual funds consisting exclusively of obligations of the United States or an agency of the United States and in repurchase agreements, including those issued by the fiduciary itself, secured by obligations of the United States or an agency of the United States; and in common trust funds established in accordance with section 1111.20 of the Revised Code and consisting exclusively of any such securities, notwithstanding division (A)(4) of that section. The income from such investments shall be credited to such funds as the issuing authority determines, and such investments may be sold at such times as the issuing authority determines or authorizes.

(P) Provision may be made in the applicable bond proceedings for the establishment of separate accounts in the bond service fund and for the application of such accounts only to the specified bond service charges on obligations pertinent to such accounts and bond service fund and for other accounts therein within the general purposes of such fund. Unless otherwise provided in any applicable bond proceedings, moneys to the credit of or in the several special funds established pursuant to this section shall be disbursed on the order of the treasurer of state, provided that no such order is required for the payment from the bond service fund when due of bond service charges on obligations.

(Q) The issuing authority may pledge all, or such portion as the issuing authority determines, of the pledged receipts to the payment of bond service charges on obligations issued under this section, and for the establishment and maintenance of any reserves, as provided in the bond proceedings, and make other provisions therein with respect to pledged receipts as authorized by this chapter, which provisions are controlling notwithstanding any other provisions of law pertaining thereto.

(R) The issuing authority may covenant in the bond proceedings, and any such covenants are controlling notwithstanding any other provision of law, that the state and applicable officers and governmental agencies of the state, including the general assembly, so long as any obligations are outstanding, shall:

(1) Maintain statutory authority for and cause to be charged and collected wholesale and retail prices for spirituous liquor sold by the state or its agents so that the pledged receipts are sufficient in amount to meet bond service charges, and the establishment and maintenance of any reserves and other requirements provided for in the bond proceedings, and, as necessary, to meet covenants contained in contracts of guarantee made under section 166.06 of the Revised Code;

(2) Take or permit no action, by statute or otherwise, that would impair the exemption from federal income taxation of the interest on the obligations.

(S) There is hereby created the economic development bond service fund, which shall be in the custody of the treasurer of state but shall be separate and apart from and not a part of the state treasury. All moneys received by or on account of the issuing authority or state agencies and required by the applicable bond proceedings, consistent with this section, to be deposited, transferred, or credited to a bond service fund or the economic development bond service fund, and all other moneys transferred or allocated to or received for the purposes of the fund, shall be deposited and credited to such fund and to any separate accounts therein, subject to applicable provisions of the bond proceedings, but without necessity for any act of appropriation. During the period beginning with the date of the first issuance of obligations and continuing during such time as any such obligations are outstanding, and so long as moneys in the pertinent bond service funds are insufficient to pay all bond services charges on such obligations becoming due in each year, a sufficient amount of the gross profit on the sale of spirituous liquor included in pledged receipts are committed and shall be paid to the bond service fund or economic development bond service fund in each year for the purpose of paying the bond service charges becoming due in that year without necessity for further act of appropriation for such purpose and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Chapter 4301. of the Revised Code. The economic development bond service fund is a trust fund and is hereby pledged to the payment of bond service charges to the extent provided in the applicable bond proceedings, and payment thereof from such fund shall be made or provided for by the treasurer of state in accordance with such bond proceedings without necessity for any act of appropriation.

(T) The obligations, the transfer thereof, and the income therefrom, including any profit made on the sale thereof, shall at all times be free from taxation within the state.

Cite as R.C. § 166.08

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007; 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.09 Crediting loan repayments.

There shall be credited to the facilities establishment fund the moneys received by the state from the repayment of loans and recovery on loan guarantees, including interest thereon, made from the facilities establishment fund or from the loan guarantee fund and from the sale, lease, or other disposition of property acquired or constructed from moneys in the facilities establishment fund with moneys derived from the proceeds of the sale of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code. Such moneys shall be applied as provided in this chapter pursuant to appropriations made by the general assembly. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any amounts recovered on loan guarantees shall be deposited to the credit of the loan guarantee fund to the extent necessary to restore that fund to the level required by any guarantee contract, and the other moneys referred to in the first sentence of this section may be deposited to the credit of separate accounts within the facilities establishment fund or in the bond service fund and pledged to the security of obligations, applied to the payment of bond service charges without need for appropriation, released from any such pledge and transferred to the facilities establishment fund or other account therein, all as and to the extent provided in the bond proceedings pursuant to written directions by the director of development. Accounts may be established by the director in the facilities establishment fund for particular projects or otherwise. Income from the investment of moneys in the facilities establishment fund shall be credited to that fund and, as may be provided in bond proceedings, to particular accounts therein. The treasurer of state may withdraw from the facilities establishment fund or, subject to provisions of the applicable bond proceedings, from any special funds established pursuant to the bond proceedings, or from any accounts in such funds, any amounts of investment income required to be rebated and paid to the federal government in order to maintain the exemption from federal income taxation of interest on obligations issued under this chapter, which withdrawal and payment may be made without necessity for appropriation.

Cite as R.C. § 166.09

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

166.10 Authority under chapter is in addition to powers conferred by other laws.

The authority provided by Chapter 166. of the Revised Code is in addition to and provides alternative methods for any other authority provided by law for the same or similar purposes, and are supplemental to and not in derogation of any powers of any governmental agency otherwise conferred. In case any section or provision of Chapter 166. of the Revised Code, including any condition or prerequisite to any action or determination, or in case any covenant, stipulation, obligation, resolution, trust agreement, indenture, lease[,] agreement, act, or action, or part thereof, made, assumed, entered into, or taken under Chapter 166. of the Revised Code, or any application thereof, is for any reason held to be illegal or invalid, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remainder thereof or any other section or provision of Chapter 166. of the Revised Code, including any condition or prerequisite to any action or determination, or any other covenant, stipulation, obligation, resolution, trust agreement, indenture, lease, agreement, act, or action, or part thereof, made, assumed, entered into, or taken under such chapter, which shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid portion were not contained therein, nor shall such illegality or invalidity or any application thereof affect any legal and valid application thereof, and each such section, provision, covenant, stipulation, obligation, resolution, trust agreement, indenture, lease, agreement, act, or action, or part thereof, shall be deemed to be effective, operative, made, entered into or taken in the manner and to the full extent permitted by law.

Cite as R.C. § 166.10

Effective Date: 05-02-1980

166.11 Limits on aggregate amounts of obligations and guarantees.

(A) The aggregate amount of debt service payable in any calendar year on project financing obligations issued under section 166.08 of the Revised Code , exclusive of make-whole call redemptions or other optional prepayments, shall not exceed fifty million dollars. The aggregate principal amount of obligations, exclusive of project financing obligations, that may be issued under section 166.08 of the Revised Code is six hundred thirty million dollars, plus the principal amount of any such obligations retired by payment, the amounts held or obligations pledged for the payment of the principal amount of any such obligations outstanding, amounts in special funds held as reserves to meet bond service charges, and amounts of obligations issued to provide moneys required to meet payments from the loan guarantee fund created in section 166.06 of the Revised Code and the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund created in section 166.15 of the Revised Code. Of that six hundred thirty million dollars, not more than eighty-four million principal amount of obligations may be issued for eligible advanced energy projects and not more than one hundred million principal amount of obligations may be issued for eligible logistics and distribution projects. The terms of the obligations issued under section 166.08 of the Revised Code, other than obligations issued to meet guarantees that cannot be satisfied from amounts then held in the loan guarantee fund or the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, shall be such that the aggregate amount of moneys used from profit from the sale of spirituous liquor, and not from other sources, in any fiscal year shall not exceed sixty-three million dollars. For purposes of the preceding sentence, "other sources" include the annual investment income on special funds to the extent it will be available for payment of any bond service charges in lieu of use of profit from the sale of spirituous liquor, and shall be estimated on the basis of the expected funding of those special funds and assumed investment earnings thereon at a rate equal to the weighted average yield on investments of those special funds determined as of any date within sixty days immediately preceding the date of issuance of the bonds in respect of which the determination is being made. Amounts received in any fiscal year under section 6341 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 6341 , shall not be included when determining the sixty-three million dollar limit. The determinations required by this division shall be made by the treasurer of state at the time of issuance of an issue of obligations and shall be conclusive for purposes of such issue of obligations from and after their issuance and delivery.

(B) The aggregate amount of the guaranteed portion of the unpaid principal of loans guaranteed under sections 166.06 and 166.15 of the Revised Code and the unpaid principal of loans made under sections 166.07 , 166.16 , and 166.21 of the Revised Code may not at any time exceed eight hundred million dollars. Of that eight hundred million dollars, the aggregate amount of the guaranteed portion of the unpaid principal of loans guaranteed under sections 166.06 and 166.15 of the Revised Code shall not at any time exceed two hundred million dollars. However, the limitations established under this division do not apply to loans made with proceeds from the issuance and sale of project financing obligations.

Cite as R.C. § 166.11

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.12 Public policy to assist in and facilitate establishment or development of eligible innovation projects.

(A) The general assembly finds that in order to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the Ohio economy and to improve the economic welfare of all of the people of the state, it is necessary to ensure that high-value jobs based on research, technology, and innovation will be available to the people of this state. Further, the general assembly finds that the attraction of such jobs and their presence in this state will materially contribute to the economic welfare of all of the people of the state. Accordingly, it is declared to be the public policy of this state, through the operations under sections 166.01 and 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code, and the loan and loan guarantee provisions contained in those sections, applicable laws adopted pursuant to Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and other authority vested in the general assembly, to assist in and facilitate the establishment or development of eligible innovation projects or assist and cooperate with any governmental agency in achieving that purpose.

(B) In furtherance of that public policy and to implement that purpose, the director of development may:

(1) After consultation with appropriate governmental agencies, enter into agreements with persons engaged in industry, commerce, distribution, or research and with governmental agencies to induce such persons to acquire, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, enlarge, improve, equip, or furnish, or otherwise develop, eligible innovation projects and make provision therein for project facilities and governmental actions, as authorized by sections 166.01 and 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code and other applicable laws;

(2) Provide for innovation Ohio loan guarantees and loans under sections 166.15 and 166.16 of the Revised Code;

(3) Subject to the release of such moneys by the controlling board, contract for labor and materials needed for, or contract with others, including governmental agencies, to provide, eligible innovation projects the allowable innovation costs of which are to be paid for or reimbursed from moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund, and contract for the operation of such eligible innovation projects;

(4) Subject to release thereof by the controlling board, from moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund, acquire or contract to acquire by gift, exchange, or purchase, including the obtaining and exercise of purchase options, innovation property, and convey or otherwise dispose of, or provide for the conveyance or disposition of, innovation property so acquired or contracted to be acquired by sale, exchange, lease, lease purchase, conditional or installment sale, transfer, or other disposition, including the grant of an option to purchase, to any governmental agency or to any other person without necessity for competitive bidding and upon such terms and conditions and manner of consideration pursuant to, and as the director determines to be appropriate to satisfy the objectives of, Chapter 166. of the Revised Code;

(5) Retain the services of or employ financial consultants, appraisers, consulting engineers, superintendents, managers, construction and accounting experts, attorneys, and employees, agents, and independent contractors as are necessary in the director's judgment and fix the compensation for their services;

(6) Receive and accept from any person grants, gifts, and contributions of money, property, labor, and other things of value, to be held, used, and applied only for the purpose for which such grants, gifts, and contributions are made;

(7) Enter into appropriate arrangements and agreements with any governmental agency for the taking or provision by that governmental agency of any governmental action with respect to innovation projects;

(8) Do all other acts and enter into contracts and execute all instruments necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of sections 166.01 and 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code;

(9) With respect to property, including but not limited to innovation property, take such interests, including but not limited to mortgages, security interests, assignments, and exclusive or non-exclusive licenses, as may be necessary or appropriate under the circumstances, to ensure that innovation property is used within this state and that products or services associated with that innovation property are produced or, in the case of services, delivered, by persons employed within this state;

(10) Adopt rules necessary to implement any of the provisions of sections 166.01 and 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code applicable to the director.

(C) The determinations by the director that facilities or property constitute eligible innovation projects and that costs of such facilities or property are allowable innovation costs, and all other determinations relevant thereto or to an action taken or agreement entered into, shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of rights of parties arising from actions taken and agreements entered into under sections 166.01 and 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 166.12

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

166.13 [Effective Until 9/16/2014] Determining whether assistance will conform to chapter requirements.

(A) Prior to entering into each agreement to provide innovation financial assistance under sections 166.12 , 166.15 , and 166.16 of the Revised Code, the director of development services shall determine whether the assistance will conform to the requirements of sections 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code. Such determination, and the facts upon which it is based, shall be set forth by the director in submissions made to the controlling board when the director seeks a release of moneys under section 166.12 of the Revised Code. An agreement to provide assistance under sections 166.12 , 166.15 , and 166.16 of the Revised Code shall set forth the determination, which shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of the agreement and any innovation loan guarantees, innovation loans, or other agreements entered into pursuant to the agreement to provide innovation financial assistance.

(B) Whenever a person applies for innovation financial assistance under sections 166.12 , 166.15 , and 166.16 of the Revised Code and the eligible innovation project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is to relocate an eligible innovation project that is currently being operated by the person and that is located in another county, municipal corporation, or township, the director shall provide written notification to the appropriate local governmental bodies and state officials. The notification shall contain the following information:

(1) The name of the person applying for innovation financial assistance;

(2) The county, and the municipal corporation or township, in which the eligible innovation project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located; and

(3) The county, and the municipal corporation or township, in which the eligible innovation project to be replaced is located.

(C) As used in division (B) of this section:

(1) "Appropriate local governmental bodies" means:

(a) The boards of county commissioners or legislative authorities of the county in which the project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located and of the county in which the eligible innovation project to be replaced is located;

(b) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the eligible innovation project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located; and

(c) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the eligible innovation project to be replaced is located.

(2) "State officials" means:

(a) The state representative and state senator in whose districts the project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located;

(b) The state representative and state senator in whose districts the innovation project to be replaced is located.

Cite as R.C. § 166.13

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.13 [Effective 9/16/2014] Determining whether assistance will conform to chapter requirements.

(A) Prior to entering into each agreement to provide innovation financial assistance under sections 166.12, 166.15, and 166.16 of the Revised Code, the director of development services shall determine whether the assistance will conform to the requirements of sections 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code. Such determination, and the facts upon which it is based, shall be set forth by the director in submissions made to the controlling board when the director seeks a release of moneys under section 166.12 of the Revised Code. An agreement to provide assistance under sections 166.12, 166.15, and 166.16 of the Revised Code shall set forth the determination, which shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of the agreement and any innovation loan guarantees, innovation loans, or other agreements entered into pursuant to the agreement to provide innovation financial assistance.

(B) Whenever a person applies for innovation financial assistance under sections 166.12, 166.15, and 166.16 of the Revised Code and the eligible innovation project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is to relocate an eligible innovation project that is currently being operated by the person and that is located in another county, municipal corporation, or township, the person shall provide written notification to the appropriate local governmental bodies and state officials. The

director may not enter into an agreement to provide innovation financial assistance until the director determines that the appropriate local government bodies and state officials have been notified.

(C) As used in division (B) of this section:

(1) "Appropriate local governmental bodies" means:

(a) The boards of county commissioners or legislative authorities of the county in which the project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located and of the county in which the eligible innovation project to be replaced is located;

(b) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the eligible innovation project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located; and

(c) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the eligible innovation project to be replaced is located.

(2) "State officials" means:

(a) The state representative and state senator in whose districts the project for which innovation financial assistance is requested is located;

(b) The state representative and state senator in whose districts the innovation project to be replaced is located.

Cite as R.C. § 166.13

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 486, §1, eff. 9/16/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.14 Determining eligible innovation projects - confidential information.

(A) In determining the eligible innovation projects to be assisted and the nature, amount, and terms of innovation financial assistance to be provided for an eligible innovation project under sections 166.12 to 166.16 of the Revised Code:

(1) The director of development services shall take into consideration all of the following:

(a) The number of jobs to be created or preserved by the eligible innovation project, directly or indirectly;

(b) Payrolls, and the taxes generated, at both state and local levels, by or in connection with the eligible innovation project and by the employment created or preserved by or in connection with the eligible innovation project;

(c) The size, nature, and cost of the eligible innovation project, including the prospect of the eligible innovation project for providing long-term jobs in enterprises consistent with the changing economics of the state and the nation;

(d) The needs of any private sector enterprise to be assisted;

(e) The amount and kind of assistance, if any, to be provided to the private sector enterprise by other governmental agencies through tax exemption or abatement, financing assistance with industrial development bonds, and otherwise, with respect to the eligible innovation project or with respect to any providers of innovation property to be included as part of the eligible innovation project;

(f) The likelihood of the successful implementation of the proposed eligible innovation project;

(g) Whether the eligible innovation project involves the use of technology in a targeted innovation industry sector.

(2) The benefits to the local area, including taxes, jobs, and reduced unemployment and reduced welfare costs, among others, may be accorded value in the leasing or sales of innovation project facilities and in loan and guarantee arrangements.

(3) In making determinations under division (A)(1) of this section, the director may consider the effect of an eligible innovation project upon any entity engaged to provide innovation property to be acquired, leased, or licensed in connection with such assistance.

(B)

Financial statements and other data submitted to the director of development services or the controlling board by any private sector person in connection with innovation financial assistance under sections 166.12 , 166.15 , and 166.16 of the Revised Code, or any information taken from such statements or data for any purpose, shall not be open to public inspection.

Cite as R.C. § 166.14

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.15 Contracts to guarantee repayment or payment of unpaid principal amount of loans.

(A) Subject to any limitations as to aggregate amounts thereof that may from time to time be prescribed by the general assembly and to other applicable provisions of this chapter, the director of development may, on behalf of the state, enter into contracts to guarantee the repayment or payment of the unpaid principal amount of loans made, including bonds, notes, or other certificates issued or given to provide funds, to pay allowable innovation costs of eligible innovation projects. The guarantees shall be secured solely by and payable solely from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund and unencumbered and available moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund, in the manner and to the extent provided in guarantee contracts consistent with this section. The guarantees shall not constitute general obligations of the state or of any political subdivision, and moneys raised by taxation shall not be obligated or pledged for the payment of the guarantees.

(B) Before guaranteeing any such repayments or payments, the director shall determine that:

(1) The project is an eligible innovation project and is economically sound.

(2) The principal amount to be guaranteed does not exceed ninety per cent of the allowable innovation costs of the eligible innovation project as determined by the director. In making this determination, the director may, in the director's discretion, engage an independent engineer, architect, appraiser, or other professional to make it, pursuant to a contract to be paid solely from the innovation Ohio loan fund, subject to approval of the controlling board.

(3) The principal amount to be guaranteed has a satisfactory maturity date or dates, which in no case shall be later than twenty years from the effective date of the guarantee.

(4) The principal obligor, or primary guarantor, is responsible and is reasonably expected to be able to meet the payments under the loan, bonds, notes, or other certificates.

(5) The loan or documents pertaining to the bonds, notes, or other certificates to be guaranteed contains provisions for payment by the principal obligor satisfactory to the director and is in such form and contains such terms and provisions for the protection of the lenders as are generally consistent with commercial practice for the type of eligible innovation project that is the subject of the assistance, including, where applicable, provisions with respect to property insurance, repairs, alterations, payment of taxes and assessments, delinquency charges, default remedies, acceleration of maturity, prior, additional, and secondary liens, and other matters as the director may approve.

(C) The contract of guarantee may make provision for the conditions of, time for, and manner of fulfillment of the guarantee commitment, subrogation of this state to the rights of the parties guaranteed and exercise of such parties' rights by this state, giving this state the options of making payment of the principal amount guaranteed in one or more installments and, if deferred, to pay interest thereon from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, and any other terms or conditions customary to such guarantees and as the director may approve, and may contain provisions for securing the guarantee in the manner consistent with this section, covenants on behalf of this state for the maintenance of the loan guarantee fund created by this section and of receipts to it permitted by this chapter, including covenants on behalf of this state to issue obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code to provide moneys to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund to fulfill such guarantees, and covenants restricting the aggregate amount of guarantees that may be contracted under this section and obligations that may be issued under section 166.08 of the Revised Code, and terms pertinent to either, to better secure the parties guaranteed.

(D) The innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund is hereby created as a special revenue fund and a trust fund which shall be in the custody of the treasurer of state but shall be separate and apart from and not a part of the state treasury and shall consist of all grants, gifts, and contributions of moneys or rights to moneys lawfully designated for or deposited in such fund, all moneys and rights to moneys lawfully appropriated and transferred to such fund, including moneys received from the issuance of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code, and moneys deposited to such fund pursuant to division (F) of this section. The innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund shall not be comprised, in any part, of moneys raised by taxation.

(E) The director may fix service charges for making a guarantee. The charges shall be payable at such times and place and in such amounts and manner as may be prescribed by the director.

(F) The treasurer of state shall serve as agent for the director in the making of deposits and withdrawals and maintenance of records pertaining to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund. Prior to the director's entry into a contract providing for the making of a guarantee payable from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, the treasurer of state shall cause to be transferred from the innovation Ohio loan fund to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund an amount sufficient to make the aggregate balance therein, taking into account the proposed loan guarantee equal to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee reserve requirement. Thereafter, the treasurer of state shall cause the balance in the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund to be at least equal to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee reserve requirement. Funds from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund shall be disbursed under a guarantee made pursuant to this section to satisfy a guaranteed repayment or payment which is in default. After withdrawing moneys from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, the treasurer of state shall transfer moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund to satisfy any repayment obligations. Whenever these moneys are inadequate to meet the requirements of a guarantee, the treasurer of state shall, without need of appropriation or further action by the director, provide for a withdrawal and transfer to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund and then to the guaranteed party of moneys in such amount as is necessary to meet the guarantee, from unencumbered and available moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund. The disbursements shall be made in the manner and at the times provided in the guarantees. Within ninety days following a disbursement of money from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund, the treasurer of state, without need of appropriation or further action by the director, shall provide for a withdrawal and transfer to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund from unencumbered and available moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund, including moneys from the repayment of loans made from that fund, of an amount sufficient to cause the balance in the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund to be at least equal to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee reserve requirement.

(G) Any guaranteed parties under this section, except to the extent that their rights are restricted by the guarantee documents, may by any suitable form of legal proceedings, protect and enforce any rights under the laws of this state or granted by such guarantee or guarantee documents. Such rights include the right to compel the performance of all duties of the director and the treasurer of state required by this section or the guarantee or guarantee documents; and in the event of default with respect to the payment of any guarantees, to apply to a court having jurisdiction of the cause to appoint a receiver to receive and administer the moneys pledged to such guarantee with full power to pay, and to provide for payment of, such guarantee, and with such powers, subject to the direction of the court, as are accorded receivers in general equity cases, excluding any power to pledge or apply additional revenues or receipts or other income or moneys of this state or governmental agencies of the state to the payment of such guarantee. Each duty of the director and the treasurer of state and their officers and employees, and of each governmental agency and its officers, members, or employees, required or undertaken pursuant to this section or a guarantee made under authority of this section, is hereby established as a duty of the director and the treasurer of state, and of each such officer, member, or employee having authority to perform such duty, specifically enjoined by the law resulting from an office, trust, or station within the meaning of section 2731.01 of the Revised Code. The persons who are at the time the director and treasurer of state, or their officers or employees, are not liable in their personal capacities on any guarantees or contracts to make guarantees by the director.

(H) The determinations of the director under divisions (B) and (C) of this section shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity of a guarantee evidenced by a contract signed by the director, and such guarantee shall be incontestable as to money advanced under loans to which such guarantees are by their terms applicable.

Cite as R.C. § 166.15

Effective Date: 03-14-2003

166.16 Innovation Ohio loan fund.

(A) The director of development, with the approval of the controlling board and subject to the other applicable provisions of this chapter, may lend moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund to persons for the purpose of paying allowable innovation costs of an eligible innovation project if the director determines that:

(1) The project is an eligible innovation project and is economically sound.

(2) The borrower is unable to finance the necessary allowable costs through ordinary financial channels upon comparable terms.

(3) The amount to be lent from the innovation Ohio loan fund will not exceed ninety per cent of the total costs of the eligible innovation project.

(4) The repayment of the loan from the innovation Ohio loan fund will be secured by a mortgage, lien, assignment, or pledge, or other interest in property or innovation property at such level of priority and value as the director may determine necessary, provided that, in making such a determination, the director may take into account the value of any rights granted by the borrower to the director to control the use of any property or innovation property of the borrower under the circumstances described in the loan documents.

(B) The determinations of the director under division (A) of this section shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity of a loan commitment evidenced by a loan agreement signed by the director.

(C) Fees, charges, rates of interest, times of payment of interest and principal, and other terms, conditions, and provisions of and security for loans made from the innovation Ohio loan fund shall be such as the director determines to be appropriate and in furtherance of the purpose for which the loans are made. The moneys used in making the loans shall be disbursed from the innovation Ohio loan fund upon order of the director. Unless otherwise specified in any indenture or other instrument securing obligations under division (D) of section 166.08 of the Revised Code, any payments of principal and interest from loans made from the innovation Ohio loan fund shall be paid to the innovation Ohio loan fund and used for the purpose of making loans.

(D) There is hereby created in the state treasury the innovation Ohio loan fund. The fund shall consist of grants, gifts, and contributions of moneys or rights to moneys lawfully designated for or deposited in such fund, all moneys and rights to moneys lawfully appropriated and transferred to such fund, including moneys received from the issuance of obligations for purposes of allowable innovation costs under section 166.08 of the Revised Code, and moneys deposited to such fund pursuant to divisions (C) and (G) of this section. All investment earnings on the cash balance in the fund shall be credited to the fund. The fund shall not be comprised, in any part, of moneys raised by taxation.

(E) The director may take actions necessary or appropriate to collect or otherwise deal with any loan made under this section.

(F) The director may fix service charges for the making of a loan. The charges shall be payable at such times and place and in such amounts and manner as may be prescribed by the director.

(G)

(1) There shall be credited to the innovation Ohio loan fund the moneys received by this state from the repayment of innovation Ohio loans and recovery on loan guarantees, including interest thereon, made from the innovation Ohio loan fund or from the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund and from the sale, lease, or other disposition of property acquired or constructed with moneys in the innovation Ohio loan fund with moneys derived from the proceeds of the sale of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code. Such moneys shall be applied as provided in this chapter pursuant to appropriations made by the general assembly.

(2) Notwithstanding division (G)(1) of this section, any amounts recovered on innovation Ohio loan guarantees shall be deposited to the credit of the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund to the extent necessary to restore that fund to the innovation Ohio loan guarantee reserve requirement or any level in excess thereof required by any guarantee contract. Money in the innovation Ohio loan guarantee fund in excess of the innovation Ohio loan guarantee reserve requirement, but subject to the provisions and requirements of any guarantee contracts, may be transferred to the innovation Ohio loan fund by the treasurer of state upon the order of the director of development.

(3) In addition to the requirements of division (G)(1) of this section, moneys referred to in that division may be deposited to the credit of separate accounts within the innovation Ohio loan fund or in the bond service fund and pledged to the security of obligations, applied to the payment of bond service charges without need for appropriation, released from any such pledge and transferred to the innovation Ohio loan fund, all as and to the extent provided in the bond proceedings pursuant to written directions by the director of development. Accounts may be established by the director in the innovation Ohio loan fund for particular projects or otherwise. The director may withdraw from the innovation Ohio loan fund or, subject to provisions of the applicable bond proceedings, from any special funds established pursuant to the bond proceedings, or from any accounts in such funds, any amounts of investment income required to be rebated and paid to the federal government in order to maintain the exemption from federal income taxation of interest on obligations issued under this chapter, which withdrawal and payment may be made without necessity for appropriation.

Cite as R.C. § 166.16

Effective Date: 09-26-2003

166.17 Establishment or development of eligible research and development projects.

(A) The general assembly finds that in order to enhance the economic opportunities available to and improve the economic welfare of all the people of the state, and to maintain and enhance the competitiveness of the Ohio economy, it is necessary to ensure that the people of the state will continue to have access to high-value jobs in technology, and that, to facilitate such continued access, it is necessary to provide incentives to retain and attract businesses that will develop new or improved technologies, processes, and products, or apply existing technologies in new ways. Further, the general assembly finds that the attraction of such jobs and their presence in this state will materially contribute to the economic welfare of all the people of the state. Accordingly, it is declared to be the public policy of this state, through operations under sections 166.17 to 166.21 , 5733.352 , and 5747.331 of the Revised Code and the provisions for financial assistance contained in those sections, other applicable laws adopted pursuant to Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and other authority vested in the general assembly, to assist in and facilitate the establishment or development of eligible research and development projects or assist and cooperate with any governmental agency in achieving that purpose.

(B) In furtherance of that public policy and to implement that purpose, the director of development may do any of the following:

(1) After consultation with appropriate governmental agencies, enter into agreements with persons engaged in industry, commerce, distribution, or research and with governmental agencies, to induce such persons to acquire, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, enlarge, improve, equip, furnish, or develop eligible research and development projects, or to enable governmental agencies to acquire, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, enlarge, improve, equip, furnish, or develop eligible research and development projects for lease to persons engaged in industry, commerce, distribution, or research;

(2) Provide for loans under section 166.21 of the Revised Code to finance eligible research and development projects;

(3) Subject to the release of moneys in the research and development loan fund by the controlling board, contract for labor and materials needed for, or contract with others, including governmental agencies, to provide, eligible research and development projects, the allowable costs of which are to be paid for or reimbursed from such moneys, and contract for the operation of those projects;

(4) From moneys in the research and development loan fund, subject to release thereof by the controlling board, acquire or contract to acquire property by gift, exchange, or purchase, including by obtaining and exercising purchase options, and convey or otherwise dispose of, or provide for the conveyance or disposition of, that property by sale, exchange, lease, lease purchase, conditional or installment sale, transfer, or other disposition, including the grant of an option to purchase, to any governmental agency or to any other person without necessity for competitive bidding and upon such terms and conditions and manner of consideration pursuant to, and as the director determines to be appropriate to satisfy the objectives of, Chapter 166. of the Revised Code;

(5) Retain the services of or employ financial consultants, appraisers, consulting engineers, superintendents, managers, construction and accounting experts, attorneys, employees, agents, and independent contractors as are necessary in the director's judgment, and fix the compensation for their services;

(6) Receive and accept from any person, grants, gifts, and contributions of money, property, labor, and other things of value, to be held, used, and applied only for the purpose for which such grants, gifts, and contributions are made;

(7) Enter into arrangements and agreements with any governmental agency for the agency to take or provide any governmental action with respect to eligible research and development projects;

(8) Do all other acts, enter into contracts, execute all instruments, and make all certifications necessary or appropriate to carry out sections 166.01 , 166.17 to 166.21 , 5733.352 , and 5747.331 of the Revised Code;

(9) With respect to property that is the subject of or related to research and development financial assistance, take such interests, including, but not limited to, mortgages, security interests, leasehold interests, assignments, and exclusive or nonexclusive licenses, as may be necessary or appropriate under the circumstances, to ensure that the property is used within this state and that products or services associated with that property are produced or, in the case of services, delivered, by persons employed within this state;

(10) Adopt rules necessary to implement any of the provisions of sections 166.17 to 166.21 , 5733.352 , and 5747.331 of the Revised Code that are applicable to the director.

(C) The determination by the director that facilities or property constitute an eligible research and development project and that the costs of such facilities or property are allowable costs related to the project, and all other determinations relevant thereto, or to an action taken or agreement entered into, shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of rights of parties arising from actions taken and agreements entered into under sections 166.17 to 166.21 , 5733.352 , and 5747.331 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 166.17

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.18 [Effective Until 9/16/2014] Applications for research and development financial assistance.

(A) Prior to entering into each agreement to provide research and development financial assistance, the director of development services shall determine whether the assistance will conform to the requirements of sections 166.17 to 166.21 , 5733.352 , and 5747.331 of the Revised Code. Such determination, and the facts upon which it is based, shall be set forth by the director in submissions made to the controlling board when the director seeks a release of moneys under section 166.17 of the Revised Code. An agreement to provide research and development financial assistance under section 166.17 or 166.21 of the Revised Code shall set forth the determination, which shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of the agreement, and any loans or other agreements entered into pursuant to the agreement, to provide research and development financial assistance.

(B) Whenever a person applies for research and development financial assistance, and the eligible research and development project for which that assistance is requested is to relocate an eligible research and development project that is currently being operated by the person and that is located in another county, municipal corporation, or township within the state, the director shall provide written notification to the appropriate local governmental bodies and state officials. The notification shall state all of the following:

(1) The name of the person applying for research and development financial assistance;

(2) The county, and the municipal corporation or township, in which the project for which research and development financial assistance is requested will be located;

(3) The county, and the municipal corporation or township, in which the eligible research and development project is located at the time such financial assistance is requested.

(C) As used in division (B) of this section:

(1) "Appropriate local governmental bodies" means all of the following:

(a) The board of county commissioners of or legislative authorities of special districts in the county in which the eligible research and development project for which research and development financial assistance is requested is located and of the county in which the project will be located;

(b) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the eligible research and development project for which research and development financial assistance is requested is located and of the municipal corporation or township in which the project will be located.

(2) "State officials" means both of the following:

(a) The state representative and state senator in whose district the eligible research and development project for which research and development financial assistance is requested is located;

(b) The state representative and state senator in whose district the eligible research and development project will be located.

Cite as R.C. § 166.18

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.18 [Effective 9/16/2014] Applications for research and development financial assistance.

(A) Prior to entering into each agreement to provide research and development financial assistance, the director of development services shall determine whether the assistance will conform to the requirements of sections 166.17 to 166.21, 5733.352, and 5747.331 of the Revised Code. Such determination, and the facts upon which it is based, shall be set forth by the director in submissions made to the controlling board when the director seeks a release of moneys under section 166.17 of the Revised Code. An agreement to provide research and development financial assistance under section 166.17 or 166.21 of the Revised Code shall set forth the determination, which shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity and enforceability of the agreement, and any loans or other agreements entered into pursuant to the agreement, to provide research and development financial assistance.

(B) Whenever a person applies for research and development financial assistance, and the eligible research and development project for which that assistance is requested is to relocate an eligible research and development project that is currently being operated by the person and that is located in another county, municipal corporation, or township within the state, the person shall provide written notification to the appropriate local governmental bodies and state officials. The

director may not enter into an agreement to provide research and development financial assistance until the director determines that the appropriate local government bodies and state officials have been notified.

(C) As used in division (B) of this section:

(1) "Appropriate local governmental bodies" means all of the following:

(a) The board of county commissioners of or legislative authorities of special districts in the county in which the eligible research and development project for which research and development financial assistance is requested is located and of the county in which the project will be located;

(b) The legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township in which the eligible research and development project for which research and development financial assistance is requested is located and of the municipal corporation or township in which the project will be located.

(2) "State officials" means both of the following:

(a) The state representative and state senator in whose district the eligible research and development project for which research and development financial assistance is requested is located;

(b) The state representative and state senator in whose district the eligible research and development project will be located.

Cite as R.C. § 166.18

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 486, §1, eff. 9/16/2014.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.19 Considerations in granting assistance for research and development financial assistance.

(A)

(1) In determining the eligible research and development projects to be assisted and the nature, amount, and terms of the research and development financial assistance to be provided, the director of development services shall consider all of the following:

(a) The number of jobs to be created or preserved, directly or indirectly, by or in connection with the eligible research and development project;

(b) Payrolls, and the taxes generated at both state and local levels, by the eligible research and development project and by the employment created or preserved by or in connection with the project;

(c) The size, nature, and cost of the eligible research and development project;

(d) The likelihood that the eligible research and development project will create long-term jobs in enterprises consistent with the changing economy of the state and nation;

(e) The needs of any private sector enterprise to be assisted, taking into consideration the amount and kind of assistance, if any, to be provided to the private sector enterprise by other governmental agencies through tax exemption or abatement, financing assistance with industrial development bonds, and otherwise, with respect to the eligible research and development project or with respect to any providers of research and development property to be included as part of the project;

(f) The likelihood that the eligible research and development project will be successfully implemented.

(2) The director may consider the benefits to the local area, including taxes, jobs, and reduced unemployment and reduced welfare costs, in the leasing or sale of eligible research and development project facilities and in loan arrangements.

(3) The director may consider the effect of an eligible research and development project upon any entity engaged to provide research and development property to be acquired, leased, or licensed in connection with research and development financial assistance.

(B)

Financial statements and other data submitted to the director of development services or the controlling board by any private sector person in connection with research and development financial assistance, or any information taken from such statements or data for any purpose, shall not be open to public inspection.

Cite as R.C. § 166.19

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.20 Research and development loan fund.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the research and development loan fund. The fund shall consist of moneys received from the issuance of obligations for research and development purposes under section 166.08 of the Revised Code; moneys deposited to the fund pursuant to divisions (C) and (G) of section 166.21 of the Revised Code; service charges imposed under section 166.21 of the Revised Code; and any grants, gifts, or contributions of money received by the director of development to be used for making loans under section 166.21 of the Revised Code. All investment earnings on the cash balance in the fund shall be credited to the fund. The fund shall not be comprised, in any part, of moneys raised by taxation.

Cite as R.C. § 166.20

Effective Date: 07-09-2003

166.21 [Effective Until 9/17/2014] Lending moneys in research and development loan fund.

(A) The director of development, with the approval of the controlling board and subject to other applicable provisions of this chapter, may lend moneys in the research and development loan fund to persons for the purpose of paying allowable costs of eligible research and development projects, if the director determines that all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The project is an eligible research and development project and is economically sound;

(2) The amount to be lent from the research and development loan fund will not exceed seventy-five per cent of the total costs of the eligible research and development project;

(3) The repayment of the loan from the research and development loan fund will be secured by a mortgage, assignment, pledge, lien provided for under section 9.661 of the Revised Code, or other interest in property or other assets of the borrower, at such level of priority and value as the director considers necessary, provided that, in making such a determination, the director shall take into account the value of any rights granted by the borrower to the director to control the use of any assets of the borrower under the circumstances described in the loan documents.

(B) The determinations of the director under division (A) of this section shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity of a loan commitment evidenced by a loan agreement signed by the director.

(C) Fees, charges, rates of interest, times of payment of interest and principal, and other terms and conditions of, and security for, loans made from the research and development loan fund shall be such as the director determines to be appropriate and in furtherance of the purpose for which the loans are made. The moneys used in making loans shall be disbursed from the fund upon order of the director. Unless otherwise specified in any indenture or other instrument securing obligations under division (D) of section 166.08 of the Revised Code, any payments of principal and interest from loans made from the fund shall be paid to the fund and used for the purpose of making loans under this section.

(D)

(1) As used in this division, "qualified research and development loan payments" means payments of principal and interest on a loan made from the research and development loan fund.

(2) Each year, the director may, upon request, issue a certificate to a borrower of moneys from the research and development loan fund indicating the amount of the qualified research and development loan payments made by or on behalf of the borrower during the calendar year immediately preceding the tax year, as defined in section 5733.04 of the Revised Code, or taxable year, as defined in section 5747.01 of the Revised Code, for which the certificate is issued. In addition to indicating the amount of qualified research and development loan payments, the certificate shall include a determination of the director that as of the thirty-first day of December of the calendar year for which the certificate is issued, the borrower is not in default under the loan agreement, lease, or other instrument governing repayment of the loan, including compliance with the job creation and retention commitments that are part of the qualified research and development project. The director shall not issue a certificate in an amount that exceeds one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

(E) The director may take actions necessary or appropriate to collect or otherwise deal with any loan made under this section.

(F) The director may fix service charges for the making of a loan. The charges shall be payable at such times and place and in such amounts and manner as may be prescribed by the director.

(G)

(1) There shall be credited to the research and development loan fund moneys received by this state from the repayment of loans, including interest thereon, made from the fund, and moneys received from the sale, lease, or other disposition of property acquired or constructed with moneys in the fund derived from the proceeds of the sale of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code. Moneys in the fund shall be applied as provided in this chapter pursuant to appropriations made by the general assembly.

(2) In addition to the requirements in division (G)(1) of this section, moneys referred to in that division may be deposited to the credit of separate accounts established by the director of development within the research and development loan fund or in the bond service fund and pledged to the security of obligations, applied to the payment of bond service charges without need for appropriation, released from any such pledge and transferred to the research and development loan fund, all as and to the extent provided in the bond proceedings pursuant to written directions of the director of development. Accounts may be established by the director in the research and development loan fund for particular projects or otherwise. The director may withdraw from the fund or, subject to provisions of the applicable bond proceedings, from any special funds established pursuant to the bond proceedings, or from any accounts in such funds, any amounts of investment income required to be rebated and paid to the federal government in order to maintain the exemption from federal income taxation of interest on obligations issued under this chapter, which withdrawal and payment may be made without the necessity for appropriation.

Cite as R.C. § 166.21

Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 03-23-2005

166.21 [Effective 9/17/2014] Lending moneys in research and development loan fund.

(A) The director of development services, with the approval of the controlling board and subject to other applicable provisions of this chapter, may lend moneys in the research and development loan fund to persons for the purpose of paying allowable costs of eligible research and development projects, if the director determines that all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The project is an eligible research and development project and is economically sound;

(2) The amount to be lent from the research and development loan fund will not exceed seventy-five per cent of the total costs of the eligible research and development project;

(3) The repayment of the loan from the research and development loan fund will be secured by a mortgage, assignment, pledge, lien provided for under section 9.661 of the Revised Code, or other interest in property or other assets of the borrower, at such level of priority and value as the director considers necessary, provided that, in making such a determination, the director shall take into account the value of any rights granted by the borrower to the director to control the use of any assets of the borrower under the circumstances described in the loan documents.

(B) The determinations of the director under division (A) of this section shall be conclusive for purposes of the validity of a loan commitment evidenced by a loan agreement signed by the director.

(C) Fees, charges, rates of interest, times of payment of interest and principal, and other terms and conditions of, and security for, loans made from the research and development loan fund shall be such as the director determines to be appropriate and in furtherance of the purpose for which the loans are made. The moneys used in making loans shall be disbursed from the fund upon order of the director. Unless otherwise specified in any indenture or other instrument securing obligations under division (D) of section 166.08 of the Revised Code, any payments of principal and interest from loans made from the fund shall be paid to the fund and used for the purpose of making loans under this section.

(D)

(1) As used in this division, "qualified research and development loan payments" means payments of principal and interest on a loan made from the research and development loan fund.

(2) Each year, the director may, upon request, issue a certificate to a borrower of moneys from the research and development loan fund indicating the amount of the qualified research and development loan payments made by or on behalf of the borrower during the calendar year immediately preceding the tax year, as defined in section 5733.04 of the Revised Code, or taxable year, as defined in section 5747.01 of the Revised Code, for which the certificate is issued. In addition to indicating the amount of qualified research and development loan payments, the certificate shall include a determination of the director that as of the thirty-first day of December of the calendar year for which the certificate is issued, the borrower is not in default under the loan agreement, lease, or other instrument governing repayment of the loan, including compliance with the job creation and retention commitments that are part of the qualified research and development project. If the director determines that a borrower is in default under the loan agreement, lease, or other instrument governing repayment of the loan, the director may reduce the amount, percentage, or term of the credit allowed under section 5733.352, 5747.331, or 5751.52 of the Revised Code with respect to the certificate issued to the borrower. The director shall not issue a certificate in an amount that exceeds one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

(E) The director may take actions necessary or appropriate to collect or otherwise deal with any loan made under this section.

(F) The director may fix service charges for the making of a loan. The charges shall be payable at such times and place and in such amounts and manner as may be prescribed by the director.

(G)

(1) There shall be credited to the research and development loan fund moneys received by this state from the repayment of loans, including interest thereon, made from the fund, and moneys received from the sale, lease, or other disposition of property acquired or constructed with moneys in the fund derived from the proceeds of the sale of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code. Moneys in the fund shall be applied as provided in this chapter pursuant to appropriations made by the general assembly.

(2) In addition to the requirements in division (G)(1) of this section, moneys referred to in that division may be deposited to the credit of separate accounts established by the director of development services within the research and development loan fund or in the bond service fund and pledged to the security of obligations, applied to the payment of bond service charges without need for appropriation, released from any such pledge and transferred to the research and development loan fund, all as and to the extent provided in the bond proceedings pursuant to written directions of the director . Accounts may be established by the director in the research and development loan fund for particular projects or otherwise. The director may withdraw from the fund or, subject to provisions of the applicable bond proceedings, from any special funds established pursuant to the bond proceedings, or from any accounts in such funds, any amounts of investment income required to be rebated and paid to the federal government in order to maintain the exemption from federal income taxation of interest on obligations issued under this chapter, which withdrawal and payment may be made without the necessity for appropriation.

Cite as R.C. § 166.21

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 492, §1, eff. 9/17/2014.

Effective Date: 07-09-2003; 03-23-2005

166.22 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 166.22

Repealed by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §105.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Added by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

166.25 Loans from logistics and distribution infrastructure fund.

(A) The director of development services, with the approval of the controlling board and subject to the other applicable provisions of this chapter, may lend money in the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund to persons for the purpose of paying allowable costs of eligible logistics and distribution projects.

(B) In determining the eligible logistics and distribution projects to be assisted and the nature, amount, and terms of assistance to be provided for an eligible logistics and distribution project, the director shall consult with appropriate governmental agencies, including the department of transportation and the Ohio rail development commission.

(C) Any loan made pursuant to this section shall be evidenced by a loan agreement, which shall contain such terms as the director determines necessary or appropriate, including performance measures and reporting requirements. The director may take actions necessary or appropriate to collect or otherwise deal with any loan made under this section, including requiring a loan recipient to repay the amount of the loan plus interest at a rate of three per cent above the federal short term interest rate or any other rate determined by the director.

Cite as R.C. § 166.25

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.26 Logistics and distribution infrastructure fund.

(A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund. The fund shall consist of grants, gifts, and contributions of money or rights to money lawfully designated for or deposited into the fund, all money and rights to money lawfully appropriated and transferred to the fund, including money received from the issuance of obligations under section 166.08 of the Revised Code and subject to section 166.11 of the Revised Code for purposes of allowable costs of eligible logistics and distribution projects, and money credited to the fund pursuant to division (B) of this section. All investment earnings on the cash balance in the fund shall be credited to the fund. The fund shall not be comprised, in any part, of money raised by taxation.

(B) There shall be credited to the logistics and distribution infrastructure fund the money received by the state from the repayment of loans and recovery on loan guarantees, including interest thereon, made from the fund.

Cite as R.C. § 166.26

Effective Date: 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.27 Minority outreach for RC 166.25 loans.

(A) As used in this section, "minority" has the same meaning as in section 184.17 of the Revised Code, except that the individual must be a resident of this state. The term also includes an economically disadvantaged individual who is a resident of this state.

(B) The director of development shall conduct outreach activities in Ohio that seek to include minorities in the loan program for logistics and distribution projects established under section 166.25 of the Revised Code. The outreach activities shall include the following, when appropriate:

(1) Identifying and partnering with historically black colleges and universities;

(2) Working with all institutions of higher education in the state to support minority faculty and students involved in logistics and distribution fields;

(3) Developing a plan to contact by telephone minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs and other economically disadvantaged businesses to notify them of opportunities to participate in the loan program for logistics and distribution projects;

(4) Identifying minority professional and technical trade associations and economic development assistance organizations and notifying them of the loan program for logistics and distribution projects;

(5) Partnering with regional councils to foster local efforts to support minority-owned businesses or otherwise identify networks of minority-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals operating locally;

(6) Identifying minority firms and notifying them of the opportunities that exist within the investment community, including the Ohio venture capital authority created under section 150.02 of the Revised Code.

(C) The director shall publish an annual report that includes all of the following:

(1) Details of loans awarded for logistics and distribution projects;

(2) The status of loan recipients' projects funded in previous years;

(3) The amount of loans awarded for projects in economically distressed areas, and if possible to ascertain, the impact of the loans to those areas.

(D) To the extent possible, outreach activities described in this section shall be conducted in conjunction with the EDGE program created in section 123.152 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 166.27

Effective Date: 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.28 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 166.28

Repealed by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §105.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Added by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

166.30 Grants and loans from advanced energy research and development fund.

(A) The Ohio air quality development authority, with the approval of the controlling board and subject to sections 3706.25 to 3706.30 of the Revised Code, may provide grants from money in the advanced energy research and development fund and may lend money in the advanced energy research and development taxable fund to persons for the purposes of paying allowable costs of eligible advanced energy projects.

(B) In determining the eligible advanced energy projects to be assisted and the nature, amount, and terms of assistance to be provided for an eligible advanced energy project, the authority shall consult with appropriate governmental agencies.

(C) Any grant or loan made pursuant to this section shall be evidenced by an agreement, which shall contain such terms as the authority determines necessary or appropriate, including performance measures and reporting requirements. The authority may take actions necessary or appropriate to collect or otherwise deal with any assistance provided under this section, including requiring a loan or grant recipient to repay the amount of the loan or grant plus interest at a rate of three per cent above the federal short term interest rate or any other rate determined by the authority.

Cite as R.C. § 166.30

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129, SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 2008 HB554 06-12-2008

166.35 Economic development support fund.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the economic development support fund. The fund shall consist of excess money received by the state representing gross profit on the sale of spirituous liquor that is credited or transferred to it. Money in the fund shall be used to carry out economic development activities.

Cite as R.C. § 166.35

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.