(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.
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.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.129,SB 314, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.
Effective Date: 03-14-2003