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Department of Development
Administration    
111 N. Front Street, 8th Floor  
Columbus, OH 43215  
(614) 645.7795   
(614) 645.6675 [FAX]  

On March 18, 2020, Mayor Andrew Ginther declared a State of Emergency in the City of Columbus. While basic city services will continue, some services will be limited during the public health emergency. We ask your patience during this time. Thank you.

Immediate COVID-19 Epidemic Assistance from the Federal and State Government for Businesses in Columbus
The City of Columbus Department of Development encourages employers within our business community to visit the following two (2) hotlinks below, to review and act on, the following important financial information and resources available through the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in response to COVID-19:

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – SharedWork Ohio Program
SharedWork Ohio is a voluntary layoff aversion program. It allows workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under a SharedWork Ohio plan, the participating employer reduces affected employees’ hours in a uniform manner. The participating employee works the reduced hours each week, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) provides eligible individuals an unemployment insurance benefit proportionate to their reduced hours. 

Please click on the following link (http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/SharedWorkOhio/) to learn more about this program and how to apply.

U.S. Small Business Administration - SBA Disaster Assistance Form & Additional Resources for Small Businesses
All federal agencies are working together to protect public health, including the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Our agency’s top priority is to ensure Ohio small businesses – which total nearly 950,000 – can continue their contributions to the state’s economy, and our nation.

On 3/18/2020, Governor DeWine’s office officially submitted the disaster declaration from the State of Ohio to the SBA for businesses to become eligible for Economic Injury Disaster loans (https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19). On 3/19/2020 the SBA confirmed receipt of the declaration and the SBA can provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans to Ohio businesses of up to $2 million dollars, per eligible small business, to assist with economic recovery (https://www.sba.gov/brand/assets/sba/resource-partners/SBA-Disaster-Assistance-Loans-Businesses-Nonprofits.pdf) due to the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Please feel free to send out the attached handouts as well as the below links to disaster assistance:
Disaster Preparedness Factsheet ( English |  Spanish)
Disaster Mitigation Factsheet ( English |  Spanish)
Disaster Assistance Loans: Businesses & Nonprofits ( English |  Spanish)
Disaster Assistance Loans: Homeowners & Renters ( English |  Spanish)
Disaster Assistance Loans: Community Impact ( English |  Spanish)

The SBA will continue to support small businesses through this difficult time, and we urge individuals to visit  www.sba.gov/coronavirus and follow @SBA_Columbus on Twitter or sign up for their newsletter for more updates.
Please contact the City of Columbus Department of Development, Economic Division, at 614-645-8616 with questions or concerns.  Thank you for your continued partnership and we will work through this…together. 

COVID-19 Small Business Resource Guide
In response to COVID-19, the City of Columbus Economic Development Division, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneur Development, in a public-private collaboration with Hicks Partners, has amassed a collection of resources called the COVID-19 Small Business Resource Guide. This guide provides employers and employees of these enterprises with a comprehensive listing of resources that are available to help businesses, within the City of Columbus, weather through these challenging times. Please review, act on and share this important resource with as many companies and individuals as possible.

Please click here to reach the City of Columbus and Community Resources and Emergency Relief in Response to COVID-19 webpage.

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Director's Office The Department of Development is responsible for code enforcement, economic development, housing, land redevelopment, neighborhood services and planning.  Check out the link to a video for more information about the department. - learn more

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Our Mission:  To improve the quality of life in Columbus neighborhoods through implementation and enforcement of the City's Housing, Zoning, Graphics, Health, Sanitation, and Safety Codes. - learn more

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Economic Development The Economic Development Division assists local businesses and provides information to companies looking to expand or relocate in Columbus. - learn more

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Housing The Housing Division serves Columbus by preserving and producing housing that helps build strong, distinct and vibrant neighborhoods. The Housing Division offers programs to assist homeowners, housing developers and rental property owners. - learn more

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Land Redevelopment Division and Land Bank Program The Columbus Land Bank was established in 1994 to improve Columbus neighborhoods by returning vacant, abandoned and underutilized residential and commercial properties into productive community assets.  - learn more

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Planning The Planning Division is responsible for neighborhood planning, commercial overlays, board and commission (Downtown, University District and East Franklinton), historic preservation, annexation and public art.  - learn more

MORPC and City Announce RFP for Regional Housing Strategy The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the City of Columbus announced that they are seeking proposals for a regional housing strategy as part of an overall strategy to deal with the shortage of affordable housing. 

The scope of the Request for Proposals (RFP) will include assessing the state of the housing market and affordability in the region; reviewing and analyzing current availability of public and private dollars to support affordable housing development; identifying data gaps necessary to develop regional recommendations; and identifying structural impediments to housing developments. The study will also include developing a housing strategy for the region that includes investment and policy recommendations for communities to support mixed income neighborhoods and regional growth. 

Regional Housing Strategy RFP

New Development planned in Franklinton for at-risk youth Finance Fund will transform two former motels in Franklinton to homes for at-risk youth. Learn more

City of Columbus Incentives Study The City of Columbus hired consulting firm HR&A to study the city’s use of tax incentives to support and encourage commercial, industrial and residential development.  After a series of public meetings and legislative approval by City Council, the final policy documents are listed below.  For more information about the policies, contact Hannah Reed at 614-645-8577.

Incentive Study by HR&A  
CRA Assessment Report by VSI
Public Meeting Video
CRA_map and overview
Final Policy Legislation 
Final Policy Overview
Final Housing Policy Overview

Individual CRA Amendments
CRA Amendments
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Fifth by Northwest
Franklinton
Hilltop
Linden
Livingston and James
Milo Grogan
Near East
North Central
Short North
Southside
Weinland Park

Residential Tax Incentives Tax Incentives

Opportunity Zone Franklinton

Columbus Opportunity Zones Prospectus Learn more about Columbus Opportunity Zones and how your property may benefit. Columbus Opportunity Zone Prospectus