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Government Spotlight | August 30, 2022

August 30th, 2022

President Biden Delivering Remarks at Intel Groundbreaking

U.S. President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the Intel facility’s groundbreaking in Licking County on Friday, Sept. 9. Biden also signed an executive order on implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act, which includes the creation of a CHIPS Implementation Steering Council of administration leaders co-chaired by National Economic Director Brian Deese, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and acting Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Alondra Nelson. Members include the secretaries of state, defense, treasury, commerce, labor and energy, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Small Business Administration administrator, and the director of national intelligence.

Intel Hiring Management and Engineering Positions

Intel is hiring experienced professionals for management and engineering positions at its New Albany factory, mostly in terms of facilities and site services. Some positions involve temporarily relocating to Arizona or another site for training assignments lasting from six months to one year. Management roles include site operations and commissioning, as well as project manager roles. There are also openings for chemical, mechanical, electrical and manufacturing network engineers. The full list, which is subject to change, is available at https://tinyurl.com/mr2zb8px.

SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program

Join SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program Community of Practice webinar on September 15, 2022 to learn about joint ventures, how to meet your business development needs & avoid protests, and much more. To discuss these complexities, they have invited SBA experts from various offices and regions to join share their perspective. Make no mistake – like the Community of Practice, this session is also an opportunity for your federal contracting business to add yet another tool to your procurement/small business toolkit and set yourself apart from your competitors in the federal marketplace.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced it will host five (5) regional forums in Columbus, Parma, Oregon, Cincinnati and New Philadelphia to help small businesses earn tax credits through the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. The WOTC offers incentives for companies to hire individuals “from targeted groups, including veterans, public assistance recipients, restored citizens, individuals with disabilities and others,” according to ODJFS. The tax credits range from $2,400 to $9,600 depending on the group. ODJFS has certified over 100,000 WOTC applications since October 2021 and thousands of Ohio employers have received more than $240 million in tax credits. Attendance is free but space is limited; Email CL.SL.Area.3@irs.gov to register.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

During the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs to Labor Day, Sept. 5, state troopers will focus enforcement efforts on removing impaired drivers from Ohio’s roadways.

Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP)

Four training providers will receive a total of $592,215 in the third round of the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP), supporting 410 credentials. This round of the program—which helps provide free workforce training to Ohioans who are low-income, under- or unemployed — was focused on broadband and 5G-related credentials. Credential pathways will include 5G and Broadband Deployment, Wireless Broadband Infrastructures and Certified Fiber Optic Installer, among others. Training will be offered in-person and online so Ohioans can take advantage of the program throughout the state. The training providers are Youngstown State University, Ashland University, the Tri-County Career Center and Washington County Joint Vocational School District. They will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each completed credential issued.

Ohio Third Frontier Commission Supports Entrepreneurs

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $82.32 million in funds to six regional partners to support entrepreneurs’ efforts to develop innovative products and grow technology startup companies. The funds are part of the Entrepreneurial Services Provider (ESP) Program, which provides resources such as mentorship, access to investors and capital, support with business services, talent recruitment and incubator and accelerator programs. The partners will use the money to provide those resources from Jan. 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025.

Ohio Business Sponsor-A-Highway Program

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced this week a new litter control program that brings in the business community to help in the effort. Over the past few weeks, the first signage related to the Sponsor-A-Highway program has been installed along highways in the northeast Ohio area. The statewide program allows businesses and groups to fund litter removal services along one mile, one-direction segments of state highways. In exchange for their sponsorship, the name of the business or group is displayed on a sign within their sponsored segment. The program complements ODOT’s existing Adopt-A-Highway program, where volunteer groups adopt a two-mile segment of two-lane highway.

dez bryant
Dez Bryant
Vice President of Government Relations
dezbryant@columbus.org