To Our Community

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We hope you are all staying safe and healthy.

As we reflect back on 2019, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority recognizes a transformational year that was focused on improving the way we do business and growing the number of projects we support while continuing to deliver on our commitment to improve air quality in Ohio.

It was the first full year for Christina to serve as the Authority’s executive director, and James was elected by the Authority’s Board as chairman. This comes as a result of the stellar leadership by Michael Keenan, who after six-and-a-half years as chairman of the Authority, was reappointed by Governor DeWine and transitioned to a vice chair role. Together, we are strengthening our partnerships and streamlining our work to do a better job for Ohio.

The Authority is proud to serve at the intersection of conservation and economic development, and each day we incentivize businesses of all sizes to make better investments in cleaner, more efficient technologies. We encourage and prioritize the funding of projects that go above-and-beyond in their commitments to air quality.

The Authority Board approved nearly $500 million in bonds for 29 projects in 2019, double the average number of projects from each of the previous five years. In addition, we initiated efforts to administer the new Nuclear and Renewable Generation Fund programs, which launched in early 2020 and will provide credits for each megawatt-hour of electricity generated by qualifying nuclear or renewable energy resources. We also prioritized working with business and peer associations, such as local port authorities, to build a stronger network of support.

As you will see in our annual report, OAQDA made a significant impact this past year in every region of the state and even increased our reach into new communities. From small businesses such as Henry’s Dry Cleaners in Cuyahoga County to larger projects like AMG Vanadium in Muskingum County, we are supporting economic and environmental vitality throughout Ohio. Our overall success is demonstrated by the more than $3.3 billion in currently active revenue bonds for air quality projects, which have helped to create more than 800 direct jobs throughout the state.

We’d like to thank all of our Authority members, Ted Celeste Mike Curtin, and Michael Keenan, along with Dr. Amy Acton and Laurie Stevenson, ex officio members. We also greatly appreciate the ongoing support of Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted and commend their steadfast leadership and commitments, both to the vibrancy of our state’s economy and to the health and safety of the people of Ohio.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support in our work. We value your partnership.

James S. Simon, Chairman                   Christina O'Keeffe, Executive Director