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A Message To Our Community

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) marks its 50th anniversary in 2021, and we look to the future with new
hope and great anticipation for the opportunities to come. While the 2020 annual report is a chance for us to look back at the
accomplishments made during the past year, we do so while reflecting upon what made us stronger as a state as we navigated together the unexpected challenges of the pandemic.

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OAQDA 2020: A Year of Change and Resiliency

While 2020 certainly brought its challenges, it was a year of transformation and transition for OAQDA. The team implemented several changes to strengthen its programs and customer service with the goal of making air quality compliance more accessible for businesses of all sizes, ranging from neighborhood dry-cleaners to larger, multi-faceted energy efficiency projects.

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Reenergizing the Clean Air Resource Center

In 2020, OAQDA sought feedback from stakeholders and customers and made improvements to the small business assistance program of the Clean Air Resource Center (CARC)

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Case Studies

LaFrance Cleaners Commits to Investing in Environmental Upgrades Despite Pandemic
Youngstown (Mahoning County)

QT Equipment Company Doubles Capacity and Creates Jobs
Akron (Summit County)

OAQDA funding helps 100-year-old family-owned business plan for the future
Mount Vernon (Knox County)

Hale Cleaners Owners Keep American Dream Alive with Support from OAQDA
Elyria (Lorain County)

Jackson Investors Bring New Life to Over-The-Rhine Building for Art Students
Cincinnati (Hamilton County)

Launching the Clean Air Improvement Program

In 2020, the agency took time to reflect and listen to its customers and stakeholders, utilizing their input to redevelop the program to achieve more transparency and clarity for larger, complex air quality projects. The Authority also developed a data-driven evaluation process with increased accountability to support long-term and meaningful results of projects. Through this inclusive and systematic process, the Authority approved the program guidelines in August 2020 and launched the Clean Air Improvement Program (CAIP), formally known as Project Development and Financing (PDAF).

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New Program Supports Utility-Scale Energy Generation

In 2020, OAQDA began administering a new program that incentivizes eligible facilities providing clean air generation as prescribed in Amended Substitute House Bill 6 and recently modified by Amended Substitute House Bill 128 in March 2021.

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Air Quality Bond Financing Made Easy

OAQDA is committed to being a strong partner for Ohio businesses by meeting them where they are and assisting their efforts to reduce air emissions and achieve greater sustainability goals to protect the air. With a knowledgeable and helpful staff, the Authority works daily to break down barriers and ensure the access to financial support and technical resources is as seamless as possible for businesses of all sizes. Below is a breakdown of the application process for financing.

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Brighter Days Ahead

As Ohio emerges from the pandemic, OAQDA remains committed to helping businesses in the state rebound. While 2020 was a year of transition and process improvement, in 2021, OAQDA is focused on reaching more Ohio businesses with its message and programs.

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