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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.

We are deeply appreciative to Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted for their ongoing support of the Authority’s work, as well as their steadfast leadership. OAQDA is honored to have a role in Ohio’s economic recovery, supporting businesses across the state by providing critical financial support and guidance, while positioning them for the future.

The Authority approved nearly $14 million in air quality revenue bonds for 16 projects in 2020, supporting both small businesses and larger, more complex air quality projects seeking to make significant environmentally friendly improvements that protect our air. The projects that came before the Authority also are key players in the economic vitality of the communities in which they operate. For many, OAQDA’s support came at the right time to ensure their continued growth.

2020 also provided the opportunity to reflect and refine processes of the past to create a more robust infrastructure to enhance Ohio’s air quality outlook. The Authority worked diligently throughout the year to make its programs more inclusive and easier to navigate. We enhanced our guidelines for the Clean Air Resource Center and Clean Air Improvement Program to better serve businesses and communities. These updates and new offerings are helping OAQDA meet businesses where they are and creating opportunities for new types of projects to benefit from our support.

Year after year, the Authority’s robust portfolio includes many notable projects that have made real impacts in local communities. OAQDA, which also welcomed Cara Dingus Brook as a new Authority member in 2020, is proud of the accomplishments from this last year as well as the past five decades of service to Ohio’s business community. We continue to adapt and evolve our efforts to support Ohio businesses with their environmental goals. We are honored to continue to assist these businesses while ensuring a healthier future for all Ohioans.

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

We value your partnership.


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