Before a business can start operations, or in some cases even start constructing a facility, a variety of state and local permits may be needed. Typically, permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) are the most critical for manufacturing operations. The U.S. EPA has delegated environmental permitting authority to the OEPA. That means no additional permitting by the U.S. EPA is required in Ohio.
APEG, as part of the JobsOhio statewide network, has relationships with the OEPA Director’s Office. APEG can connect companies with the OEPA or facilitate meetings with the OEPA. The OEPA Director’s Office can provide guidance on required permits, the application process, and can work on an on-going basis to make sure the OEPA permit application and approval process is streamlined and efficient.
Revolving Loan Funds
The APEG region has a variety of non-profit and governmental organizations that manage revolving loan funds (RLFs) to help businesses finance new fixed assets. These loan funds are designed to fill the gap between business equity, what a bank will loan and total project costs. Most programs are tied to job creation and require bank participation. For more information, contact:
- In Eastern Ohio, Ohio Mid East Government Association RLF
- In Southeastern Ohio, Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District RLF Program
- In Southern Ohio, Ohio Valley Regional Development District RLF
- SBA 504 loans across the region administered by Ohio Statewide Development Corporation.