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Jobs & Commerce Economic Development

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The Jobs & Commerce Economic Development (JCED) Program provides funding for transportation projects that promote job creation, job retention and private sector investment. The JCED program is managed by ODOT’s Office of Jobs & Commerce.


This program leverages non-motor fuel funding as the primary fund type. The JCED program typically provides $5 million in funding each fiscal year. Annual program funding levels may be based on available resources.

The JCED Program has an open cycle providing funding throughout the fiscal year. Funding is awarded as a percentage of the eligible transportation costs to not exceed a specified funding cap. Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis. Project costs must be incurred after the funding agreement has been fully executed to be eligible for reimbursement.


The JCED program can be used on all publicly owned roadways in Ohio.

Eligible grantees include units of local/quasi-local governments:

  • Municipalities
  • Townships
  • Port Authorities
  • Transportation Improvement Districts
  • Community Improvement Corporations

Program funds may be used for the improvement or construction of publicly owned roadways that support job creation, job retention and private sector investment include but are not limited to:

  • New roadway construction
  • Reconstruction of existing roadways
  • Access improvements
  • Intersection improvements
  • Turn lanes or minor roadway widening
  • Installation of traffic signals

Not eligible for JCED funding:

  • Privately owned roadways
  • Speculative development opportunities
  • Extension of existing utilities

Selection Criteria

Projects are evaluated by ODOT’s Office of Jobs and Commerce on a case by case basis. ODOT may engage the Ohio Department of Development, Jobs Ohio and local economic development agencies as needed. Items considered as part of ODOT’s evaluation include but are not limited to:

  • The scope of work and project timeline
  • The existing roadway conditions
  • Average daily traffic and truck traffic
  • Safety History
  • Access and impacts to the state highway system
  • Local unemployment and poverty rates
  • Jobs created and/or retained by the proposed project
  • Amount of private capital investment
  • Benefit / Cost Analysis