Last year, the Ohio Equal Opportunity Division (EOD) announced that it would be graduating EDGE participants according to its time limit policy; the division also indicated that a list of graduating EDGE participants would be posted to educate those who may use them on their projects. AGC of Ohio has been informed that companies expiring in 2018 are granted until 10/01/2019 to ensure their affairs were in order before their EDGE certification is ended. OED will put out a list of graduating companies on its web page in the near future.
In other EDGE news, the Ohio Inspector General released a report highlighting concerns with the EOD’s process for approving EDGE companies and failure to remove those whose terms have expired or that are no longer considered financially disadvantaged. View the report here. AGC member McDonald Hopkins published two alerts on the matter that provide a good synopsis: Hundreds of Ohio EDGE Certifications called into question after investigation by Ohio Inspector General and An overview of Ohio’s EDGE program following an investigative report by the inspector general.