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Published: 10/28/2013


Political ties aid firms seeking state assistance

A Blade investigation into the state’s use of taxpayer funding to create jobs discovered that half the companies that received grants from 2007 to 2012 failed to generate the jobs they promised. The businesses were awarded $45.5 million in grants, which is about half the grant money paid to companies with job-creation requirements. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW.

The Beachwood offices of Attevo, a business run by C. David Snyder, are occupied by another company. A man who answered the door and declined to be identified said he was unfamiliar with Attevo and had been at the location for a year. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The Beachwood offices of Attevo, a business run by C. David Snyder, are occupied by another company. A man who ...
THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown Columbus. The department has come under fire for its handling of millions of dollars in loans to companies since 2007. Enlarge | Buy This Photo David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown ...
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David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown Columbus. The department has come under fire for its handling of millions of dollars in loans to companies since 2007. Enlarge | Buy This Photo David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown ...
THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown Columbus. The department has come under fire for its handling of millions of dollars in loans to companies since 2007. Enlarge | Buy This Photo David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown ...
THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown Columbus. The department has come under fire for its handling of millions of dollars in loans to companies since 2007. Enlarge | Buy This Photo David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, discusses his department's policies and practices in his office in downtown ...
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C. David Snyder's home overlooks Lake Erie from just outside Cleveland. Snyder's companies have received several rounds of state incentives, though court documents allege that he stole company funds, mismanaged corporate assets, and took 401K contributions and health benefit funds. He is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. Enlarge | Buy This Photo C. David Snyder's home overlooks Lake Erie from just outside Cleveland. Snyder's companies have received several rounds of state incentives,...
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C. David Snyder's home overlooks Lake Erie from just outside Cleveland. Snyder's companies have received several rounds of state incentives, though court documents allege that he stole company funds, mismanaged corporate assets, and took 401K contributions and health benefit funds. He is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. Enlarge | Buy This Photo C. David Snyder's home overlooks Lake Erie from just outside Cleveland. Snyder's companies have received several rounds of state incentives,...
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