After working with legislative leadership and the governor’s administration to craft enabling language for the sale of state assets in 2011, The Credo Company navigated the sale and transition of ownership of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution from the State of Ohio to CoreCivic.
The Credo Company was the first firm to form this type of innovative public-private partnership in Ohio. And, the transaction marked the first sale of a state-owned prison to a private owner and operator in the entire country.
Corrections Corp. of America purchased the facility for $72.7M, and also acquired operating duties of the facility in the process. Doing so lowered the annual operating costs of the facility by 8 percent, and saved the State of Ohio around $6.6M annually.
Tri-State STEM Collaborative
The Credo Company partnered with community and business leaders of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to form the Tri-State STEM Collaborative. Throughout executive agency and legislative meetings with the governor’s senior team, the Ohio Department of Education and the leaders of both the House of Representatives and Senate, The Credo Company helped the founders of the new tri-state academy define its mission and goals and put them in the best position for qualifying as Ohio’s newest STEM school.
After guiding the Tri-State STEM Collaborative through the competitive application process, the school was approved and its application received the absolute highest score of all other applications.
Throughout 2015, The Credo Company then successfully helped the Tri-State STEM Collaborative secure unprecedented start-up funding for its operations by lobbying both House and Senate leaders during the State of Ohio’s biennium budget hearings. Due of the efforts of the tri-state leaders and The Credo Company, the Tri-State STEM Collaborative will be opening its doors to serve high school students in three states with STEM education standards in 2016.
The Credo Company partnered with TruAcuity and successfully added the company’s service offerings to the State of Ohio State Term Schedule (STS). This was the first firm of its kind to be added to STS. Now, TruAcuity is able to offer its cost-recovery solutions to all government entities that utilize STS statewide.
The Credo Company also lead TruAcuity through several state agencies, developing relationships at the director and mid-management levels. Due to the work and relationship development The Credo Company provided, TruAcuity is now being called upon by the State CIO to assist with data fraud detection and prevention throughout the entire cabinet of state agencies.
One of the top priorities for the Governor, healthcare executives and civic leaders in Ohio, was the ability to provide coverage to Ohioans who qualified for Medicaid under the new standards. The Credo Company worked with key figures in the Senate, administration and private sector to form a public-private coalition, while advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in the State of Ohio.
Debate over Medicaid expansion occurred in both houses of the state legislature and was eventually resolved by the state’s controlling board.
This legislative and executive action fueled the spending of $2.56 billion in federal government funds and expanded Medicaid coverage to 275,000 low-income Ohioans.
Allegiant Airlines faced giant tax increase in 2015 due to the proposed elimination of the exemption of aviation fuel from Ohio’s motor fuel tax. Allegiant, and all commercial airlines, would have paid millions more in taxes on fuel which would have deterred its investment in infrastructure and route scheduling in Ohio. The Credo Company successfully advocated for Allegiant and was able to remove the language entirely so the airline had no tax increase at all.
In 2015, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor assumed the role of Chair of the Ohio Business Gateway Steering Committee. Even prior to that, Lt. Governor Taylor initiated a project to modernize the Ohio Business Gateway, the primary source for business information, payment of a number of business taxes and other state business services. The modernization of the Ohio Business Gateway was one of Gov. Kasich’s and Lt. Gov. Taylor’s top goals in their second term.
In the planning phase of the modernization project, the Lt. Governor and her team established the mission statement above, and the goal of the project is to reimagine the Gateway in a way that serves Ohio's business community by living up to that mission.
The Credo Company recognized this opportunity and strategically positioned Deloitte Digital to be policy assets to the administration and members of the steering committee as they developed their vision. When the state then sought to partner with an experienced consultant for the first multi-million dollar phase, Deloitte Digital was awarded the job.
The Credo Company guided Deloitte through multiple state agencies, at several levels of management, and the governor’s senior advisory team to win an $18 million project between the State of Ohio and Deloitte Consulting Services for the purpose of assisting in the transformation of Ohio’s HHS policy, operating models, business process and program administration.
The Credo Company currently coordinates ongoing communication between Deloitte and state government officials as they assist with, and provided expertise as the Ohio Department of Medicaid transitioned into an independent state agency.
Ohio Premium Cigar & Pipe Association
The Credo Co. worked with Senate leadership to create the first historic tax-cap on other tobacco products in Ohio. This tax-cap benefited the entire cigar community and hundreds of small businesses, and increased revenue created in Ohio.