Federal program to offer webinars on website accessibility

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched an initiative to make more websites and online programs accessible for individuals with disabilities. OCR will offer technical assistance and design suggestions via a series of webinars to schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities. The webinars are intended for IT professionals. Vendors are encouraged to attend as well. [More]

Northeast Ohio Notable Women in Law

Congratulations to Walter | Haverfield partner Christina Peer, who is featured in a special section of Crain's Cleveland Business titled, "Northeast Ohio Notable Women in Law." Crain's recognized Peer for her strong education law practice as she and her team now represent nearly 15% of school districts in Ohio. [More]

Planning Best Practices as a Catalyst for Economic Development

Economic development is often associated with TIFs, CRAs, JEDDs, and the alphabet soup of other acronyms used by local governments to convince developers to choose their community as the site for new development. But establishing intuitive, user-friendly land use and development policies and procedures is an equally important and often overlooked method of attracting and retaining development. [More]

Governor Signs Ohio’s New Small Cell Facilities Law, Takes Effect July 31, 2018

On Tuesday, May 2, 2018, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Substitute House Bill 478, amending Ohio’s right-of-way statute to pave the way for small cell installations associated with increased demand for high-speed, high-capacity wireless communications. The wireless industry will install millions of small cells nationwide as it moves to deploy 5G technology. Sub. H.B. 478 was passed by the Ohio Senate on April 11, 2018 and the House concurred in the Senate’s version the same day. [More]