News briefs – July 27


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STATE MEETINGS PLANNED – The Home Weatherization Assistance Program Policy Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the Vern Riffe Building, 77 South High Street, on the 19th Floor in Room 1960. The Committee provides recommendations to the Ohio Development Services Agency to ensure that energy services are provided to low-income consumers.

The Minority Development Financing Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the Vern Riffe Building, 77 South High Street, on the 31st Floor in Room South A. The Minority Development Financing Advisory Board provides the director of the Ohio Development Services Agency with recommendations for assistance through the Minority Business Direct Loan Program and the Minority Business Bonding Program.

The Ohio Venture Capital Authority will meet on Tuesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the Vern Riffe Building, 77 South High Street, on the 19th floor in Room 1952. The Authority oversees the activities of the Ohio Capital Fund, a portfolio of seed and early-stage capital investments. The goal of the fund is to drive entrepreneurial growth and job creation in Ohio.

The Ohio Coal Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in Columbus at the Vern Riffe Building, 77 South High Street, on the 19th Floor in Room 1960. The Ohio Coal Technical Advisory Committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning Ohio coal development project proposals and other topics related to Ohio coal development.

AREA CODE OVERLAY APPROVED FOR 614 AREA CODE – Residential and business customers within the existing 614 area code should be prepared for the introduction of the new 380 area code. Beginning Jan. 30, 2016, customers in the 614 area code region requesting new service, an additional line, or in some cases, moving their service may be assigned a number in the new 380 area code.

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 380 area code will be added to the 614 area code region which generally covers the central region of Ohio, the community of Columbus. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) ordered an area code overlay for the area served by 614. The new 380 area code will be “overlaid” or superimposed over the same geographical area as the 614 area code.

Effective Jan. 30, 2016, 10 or 11-digit dialing – the appropriate area code plus the seven-digit telephone number or 1+ area code + telephone number – will be necessary for local and expanded local calls to be completed. Local calling areas and rates will not be affected by this change. Special services that use three-digit numbers, such as 911 and 411, as well as 1+ 10-digit long distance remain unchanged. If other three-digit numbers are currently available in your community or from your provider, such as 211, 311, 511, 611, 711 or 811, these will remain unchanged.

Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, you may dial using 7, 10 or 11 digits to complete your calls. Start early using 10 or 11-digit dialing so it will be second nature by the time it is required on Jan. 30, 2016.

DEWINE SEEKS REIMBURSEMENT FROM USED CAR DEALERSHIP ACCUSED OF FAILING TO DELIVER TITLES – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against a Middletown used car dealership accused of failing to deliver titles to vehicles it sold to consumers.

The lawsuit, filed in the Butler County Common Pleas Court, accuses Dixie Cars Concepts and its owner Ali El Azzouzi of violating state law. It also seeks reimbursement for consumers and a state fund that helps consumers resolve title problems.

Dixie Cars Concepts last operated at 2701 Dixie Highway in Hamilton. It currently is closed.

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