Dublin could participate in an agreement that will work to bring more jobs to central Ohio.

Dublin could participate in an agreement that will work to bring more jobs to central Ohio.

Dublin City Council is mulling over a draft agreement among Franklin County communities that intend to curb the practice of luring jobs from one central Ohio city to another with incentives - also known as job poaching - and instead focus on recruiting new companies from outside the region.

Council is set to discuss the draft agreement at an April 23 meeting.

The effort was started by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman. City managers and mayors have been working on the effort for more than a year, and in December signed a letter of intent expressing support of an anti-job-poaching agreement.

"Dublin's been involved in all the discussion and is supportive of the principle terms in the draft agreement," said city manager Marsha Grigsby.

Ten communities initially signed the letter, but since then, five more had joined, but then one withdrew. The cities expressing interest in the agreement are Bexley, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Groveport, Hilliard, New Albany, Obetz, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Whitehall and Worthington. Westerville withdrew.

Coleman last week held a press conference on the agreement, but a Dublin representative was not present.

"The main reason we weren't there is that it's a draft agreement," Grigsby said. "We need to have a conversation with city council and get feedback and comments on the draft agreement."

Dublin's lack of presence at the news conference doesn't indicate a lack of support, Grigsby said.

"I talked to the group involved in this discussion," she said. "I won't attend the briefing, but it doesn't mean I don't support it. I haven't had a discussion or detailed meeting with council and I need to get that first."

The draft agreement focuses on curbing job-poaching in the region and luring new companies to the region. The draft has 12 terms, including:

• Partnering cities would use financial incentives to attract new jobs and investment to the region.

• No partnering municipality would use financial incentives to attract a local company to move existing jobs from another partnering community.

• The agreement would not limit a partnering community from offering financial incentives to retain and expand a company already within its jurisdiction.

• A partnering community can offer incentives to a company looking to relocate from another partner, but the incentives cannot be more than the company already receives.

• A community must notify the home city of a company, if in partnering city, when a company approaches them about getting incentives. The parties involved would assess the situation and what action would be mutually acceptable.

• All cities involved would meet quarterly on the implementation of the agreement and any changes needed.

• The agreement would last until Dec. 31, 2013, and could be renewed on the same terms for four, one-year terms.

• All cities involved would work with development organizations such as Columbus Chamber and Columbus2020 to enhance economic development in the region.

• Cities involved would try to recruit other communities in the region to join the agreement.

• The parties involved would try to work towards other economic agreements that could benefit the region.

• Any private development organizations used by a participating city would fall under the agreement.

• Incentives covered by the agreement include performance-based payroll incentives, land, grants, loans, tax credits and real-estate tax abatements. Public infrastructure is not considered an incentive in the agreement.