Beginning Anew With Jobs
By Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario)

From the beginning, I’ve said job creation and job retention would be my top priority in Columbus. Since becoming your State Representative, I have had the privilege of serving as Vice Chairman of the House Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee. On this front, I believe that the work we are doing at the Statehouse is very important.

One of the essential aspects of expanding business and getting more people back to work in Ohio is to have the right balance between the public and private sectors. To a great extent, this means that government must work closely with businesses, yet not inhibit them. Having an open dialogue to discuss how we should move forward has been a priority of mine, and I’m pleased to have taken part in many roundtable discussions throughout Richland County.

Just recently, I was fortunate to participate in another important discussion—the 2nd Annual Beginning Anew Conference—which was held at Gorman-Rupp’s Training Center. This conference included other legislative leaders and many business representatives from our area. I want to thank The Ohio State University at Mansfield, North Central State College, and the Mansfield City School District for making the day possible.

One of the most important topics we discussed at the conference was about how our local businesses can expand the pool of potential employees available to them. We were pleased to have Fred Keller, chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a guest speaker. Fred has had great experience in finding more workers for his own company. As a result, the company has produced a strong return for its investment.

Finding, hiring, and maintaining a talented and qualified workforce is one of the most difficult and costly challenges of running a business. By having conversations among government officials, businesses, and employees, I am confident that we can find more ways to attract workers and train them. As a result, our region of the state can see more economic success in the future.

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