Ohio continues to move forward on a path to greater economic success, decreased unemployment and better fiscal responsibility.  I have made it my mission to ensure that the 2nd House District, which is comprised of Richland County, receives the resources, support and funding necessary to teach our students, bring about job opportunities and grow economically.  There is always more work to be done, but I am proud of the many successes that have been achieved during my first term and want to share with you some exciting local projects that have recently received significant funding from the state.


I advocated for and helped secure nearly $15 million in funding to establish ten, state-of-the-art robotics and manufacturing training centers throughout Ohio, including one in Richland County.  The projects will be implemented through an initiative called RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative).  Our center will be located at the Shelby Kehoe Center and be a collaborative between Pioneer and NCSC.  This center will go a long way in helping fill the many skilled, manufacturing job openings going vacant in Richland County.


Also, the state passed a Capital Budget which included $4.8 million dollars for Richland County.  Among the approved projects in Richland County, we received money to improve the facilities at NCSC and OSU-Mansfield and to create a MEDAL Talent Innovation Center to aid in the training of our workforce.  The MEDAL Talent Innovation Center will be a unique collaborative among business, academia, government, and the Richland County Foundation dedicated to workforce development.  Also, Ashland University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences received funds to assist in paying for the new Nursing facility on Trimble Road.


These projects and initiatives in Richland County, as well as those throughout Ohio, allow us to be more prosperous and be better able to accelerate job growth and student learning. Workforce development remains a priority for me as we close this General Assembly, and I look forward to future endeavors in this area.

 
 
 
  
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Representative Romanchuk Sworn In As State Representative Of The 2nd House District

 
Columbus - 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) was sworn in yesterday as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 2nd Ohio House District, which comprises all of Richland County, for a third term.



 
 

An Update On The Ohio General Assembly's Progress

 

As we turn the page to 2014, I wanted to report on the progress The Ohio General Assembly has made in cutting taxes, reforming government and improving workforce development.  My top priority continues to be making Richland County a place where businesses can grow and create jobs that will provide a better quality of life for every family.



 
 

Resolution Pushing For Innovative Metals Institute Clears Legislature

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario)  announced that the Ohio Senate has passed a resolution he sponsored that urges the US Department of Defense to establish the “American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.” The House adopted the resolution October 16th.



 
 

Legislation To Rebrand Ohio Workforce Development Centers Moves To Governor

 
COLUMBUS - 

The Ohio House of Representatives today concurred on Senate changes to Substitute House Bill 1, which strives to streamline Ohio’s workforce development efforts and make it easier for Ohioans to utilize the resources that are available to them.