After the release of a recent annual report, we have seen that 2015 was a remarkable year for economic development in our state. Business investments in our state have provided high job growth and success for all Ohioans, which is why we must continue to work with industries to maintain the growth of Ohio’s ever-important workforce.

A major contributor to the success our state saw in 2015 was JobsOhio and OhioMeansJobs. These two organizations have been working diligently, and successfully, to grow industry investment in Ohio, in addition to connecting Ohioans with employment opportunities that suit their strengths.

JobsOhio is an organization that the Ohio General Assembly worked to develop in order to create and retain jobs for all Ohioans. As legislators, we recognized the need to appeal to companies looking to expand their business operations, and by creating JobsOhio we are able to put emphasis on incentivizing business investment in Ohio’s current and future industries.

The companies that have worked in conjunction with JobsOhio have been awarded $210 million in grants and loans, while also working with the State Development Services Agency to be eligible for tax credits and other incentives. By allowing for these various incentives and grants, we are attracting premier companies to our state, adding to the 23 Fortune 500 companies that already call Ohio home.

This past year, alongside state, local, and regional partners, JobsOhio recorded 330 new projects that promised to create 23,602 jobs and $6.7 billion in investments in new capital for participating companies. These companies that have worked with JobsOhio to secure their investments in the state have helped grow the job market tremendously. These investments have also played a critically valuable role in industry growth and economic development.

Another program that has helped Ohio’s path of job growth success is OhioMeansJobs. OhioMeansJobs is a website that connects individuals with employment opportunities and employers with job seekers. This website was made to assist Ohioans in discovering job opportunities all over our state and to give them the needed tools to reach their career goals. As of April 3rd, the OhioMeansJobs website listed 173,287 available jobs in Ohio.

OhioMeansJobs provides online training, career planning, a budget calculator, and a list of in-demand careers available on its website. The various tools on the website are curated in order to get Ohioans the skills they need to get employed and find the right career path. OhioMeansJobs has had tremendous success in facilitating the hiring process on behalf of both employers and potential employees by working hand-in-hand with local chambers of commerce throughout our state.

As Ohio continues to become more business-friendly, I expect to see economic development continue to climb. I am happy to have seen first-hand what JobsOhio and OhioMeansJobs have done and is continuing to do for working Ohioans, and I look forward to the lasting impact this growth will have on our state.

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