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Members of the Franklin County delegation of the Ohio House Republican Caucus today applauded the State Controlling Board’s release of $1.8 million to Columbus2020!, as a part of JobsOhio activities in central Ohio.

According to documents from the Office of Budget and Management, as part of this project, Columbus2020! will conduct comprehensive services supporting regional coordination of economic development strategies, business retention, expansion and attraction, and project management through the Ohio Third Frontier JobsOhio Network Program.

“Nobody cares more about central Ohio's economic future than the businesses and residents who have already invested in it,” said State Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington). “Columbus2020!'s partnership with JobsOhio empowers our local community to help drive job growth.”

“Columbus2020! has been a significant addition to the central Ohio economic development climate,” said State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City). “As we strive to provide central Ohio with critical coordination and communication among important economic development partners, Columbus2020! has demonstrated its ability to successfully assist in many directions.  The creation and retention of jobs for our area is paramount as we share the important goal of developing a strong and healthy economic environment for the central Ohio region.”

“The $1.8 million will stretch far and wide across Franklin County and also benefit central Ohio,” said State Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard).  “I am confident this will create jobs across the region and help continue Ohio’s leadership across the country in job growth.”

Columbus2020! is the regional growth strategy for the 10-county Columbus region and was created to address a need to collaborate regionally in order to attract, retain and grow jobs, to strengthen the economic base, and to create one of the most dynamic economies in the United States. It is funded by more than 200 private-sector companies and communities throughout the region. 

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