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State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) this week was appointed by Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to serve as Co-Chair of the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee.

The study committee was established through House Bill 122, a bill jointly sponsored by Hambley with Representative John M. Rogers (D-Mentor on the Lake) and that became officially effective August 1st. Members are charged with analyzing the features, benefits and challenges involved in creating metropolitan economic development alliances. After consulting with various groups, including county commissioners, township trustees, mayors and city council members, the committee will publish a report of its findings by August 1st of next year.

“Collaborative metropolitan economic development has been shown to benefit all participating entities and the State of Ohio can play a pivotal role in encouraging those partnerships,” said Hambley.  “I have spent my entire public career as a city council person, county commissioner, and now state legislator advocating for initiatives that improve the fiscal health of our communities and reducing the costs of local government. Eagerly, the committee report will make recommendations for state policies and laws that can assist communities across the state in accomplishing those goals through collaboration,” he added.

Rep. Hambley introduced the legislation in an effort to study economic development alliances and how they could impact the state.

State Representative Hambley is serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 69th House District, which includes most of Medina County.

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