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State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 483, the Mid-Biennial Review (MBR).  He stated that he was extremely happy that the House included his proposal to expand Lake County’s job incubation and creation program to high schools throughout the county.

Working with the Lake County Port Authority and Education Service Center, Rep. Young successfully amended the MBR with a new jobs initiative termed the Lake County Business Incubator.  These efforts represent a blueprint for economic development in Lake County that identifies the needs of the community, combines the resources in a strategy that brings together the existing resources, and creates both a workforce for today and an education system for tomorrow’s workforce.

The project would propose a Fabrication Laboratory and Medical Sciences Education Suite be made available for Lake County high school students.  These spaces would be made available for schools to offer advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) sciences not currently available in the county. 

On the program, Executive Director of the Lake County Port Authority Mark Rantala said, “This is the type of visionary forward thinking that Lake County and Ohio need to continue to create jobs and create an environment where future generations can prosper. This pilot program brings exposure to, and a deeper understanding of, viable career opportunities to the high school level, and encourages our young people to stay in Lake County.”

Representative Young stated, “There is very little we can do these days as public officials that is more important than helping our young people find viable career opportunities right here in Lake County. Lake County is blessed with extraordinary companies offering excellent long term careers.  We are also blessed with very talented and highly motivated young people ready to build a career for themselves. This incubator program is key to bringing these employers and prospective employees together by starting the career training and introductory process at the high school level. I am extremely happy that the Ohio House has approved funding for this program.”

Lake County Education Service Center Superintendent Brian Bontempo said, “This is a great opportunity for our young people and we are looking forward to providing this opportunity.  We are very appreciative of Representative Young’s efforts.”

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