The Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee held a hearing yesterday in Salem at the Kent State University Salem branch, focused primarily on rural development.


“I was honored to host the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in Columbiana County,” said Rep. Ginter. “First, I would like to thank Chairman Brian Hill and Speaker Clifford Rosenberger for this opportunity to show committee members about the rural development that is occurring in Columbiana County. I also appreciate all of the state representatives who traveled so far to see the beauty and development within our district. Finally, the day would not have been such a success without the assistance of Commissioner Halleck and our gracious hosts. Thank you to everyone who helped make the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee feel at home in Columbiana County.”


Among the organizations that testified before the bipartisan panel were Century Link, the Ohio Gas Association, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, and the Ohio Rural Electric Cooperative. 


“We heard a wide variety of testimony regarding rural development that will benefit us as we move forward on this important issue,” said Rep. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville), who chairs the committee. “The testimony covered the ways that rural land can be used to improve the economy and bring jobs to rural communities.”


Following the summer hearings, the committee will issue a report of its findings, testimony, and recommendations that will be available to the public and will guide future legislative action in these areas.


This was the third of five summer hearings the committee will be holding throughout the state. The next committee hearing will be held September 3rd in Preble County.

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