For the past 16 months, the number one priority for my colleagues and me in the State Legislature has been job creation and improving Ohio's business climate. While we still have much more to accomplish, we are encouraged by the job growth so far. Last year, the Ohio General Assembly created JobsOhio, a new aggressive approach toward job creation which has been successful in creating and retaining more than 80,000 jobs in Ohio. We recently approved legislation that enables the Ohio Department of Development to adjust their mission to better support JobsOhio and create their new agency role in state economic development efforts by renaming the office the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA). This modified state agency will work in conjunction with JobsOhio. In addition, in 2011 lawmakers instituted the Common Sense Initiative, which reviews Ohio's regulatory system to eliminate excessive and duplicative rules that stand in the way of job creation. We are working each and every day to make Ohio a jobs and business-friendly state because we know that excessive, duplicative and costly business regulations can put Ohioans out of work. Along with the transition to DSA, new tools were developed to streamline the state loan approval process for businesses who want to invest in Ohio. Currently, state-supported loans must be reviewed by two state boards. Requiring double approval is redundant and slows the process. Under new provisions, DSA will be able to go straight to the state Controlling Board, thus allowing loans to close faster, better serving companies and allowing DSA to move at the speed of today's market. We've made adjustments to improve the InvestOhio Program as well as the Captial Access Program and Minority Business Loan Program. All of these are critical to helping our small businesses grow and create jobs. We are also currently discussing legislation that would extend the ability of local government to create enterprise zones - which enable local officials to negotiate with businesses to encourage new business investments and job growth. Efforts such as these are why Ohio is now #1 in the Midwest for job creation. Our state was also recently awarded the Governor Cup Award for leading the nation in new and expansion projects in 2011. Additionally, our economic improvement has led all the major credit ratings agencies - Moody's, Fitch's and Standard & Poor's - to upgrade Ohio's credit outlook to "stable." These rankings are welcome news, as they mean Ohio is in a good position for the future. Whether we are working to improve economic development initiatives or supporting community development programs, the state legislature will continue to be responsive to the needs of the citizens of Ohio. I welcome your thoughts and opinions on any of the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-8072, by e-mail at Coley@ohiosenate.gov or by writing State Senator Bill Coley, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.
Senator Coley represents the 4th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Butler County. For more information, please visit www.ohiosenate.gov/bill-coley.
 
 
 
  
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