With 2012 well underway, Ohio's economic resurgence continues to move ahead. January saw our state's unemployment rate drop to 8.1 percent - significantly lower than the 9.5 percent figure in December 2010. While unemployment in our state remains too high, it has become evident that we are moving in the right direction. In just a single year, Ohio has experience a net gain of 43,500 new, full-time jobs. At the start of 2011, we were a stagnant 48th out of 50 states in terms of job creation. Now, a rejuvenated Ohio is ranked 9th and has become the top job creator among Midwestern states. Much of this success can be attributed to a measure that was passed just a year ago. House Bill 1 of the 129th General Assembly laid the framework for JobsOhio, a new non-profit entity that combines public resources with expertise from the business world. Though still in its early stages, this new public-private partnership has already been credited with creating or retaining over 82,000 jobs across the state. Additionally, the program's 245 projects have brought $3.2 billion worth of new capital investment to Ohio. Southwest Ohio and the 6th Senate District are helping to lead this innovative new approach to economic development. Montgomery County is currently home to thirteen of these projects. Together, they have combined for more than 540 new jobs and the retention of nearly 2,000 existing positions. Clearly, investors and entrepreneurs are eyeing our region and recognizing the talent and promise that the area offers. The road to lasting recovery certainly is a long one, but innovative new approaches like JobsOhio have us moving along toward a more prosperous future. Just as the start of the year brings about new beginnings, it must also welcome new ideas and approaches. With that said, it is more important than ever before that I hear your thoughts on how to rebuild Ohio's economy, and I welcome you to contact me should you wish to share your concerns. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-4538, through email at SD6@senate.state.oh.us, or by writing me at State Senator Peggy Lehner, One Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas regarding Ohio's future. -30Senator Lehner represents Ohio's 6th Senate District which includes a portion of Montgomery County. She currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Education Committee.
Senator Lehner represents Ohio's 6th Senate District which includes a portion of Montgomery County. She currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Education Committee.
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Lehner Announces Opportunity For Young Professionals Interested In State Government


"Legislative fellows are given a unique opportunity to work side by side with legislators, policy stakeholders and other influential state leaders," said Lehner. "This is an invaluable experience, and for many fellows it opens the door to a lifelong career in public service."


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"Ohio's competitiveness is inextricably linked to increasing the number of Ohioans with a college degree or credential," said Lehner. 


ADVISORY: Lehner To Highlight Importance Of Connecting The Dots From "Cradle-to-Career"


State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, January 31 at 1:00 p.m.—as part of a day-long forum focused on education and career readiness—to discuss highlights of the "data walk" held in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium at 11:30 a.m. 


Lehner Introduces SAFE Act, Keeping Kids In The Classroom


“Schools want to cut down the number of suspensions and expulsions,” said Senator Lehner.