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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MEDIA ADVISORY: Lehner To Announce Proposal Aimed At Keeping Children In The Classroom, Ending Cycles Of Poverty


COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) will join lawmakers and education leaders on Tuesday to announce reforms aimed at addressing cycles of poverty by helping keep students with disciplinary concerns on the path to diploma attainment. 


Lehner Announces Senate Budget That Closes Fiscal Shortfall And Protects Essential Services


“This was a very challenging budget but I feel overall that the neediest in our state have been protected and I hope that the conference committee will continue building on the work that has been done," said Lehner, who serves as a member of the Senate Finance Committee that is charged with balancing the state's two-year budget. "I am especially proud of what we were able to achieve in supporting children in drug-affected families."


Lehner Honors Oakwood High School National Academic Decathlon Champions


"It is an honor to recognize such an intelligent and gifted group of students," said Lehner. "I commend their hard work and dedication in academics and I look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the coming years." 


Lehner Joins National Experts To Present On Features Of World's Top-Performing Education Systems


"Serving on the NCSL Education Study Group has afforded me the opportunity to explore an array of best practices contributing to the world's top-performing education systems," said Lehner. "We still have much to learn, but I look forward to working with our partners and state lawmakers to implement some of these strategies aimed at maximizing educational outcomes here in Ohio."