Retaining and growing Ohio’s existing workforce is essential if we want to meet the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.  Entrepreneurs right here in Ohio have made significant job contributions and it is exciting to partner with them to continue our state’s workforce success.
Innovation drives productivity and economic growth, which work together to create stable, Ohio jobs.  We need to continue to do what we can to encourage companies and manufacturers that are making efforts to develop their workforce. 
At the Statehouse, one of our main focuses is workforce training and education, which is why I am proud to highlight the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program.  This program will direct dollars to employee training and encourage employers to upgrade the skills of the incumbent workforce.  The dollars will be by way of reimbursement to eligible employers in conjunction with private sources to fund skill-upgrade training.  Employers will demonstrate how workforce training has wide-ranging impacts and will boost competitiveness. 
Overall, the state is investing $27 million dollars into this unique public-private partnership.  Eligible employers will be able to receive a maximum of $250,000.  The program is awarding dollars on a first come, first serve basis.  To receive more information on how to apply, please visit  You can also call the Office of Strategic Business Investments in the Development Services Agency at (800) 848-1300 or e-mail
The manufacturing industry is one of the most important drivers of economic growth.  Ohio’s strength is dependent on the development of this industry and the companies that grow around it.  None of this positive growth can be done without the workers and their production of quality goods.  Let’s continue to educate and train our workers so we can stay ahead of the curve to ensure Ohio’s long-term success.   

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Statewide Investment, Local Impact


I am proud of this fiscally responsible statewide budget, but I am equally as proud of the positive, direct impact it will have on Stark County.