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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Oelslager Announces Meeting Schedule For Tax Expenditure Review Committee


COLUMBUS—State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Chair of the Joint House and Senate Tax Expenditure Review Committee, today announced a meeting of the committee has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.


COLUMN: A Healthy Business Environment In Our State Means Opportunities For Ohioans


One of my priorities as your State Senator is to foster an environment in which our business communities can thrive, from the world headquarters of major companies to our local small businesses which are the backbone of Ohio’s economy. These job creators provide opportunities for Ohioans across the state.


COLUMN: Improving Ohio's Criminal Justice System, "Save The Crew" And Addressing Shared Priorities


Last week was the busiest yet in Columbus with a number of bills moving through committees and onto the Senate and House floors for votes. Not only did we celebrate March 1 as Ohio’s Statehood Day, recognizing the day in 1803 when the Ohio General Assembly met for the first time, but legislators were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes. I am excited to share some of the effective legislation my colleagues and I were able to pass as we continue to serve our Ohio citizens.


COLUMN: Protecting Victims Of Dating Violence, Neurofibromatosis Awareness And Serving Ohioans


My colleagues in the Ohio Senate and I are working hard to protect victims of dating violence and ensure that our citizens have access to domestic violence shelters to receive the care they need. Last week, I was proud to co-sponsor House Bill 1, sponsored by State Representatives Nathan Manning (R – North Ridgeville) and Emilia Sykes (D – Akron). This legislation expands Ohio law, authorizing courts to issue domestic violence protection orders to protect victims of dating violence in current or former dating relationships. Passed unanimously by members of the Ohio Senate, House Bill 1 also expands resources to provide greater access to domestic violence shelters for victims.