October 2nd Is National Manufacturing Day
A Guest Column by State Senator Scott Oelslager
October 02, 2015
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Energizing the industrial sector of our economy is essential if we want to get Ohioans working and keep Ohioans working.  The manufacturing industry is one of the most important drivers of economic growth in Ohio.  Advancements seem to be occurring at the speed of light and we must do all that we can to help our local manufacturers adapt and compete in the global economy. 

October 2nd is National Manufacturing Day and a great opportunity to highlight how Ohio continues to partner with manufacturers to address skilled labor shortages, connect with future generations, and collaborate on the most cutting-edge technology. 

As Chairman of the Senate Finance committee, I have had the privilege of working closely on the last two state biennial budgets, which made growing jobs and the economy a priority.  The most recent budget, HB 64, gave nearly $2 billion in tax cuts to Ohioans and made significant investments in education and job training.  Ohio’s unemployment rate is low and we have added tens of thousands of jobs to the workforce – holding our title as the number one job creator in the Midwest.  This is all good news and we are headed the right direction, but our efforts continue as we must stay ahead of the curve. 

We’ve streamlined state and local efforts to match job seekers with work.  All 90 one-stop job centers in Ohio are linked with OhioMeansJobs.com and there are currently about 180,000 job openings.  This statewide database is available to employers and those seeking employment.

In partnership with Ohiomeansjobs.com, the state of Ohio offers the Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program.  The state will provide direct financial reimbursement to eligible employers for specific training costs accrued.  The program's funding will be used in conjunction with private contributions to fund skill-upgrade training.  If the state of Ohio can offset a portion of the employer's costs to upgrade the skills of its incumbent workforce, while at that same time improve the company’s competitiveness, it is a win-win for everyone.  

Companies who are expanding their workforce or improving their technology also have great resources here in Ohio.  The award-winning TechGROWTH Ohio is working hard every day to connect entrepreneurs with the right tools to fund early-stage technology companies.  This outstanding program puts together a package of tailored incentives so businesses can develop and grow Ohio’s high-tech economy.

On October 1st, 1959, “With God All Things are Possible” became the state of Ohio motto at the recommendation of 12-year old James Mastronardo.  Now, today, fifty-six years later, this motto still inspires, gives us hope, and awakes our dreams.  I hope that manufacturers will look at Ohio, see this hopeful spirit and recognize, like me, that Ohio is a great place to live, work and raise a family. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns about the matters we are discussing at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-0626, by e-mail at Oelslager@OhioSenate.gov or by writing State Senator Scott Oelslager, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. 

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