Gov. DeWine is a Partner in Ohio Economic Development
As is the case for Ohio and as you all know, the most successful economic development efforts can be directly attributed to the assembly of a talented, highly cohesive and cross-functional team. Earlier this year, our statewide economic development network gained two engaged and energetic advocates in Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. Both are already passionate about being involved.
On just their third day in office, Gov. DeWine and Lt. Gov. Husted attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to speak to automakers. Given the importance of both the automotive and manufacturing industries in Ohio, the mission was to let companies and stakeholders know Ohio’s commitment to strengthening existing relationships and initiating new ones.
Last month, Gov. DeWine, along with JobsOhio and several network partners, represented Ohio at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, where the U.S. Department of Commerce introduces international companies to job-creating economic investment opportunities. Held in Washington, D.C., the team met with executives and dignitaries from around the world about opportunities in Ohio.
And on SelectUSA’s main stage, Gov. DeWine was joined by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and chief investment officer; and Antonio Pagano, CEO of Modula Inc. Together they announced Italy-based Modula’s new $26.5 million investment in Ohio, which would create 100 jobs. In front of global business leaders, the governor explained that this investment “demonstrates how our state’s people, diverse industry strength and location can support innovative companies’ efforts to expand in the North American market.”
Gov. DeWine continues to show immense interest in remaining an active partner in advancing Ohio’s economic development. In addition to numerous development goals, his administration is focused in particular on improving workforce training and worker opportunities, increasing broadband coverage, and maintaining the strength of Ohio’s military and aerospace sectors.
Most importantly, this administration understands that economic development happens at the local level. Your hard work and dedication to the mission is recognized by international and local companies alike, and helps keep Ohio communities thriving. With Gov. DeWine’s voice at the national level and your voices in our communities, Ohio will continue to be a highly attractive location for job creators. On behalf of the JobsOhio family, we sincerely thank you for your commitment and teamwork.
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