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13August

DeWine ‘Prosperity Plan’ Focuses on Workforce Training

Mike DeWine has rolled out an “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that he bills as better preparing the state’s workforce for in-demand jobs while creating incentives to encourage economic development.

Ohio’s attorney general and Republican candidate for governor provided the details of his plan at Nehemiah Manufacturing Co. in Cincinnati on Monday morning, with a follow-up announcement set for later in the day at the Dawson Career Center in Columbus.

“The most-important thing that our state’s leaders can do is make Ohio the kind of place where Ohioans have the opportunity to get good-paying jobs, provide for their families, save for a good education, have a sound retirement and live their own version of the American Dream,” DeWine said in a statement.

DeWine said he would provide training to more people to help them gain the skills needed for jobs in growing industries.

He would create regional job-training partnerships with businesses, educators and community leaders and lobby the federal government to remove red tape attached to job-training dollars in favor of local decision-making.

The candidate said he also would upgrade OhioMeansJobs.com to connect people with businesses in their fields of interest and partner with companies and colleges to provide more certificates involving high-tech jobs.

DeWine also would create “opportunity zones” for distressed communities to help attract private investment and change state law to better align with the federal tax cut legislation to capture its benefits.

Allowing researchers at Ohio universities to own the intellectual property they create would attract more talent and research investment as well, DeWine said.

The attorney general also wants to work with the private sector to expand broadband access in under-served areas and forbid any state regulation that negatively impacts job creation, beyond health and safety measures…

Read the full article from the Columbus Dispatch here.