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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Gov. Kasich's State of the State Address

JESSICA BORZA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MAHONING VALLEY MANUFACTURERS COALITION

“The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition believes that workforce development is the single most critical issue facing industry in Ohio today. We believe strongly that industry must engage with education providers in meaningful ways, and we appreciate the Governor’s efforts to better connect business and education.”

 

ROGER GEIGER, VP/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NFIB OHIO

“We appreciate Gov. Kasich’s efforts to make Ohio’s workforce among the best in the nation. Workforce development is a critical issue for small business owners in Ohio. NFIB members across the state relay to us the good paying open positions they have available for skilled workers. It is imperative that Ohio provides the skills needed to the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow. An investment like this today pays dividends in the future for Ohio’s economic growth.”

 

TRACY JEMISON, PRESIDENT, GEAUGA GROWTH PARTNERSHIP, INC.

“As an organization that works everyday on workforce development we are very pleased to see Governor Kasich emphasizing the need for work based learning for our students. There are many rewarding and successful careers in manufacturing that do not require a college degree. Providing a work based education assures that when our students graduate from High School they have the skills needed to be employed.”

 

TOM HUMPHRIES, CHAMBER PRESIDENT AND CEO, YOUNGSTOWN WARREN REGIONAL

“We’re pleased to see that the governor continues to make education, from P to 20, a cornerstone of his policies. We have already initiated programs here to address workforce needs, so naturally we welcome opportunities to work with the state to expand our initiatives.”

 

GEORGE WOOD, SUPERINTENDENT, FEDERAL HOCKING LOCAL SCHOOLS

“Having young people learn in real-life settings can complement classroom instruction and give our students the opportunities to build meaningful relationships with adults in the community.” 

 

DAVID WYNN, SITE DIRECTOR, BASF CORPORATION / GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE WORKFORCE BOARD MEMBER

“I welcomed the Governor’s comments in support of stronger collaboration between Educators and local Business…working together in this way occurs regularly in communities throughout the state today.  Teachers are one of the most powerful influences in the lives of their students, and when we equip them with the local, real-world examples of career opportunities available to students, we will be successful in meeting Ohio’s critical workforce needs.”

 

DR. ANDRE MACHADO, NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE CHAIRMAN, CLEVELAND CLINIC

“The Governor's investment in the Third Frontier Program is the right approach for finding new solutions to this very serious problem. Research is always the right way to seek new solutions to complex problems. By allocating research dollars to pain research via the Third Frontier, the Governor will drive the State to be the national leader in this area, solving a key healthcare problem for the whole country. We look forward to being a partner in the fight against chronic pain and opiate abuse.”

 

GARY LINDGREN, PRESIDENT, CINCINNATI BUSINESS COMMITTEE

“We shouldn’t presume to think we’ve found every idea for battling the addiction epidemic, so bringing the innovation resources of the Third Frontier to the battle is creative and appropriate.  Helping Ohio use its ample research capacities to identify innovate ideas for tough problems fits well into Third Frontier’s mission. I look forward to supporting this effort and seeing what new ideas come from it.  Addiction is impacting every corner of Ohio and it’s our shared responsibility to join the fight against it.”

 

MARCIE SEIDEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DRUG FREE ACTION ALLIANCE

“While Ohio’s leadership has taken a hard-hitting, proactive approach against the opiate epidemic, this complex disease continues to devastate lives, families and communities.  We applaud Governor Kasich’s call to dedicate $20 million from the Third Frontier to foster innovative research and develop pioneering approaches to the eradication of the opiate crisis.”

 

DR. SHELDON RETCHIN, CEO, WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER

“America and Ohio are facing one of the biggest public health epidemics: the abuse of and dependence on opioid medications. Governor Kasich's proposed funding to combat the problem of opioid addiction is applauded and welcomed by everyone. This epidemic has ravaged entirely too many Ohio families and communities. The Governor’s leadership is a vital component in this national effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate the destructive impact of addiction.
 

The Governor’s devotion to solving this problem is underscored by his recognition of the role mental health issues play in this crisis.  We all recognize that high rates of addiction have a devastating impact on jobs, appropriate housing, and educational opportunities.” 

 

SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN, CO-CHAIR, NO LABELS

“It’s easy for politicians to fan the flames of division. It’s hard to bring people together. In his State of the State of the State speech today, John Kasich did the hard thing and reminded us what real political leadership looks like. His message—that our warring political parties must find a way to common ground—is one that No Labels has been advocating for some time. But Gov. Kasich provided a renewed urgency and a powerful argument for reviving the lost art of bipartisanship. Although Gov. Kasich was speaking to his constituents in Ohio, I sincerely hope leaders in Congress and in the White House heed his call to action.”

 

FALON DONOHUE, CEO, VENTUREOHIO

“Every day we see that Ohio is the place to be. Exits are increasing in size, corporations are leaning in, venture dollars are flowing, talented graduates are remaining in the state, and emerging startups are scaling quickly, positioning Ohio to create the next big thing in the next best location.” 

 

MIKE VENERABLE, PRESIDENT, CINCYTECH

“We applaud Gov. Kasich’s focus on keeping Ohio ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. CincyTech's portfolio of investments have attracted more than $500 million of outside institutional and strategic investment. These companies represent a broad range of innovations, some sourced at research institutions like Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati, and others from innovative founders in the community. Investors are increasingly voting with their capital on Ohio-sourced innovation and Ohio-based innovative companies. Our companies benefit from a growing cohort of technology workers who value innovation for the value it brings. Practical applications of increasingly important concepts like virtual/augmented reality, Internet-of-things, machine learning and autonomous devices define our latest cohort of investments.”

 

KATHRYN BROD, PRESIDENT AND CEO, LEADING AGE OHIO

“Ohio is a national leader in transitioning individuals from institutional settings back into the community. We appreciate Governor Kasich’s commitment to Ohioans and look forward to continuing to work with his team to help even more individuals receive care in the place they call home.”

 

RANDY RUNYON, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

“We commend Governor Kasich’s commitment and action to fight the drug epidemic here in Ohio and applaud his continued support of those struggling with addiction through his support of Medicaid.”

 

LISA HAMLER-FUGITT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OHIO ASSOCIATION OF FOODBANKS

“Throughout his tenure, Governor Kasich has consistently demonstrated a recognition of the serious issues of hunger, poor health outcomes and poverty in our state and a commitment to supporting effective solutions to those issues. Our statewide network of food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, faith-based organizations and other hunger relief agencies work day in and day out to make sure their neighbors and friends don’t go hungry. But we couldn’t live out our missions without the strong support and leadership of a variety of sectors, from corporations to individual donors to government. Governor Kasich has spurred Ohio to be a leader in preventing hunger amongst our most vulnerable residents, and we couldn’t be more grateful for his leadership and partnership throughout his terms as governor. For every child that has received meals during the summer when school is out, for every senior that has gained access to fresh produce and lean protein, for every working parent that can sleep easier at night knowing there’s food for their children at home, we are grateful. It takes every one of us, from all walks of life, to eradicate the blight of hunger and poverty in our communities. We look forward to implementing a comprehensive approach to hunger relief in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly and as a final testament to Governor Kasich’s legacy in fighting hunger in Ohio.”

 

ALEX FISCHER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, COLUMBUS PARTNERSHIP

“It was both refreshing and exciting to hear Governor Kasich challenge our state to aggressively stay ahead of the curve in a fast-changing world. In Columbus, we learned early on about the value of leading the way with new technologies. Today we are demonstrating to cities across the country how to implement autonomous, connected and electric vehicles into a smart transportation network. This world will look nothing like we know it now, and we are committed to working with Governor Kasich and his administration to embrace the future with new investments and forward-looking policies.”

 

ANDY DOEHREL PRESIDENT AND CEO, OHIO CHAMBER

“We agree with Gov. Kasich. Let’s please get this municipal tax burden lightened. The Ohio Chamber echoes the appeal Gov. Kasich made last night to pass municipal tax reform so we can, in fact, help these businesses.”

 

JILL P. MEYER, PRESIDENT & CEO, CINCINNATI USA REGIONAL CHAMBER

“The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber applauds Governor Kasich’s attention to the jobs of the future and a diversifying economy in the State of the State address. Preparing a workforce that is equipped with the skills needed to fill the jobs that are, and will be, available is imperative to business growth for companies of all sizes.”

 

GREG LAWSON, SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE

“The Buckeye Institute applauds Governor Kasich for acknowledging the need to keep the pedal to the medal to keep the job climate improving. He is right we need to keep spending in check and need to reform the worst municipal income tax in the entire nation.”