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“There will come a day when Ohio will be the undisputed home of advanced energy. A day when we will have cast off those two tired little words that have been used to put us down. Rust Belt. Because that?s not who we are. A day when the iconic image of the Texas oil rig will be eclipsed by the Ohio-made wind turbine and solar panel.“
I believe in Ohio because we have laid the foundation for growth and a thriving middle class. I believe in Ohio ? unconditionally.
But we must not lose sight of the fact that many of our people are hurting right now.
The wake of the Wall Street crisis has knocked over banks, and mortgage lenders and pension plans, and companies in every sector of the economy; leaving us in the midst of the worst economic collapse in generations.
People who have worked hard all their lives and who may have never bought a stock or a bond, and certainly never traded collateralized debt, were hit by a storm of greed they didn?t cause, they didn?t contribute to, and they would never have benefited from ? but for which they must now repair the damage.
In Stark County last year, 835 people applied for one job opening as a janitor at a junior high school.
835 people. Scrambling for one job.
One man told the local newspaper that getting the job would be like ?winning the lottery.?
I want to say something to the 834 people who applied for that job and didn?t get it. I want to say something to every person in Ohio who is unemployed or under-employed: I am fighting for you.
I can?t say it will be today. I can?t say it will be easy. But we are going to fix this thing.
And you have my word on this: I will move heaven and earth to create jobs in Ohio, and I will not rest until it?s done.
Because the state of the state is unyielding.
Unyielding in the face of the global economic turmoil. Unyielding in the face of budget cuts and job loss. Unyielding in the knowledge that we are more than our challenges. And unyielding in the belief that Ohio will always be not just our home but our hope.
I believe in Ohio because we may have been dealt a tough hand, but we are going to do what Ohioans have always done ? we?ll play it to win.
When I took office Ohio had the nation?s weakest advanced energy standard for electricity production. Today, Ohio has the nation?s seventh most aggressive standard.
In 2007, not one drop of ethanol was produced in Ohio. Today, four ethanol facilities in Ohio are producing 295 million gallons annually.
In renewable and advanced energy manufacturing projects, Ohio now ranks first among the 50 states.
The Council of State Governments scoured the nation to tally the total number of new green jobs created last year. And what did they find? Ohio ranks first.
Two years ago, Ohio was one of the first states to respond to the international economic crisis with a bipartisan jobs bill that made key investments in several high growth industries, including a 150 million dollar commitment to advanced energy.
And now Quasar Energy Group is building an anaerobic digester in Franklin County. The facility will keep waste product from farms, food companies and elsewhere out of landfills and transform it into fuel and fertilizer.
In Shelby County, Wayne Trail Technologies is creating a better battery for hybrid vehicles.
Aided by our jobs bill, energy projects like these are in the works all across Ohio.
DuPont officials testified two years ago that they would not expand their Circleville plant because their electrical service wasn?t dependable. But just last week, DuPont announced a 175 million dollar investment to retool a facility that once made components for VCR tapes into one that will make film for solar panels. The company credits our energy reforms with making Ohio a better place for them to do business.
During Strickland’s State of the State Address he announced a number of new policies designed to promote job creation today, unlike Kasich’s who (apparently) cannot even say that his tax repeal plan will be in place by 2020 anymore. Here are some of the new job-creating policies the Governor announced today:
Accelerating Ohio?s Advanced Energy Economy to Create Jobs
Ohio has emerged as a leader in the advanced energy sector because of Governor Strickland?s strategic, targeted investments and aggressive energy plan, SB 221, to develop the energy industry in Ohio. Ohio?s advanced energy companies are investing in Ohio, growing and creating jobs. Ohio is ranked #1 in new green jobs created last year and #1 in renewable and advanced energy manufacturing projects.
The Governor?s 2010 agenda builds on this foundation by:
Establishing the Energy Gateway Fund, a $40 million commitment of state and federal stimulus funds to grow and sustain fuel cell, solar, wind, and energy storage industries. The fund will offer capital to advanced energy companies with products ready for the commercial market. And we will at least double the impact of the investments by requiring a minimum dollar-for-dollar match from private funds ? supporting long-term industry growth in Ohio.
Enhancing Ohio?s competitiveness to attract wind and solar facilities by eliminating Ohio?s tangible personal property tax on generation for wind and solar facilities that begin construction in 2010, produce energy by 2012, and create Ohio jobs.
Branding Ohio ?America?s Energy Gateway? and showcasing Ohio?s position in renewable energy to visitors at Ohio Turnpike service plazas in Williams and Mahoning counties and future ODOT projects.
Supporting Entrepreneurs and Businesses to Innovate, Compete and Create Jobs
Ohio business taxes are the lowest in the Midwest. And by seeing the 2005 tax reforms through, the Strickland Administration has provided Ohioans with the largest tax cut in modern state history. The Strickland Administration continues to make strategic, targeted investments in growing industries ? bioscience, agriculture and bioproducts, aerospace, logistics, insurance and financial services ? and to support our small and minority businesses. Ohio is the only state where exports have grown each year since 1998. And Governor Strickland has made education the cornerstone of Ohio?s plan for long-term economic growth and success.
The Governor?s 2010 agenda builds on this foundation by:
Renewing the Successful Third Frontier Program, which has created 48,000 jobs for Ohioans and leveraged more than $6.6 billion in outside investments.
Addressing the credit crunch by creating the Small Business Growth Partnership, a business-lending clearinghouse to help small businesses find the working capital they need to grow their businesses and create jobs. Because lack of access to capital is the single greatest factor inhibiting economic recovery, the Strickland administration and State Treasurer Kevin Boyce are working with lenders to establish a working capital jobs fund, a public-private partnership to establish a new, dedicated source for business working capital.
Establishing Insource Ohio, an effort between the state and Ohio companies currently outsourcing or considering outsourcing to demonstrate how our workforce can meet their needs within a business model that remains competitive.
Developing a groundbreaking agreement between Cincinnati-based P&G and the University System of Ohio aimed at strengthening research collaborations between our university faculty and students and P&G. This initiative will turn innovative ideas into economic development and new jobs in Ohio. The governor also charged the Ohio Auto Industry Support Council with building a similar network between Ohio?s manufacturers and the cutting-edge research going on in Ohio.
Implementing the Regulatory Reform Fast TRAC at the Ohio Department of Transportation to accelerate funding and final approval for Ohio?s most promising job-creating transportation projects. The state will dedicate $100 million in cost savings to these Fast TRAC projects, putting more Ohioans to work building roads, repairing bridges and making Ohio move.
Expanding Cleveland?s Jumpstart Program to a pilot project to assist high-potential minority owned firms in developing business plans for sustained growth and in accessing venture capital in 21 Northeast Ohio counties.
Expanding Education, Training and Job Opportunities for Ohio Workers
Ohio?s workforce is second-to-none and Governor Strickland intends to keep it that way. Since 2007, the state helped train more than 140,000 Ohioans and improved job-training efforts to match workers with jobs that are hard to outsource in high-growth industry sectors. Enrollment to community colleges has grown 23 percent over the last three years and 65,591 more Ohioans are enrolled in our public colleges and universities than in 2006.
The Governor?s 2010 agenda builds on this foundation by:
Establishing Build Your Own Business, a statewide expansion of the highly successful program at Lorain County Community College where they offer business training and support to budding small business people ? and where 60 of the 62 businesses they have mentored are succeeding. Through a partnership with Ohio?s Small Business Development Centers, state community colleges and adult career centers, the state will offer unemployed Ohioans courses and training on starting a business, and the opportunity to work with business mentors and access small start-up loans of up to $5,000.
Creating a Manufacturing Certificate that manufacturing workers can obtain to show employers their full range of job skills and experience. This official credential can also be used to earn credit toward additional job training and education.
And working with the legislature to prioritize casino license revenue toward workforce development programs that work. The governor is asking the legislature to consider:
Implementing Ohio?s Co-op Internship program to give college students an opportunity to get invaluable experience in their field and encourage our young people to stay and build their lives in Ohio.
Continuing support for the Ohio Workforce Guarantee program that averts layoffs and spurs business expansion by providing training resources to companies.
Creating the Urban Workforce Initiative to provide incentives for Ohio companies to immediately put unemployed workers from our urban centers back to work.
Revitalizing our Cities and Rural Economies to Create Jobs
Ohio is home to proud, world-class cities and small rural and farming communities, each with their own economic identities. Acknowledging that the success of Ohio rests on the growth of our cities and rural communities, the governor?s State of the State lays out strategic investments to move both forward:
Establishing Hubs of Innovation and Opportunity in Ohio?s Largest Cities. The state will provide planning money and development assistance to further build connections between industry strengths anchored in Ohio?s urban cores and their surrounding regions.
Urging legislative action on three Compact with Ohio Cities Task Force recommendations:
- Authorize the Creation of Transportation Innovation Authorities (TIAs), a new and unique tool for regional cooperation between the public and private sectors on significant transportation investments, like intermodal facilities, roadway and bridge projects, public transit-oriented development, light rail or intercity rail.
- Expand Cuyahoga County?s successful pilot Land Banks program by allowing local and state governments to take ownership of vacant land parcels in order to make them available for future productive use.
- Pass a comprehensive bill to reduce foreclosures and assist Ohio homeowners.
Launching the Ohio Neighborhood Harvest to do a better job getting Ohio-grown and raised foods onto the dinner tables of Ohio families. Ohioans spend about $43 billion every year on food, but only 3 percent of that spending goes to products from Ohio farms. This program will improve access to Ohio-grown products, ensure that people in every neighborhood have access to affordable, healthy food, and help boost our rural economies.
Aggressively Pursue the Construction of a Biorefinery, building on Ohio?s agricultural output, knowledge and ideal location for the development of a biorefinery, which converts farm output into food, fuel and biopolymers. Just about any product made today from petroleum-based plastic ? toothbrushes, cell phones, printer cartridges ? can be made from biopolymers.
Again, Governor Strickland is talking about what state government can do immediately to improve the jobs picture, while his opponent is stumbling over how many decades after he’s gone it will take to implement his policy.