[HT: Strickland campaign press release]

Yesterday, Lt. Governor candidate Yvette McGee-Brown was in Akron talking about the ticket’s “City Life” urban agenda.

“Ted Strickland has worked every day to grow Ohio jobs from the bottom up – investing in education, empowering small businesses by increasing access to capital and eliminating red tape, and encouraging innovation with programs like the Third Frontier,” McGee Brown said.

“Ted and I also believe that vibrant cities are the key to kick starting our economy,” McGee Brown continued.  “That is why I am so excited that Ohio’s cities will be the center of my service as Lieutenant Governor.”

The urban agenda includes:

  • Dedicating $25 million from casino licensing fees to create the Urban Co-Op and Internship Program, which will create work opportunities in growing industries.
  • Reprioritizing grants and other state incentive programs toward business and housing developments that locate near bus and other urban transit lines to enhance public transportation opportunities.
  • Building on the successful Save the Dream campaign by signing into law House Bill 323, which would speed the recovery of foreclosed properties back into productive use.
  • Creating the Leadership Center for African American Male Achievement to give Ohio a groundbreaking educational policy, advocacy, research, and training center to recruit and graduate more African-American men from college.

McGee Brown highlighted Akron Polymer Systems as an example of a city business that has thrived under Governor Strickland’s policies.

“Ted brought programs like the Third Frontier, which has invested in more than 600 companies and brought more than 55,000 jobs to Ohio, to life in Summit County through businesses like Akron Polymer Systems,” McGee Brown said.

“Officials from South Carolina courted Akron Polymer to come to the south.  But investments through programs Third Frontier and access to top-notch research facilities like the University of Akron convinced this high-tech, high-growth business to expand operations right here in Ohio,” McGee Brown continued.

Akron Polymer Systems received a $1.27 million loan through the Third Frontier program and a six year job creation tax credit.  In order to expand operations, the company broke ground for a new headquarters in November 2009, with a pledge to create between 40 and 50 jobs. [Crain’s Cleveland Business, 11/30/2009]

And now, we go to the Kasich-Taylor campaign to see their urban agenda:

Ted Strickland never talks about his record.

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