State Officials Join Regional Leaders in Promoting Economic, Workforce Development
SANDUSKY -- State officials put a regional spin on economic and workforce development Tuesday in a series of roundtable discussions in advance of Gov. John Kasich's seventh "State of the State" address -- this one at the Sandusky State Theatre.
Administration officials including Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison, Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) Director Jacqueline Williams, Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) Director Joe Testa, and Business Services Division Chief Daryl Hennessy of the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) provided a broad overview of agency functions at a Seneca County panel discussion in the town of Bellevue.
"There is great breadth and depth to the responsibilities that we have," Williams said of DOC in a comment that could have applied to the several executive departments represented.
Hennessy said communities within a stone's throw of Lake Erie are an important part of the $42 billion in economic activity attributed annually to Ohio tourism, one of the primary responsibilities of DSA.
State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Chancellor John Carey of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), Director Cynthia Dungey of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), and Director Ryan Burgess of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation followed in joint presentation with local education and economic development leaders at Perkins High School in Sandusky, where students and teachers shared about project-based learning (PBL) focused on career development, drone technology and robotics.
Also in attendance were Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) and Reps. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), Michael Henne (R-Clayton) and Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek).
Speakers pointed to the need for students and workers to embrace the workforce of the future.
"Our economy is changing. We're moving from a goods based economy to a service based economy," Burgess said, noting market forecasts that suggest nearly half of all Ohio jobs will be "computered-out" over the next decade.
"None of us knows what's coming next. We just know it's going to be different," Dungey added.
Local officials including Perkins School Superintendent Jodie Hausmann and Dean Andrew Kurtz of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Firelands Campus acknowledged the need for educators, business people, and economic development officials across Ohio to adopt the administration's goal of 65 percent adult attainment of post-secondary education credentials by 2025.
Story originally published in The Hannah Report on April 4, 2017. Copyright 2017 Hannah News Service, Inc.