State Representative Mike Dovilla (R–Berea) today announced he will be hosting the 18th District Jobs Summit in Strongsville on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Invited participants include small business owners, public employee union representatives, members of the construction and building trades, local elected officials, and other interested stakeholders.

“My top priority in the Ohio legislature is creating an environment that will allow businesses to flourish and create jobs,” said Dovilla. “To see our economy become strong once again, we must ensure the more than 3,000 small businesses throughout the 18th District have the tools they need to engage in the robust economic development that will return Ohio to prosperity. Our Jobs Summit will identify actions we can pursue to make Ohio more competitive and place the state back on a path to prosperity.”

Since January 2011, the Ohio legislature has enacted numerous measures to reduce taxes and regulations, eliminate an $8 billion deficit, hold state government accountable, and strengthen public education. These actions have already resulted in the creation or retention of more than 82,000 jobs, compared to 400,000 lost jobs over the previous four year period.

“I believe Ohioans are tired of partisan bickering and the ‘blame game’ that pits citizens and sectors of our economy against one another,” stated Dovilla. “Good public policy is produced by elected officials who are fully accountable to their constituents. We must engage in common sense initiatives, working in concert with one another to develop real world solutions to real world problems. As a solution-oriented listener, I am committed to working with everyone who wishes to have a productive, results-driven conversation about how we can all work together to create jobs and build a bright future for Ohio.”

In the first year of his term, Representative Dovilla has introduced ten bills that focus on his policy priorities of creating jobs, strengthening public education, protecting senior citizens, and advocating for veterans. His legislation includes House Bill 144, which simplifies the process for small businesses to incorporate and locate important information on Ohio’s online small business portal; House Bill 258, which provides a tax credit for individuals obtaining a bachelor’s degree or attaining journeyman status in the construction and building trades; and House Bill 331, which creates the Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council to attract and retain jobs in the technology sector.


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