State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) recently attended the governor’s signing of House Bill 489, companion legislation to Senate Bill 314, which will reform the Ohio Department of Development in order to continue revitalizing Ohio’s job creation efforts.

This legislation, also referred to as JobsOhio 2, will complete the transition from the Ohio Department of Development to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). The legislation will revitalize Ohio’s job creation efforts by providing essential services to JobsOhio—the state’s private, non-profit entity created through House Bill 1—including the administration and oversight of loans and tax credits that will further create and expand Ohio businesses.

JobsOhio2 also creates the Office of TourismOhio, which will be funded through a five-year pilot program that links funding for TourismOhio to the growth in sales tax revenues of tourism-related industries. The TourismOhio Advisory Board that this bill creates will include industry experts to provide guidance and support efforts to promote Ohio tourism, on which visitors spend more than $36 billion annually in Ohio.

“It was a privilege to advocate for and assist in the passage of JobsOhio 2 in the legislature and watch it be signed into law by the Governor early this week,” said Rep. Hagan. “Creating a better business climate has been a top priority during my time in the legislature. JobsOhio 2 is going to encourage businesses to invest and expand in our state, as well as boost Ohio’s invaluable tourism industry.”


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