Ohio DSA will assist job creation efforts, help businesses expand

Today, State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Twp.) was joined by Governor John Kasich, fellow Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea), and state, local and business leaders in a press conference to announce the signing of Senate Bill 314, which will reform the Ohio Department of Development in order to continue revitalizing Ohio’s job creation efforts.

The press conference, held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, announced the transition from the Ohio Department of Development to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). The ODSA will revitalize Ohio’s job creation efforts by providing essential services to JobsOhio, including the administration and oversight of loans and tax credits that will further create and expand Ohio businesses.

“Today we have reaffirmed our commitment to establishing an environment that allows Ohioans and businesses to thrive,” said Rep. Hagan, who sponsored the companion legislation, House Bill 489, with Rep. Dovilla. “This is just one of the ways we have reformed and improved Ohio’s government structure to help put Ohioans back to work and make our business climate more conducive to growth. I’m pleased that the legislature supported this bipartisan measure that will help put us back on track toward success.”

The legislation 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.

“Ohio tourism brings in more than $36 billion annually and accounts for 439,000 jobs in our state,” said Rep. Hagan. “I’m pleased that the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, and governor have passed this legislation that shows our continued commitment to improving the way we market our state and bring in revenue. The transition to the ODSA and the creation of TourismOhio are both promising investments for Ohio that will help create jobs in numerous ways.”

Senate Bill 314 had passed with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.


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