Join us in welcoming Lt. Governor Jon Husted at our Special Edition Focus on Business Lunch on May 1st. The Lt. Governor leads the Administration’s efforts related to the Office of Workforce Transformation, the Common Sense Initiative, and Innovate Ohio. What do all of these initiatives have to do with business?
Office of Workforce Transformation
The Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT) identifies business needs, aligns training to meet those needs, and connects businesses and workers to build a dynamically skilled, productive, and purposeful workforce. From the 2019 Talent Summit to the Chamber-led Toledo Region Academic & Industry Network, the Chamber works hard to lead the charge to attract and retain talent in the region. However, what is being done in Columbus through OWT will have a direct impact on making the Toledo region the preferred place for diverse talent.
Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) reviews business-impacting rules, helps businesses navigate regulatory obstacles, and leads initiatives to improve Ohio’s regulatory climate. Since its launch in 2011, CSI has reviewed nearly 15,000 state agency regulations and has identified 60 percent of those regulations as potential obstacles to Ohio businesses. All of those identified regulations were either amended or rescinded. In the Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda, we believe that local governments should incorporate the principles of Ohio’s CSI into their own decision making and that factors such as the cost and ease of compliance and the potential for duplicative or unenforceable regulations should be considered when reviewing proposed or updated ordinances and regulations.
Innovate Ohio is a new initiative working to make state government a more effective and efficient leader in using technology to improve customer service and save tax dollars. Some of the stated goals are to create the SmartOhio Operating System, improve procurement, modernize paper-to-digital records, and create an advisory council of business and technology leaders to advise the administration on how the state can improve customer service.
Register today to learn about these activities and how you can be part of the solution for our region.