COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) last week appointed State Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) to the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee.
Established in House Bill 122, the committee is charged with studying the features, benefits and challenges of establishing regional economic development alliances and partnerships between Ohio communities.
"I am honored to be chosen for this committee as it aligns with one of my top priorities as a legislator— creating a better environment for business and job growth," said McColley. "I look forward to working together to find more ways to attract and retain businesses in the Buckeye State."
Before becoming a legislator, Senator McColley served in the Community Improvement Corporation of Henry County, where he oversaw economic development efforts for the county and worked to improve local workforce development efforts between manufacturers and schools in Henry and Williams counties.
The study committee is composed of 17 members: three members of the Ohio Senate; three members of the Ohio House; the Governor or their designee; two representatives of academia; two economic development professionals; the chairperson of the Regional Prosperity Initiative or their designee; the president of the Ohio Association of Regional Councils or their designee; and three persons appointed by the Governor based on recommendations from an Ohio-based advocacy group, an Ohio-based foundation and a metropolitan planning organization. "I am hopeful this study committee will result in a more robust economy by creating viable partnerships throughout Ohio," said Hottinger. "Working alongside experts in regional prosperity and economic development, I believe we will be able to continue bringing jobs to our state."
The study committee is to complete a report for the Governor by August 1, 2019.