COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) this week welcomed attendees of the fifth annual Great Lakes Economic Forum
to Cleveland and discussed economic development opportunities with various leaders in government, business, policy, academia and non-profit organizations from both the United States and Canada.
President Obhof spoke on a panel moderated by Laura Jones, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, about the impact of regulatory reforms on economic growth. As the leader of the Ohio Senate, Obhof has championed numerous regulatory reform efforts to strengthen Ohio's economy and help create jobs. Recent March reporting showed record new business filings and a dropping unemployment rate in Ohio.
"I appreciate the opportunity to share best practices and innovative ideas with our Great Lakes neighbors," said Obhof. "From efforts to protect the lakes, to regulatory reforms, to seeking ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal, we have much in common."
According to the Council of the Great Lakes Region
, the region is home to more than 105 million people and supplies 46 million jobs, or nearly 30% of the combined U.S. and Canadian workforce. The region's gross domestic product (GDP) is $5.8 trillion U.S. dollars.