Stark County received great economic news when H.J Heinz Co. announced a significant investment to expand its Ohio operations, which will bring 250 jobs to its factory in Massillon ("Heinz plans $28 million expansion in Massillon," Nov. 18). These jobs are further proof that Ohio is making an economic comeback.
Ohio's turnaround has come through the coordinated effort of local and state elected officials and community leaders to grow and attract businesses.
My Statehouse colleagues and I have worked to create a pro-jobs, pro-growth economic climate by streamlining regulations and cutting taxes. The biennial budget that passed this summer cut income taxes by 10 percent over the next three years and gave small businesses a 50 percent tax cut.
The Ohio Senate's new workforce development initiative creates a partnership between Ohio's colleges and universities and the business community to provide Ohioans with the training they need to enter the work force.
This framework has enabled JobsOhio, the nonprofit economic development organization created by the Legislature, to work with regional economic development organizations and local governments to recruit and retain thousands of jobs.
That coordinated effort helped Massillon, and Ohio, seal the deal with Heinz, beating out several other states.
Companies are looking to Ohio to grow their business because of the changes we've made over the past couple of years. Ohio has jumped 13 spots in the past year on Chief Executive Magazine's list of "best states for business," making it the most improved in the nation.
The best way for our state to prosper is not by the power of bureaucracy but by giving hard-working Ohioans, and businesses coming to Ohio, the tools to invest in our economy and create jobs.
I'm excited to see that through Ohio's better business atmosphere, and the jobs created by H.J. Heinz Co., the families and the economy of Massillon will benefit.
STATE SEN. SCOTT OELSLAGER,