Update from Ohio Development Services Agency

By Lydia Mihalik

September 27, 2019

Update from Ohio Development Services Agency

It’s hard to believe that fall is here. Football is underway, and the leaves are beginning to change. Since being appointed to this position, I’ve been out visiting with local business owners, mayors and economic development officials across the state. I’ve been to Chillicothe and Marion, Cleveland and Toledo and many others communities across Ohio. These visits provide me with great insight as to how we, at Development, can help our communities build their business community and local infrastructures. We want to be a good partner and these meetings are the cornerstone of our partnership.

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted are committed to helping our communities and families succeed. In the recent budget, $25 million was dedicated to prevent and treat lead poisoning and rid homes of toxic lead. And recently, Governor DeWine appointed me to the Lead Advisory Committee.

This is a diverse group of professionals in medicine, housing, construction trades, local and state government, and many more. It is our job to understand the sources of possible lead poisoning, review best practices to prevent lead poisoning, review initiatives to abate and remediate lead from all sources of contamination, and develop recommendations for Ohio’s response to lead poisoning. I’m looking forward to working on this issue to make our home safer for Ohio families.

I also was appointed chair of the Census 2020 Complete Count Commission. As Ohio’s designated Census Office, we have a critical responsibility to make sure everyone in Ohio is counted. The population count will determine if we lose or maintain representation in Congress. Perhaps more directly impacting you: The population count determines how more than $675 billion in federal funding will be distributed to local communities -- and even more in state funding. That includes a lot of community development support.

Right now, the 2020 Census is looking for workers. People who live in the area are always more engaged in the count. Think of people you know who can engage others in your community.  We must get it right for our state and our communities. More information about the 2020 Census and available jobs can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.

Finally, there are great things happening in communities across Ohio. I hope you will share with us how you are using our programs to make Ohio stronger and improve the lives of Ohioans. If you have a success story you would like to share, email one of our team members or submit your story to Communication@development.ohio.gov

Thank you for your continued partnership. I know that together we can make a difference in communities across Ohio.

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