Senator Keith Faber...
and Growth Starts with Our Local Communities
March 21, 2012
nearing its end, the effects of Ohio’s economic rebound continue to
throughout our state. Just
a week ago,
we received welcomed news when the bond-rating agency Moody’s upgraded
state’s credit outlook from “negative” to “stable” in a move that was
similar to the boost we received in July from Standard & Poor’s. Most impressively,
however, is the fact that
Ohio has solidified its spot on the national stage by ranking fifth in
country in terms of job creation – a marked improvement from our
ranking of 48th at the beginning of last year. At the same time, Ohio
ranked number one in the Midwest for job creation – Number One!
this illustrates that Ohio is on its way back and is committed to
opportunities to its hard-working residents.
Clearly, the reforms we put in place over the
past year are starting to
creation and economic development are at the forefront of our state’s
the ongoing efforts to streamline government and better utilize your
dollars remain critical pieces of Ohio’s comeback.
In fact, the need to continue such work is the
driving force behind the Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF). By way of this new
program, Ohio is beginning
to promote the benefits of collaboration, greater efficiency, and
services among its local governments.
Grants and loans valued between $100,000 and
$500,000 will be made
available through the LGIF to local projects that successfully
this month, it was announced that nearly 80 communities across the
already shown interest in reducing their community planning costs. In total, applications for
115 projects from
50 Ohio counties have been received by the Department of Development
projects are expected to come during the Local Government Innovation
Meeting on June 1.
much progress has been made since the start of 2011, a number of
remain for our great state. However,
work must move forward. Innovative,
ways of thinking combined with concerted campaigns at the local level
helping to rebuild Ohio’s economy and revitalize its communities. By working to ensure
efficiency and restraint
at all levels of government, each of us can play a vital role in
more prosperous future for Ohio.
please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or
about any of the matters we are considering at the Statehouse. I can be reached by phone
at (614) 466-7584,
by e-mail at SD12@ohiosenate.gov or by writing me at State Senator
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215. I look forward to hearing
Faber represents Ohio’s 12th Senate District which includes Allen,
Mercer, Preble, and Shelby Counties, as well as portions of Auglaize
currently serves as
President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.