COLUMBUS – State Representative Mike Loychik (R-Bazetta) submitted a request for a Capital Budget project that would grant Flying HIGH, Inc. $450,000.
Flying HIGH, with offices in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, offers many services to help individuals further their professional development while assisting businesses with their workforce challenges. The faith-based organization has served thousands of individuals in need, helping them wean off social assistance and migrate to becoming employed, contributing members of society, and Flying HIGH is now ready to expand its reach.
“The No. 1 challenge in economic development is providing enough talent for employers,” Regional Chamber President & CEO Guy Coviello said. “Flying HIGH provides some of the best workforce development services in the country. Kudos to Rep. Loychik for not only recognizing the issue, but also taking action to help one of the best providers so that our community can gain a competitive advantage.”
The funds being requested for Flying HIGH would be utilized to purchase and renovate spaces in locations with high rates of unemployment and defined by the Department of Labor as “Labor Surplus Areas.”
“Providing easy access to Flying HIGH’s services in Labor Surplus Areas will lift our economy,” Loychik said. “It’s important for the state to support quality programs like this, which can then be replicated throughout Ohio so the entire Buckeye State can be more competitive.”
Flying High offers a vocational school, job readiness program, GED tutoring, the Working Toward the Future Program, GROW Urban Farm, placement assistance, nutritionally assisted alcohol and drug treatment, peer support, and the Eagle’s Nest Recovery House. Plans are to expand throughout Rep. Loychik’s district and beyond, including Ashtabula and Portage counties.