COLUMBUS – State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) announced her support for Governor DeWine’s selection of Columbus to be the third planned innovation district in Ohio. The innovation district is expected to create 20,000 jobs and $3 billion in economic impact over the next ten years.
“I am thrilled to see Governor DeWine choose Columbus as the third innovation district in the state,” said Lanese. “It’s uplifting to see JobsOhio, Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital working in collaboration to invest billions of dollars into central Ohio to promote our advanced skills in the technology and health care trades that Columbus so predominately masters. I look forward to being a part of this advancement that will bring economic success and jobs to my district in central Ohio.”
According to a press release from DeWine’s office, the innovation district’s 20,000 new jobs will be divided evenly between STEM position in the technology and health care industries as well as “indirect” jobs in the community.
Lt. Governor Jon Husted added, “With this announcement, Columbus becomes the third regional innovation district we’ve launched in Ohio in the last year, advancing world-class research, supporting intellectual property commercialization and new business startups while developing the STEM and computer science talent needed for health care and businesses to thrive. The people of Ohio will ultimately benefit from the fact that OSU and Nationwide Children’s, in collaboration with JobsOhio, share the common mission of advancing innovation, investment and economic prosperity in Ohio – now and for the future.”