COLUMBUS—State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) yesterday held a press conference in Cleveland at the OhioMeansJobs office for Cleveland-Cuyahoga County to raise awareness regarding job opportunities for jobseekers, in various industries, and the many resources that are available to them, including OhioMeansJobs.
Speakers included Grace A. Kilbane, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and of OhioMeansJobs Cleveland/Cuyahoga County; Tom Waltermire, Chief Executive Officer of Team Neo; Judith Crocker, Director of Workforce & Talent Development of MAGNET; Vince Adamus, Vice President of Business & Real Estate Development for the Greater Cleveland Partnership; and William Gary, new Executive Vice President of the Workforce & Economic Development Department at Tri-C. Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea), along with Cuyahoga County Councilman Dave Greenspan (District 1), were also in attendance.
Rep. Baker, along with fellow speakers, discussed the OhioMeansJobs website in detail, outlining its various functions. They also spoke about the importance of continuing to involve the business community in the improvement of job search resources and keeping the discussion regarding employment opportunities for Ohio citizens a priority.
“It was exciting to raise awareness of all the job resources available to those that are wanting to explore their career options, find a job or improve their skills to further their employment opportunities,” Rep. Baker said. “Our message was clear: within a 20 mile radius of Cleveland, over 29,000 jobs are waiting to be filled. If you want a job, the OhioMeansJobs website, the OhioMeansJobs office along with our Cleveland professional team ranging from manufacturing to workforce training, will turn that want into a reality. As I continue to say, 'It's All About Jobs!’ “
Rep. Baker has sponsored several pieces of legislation on the topic of employment in Ohio including House Bill 486, which is the workforce development component of the Mid-Biennium Review, House Bill 107, the Career Exploration Internship bill that brings high school students and business together, and also House Bill 393, which includes the branding of OhioMeansJobs on existing school publications and offers more information to high school students regarding career planning, job opportunities and online education resources available to them.