News and Analysis
Kasich Names Ohio EPA and Ohio DNR Directors
Governor-Elect Kasich named Scott Nally as Ohio EPA director and David Mustine as Ohio DNR director.
Since 2005, Nally has served as assistant commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management; before that, Nally spent 11 years serving as the regional environmental affairs manager for Perdue Farms.
Mustine formerly served as a senior vice-president at AEP and had responsibilities in regulatory and issues management, business planning, financial management, business development and community services. Mustine’s most recent role was director of Terraseis, an oil and gas services business based in Dubai.
In the press conference where the nominees where announced, Governor-elect Kasich noted that Ohio needs to make better use of its natural resources – a nod toward drilling for gas and oil on state and park land. Mr. Kasich noted that this would not be at the cost of environmental degradation and specified that Lake Erie is a “jewel” and deserves extremely careful attention.
Governor Elect Kasich Names Kvamme for ODOD
Governor-Elect Kasich named Mark Kvamme as the person who will head the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) as it transitions into the nonprofit “JobsOhio.” JobsOhio is Kasich’s plan to restructure ODOD into a public-private nonprofit that is focused exclusively on economic development.
Kvamme is a partner at a California based venture capital fund and is expected to be in the position for a five to six month transition while the legislation enabling the restructuring of ODOD is moved through the Ohio legislature.
Kasich stated that Kvamme’s experience with structuring business deals will serve him well as he rationalizes each of the current functions of ODOD, develops metrics for economic development packages, and recommends which programs will stay with JobsOhio. Click here to read an article from the Columbus Dispatch on the announcement.
129th General Assembly Begins Work
On Monday both the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives officially commenced the 129th two-year session or “general assembly.” Republicans once again control the Ohio House with a 59-40 margin.
The House chose Bill Batchelder (R – Medina) as its leader, or Speaker of the House. Click for a list of other House leaders.
The Senate increased its Republican margin of control to 23-10 and elected Tom Niehaus as Senate President (R – New Richmond). Click for a list of other Senate leaders.
In the coming weeks lawmakers will select committee chairs and introduce priority legislation.
Statewide Officeholders Take Oaths
Candidates elected to lead Ohio’s government in November will be administred the Oath of Office over the next few days. Supreme Court Justices Maureen O’Connor and Judith Ann Lanzinger will be officially inaugurated today and tomorrow while Jon Husted and Mike DeWine will officially take their oaths for Secretary of State and Attorney General on Sunday afternoon.
David Yost will be sworn in as State Auditor on Monday morning, with Josh Mandel taking office late Monday afternoon. John Kasich will be inaugurated Ohio Governor mid-day Monday with a gala event to follow that evening. Contact the OMA’s Ryan Augsburger with questions about accessing these events.
OMA members and their guests who may be in Columbus for inaugural events on Monday, January 10, are welcome to use the OMA office as their ‘home base’ between events. OMA has member work and meeting space, wifi, and will have complimentary light refreshments available from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
For those who haven’t visited our offices, please know that OMA shares office space with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). Enter the OMA offices through the revolving COTA door at 33 N. High Street, check in at the security desk, and you will be given access to the OMA offices, which are on the 6th floor. Unfortunately, OMA does not have guest parking space so your parking options are the local commercial lots. We hope to see you!
Recorded OMA/PUCO Webinar: Operate Your Own Fleet? PUCO has New Motor Carrier Safety Rules – 12/08/2010
Hear the Recorded OMA/PUCO Webinar: Operate Your Own Fleet? PUCO has New Motor Carrier Safety Rules – 12/08/2010
Kasich Inauguration Details Now Available
John Kasich will be inaugurated as Ohio’s 69th Governor at noon on Monday, January 10. A series of events have been scheduled preceding and following the noon ceremony.
An inaugural committee has been formed to manage the inaugural activities. Manufacturing leaders may support the events financially. Unlike political campaign contributions which must be personal funds and not business funds, contributions to an inaugural committee may be corporate funds. Leadership level support at the $10,000 level will provide access to a series of inaugural events.
Thank You for Helping Celebrate OMA’s 100th Birthday
OMA staff is so grateful to the OMA members who sponsored and attended its 100 Year Celebration of Manufacturing Excellence at the Statehouse Atrium on Tuesday, December 7.
We are honored to have had several of the state’s most distinguished citizens as speakers, including Governor Ted Strickland, Senate President Bill Harris, and personal video messages from Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator George V. Voinovich.
OMA founder, Colonel John Gordon Battelle, said in 1910: “There is important work for this organization to do in the immediate future.” OMA Chairman, Jeff Hollister, Vanguard Paints & Finishes, Inc., Marietta, concluded the celebration with these same words which are just as true today.
Strickland Appoints Supreme Court Justice
Earlier today Governor Ted Strickland appointed his campaign running mate, Yvette McGee Brown, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by Maureen O’Connor’s elevation to Chief Justice. McGee Brown formerly served as common pleas judge in Franklin County and had been widely speculated for the appointment.
Wainscott Calls For a U.S. Industrial Renaissance
In a powerful keynote speech at the OMA’s 100 Year Celebration of Manufacturing Excellence this week, James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President & CEO of AK Steel laid out a challenge to the country: grow manufacturing’s share of GDP from 12% to 20% by 2020.
“Manufacturing is the engine of our economy. It’s where real wealth is created and sustained. Yet, manufacturing only represents about 12% of GDP,” Wainscott said. “I say we target 20% of GDP by the year…2020. 20% by 2020. Not only does it have a nice ring to it, but it would do wonders for our jobs, for Ohio and our country. It would be our industrial renaissance.”
“But, it won’t be easy…because it’s tough – and getting even tougher – to make things in America. We’ve got to reverse that trend, and we’ve got to do it now and it can start right here in the Ohio Statehouse,” he said. “On our side we have the history of innovation represented in this room and by thousands of others who made Ohio the manufacturing center of the United States – even the world. But we face an unlevel playing field in our quest to make sure that Ohio regains its stature as a fertile, low-cost home for world-wide manufacturers.”
Wainscott’s Action Plan
In his keynote address at the OMA 100 year anniversary, AK Steel’s Jim Wainscott laid out a six-point plan for protecting and growing American manufacturing:
- “First, we need a reasonable regulatory approach, not one that strangles our global competitiveness.
- Second, we need to enforce our existing trade laws.
- Third, once and for all, we need a comprehensive energy policy.
- Fourth, we need to repair our roads and bridges.
- Fifth, we need a modern day tax policy.
- And the sixth and final element of my “platform” is a broad catch-all: let’s develop a pro-manufacturing agenda.”
And, Wainscott on Trade
“Right here in America, we have the greatest workforce and the greatest innovators in the world. We can compete with anybody, anywhere, anytime, including foreign competitors. But, we cannot and should not have to compete with foreign governments, which is what we are doing today,” said Wainscott as he addressed an anniversary audience of 350 manufacturers and public officials. “So, to the governments of our global competitors, our government has to have the courage to say:
- Stop manipulating your currency.
- Drop your import barriers.
- Eliminate your export subsidies, and
- Keep your unemployment on your shores, not ours.”