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Industrial Companies at High Risk for Cyberattack

May 21, 2021

A new national survey finds 85% of Americans are concerned about cyberattacks. Industrial companies are especially vulnerable to such attacks, according to OMA Connections Partner RSM.

While not all companies need highly complex security programs, all industrial environments should have an industrial control security program in place. For a list of basic cyber hygiene steps, read RSM’s guidance.

Also, check out the key takeaways from President Joe Biden’s cybersecurity executive order as summarized by OMA Connections Partner Squire Patton Boggs. 5/20/2021

Filing Deadline Passes for 15th Congressional District

May 21, 2021

The filing deadline has passed for those interested in running for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Columbus) resigned to become president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber.

Of the 14 candidates who filed to represent the Republican-leaning district, there are 12 Republicans and two Democrats. Republicans include Reps. Brian Stewart (R-Ashville) and Jeff LaRe (R-Canal Winchester) and Sens. Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), and former Rep. Ron Hood (R-Ashville). Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) also filed.

According to the secretary of state’s special elections calendar, the primary will be held Aug. 3, with the general election Nov. 2. 5/18/2021

Fifteen Running for 11th Congressional District Seat

May 21, 2021

The filing deadline has also passed for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District race. The special election will feature 13 Democrats and two Republicans running to replace Marcia Fudge, who’s now secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Former legislators Nina Turner, John Barnes, and Shirley Smith are among the candidates vying to represent the heavily Democratic district. The primary will be Aug. 3 and the general election Nov. 2. 5/18/2021

Governor Announces Staff Changes

May 21, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that Laurel Dawson, his current chief of staff, will be assuming the role of counselor to the governor, and that his policy director, Michael Hall, will take over the role of chief of staff. Ann O’Donnell, chief advisor to the governor, will remain in her current role. Read more. 5/20/2021

Still Time to Participate in Ohio Manufacturers’ Survey

May 21, 2021

There’s still time to complete the annual manufacturing survey being conducted by the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP). The information collected in this survey is completely anonymous, and the results are used to determine how the Ohio MEP offices can best support manufacturers statewide.

Access the survey now through MAGNET (northeast Ohio’s MEP) or through Fastlane (west central Ohio’s MEP). 5/20/2021

OMA Asks Speaker Cupp to Stop House Bill 68

May 14, 2021

OMA President Ryan Augsburger, along with the CEO of The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, have sent a letter to Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) asking him to not hold a vote on House Bill 68 — legislation that would erode the right of parties to freely negotiate private construction contracts.

The letter states that “HB 68 rejects the concept of freedom of contract, which has governed the majority of private transactions in this state, and substitutes a state-sponsored version with terms and penalties much more punitive … than what exists in the marketplace.” The bill would require the government to set payment terms in construction contracts. It was voted out of committee, despite vocal opposition from the business community. 5/13/2021

U.S. Manufacturing Job Openings Soar in March

May 14, 2021

Federal data released this week show that U.S. manufacturing job openings soared to 706,000 in March, a new record. According to Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, job postings have risen to “stratospheric levels.”

Meanwhile, U.S. job openings are at an all-time high, and workforce participation is far below where it was in early 2020.

In March, Ohio reported 659,400 manufacturing jobs — up more than 2,000 jobs from February — but significantly lower than the 695,000 jobs in January 2020. 5/12/2021

CISA’s Tips for Protecting Against Cyberattacks

May 14, 2021

The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the FBI, continues to investigate last week’s cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. CISA has published tips and advice addressing common cybersecurity concerns — including ransomware attacks. Also, OMA Connections Partner Schneider Downs has published this insight on the cyberattack. 5/13/2021

100 Things to Do in Ohio This Summer

May 14, 2021

With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next Ohio adventure. TourismOhio has published its list of the top 100 things to do in Ohio this summer. From festivals to outdoor activities, the list has something for everyone. 5/12/2021

OMA Signals Support for Key Budget Provisions

May 7, 2021

Rob Brundrett, the OMA’s managing director of public policy services, testified this week in support of the Ohio Development Services Agency’s (DSA) budget request, which would help ensure the competitiveness of the state’s manufacturers. Referencing the endorsement of 13 manufacturing sector partnerships from across Ohio, Brundrett told lawmakers that the OMA supports DSA’s funding for the Industry Sector Partnership Grant Program. He did however ask the Senate to remove a House earmark for an entity that is not a sector partnership.

Brundrett also voiced support for Ohio TechCred and Ohio’s Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs), saying, “These three state-supported services … are making a real difference in the training requirements of our citizens.”

The OMA also provided written comments in support of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC). 5/6/2021