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Platt begins governor-appointed position with JobsOhio

Rick Platt

COLUMBUS – Rick Platt, president and CEO of the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, attended his first JobsOhio meeting as a board member on Thursday.

Gov. Mike DeWine appointed Platt to the nine-member Jobs Ohio Board of Directors for an unexpired term from March 13 to July 5. The governor could reappoint Platt for a full four-year term after the unexpired term ends.

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JobsOhio describes itself as a private, non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. Gov. John Kasich created JobsOhio to replace the Ohio Department of Development in 2011.

Platt, who has been involved in local economic development for more than 30 years, said the initial meeting was eye-opening.

It really showed me the depth of the JobsOhio effort, and how much I didn’t even know was going on,I found them doing a lot of great things.

Kasich feared his successor might get rid of JobsOhio, but DeWine appears committed to continuing it, although he said he may make some changes.

If someone asked me, have they done a good job, I’d say yes,Can it get better? I’d say absolutely yes. I talk to folks all over the country, and the (private) funding model is the envy of many states.

Platt said.

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