COLUMBUS, Ohio - Business loans and certain grants once handled by the state Department of Development will soon be taken over by a nonprofit organization.
State officials outlined some job-creation functions that will move from the state-run department to the semiprivate JobsOhio during a meeting Tuesday with business leaders and elected officials in Dayton.
The west-central area is one of six economic development regions that the state will be divided into under JobsOhio.
Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties to the federal government because not enough people on welfare are working at a job or trying to get one. The state has been fined for the last three years because less than a quarter of Ohio’s welfare recipients are working, are volunteering as preparation for work or are in job training programs.
The federal government requires half of recipients be enrolled in work participation.
Ben Johnson at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says his agency is confident the situation can be corrected.