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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials plan to outline the job-creation duties of a new nonprofit entity during a series of meetings around the state that begin Tuesday.

The semiprivate JobsOhio corporation was created by the Gov. John Kasich earlier this year to lead the state's economic development efforts. As a result, the state Department of Development is to report to the legislature by Thursday what functions should move from the state agency to JobsOhio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is ending its ties with trade offices overseas as a new semiprivate nonprofit entity prepares to take over the job creation duties of the state's Department of Development.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich confirmed the change Sunday.

The state says improvements in communications technology and faster travel options have decreased the need to have foreign offices.

After serving four months as the Ohio Development Leader, Jim Leftwich is leaving the position.

Gov. John Kasich's office stated that as Leftwich plans to return to the private sector, Christiane "Chris" Schmenk, general counsel for the Ohio Department of Development, will take over. Schmenk will lead the department's reorganization as the state's economic development efforts are moved to the new nonprofit private corporation JobsOhio. Schmenk will assume the director's role on Aug. 1.

Governor John Kasich today is expected to announce the line-up of Ohio's new semi-private job creation panel.

JobsOhio will be charged with the economic growth role formerly played by the Ohio Department of Development. Proceeds from state liquor sales are being used as start-up money.

Spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle says a portion of the two-hour meeting will be devoted to Kasich appointing the board's nine members. Then the panel will get to work.

Kasich's jobs creation advisor Mark Kvamme is among those who could be named.

Senate Budget Plan Changes JobsOhio

Jun 10, 2011

In this week's edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with Martin Gottlieb from the Dayton Daily News to discuss the change in the Senate version of the state budget regarding the JobsOhio Plan, public response to Senate Bill 5 and controversial early voting legislation taking place at the statehouse.

Kvamme Talks Plans For JobsOhio

May 13, 2011

In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks with Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. She recently conducted Mark Kvamme's first broadcast interview since his serious motorcross accident and since the lawsuit that removed him from the director position at JobsOhio, the private jobs creation board. Kasler talks with McCord about his plans. Plus, they discuss the state budget currently being debated in the Senate.

In PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Dayton Daily News' Ellen Belcher. In their conversation, they talk about the appointment of James Leftwich from the Dayton Development Coalition to the Governor's JobsOhio plan. Also, they discuss a new bill proposed to require voters to show a government photo ID when they go to polls and how the Governor Kasich's budget will affect local government.

The Senate has approved Ohio Governor John Kasich's plan to hand over job creation functions to a non-profit corporation after lawmakers changed the measure to address some concerns about ethics and public access. On a 31-2 vote, the Republican-led Senate passed the bill to create the new JobsOhio entity. The House passed a different version of the bill and would have to agree to the changes before it goes to Kasich's desk for a signature.

 

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