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Confronting Ohio’s Childcare Dilemmas to Ensure Our Economic Prosperity

FEBRUARY 29, 2024 | Paulding Progress

By STEVE STIVERS President & CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce

There has never been a better time in history to be an Ohioan. We have an abundance of resources and variables working in our favor, including a low cost of living and a high quality of life. Our Gross Domestic Product is the seventh largest in the United States, and if Ohio were a separate country, it would be the 21st largest economy. We are now entering a manufacturing renaissance unlike anything witnessed by any other state, and with the kind of economic wins we’ve seen just in the last two years, the best is yet to come.

While there is much to be proud of in Ohio, the state and its policymakers must also focus on laying the foundation for continued investment and creating economic growth. When we canvass our members on their greatest challenges, the universal response continues to be workforce.


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