Ohio’s Top Elected Officials Unveil Plan to Boost Economy

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Gov. Ted Strickland says Ohio needs to target nine industries over the next decade to grow the state’s economy.

Strickland released a strategic plan Wednesday that identifies key industries needed to improve the economy. They include advanced energy, polymers, bioscience and aerospace.

The plan, presented to hundreds of business leaders, aims to change the often-negative perception of Ohio’s economy.

Strickland and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher want to build on an existing marketing program that bills the state as the ideal place to find balance between work and life. Fisher also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Development.

Other goals include increasing the rate of growth in exports and in per-capita income.

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