With the recent passage of Issue 1 and Issue 2, Columbus voters put their own personal (and very positive) stamp on creating jobs right here in Central Ohio.
With the passage of Issue 1 this week, Columbus and Ohio voters voiced their support for continuing a successful program where the State is able to borrow money to fund local start-up business in areas that include technology, bio-medical, and green energy through the Third Frontier Fund. In particular, approval of this fund will help capitalize a number of businesses that are being incubated through Tech Columbus on the Ohio State University Campus and in satellite locations in Dublin and New Albany.
In addition, the passage of Issue 2 allows a casino that had previously been approved by voters to be constructed on the economically impoverished west side of Columbus. A total of over 5,000 jobs are expected to be created in this hard hit area, including 2,000 permanent jobs and over 3,000 construction jobs. In a state where unemployment is a significant problem, these kinds of job opportunities are sorely needed in Central Ohio.
In looking at the passage of these two issues in the May elections, the voters of Columbus have spoken, and they have expressed their willingness to invest money and resources today to create jobs and opportunity in the future. This is exactly the kind of forward thinking that could help pull us out of our current economic doldrums.