(COLUMBUS, Ohio)–Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today named Lt. Governor Jon Husted to serve as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. The announcement was made during a meeting of the Governor’s Cabinet this morning.
“I am pleased that Lt. Governor Husted will serve as the point person for Ohio’s workforce development efforts,” said Governor DeWine. “It is so important that we continue to invest in our state’s most valuable asset – our workforce, and Lt. Governor Husted will ensure that our efforts in this area are focused and deliver results.”
Then Governor-elect DeWine announced during the Gubernatorial Transition that he would task the Lt. Governor with taking a leadership role in the state’s workforce development efforts. Today’s announcement formalizes that prior announcement. Before starting in public service, Lt. Governor Husted worked on economic development issues in the Miami Valley as a Vice President at the Dayton-area Chamber of Commerce.
“Ohio’s economy has a lot of things working in its favor right now, but if we are going to reach our full potential and make our state more attractive to new businesses, we have to close our skills gap,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “If we get this right, we will give job creators the talent they need to expand and we’ll give Ohioans more personal opportunity and the chance to grow their career.”
Ensuring Ohioans have access to new career opportunities while also providing job creators with a necessary workforce is the focus of 75 different programs across 12 state agencies. The Office of Workforce Transformation coordinates those efforts, reporting directly to the Governor.
The Lt. Governor’s appointment is in addition to his other responsibilities within the administration, including serving as Director of InnovateOhio and overseeing Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI).
The position of Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation was vacated by Ryan Burgess in January when he was named by Governor DeWine as Director of Cabinet Affairs. The Lt. Governor will assume the new post immediately.