Governor Kasich is in Switzerland this week to visit with job creators at the World Economic Forum and discuss Ohio’s efforts to link education with employment opportunities. The Dispatch has more below:
DAVOS, Switzerland — John Kasich’s first speech on a global stage as Ohio governor opened the door for investments in the state.
Kasich addressed a room of chief executives and investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday as part of a panel discussion on advanced manufacturing. After the panel adjourned, a Swiss venture capitalist heaped high praise on Kasich and later spoke privately with the governor, while a Daimler executive agreed to meet with Kasich back in Ohio.
As promised, Kasich used his opening remarks during the panel discussion to tout his program designed to better align Ohio’s worker-training programs and education system with employers’ work-force needs. In short, he wants businesses to tell the government what their needs are so that vocational training can be shaped and expanded deeper into the high-school ranks.
Kasich also, as promised, mentioned a little about what he sometimes calls the “Ohio miracle” — or the confluence of the closing of an $8 billion budget deficit in 2011, a jobs sector that’s growing and a predicted $1 billion surplus for the state by June 30.
“There are very few places in the world where we have figured out work-force training,” Kasich said. “This is one of the great demands for businesses today. We want to be one of the first movers, and we believe if we’re a first mover that not only will ‘re-shoring’ occur, but we also believe that we will see a tremendous growth in manufacturing inside of our state.”
“I was impressed by him,” said Steve Koltes, managing partner of Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners, who said afterward that he lives in Switzerland and would advise clients to consider investing in Ohio.
“I liked his energy level, his drive to get some things changed,” Koltes said. “If he’s the governor, people should sit down with him and let him make his pitch for Ohio.”
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