Ohio Rated Second Best in Business Climate Rankings Site Selection Magazine’s annual ranking of state business climates ranked Ohio second in the nation. North Carolina was ranked first. Out of the top ten states, Ohio is the only non-southern state. The publication’s ranking is based 50 percent on a survey of corporate site selectors, and 50 percent on five criteria—three that require states to demonstrate a strong record of attracting capital investment: the state’s placement in Site Selection’s most recent Governor’s Cup ranking of qualified projects (Ohio won the Governor’s Cup); the Competitiveness Ranking published in May; and the states’ projects logged into the magazine’s New Plant Database year-to-date. The other two criteria are the Tax Foundation and KPMG’s Location Matters Analysis of state tax burdens on mature and new firms. The top four factors that site selectors used to rate the states are: state and local tax scheme, transportation infrastructure, utility infrastructure and land/building prices and supply. To learn more about the rankings and the factors used to evaluate the states, click on this Site Selection magazine article.

Stark High School Graduates Surpass Nation on All ACT Subject Areas ACT scores have been compiled for Stark’s graduating Class of 2012. Once again, the 3,025 seniors who took the ACT college admissions test have scored higher than the national average in all subject areas and in the overall composite score. Stark’s scores are compared to over 1,666,000 graduates across the nation. The county’s lead in science is particularly significant as nearly 1,000 graduates plan to major in engineering, health sciences, the physical sciences or technology fields. To review the scores, click on this Stark Education Partnership newsletter.

Governor Kasich’s Executive Workforce Board Announces Plan of ActionReforming Ohio’s workforce development system to better align the needs of job creators with training opportunities for Ohioans is an ongoing goal of the Governor. The members of the Board will work closely with the Governor’s office of Workforce Transformation to rationalize Ohio’s entire workforce system and provide recommendations on how best to streamline nearly 90 existing workforce programs currently scattered across 13 state agencies. R. Blane Walter, Vice President of inVertiv Health, will lead the board in a three-pronged approach to improve Ohio’s workforce system: (1) forecast the needs of the business community, (2) streamline delivery and services of workforce programs, and (3) implement performance measurements for the workforce system. Five recommendations will be taken immediately to improve Ohio’s workforce system. One recommendation is to create a formal line of communication between the Executive Workforce Board and the 20 local Workforce Investment Board Chairs. The OhioMeansJobs brand and Website will also play a bigger role. Two Stark County individuals have been named to the Executive Board: Stark County Commissioner Janet Creighton and the Kenan Advantage Group Chairman/CEO Dennis A. Nash. To learn more about the recommendations, click on the Governor’s press release.

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