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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

Senator Sherrod Brown, confirmed for OEDA conference

 2010 OEDA Annual Summit

 Connecting for Success

October 25-27

The Conference Center at NorthPointe–Columbus, Ohio

Featured Speaker

Senator Sherrod Brown 

October 27th – 10:45 a.m. 

Since January of 2007, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has held more than 150 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, and workers and families to find ways to rebuild our economy.

Recently described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen our component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries, and ensure our trade policies reflect our national interests.

He is also working with Ohio’s universities, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to develop public-private partnerships that utilize Ohio’s natural resources to create new jobs in new industries and make Ohio a national leader in clean energy manufacturing. Senator Brown is working closely with the Obama Administration to increase incentives, like Recovery Act’s 48(c) Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, that leverage public incentives to attract private sector investment in advanced clean energy manufacturing.

And as a long-time advocate for fair trade, Senator Brown is fighting to ensure our trade practices promote our workers and industries while creating jobs and expanding markets for businesses.

Recognizing the importance of small businesses in promoting local economic development, Brown has worked to connect Ohio’s small businesses with critical federal resources that increase small business lending and encourage small business expansion.  He and his staff have held more than a dozen small business workshops across Ohio to connect more than 1,100 small business owners with new loans and lending available through the Recovery Act and the Small Business Administration (SBA).  Senator Brown is working on legislation that would increase the caps on SBA-backed loans to help unleash the innovation of our small businesses who have particularly higher capital costs.

For the last two years, Senator Brown has also convened a one-of-its-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington to discuss ways to leverage federal resources to promote higher education and job training in Ohio. At the federal level, these collaborative efforts between Ohio’s colleges, businesses, and workforce development boards have translated to legislation he introduced called the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act. SECTORS would help communities develop specialized workforce training programs to meet regional needs – it would connect workers to the needs of emerging industries or clusters.

Brown is just the seventh Ohio Senator in history to sit on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee where he will ensure Ohio receives its fair share of federal resources and investments.  He also sits on the Senate Banking Committee, and is Chairman of its Subcommittee on Economic Policy, where he played an instrumental role in passing historic Wall Street reform legislation.  From his position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Brown is a staunch supporter of providing comprehensive benefits to our nation’s veterans, even as an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War.

Brown is also is first Ohio Senator in 40 years to sit on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee where he serves as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms.

Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Brown served seven terms as a United States Congressman for the 13th District, two terms as Ohio’s Secretary of State, and has taught in Ohio’s public schools and at Ohio State University. He is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist Connie Schultz. They reside in Avon, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, and a grandson all of whom make Ohio their home.

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