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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.

Appointment of a new Executive Director for the Governor’s OWT

Appointment of a new Executive Director for the Governor’s OWT Beth Hansen, Chief of Staff – 12/7/2012

The governor has named his former Cabinet Secretary, Tracy Intihar, to lead the Office of Workforce Transformation and oversee efforts to better align Ohio’s fragmented workforce training system with the needs of workers and job creators. Tracy has more than 19 years of Ohio public policy experience, having served in senior positions for two Speakers of the Ohio House as well as managing her own policy consulting business.

Tracy will work closely with the newly-appointed members of the Governor’s Executive Workforce Advisory Board, with whom the governor met last week for the group’s inaugural meeting. Chaired by central Ohio business leader Blane Walter, the 26-member Board is comprised of knowledgeable leaders from business, community organization and education who will serve as active counselors to the governor and his team, as well as ambassadors. At the meeting, the board developed an action plan that included opening formal communication between the Board and the 20 Local Workforce Investment Board Chairs; establishing a statewide rebranding effort for all One-Stop offices consistent with the OhioMeansJobs brand; developing a consistent, system-wide policy for Individual Training Accounts; and, advancing a plan to use OhioMeansJobs as Ohio’s job-matching tool.

Among the objectives that the governor will continue to pursue through the leadership of the Board and Tracy are:

* Streamlining and improving coordination of Ohio’s current
fragmented workforce development system in which 90 programs across 13 agencies to better focus limited resources on the strategies that provide the greatest possible economic opportunities to Ohioans; * Creating performance measures and a data collection system to ensure program effectiveness;
* Working with job creators to determine what skills and workers they need to ensure that training programs exist across the full spectrum of Ohio’s education system to meet those needs.
* Connecting workforce with the education community is also a priority. Not only will our education programs be critical in training the workforce, but by implementing a new focus on Career Connections, K-12 schools can help students understand the opportunities ahead and how to achieve them.

A quality workforce is critical to job growth and the success of Ohio. As a stakeholder and partner in Ohio’s workforce development efforts, understanding your needs, ideas and feedback are critical to Ohio’s efforts to successfully transforming its workforce development program from one of paralysis and stagnation into one that effectively meets the needs of workers and job creators. With your support, Tracy’s strong and accomplished background will provide the leadership necessary to make Ohio a national leader in innovative, effective and efficient workforce training. The governor appreciates the important role you play in this work.

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