Monday, February 11, 2013
The final report of the 21st Century Manufacturing Task Force, a committee of the Ohio House of Representatives, was published last week. It's worth a look if for no other reason than the bipartisan committee's report was unanimously approved.
Workforce development was, rightly, the first report item. "A properly educated and well-trained workforce is critically important to the long-term well-being of manufacturing in our state." Action items included encouraging the "use of virtual-reality training devices."
Energy was second. The link between energy costs and the success of manufacturing is strong.
Regulations, tax structure, trade, and transportation round out the rest of the ordered list with a handful of other items that follow.
All the language in the report, essentially, adds up to recognizing one key thing: The Ohio General Assembly needs to embrace manufacturing.
That's all they really needed to conclude.