John HustedOhio Lieutenant Governor John Husted, elected in 2018, hosted AEM members earlier this year on a call highlighting the role we play in building a 21st century workforce. Lt. Gov. Husted, who has dedicated the last two decades to public service, has been hard at work over the last few months promoting career and technical education across the state. AEM members in Ohio support more than 164,000 jobs, contribute $16 billion annually to the state’s economy, and generate $1.1 billion in tax revenue each year.  

Lt. Gov. Husted took a few minutes to answer some questions about his efforts to boost the equipment manufacturing industry in the Buckeye State.   

AEM: What are your key legislative priorities for Ohio? 

Lt. Gov. Husted: Governor DeWine recently signed the 2022-23 operating budget, and included in that funding is $58 million for our TechCred program that will reimburse employers for 40,000 tech credentials earned by their employees over the next two years. The budget also invests $41 million for K-12 schools to help over 70,000 high school students receive credentials for in-demand jobs while still in high school and to assist schools in creating the programs to offer these industry-recognized credentialing programs. The Budget also continues our Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP) program, which helps Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program to receive a credential at no cost. 

AEM: How do you think equipment manufacturers can better promote the industry?  

Lt. Gov. Husted: Ohio’s home to some of the greatest manufacturing companies in the world, and today’s manufacturing plants aren’t what they used to be because of technology. Technology has allowed companies to streamline processes to be more efficient and compete internationally. The best way to promote the industry is to start in your own backyard by engaging high school and college students, higher education institutions, and training partners. 

AEM: How can equipment manufacturers better help highlight career opportunities in your state? 

Lt. Gov. Husted: Here in Ohio, we launched the Industry Sector Partnership Grant that helps fund collaboration between businesses, education and training providers, and other community leaders who are invested in improving their region’s workforce. These collaborations help build a workforce pipeline that benefits both Ohioans and Ohio's job creators. 

AEM: What’s the biggest challenge you face serving as Lt. Governor?  

Lt. Gov. Husted: I wear many hats—I’m not only Ohio’s Lt. Governor, but also the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, InnovateOhio, and I oversee the Common Sense Initiative, all of which work to make Ohio the most innovative, creative, entrepreneurial state in the county.   

AEM: What’s been your biggest achievement while in office? 

Lt. Gov. Husted: I’m proud of our work to cut taxes for all Ohioans across the board and reforming the tax code, the creation of the Educational Choice (EdChoice) and Choose Ohio First Scholarships that aim to keep our students here in-state, expanding industry-recognized credentialing opportunities for hundreds of thousands of high school students and adults and the creation of InnovateOhio whose mission is to look at every state service with an eye on the customer’s experience and use technology to streamline and simplify those interactions. 

AEM: Before we go, what’s a fun fact you want to share with our readers?

Lt. Gov. Husted: I’m competitive by nature. Right now, I’m working to make Ohio the best state in the country for businesses and quality of life, but prior to public service, I was an All-American cornerback and kick returner for the University of Dayton in 1989 when the Flyers won the Division III national championship. 

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