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Otterbein welcomes Governor Kasich and state officials

Otterbein welcomed Governor Kasich and state officials

Otterbein University was proud to host Ohio Governor John Kasich for his eighth and final State of the State address on Tuesday, March 6. He delivered the address at a formal joint session of the 132nd General Assembly at 7 p.m. in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 27 S. Grove Street, Westerville.

Officials from Otterbein, the City of Westerville, Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, Westerville City Schools, Westerville Public Library, and other local organizations and businesses worked with the Governor’s Office to plan this special welcome home for Kasich, a local resident.

This formal joint session of the legislature was attended by legislators, statewide and local elected officials, members of the Governor’s Cabinet, guests and members of the public from throughout Ohio who received tickets through the ticket lottery.

Kasich was sworn in as Ohio’s 69th governor on Jan. 10, 2011, and re-elected to a second four-year term in 2014.

As governor, Kasich’s top priority is to create a jobs-friendly climate to increase opportunity for all Ohioans. By closing an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reducing taxes by $5 billion, cutting wasteful spending and eliminating red tape, Ohio jobs have grown by nearly 500,000 and the Buckeye State is in a stronger position than it was when Kasich took office.

Otterbein is making a local impact on job creation with The Point, an economic driver and collaborative partnership with business and industry, the City of Westerville and the State of Ohio. The Point has re-defined the future of higher education as students, faculty and partners integrate the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) fields with an experiential, hands-on learning environment. The collaboration will drive economic growth for the region through business development and job creation, while providing student experiences through internships, capstone projects and research initiatives. This one-of-a-kind concept has been identified as a model of the 21st century education. 

A feasibility study commissioned from Boyette Strategic Advisors estimates the direct impact of the The Point will result in the creation of 200 jobs in its first five years, totaling $16 million in payroll. The state and local tax impact over five years is projected at $3.6 million.

Otterbein also was honored to welcome a variety of state agencies and participants to campus in conjunction with the State of the State address.

Events that week included:

March 5:
Ohio Department of Veteran Services
Veterans Career Accelerator
5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Point at Otterbein University

March 6:
Ohio Department of Education and OhioLINK
Textbook Affordability and Open Educational Resources Discussion
10-11:30 a.m. in Towers Hall, Room 110

State of Ohio Arborist
Tree Campus USA Recognition of Otterbein
2:30-3:30 p.m., location TBA

Other agencies visiting campus include:
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Ohio Department of Aging
Ohio Development Services Agency
Ohio House Education and Career Readiness Committee
Prevention Action Alliance

For more information about the State of the State address, visit governor.ohio.gov.

For more information about The Point at Otterbein, visit otterbeinpoint.com.