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Gov. Kasich: Future bright for Ohio

East-Side Chambers of Commerce are praising Ohio's efforts in making the state a more business friendly place.

Matt Van Sant, President of the Clermont County Chamber, says he's in the economic development business, creating jobs and stimulating the private sector to invest. He was happy to hear Governor Kasich's message that lower taxes seem to be turning what used to be a bad business climate around.

"So the improvements that we're making in the State of Ohio are very important to the business community and we think these are incremental ghanges that we'll look on five to ten years from now and say Wow!"

Van Sant's main challenges in Clermont County are transportation and finding a qualified workforce. Kasich, speaking at Cincinnati Milacron, says the state needs to keep innovating, training, and reducing costs for the job creators.

"And we will have a heck of a lot more jobs, a lower unemployment, healthier communities, healthier schools, healthier local governments. The more that we're able to create jobs, and produce revenue the better off we are."

Kasich says in the last two years Ohio has moved up on the business friendly list from 44 to 22.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.