Guest Column from State Representative Greenspan
This January, I was honored to be sworn into the Ohio House of Representatives to serve as your state representative. I have a strong passion for public service, and I’m looking forward to taking my commitment to Columbus to ensure your voice is heard at the Statehouse. Please let me take a moment to introduce myself and share my goals with you.
I have a varied background with experience at the local government level and in the private sector. When I lived in Sandy Springs, Georgia, I was a member of its inaugural city council. From helping the city establish its fire and police departments to expanding its parks program, I was involved with an array of different issues, many that were specific to that region.
Most recently, I served two terms on the Cuyahoga County Council. I was the chairman of the county’s Finance and Budgeting Committee and was instrumental in directing the adoption of a $3 billion biennial budget, the largest county operating budget in Ohio. I’m looking forward to utilizing this specialized expertise when considering the upcoming state biennial budget.
As your state representative, I intend to focus on continuing to strengthen our economy and to draw attention to policies and practices that address and combat the drug and opioid addiction challenges facing our families, communities, and state. As the state continues to foster an environment that strengthens job creation, we must stay focused on the components that improve our overall economic opportunities. These components include infrastructure, transportation, education, workforce development, energy and utilities, access to capital, public safety, agriculture, and water quality. Our strength must be rooted in the belief that our advancements are not made because one or more of these components, but to an “all of the above” strategy.
The primary deterrent that risks Ohio’s continued and future economic development efforts is the drug and addiction issues facing our state and nation. If Ohio doesn’t firmly address this challenge, then the advances we have made as a state will mean little if the job creators cannot find the employee base needed to perform the available jobs. Ohio has made significant strides in preparing its workforce to meet job opportunities and in developing a competent workforce. The challenge that Ohio and most of the nation face is maintaining a qualified workforce—one that can pass drug tests. We are not alone and this is clearly a challenge, one I feel confident that we can address. We must take a leadership role in improving our qualified workforce initiatives so we can continue to become an employment destination for employers nationally and globally.
I’m privileged to represent the 16th Ohio House District at the Statehouse for the next two years. It is my overall goal to be your voice in Columbus—to share your concerns, find solutions to issues involving Cuyahoga County and the rest of the state, and to vote for legislation that seeks to benefit Ohioans.