Kasich says Ohio going 'more on offense' for jobs

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says Ohio is getting more aggressive in economic development, as the state's new private job-creation agency gears up for spurring business investment.

Kasich spoke to reporters Wednesday after addressing a JobsOhio board meeting in Cincinnati. Kasich opened the meeting by announcing plans by a Denver-based energy company for three new natural gas processing-related plants in eastern Ohio. The governor said besides the construction work, the plants in Monroe and Harrison counties will employ 50 to 100 people and represent about a half-billion-dollar investment by MarkWest.

Kasich says that shows companies are confident about doing business in Ohio, and says the state is ready to go "more on offense" as JobsOhio moves ahead.

He also says that the agency will be as open as competitively possible.