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Published: Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 01, 2009 @ 4:43 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Strickland sat down recently with News Center 7’s Jim Otte for a one-on-one interview to look ahead at the New Year.
The governor said he expects the state will see more suffering from job losses and major cutbacks.
The biggest loss of all is at the air park in Wilmington where DHL is pulling out, leaving 8,000 people without a job in the coming weeks and months.
Strickland said he has been tracking the development in Wilmington very closely, but has been helpless to do much about it.
Strickland said, “I think what’s happening in Wilmington probably represents the most severe job loss location in America today. When you take that many jobs in that geographic area where there is already job loss and not a lot of economic activity occurring, it’s incredibly serious.”
The governor has asked Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher to travel to Wilmington several times as he serves as the state’s development director.
Fisher and others are now working on getting control of the air park property. They said it is the first step in bringing in new jobs.
On the up side in 2009, the governor is optimistic about the incoming Obama administration in Washington.
Strickland also said he will propose an education reform plan in the state.
“Even in a true economic recession, we cannot re-nig on our commitment to provide an adequate and high quality education for our children and our students,” Strickland said.
After the Miami Valley saw its General Motors plant in Moraine shut down for good, the governor expects that the state’s economy will continue to tighten.
Strickland said, “A lot of people feel isolated and alone and disappointed. There are people who have lost jobs they have had for years and it is impossible to know that some of these individuals are experiencing, but we can do everything possible to say this is a shared burden, and the state of Ohio, your friends and neighbors are going to stand with you and try to be as supportive as we can.”