Ohio Governor Bob Taft recently took his Cabinet on the road for their first
meeting outside Columbus - and their first stop was Owens Community College.
"It's important to bring state government outside the state capital," Taft said. "This is where the action is."
"It's important for all our Cabinet members to go outside Columbus and listen to concerns, to examine specific projects and specific needs," the governor said. More than 15 Cabinet members attended, as well as Lieutenant Governor Maureen O'Connor.
Recognizing the importance of higher education in Ohio, Taft said he was proud to be at Owens Community College. The governor and his cabinet were welcomed by Owens President Daniel H. Brown.
"We're here to listen and see what we can do to be of assistance," Taft told the nearly 300 community and business leaders who attended the Cabinet meeting.
The meeting also featured presentations by: Dr. Larry McDougle, president of Northwest State Community College; Jim Hartung, president of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority; and Terry Overmyer, mayor of Fremont.
Taft praised Northwest Ohio organizations for "coming together to work together".
"That unity, that cooperation is very important," he said. "I hold you up as a model for the entire state of Ohio."
Following a press conference, Taft met with a small group of Owens students from a "College Success Steps" class, taught by Robyn Marrufo. The governor asked about their studies at the College and their interest in higher education.
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