Ohio Economic Information Guide
Table of Contents
Ohio Government Web Resources
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- Ohio Attorney General
By law, the Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer for the state of Ohio.
- Ohio Auditor of State
As one of five independently elected statewide offices under Ohio’s Constitution, the Auditor of State strives for clean, accountable and efficient governments for the people of Ohio.
- Ohio Board of Regents
The Ohio Board of Regents, a nine-member advisory board to the chancellor with two ex-officio representatives from the state legislature, was created in 1963 by the general assembly. Members of the Board of Regents are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Responsibilities of the board include, developing an independent annual report on the Condition of Higher Education in the Ohio, and issuing an annual performance review of the chancellor. The board is also responsible for advising the chancellor on issues of statewide importance affecting higher education.
- Ohio Business Gateway
The Ohio Business Gateway is about making government accessible to you and your business by helping you find the information and services you need to keep your business thriving in Ohio.
- Ohio Business Lending Clearinghouse
Not-for-profit public-private partnership between the Ohio Department of Development , the Ohio Treasurer’s Office, and some of Ohio’s leading financial institutions. It is designed to potentially connect Ohio’s small businesses who are looking for capital with Ohio financial institutions interested in making loans to qualified businesses. The OBLC is also committed to connecting Ohio small businesses with additional business development resources to help them grow, prosper, and create jobs for Ohioans.
- Ohio Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to protect Ohio’s citizens by ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply and the health of Ohio’s food animals and plant life, and to create sustainable economic opportunities for Ohio’s farmers, food processors and agribusinesses regardless of size, product or region.
- Ohio Proud
The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s marketing program that identifies and promotes food and agricultural products that are made in Ohio and grown in Ohio. Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry, contributing more than $98 billion to the state’s economy.
- Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Administration; Division of Financial Institutions; Division of Industrial Compliance & Labor; Division of Liquor Control.
- Ohio Department of Development
Working with communities and businesses, the Department of Development promotes economic opportunities to improve the profits and prosperity of Ohio’s citizens. The Department acting in a support role provides financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio’s future.
- Ohio eLicense Center
Use the Ohio e-License search function to verify the status of a professional license. If it is not possible to verify the status of a licensee online, please contact the Board at (614) 466-2316 office for assistance.
- Ohio Ethics Commission
Promotes ethics in public service to strengthen the public’s confidence that Government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. The Commission has jurisdiction over Ohio’s public officials and employees at the state and local levels of government, except legislators, judges, and their staffs.
- Ohio Geological Survey
The mission of the Ohio Geological Survey is: “To provide geologic information and services needed for responsible management of Ohio’s natural resources.” Their vision is: “To be recognized as an innovative team conducting relevant geologic investigations and increasing awareness of Ohio geology.”
- The Ohio House of Representatives
The Ohio House of Representatives is composed of 99 members. Since 1967, legislative districts have been determined on the basis of population. Every 10 years, following the federal census, the total population of the state is divided by 99, to arrive at the approximate population for each district. In the 127th General Assembly, this figure is approximately 110,000 residents per House district.
- Ohio Office of Budget and Management
The mission of OBM is to provide financial management and policy analysis to help ensure the responsible use of state resources. In fulfilling its mission, OBM coordinates, develops, and monitors agency operating and capital budgets, and reviews, processes, and reports financial transactions made by state agencies. OBM also assists the Governor and other state agencies by providing policy and management support relative to the state’s fiscal activities.
- Ohio Secretary of State
The secretary of state supervises the administration of election laws, approves ballot language, reviews statewide initiative and referendum petitions, chairs the Ohio Ballot Board, which approves ballot language for statewide issues, canvasses votes for all elective state offices and issues; investigates election fraud and irregularities, trains election officials and reimburses counties for poll worker training costs.
- The Ohio Senate
Thirty-three state senators are elected from legislative districts throughout the state of Ohio — each one represents approximately 330,000 people. The districts are redrawn every 10 years, following the completion of the national census.
- Ohio’s Knowledge Economy Awareness Initiative
Innovative technology and knowledge-based companies are changing the way we do business and redefining the forces that contribute to economic success. This website is designed to inform, educate and invite participation in the initiative to transform Ohio into a state poised to take advantage of the knowledge economy.
- Ohio Treasurer of State
The mission of the Ohio Treasury is to protect and invest state funds while providing innovative financial education and resources, empowering you to make Smart Money Choices.
- The Ohio Urban University Program
Ohio’s urban universities, working together through the Ohio Urban University Program (UUP), are an important public policy and economic development resource for the State. The research products of the UUP have addressed nearly every major economic development initiative of the State including Business Tax Reform, Tax Code Restructuring, Program Development and Evaluation, Economic Development Strategy, and Land Reuse and Redevelopment.
- State Library of Ohio
Established in 1817, the State Library of Ohio has three priorities: To lead and partner in the development of library services throughout Ohio; To promote and enable resource sharing among libraries and library networks; and To provide access to information for Ohio’s state government.
- The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System
The Supreme Court of Ohio, acting through the Chief Justice and the Justices of the Court, possesses constitutional and statutory authority to exercise general powers of superintendence over the courts of the state. This includes responsibility for providing leadership for the judicial branch of Ohio government.
- University System of Ohio
The University System of Ohio is the largest comprehensive public system of higher education in the nation, offering options for every student, from the GED to the Ph.D. Consisting of 14 universities, 23 university regional campuses, 23 community colleges, and more than 140 adult education programs, the University System of Ohio ensures that all Ohioans have access to a high-quality, affordable higher education.
- U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of data about the nation’s people and economy.