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Meetings, Roundtables, and Tours Round-out a Successful August District Work Period

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Washington, September 5, 2018 | comments
During the August district work period, I had the opportunity to spend significant time meeting with constituents, hosting roundtables to discuss issues facing our community, and visiting several new facilities which are opening and creating jobs in Ohio’s 15th District. I always appreciate this time to learn more about what matters to the constituents of this district, and learn how I can help as your representative in Congress.
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During the August district work period, I had the opportunity to spend significant time meeting with constituents, hosting roundtables to discuss issues facing our community, and visiting several new facilities which are opening and creating jobs in Ohio’s 15th District. I always appreciate this time to learn more about what matters to the constituents of this district, and learn how I can help as your representative in Congress.

For example, I hosted my sixth annual opioid roundtable, where I sat down with over 70 experts from across the district to discuss how we can continue working together to address drug abuse in our communities. I came away with nearly 20 recommendations and ideas that I am going to work on to help address this issue in Ohio, and across the country.

I also hosted a veterans employment roundtable, where I had a chance to meet with veterans resource organizations and employers to discuss challenges and issues facing veterans searching for employment. We talked about ways we can better connect veterans to resources that provide job training and education, as well as translating military experience to civilian jobs. During the roundtable, I also hosted over 31 companies for a Veterans Job and Resource Fair, where veterans were able to attend for free and learn more about resources available to them and meet with potential employers.

Outside of roundtables, I had the chance to attend the grand openings of Genesis Medical Center in Perry County and the AmerisourceBergen and ICS facility in Lockbourne, and tour the recently closed Hocking Correctional Unit in Nelsonville.
The Genesis Medical Center will give families a convenient location to access quality medical care in Perry County – in fact, it is located just 12 minutes or less from 75 percent of the county’s population. They will also benefit from an Appalachian Regional Commission grant to Somerset to construct an access road to make it even easier to get from State Route 13 to the health center.

I was also honored to be part of the grand opening of the AmerisourceBergen and ICS facility with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH). The new center will provide innovative distribution for a variety of pharmaceuticals, benefiting patients across Ohio and the country. Even more exciting – this will create approximately 125 new jobs in Franklin County.

Additionally, it was promising to hear about the progress at the former site of the Hocking Correctional Unit. Since closing earlier this year, we have been working as a community to find a solution to reduce job loss in the area, while also combatting the drug abuse epidemic. By repurposing both the Nelsonville Doctor’s Hospital and the Hocking Correctional Unit to create a multi-service facility to for treatment and recovery – dubbed the Appalachian Recovery Center Project – as well as utilizing local rapid response teams, we will finally be able to provide the wrap-around care necessary to help get people out from under drug addiction in southeast Ohio. Moreover, this project is expected to create over 140 new jobs.  

As beneficial as these tours and roundtables were, some of the best parts of the work period was having individual meetings with constituents and hearing their perspective on issues facing our country. Even if we do not agree on an issue, the conversation alone makes us better and I appreciate hearing the perspective of all of my constituents.

As we continue in the 115th Congress, I look forward to continue hearing from you. I invite you to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049 if you have any questions or comments.  You can also sign-up for my e-newsletter at www.stivers.house.gov.

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