The chairman of JobsOhio said Gov. John Kasich’s privatized development agency is determined to solve a public-image problem that he said has been caused by the news media.
In an interview with The Dispatch last week, James C. Boland and other key JobsOhio officials said that the organization has been incorrectly portrayed as self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable, and they laid out plans to rewrite the narrative, including hiring a public-relations firm and visiting editorial boards across the state.
“Do we have a problem? You’re damn right we do, because the people who are writing about us don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, and we’ve got to educate them,” said Boland, leader of JobsOhio’s nine-member board and former president and CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers Operating Co.
“We’ve got to get on the offense and really let people understand what the hell we’re doing.”
John Minor, president and chief investment officer of JobsOhio, defended the nonprofit entity as a more-effective job-enticer than the state’s former, public economic-development model. He said an experienced and nimble staff of professionals who understand business enables JobsOhio to react faster than a government bureaucracy.