COLUMBUS, Ohio – September 10, 2014 – Representative Ryan Smith (R – Bidwell) from Ohio’s 93rd House District, which includes Jackson and Gallia counties, as well as portions of Lawrence and Vinton counties, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to economic development in the state of Ohio with the “Friend of Ohio’s Entrepreneurs Award”. This award singles out individuals who demonstrate ongoing support of entrepreneurship as a key driver for prosperity in the state.
As a member of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, Representative Smith understands the crucial contribution entrepreneurs make to sustained economic growth which depends in large part on adequate access to capital.
VentureOhio, a trade association formed late in 2013, hosted its first annual dinner to celebrate the successes within the entrepreneurial community and to discuss the state of venture capital activity based on the results of the Ohio VentureReport 2013.
Steve Haynes VentureOhio Policy Chairman and Founder and Managing Partner of Glengary, LLC presented the award.
For more information, visit www.ventureohio.net and follow us on twitter @VentureOhio.
Since joining the House of Representatives on April 18th, my life has been very busy. The amount of information given in a short period of time is amazing but I have really enjoyed the opportunity to expand my knowledge base in many different areas. The most challenging aspect of my new position is having a good understanding of multiple topics such as Medicaid expansion, school funding, department of corrections, the judicial system, Ohio EPA and pension regulation. These are just a few of the topics we have discussed but needless to say I have learned a lot in my short time in the legislature. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to move Ohio in the right direction. It has truly been an honor to represent the citizens in the 87th Ohio House District.
Since returning to Gallia County in 1995 I have spent the past sixteen (16) years working diligently to improve the community in which I am raising my family. I am proud to say that many of my accomplishments have included a broad base of community involvement. I have always encouraged others to find what they are passionate about and to get involved in some way, shape, or form. Great things can be accomplished by those who give time, money and effort and the result of those actions can make the community a better place for the next generation to live, work and raise families. When Representative Carey decided to move to private sector employment, I saw an opportunity to take my efforts to the next level and work on a regional plan for all of southeastern Ohio. I am very excited and proud to be from southeastern Ohio and I look forward to being able to help our area grow through the efficient allocation of state resources.