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Gee says farewell to JobsOhio board
Gov. Kasich praises the former Ohio State president
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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E. Gordon Gee leaves JobsOhio as well as Ohio State.
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Former Ohio State University President Gordon Gee – who is now president of West Virginia University is leaving the JobsOhio Board of Directors. Ohio Gov.John Kasich praised Gee during his last meeting with the organization.

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“Gordon is a can-do guy and I asked him what his thing is over at W.V.U. and he says, “Well, I have a bow tie with WVU initials in all of them.” (chuckles). There will be something big coming out of West Virginia but Gordon, thank you.”

Gee praised Kasich as well, and the JobsOhio board he was instrumental in creating.

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“I can honestly say, in particular because of the fact that I have moved venues, that there have been few, if anything, I have seen that has had more success, more quickly, than what we are doing now.”

Kasich credits JobsOhio with bringing 250,000 new jobs into the state during the last three years. Critics say there’s no proof those jobs wouldn’t have materialized under the former Department of Development. And they say the private, non-profit company lacks the transparency needed to operate with public dollars.

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