National push to hire military wives strengthened in Ohio

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted said the MSEEZ initiative is built on three pillars: “hire, train and navigate”.

This means connecting military spouses with potential employers, providing training to meet the needs of those businesses, and creating community networks to find local solutions to employment issues.

Jobs for military spouses are of particular importance in the Dayton area due to the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which, with more than 30,000 military and civilian employees, is the largest employer in unique Ohio site.

To exploreWright-Patt, other federal facilities generate $ 19.4 billion for the region’s economy and support 103,000 jobs

“This is something we already understand locally, but this is a statewide initiative coming from above,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of Dayton Development Coalition. Hoagland did not attend Columbus’ announcement but commented afterward.

Government and military jobs are a growth sector in Ohio, he said.

“It’s no surprise that Ohio is increasingly recognized for its military status, especially around spouses, as (state officials) have been laser-focused for the past two or three years in this effort, ”Hoagland said.

One of the outcomes of this goal is Senate Bill 7, which Governor Mike DeWine signed in January 2020. It requires state professional licensing agencies to issue temporary licenses or certificates. military personnel in uniform and spouses who are validly licensed in another jurisdiction and have moved to Ohio. for military service. This is something that Wright-Patt reps have been looking for for years.

Husted introduced the SB 7 as a game changer.

“More and more today, a lot of people have a career that depends on a license,” he said.

This creates unnecessary hardship for military spouses, whether trained as teachers, realtors, healthcare workers, or other licensed professions, if they have to reapply for certification in a different state every day. a few years, Husted said.


Major General (Ret’d) Deborah Ashenhurst, director of the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, speaks during the announcement on October 12, 2021, of Ohio as an Empowerment Zone economic life of military spouses.

Credit: Jim Gaines

Credit: Jim Gaines

In September, the Air Force Department classified Ohio in the mid-state category for military family support. State officials have asked the Air Force to review this ranking, especially in light of SB 7.

In June 2020, DeWine also signed Bill 16, which automatically gives students from Wright-Patt families a tuition fee in state university.

To explore Navigate to Document Viewer for New DOD Report Puts Ohio in the Middle of Professional License Portability

Colleen Briggs, co-chair of the Ohio MSEEZ leadership team and operations manager for Amazon, said she moved to Ohio 12 years ago with her husband on active duty. she was looking for a good job.

Several other military spouses reported similar challenges, but said people like them have many skills to offer and a will to succeed.

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