To take full advantage of Ohio's improved attractiveness for business, we created JobsOhio, a fast-moving, privatized economic development corporation with one essential goal: turn around Ohio's reputation by building the best job-creation engine of any state in the nation. Over the past five years, JobsOhio has been integral to Ohio's success and an agile, innovative complement to our improved business climate that is admired as a model for other states to follow.
These efforts have helped us attract new businesses, grow existing ones and diversify our economy, all steps toward creating 428,000 new private-sector jobs for Ohioans. Existing Ohio businesses, like General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Honda, IBM and Abbott Laboratories, have expanded their presence here, while we've welcomed new jobs and investment from innovators like Amazon, Fuyao Glass America and Assurex Health. With this exciting record, I am confident we'll attract even more businesses and industries moving forward.