• On the road again: State of the State to be held in Lima
  • February 7, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • Governor John Kasich has received legislative approval to convene a special joint session in Lima for the annual State of the State address. House Joint Resolution 1 authorizes the speech to be held on February 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Lima’s Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center. Continuing a tradition he began last year at Steubenville’s Wells Academy, Kasich’s decision strays from the long standing ritual of former governors that deliver the speech midday at the Statehouse.

    “After 2012’s successful address at Wells Academy in Steubenville, it was clear that there are great benefits to taking this address on the road and bringing it to communities all over the state,” said Speaker Batchelder.

    According to Kasich, his decision stems from a desire to make state government more accessible to Ohioans and shine a light on communities across Ohio making contributions to the state’s success. Lima was chosen as the site for the address in part due to the drop in Allen County’s unemployment rates since January 2011—from 10.8 percent to 6.7 percent, which demonstrates an increase of 2,000 jobs in the Lima Metropolitan Area.