Ohio House Announces OHIO 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder convened a bipartisan task force to lay the foundation for economic recovery from COVID-19 in Ohio. Householder named 24 members to the OHIO 2020 task force on Monday, April 6. The group of legislators is bipartisan with 17 republicans and 7 democrats representing a diverse range of communities throughout Ohio. Rep. Paul Zeltwanger (R-Mason) was named chair of OHIO 2020, while Rep. Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) will serve as vice-chair. House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes has expressed support for the task force and welcomes the dialogue it will bring.

Speaker Householder stated that he is determined to return Ohio to the positive economic state it experienced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic well-being and future of Ohio’s families and business are of the utmost importance to the task force, who are hoping to identify potential barriers to economic recovery. The task force will hear from those in the business, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, services and recreational sectors during meetings. These guests have been asked to share their experience and concerns in an effort to brainstorm a recovery plan for Ohio’s job market.

The panel met remotely and closed to the public via teleconferencing on Monday, April 6. While this meeting was not subject to open meeting laws, as more details become available the public, the meetings will be available to view online via The Ohio Channel. Speaker Householder hopes to convene the task force multiple times a week considering the urgency of the issue they are tackling. OHIO 2020 is aiming to have a set of recommendations to the governor by late next week.

Majority members include: Rep. Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester), Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township), Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton), Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville), Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake), Rep. Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville), Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Zanesville), Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport), Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City), Rep. George Lang (R-West Chester), Rep. Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Twp.), Rep. Jena Powell (R-Laura), Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk), Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Minerva), Rep. D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron), and Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana)

Minority members include: Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire), Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus), Rep. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park), Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon), and Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton)


  1. S Lample on April 14, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    It’s GREAT the” The task force” will hear from those in the business, manufacturing, retail, wholesale, services and recreational sectors. What about INPUT from EVERYDAY OHIOANS ? And they should meet DAILY to DISCUSS other issues that are JUST as URGENT!! Such as DRUG ABUSE, DRUG OVERDOSE, CHILD and SPOUSE ABUSE (already up 5%), increase in FOSTER KIDS (we already have 20,000), IMPACT on CHILDREN (that are no longer in SCHOOLS), ALIENATION and DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, SUICIDES (already the leading cause of death at many ages) ANGER AGAINST EACH OTHER. and what about PTSD ??

    This Coronavirus PANIC has already DESTROYED the STATE OF OHIO and NOT JUST ECONOMICALLY !!

  2. Clifford J. Dilling on April 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Company Name: D.D.T.A. Services Inc.
    Address : 641 East Taggart St. East Palestine Oh. 44413
    Number of years in bus. : 29 yrs.
    Number of employees: 10
    We are a Drug & Alcohol consortium and 3rd. party administrator for large and small Motor Carriers and Drug free work places. We keep them in compliance with State and Federal regulation requirements. We are an essential business that keeps the transportation industry moving on the highways legally and safely, we deal with Motor Carriers through out the united states. We provide them with NIDA certified Laboratories for testing, MRO’s (Medical Review Officers) that review all results, certified collection sites throughout the united states, and comply with all the transportation entities such as FMCSA ( Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), FTA ( Federal Transit Authority), FRR ( Federal Rail Road), PHMSA ( Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration), and USCG (United States Coast Guard). All my staff have been remotely positioned to work from their homes to stay employed. there has been a financial strain to do this and I submitted an PPP application to my local bank for help after I researched the program and I was the first for my local bank to deal with. I filled out all the forms correctly and submitted them to the bank, but I feel they were not prepared soon enough. I applied early enough but I got the call that the money ran out. I’ve been with this bank for over 33 yrs., the bank was taken over by a large group of banks earlier this year and I guess I’m one of their little fish in their big sea so they don’t care, My business is service oriented, we provide the service, bill the client and wait for the money, and I still have overhead to satisfy, Labs. MRO, collection sites and everything else. My little nest egg is dwindling and I will have to lay off personal to add to our state large unemployment list of which I don’t want to and that means I will have to close my doors after 29 yrs. and put my clients in violation of the federal regulations.

  3. Hsanni Scott on April 20, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    This site doesn’t address small business loans! Due to the Virus, the entertainment business will suffer the most! Why is the news media reporting this location as another site for small businesses to receive information and applications for assistance?

    • Impact Ohio on May 15, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      We’re not sure why the media might be reporting Impact Ohio as a place for information on small business loans. We are not involved with that program.

  4. Michael Knisley on April 28, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Looking to share the story of the members of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council that are working during the coronavirus.

    We have over 100,000 men and women who put a hard hat on every day working across Ohio.

    Our organization has been in business for over 100 years.

  5. Matt Bonito on April 28, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Please work to open Ohio sooner that what Governor DeWine is proposing. As more data has come in, this virus has been here longer than initially thought and is much less deadly. Please work to get the healthy and less vulnerable back to work and school now. This shutdown is more deadly and costly than the virus.


    Matt Bonito

  6. LISA TULLEY on May 14, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    I am not a business,however I do have questions.I would like to know if and when our outside race tracks will be allowed to open.With resturants and other establishments being allowed to open,why not our local race tracks and have guidelines like anything else being opened.Golf coarses are opened and that is an outside sport.Outdoor driveins are allowed to open why not race tracks?People need to be able to have an outdoor activity to enjoy.

    • Impact Ohio on May 15, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Lisa, you might have seen that this was addressed by Governor DeWine yesterday. Horse racing is permitted to return May 22, but without spectators. More details will be available at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

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