Sharing the story- that’s what Ohio is hoping it’s newly recruited advocates will do. The Ohio Ambassador Program is a key initiative in the Ohio Department of Development’s Strategic Plan, Ohio Home of Innovation and Opportunity.
“In the midst of one of the most challenging economic crises that our nation and state has ever faced, a critical role Ohioans can play is promoting all of the assets of living and doing business in our state,” Lt. Governor Lee Fisher said. “Although we face great challenges, our ability to come together and tell the world what is great about Ohio will be key to ensuring prosperity and a bright future for our state.”
The state’s goal is to engage people across our state and around the world in
conversation about all the diverse opportunities available in Ohio. In these conversations, an Ohio Ambassador is expected to:
- Share their Ohio experiences
- Address misperceptions of Ohio
- Avoid negatively positioning another state or location
- Be supportive of all Ohio locations
In the four months since the Program was officially launched, we now have more than 1,065 Ohio Ambassadors and counting! What’s more, Ohio Ambassadors include people from every corner of the state and friends as far away as Japan, China, and Germany. That means that not only is our Ohio Ambassador Program becoming an increasingly popular way for us to Share the Ohio Story, but we are also now reaching audiences on new continents.
Ambassadors must be at least 18 years of age, be supportive of Ohio and willing to share the Ohio Story, have a current or past connection to Ohio, and an interest in positively impacting the Ohio economy.
A Web site – www.Ambassador.Ohio.gov. – has been created to support the program. The Web site provides Ohioans with an in-depth look at the benefits of becoming an Ohio Ambassador. Resource materials on the Ohio Story, dramatic pictures of Ohio’s communities, and facts about the state economy are available online, providing Ambassadors with information about Ohio’s education
system, industry strengths, business climate, and social and recreational opportunities around the state. This information is designed to help Ohio Ambassadors more effectively share the Ohio Story with others.
I’m an ambassador, won’t you consider becoming one?