As part of Ohio's new economic development strategy, the Ohio Department of Development was formally renamed as the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) with a mandate to focus on supporting the businesses, individuals and communities in Ohio.
The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) is a non-partisan partnership of the Governors of the eight Great Lakes States - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin - formed in 1983 to deal with the region's environmental and economic challenges.
The Great Lakes contain one fifth of the world’s fresh water. The region generates nearly 30% of U.S. gross domestic product and about 60% of all U.S. manufacturing.
International Trade Offices: Through the Council of Great Lakes Governors, four of the Great Lakes States have formed a voluntary, non-competitive partnership to advance and enhance their international trade initiatives. The mission of the shared trade offices is to offer responsive and comprehensive services to small and medium sized companies from the Great Lakes region seeking to expand product and service sales. Currently, there are seven Council of Great Lakes Governors shared trade offices worldwide.
In India, Comnet Consultants manages the CGLG India Trade Office, working with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to help Wisconsin companies to access the Indian market and explore export opportunities.
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