Rob's Rundown: Week of April 9 - April 13 Senator Portman discussed his plan to grow the economy and spur job creation at the opening of Bridgestone’s new state-of-the-art Americas Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.
meeting with the caucus, Republican leader Mitch McConnell asked Portman to share a few stories from his campaign. “I shamelessly took out my jobs plan,” he says, and passed it out to the senators on 8.5″-by-3.5″ cards. “We need one of these,” he told them. McConnell agreed and encouraged Portman to devise a “jobs agenda” for Senate Republicans, with a focus on tax reform, regulatory reform, health care, and energy. “It took about six months to get all 47 Republicans on board” as he worked with them to iron out differences.
(“Working Class Wonk” by Robert Costa. National Review. April 11, 2012.)
Portman Optimistic About Ohio’s Oil Future
Drilling in the Utica shale for oil and natural gas presents a “fantastic opportunity” for Ohio and the nation, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Wednesday at the Oil & Gas Business Development Seminar.
“We’ve got to go for it,” Portman said. “It’s a terrific opportunity.”
Portman, R-Cincinnati, addressed attendees during a reception at the end of the seminar. He stopped in Canton after spending the early part of his day in Akron for the opening of Bridgestone America’s new technical center and visiting the Corrosion Engineering Center at the University of Akron.
Portman said as a member of the Senate’s Energy Committee, he has toured well sites and businesses around eastern Ohio. He mentioned factories that have been revived and small businesses such as restaurants and hotels that are seeing more business.
“We are a state that will be actually exporting energy and creating jobs,” Portman said. “This is hundreds of jobs right here in Canton that we can point to.”
(“Portman optimistic about Ohio’s oil future” by Robert Wang. The Canton Repository. April 12, 2012.)
Tech Center Opening Stirs Firestone Park Revitalization
Akron’s Firestone Park neighborhood has gone global with the opening of the $100 million Bridgestone Americas Technical Center.
On Wednesday, Bridgestone Americas celebrated the grand opening of the 260,000-square-foot tech center, now the crown jewel in the Nashville-based company’s 1,000-?employee Akron campus, along with the site’s long-established research and data centers.
About 250 people attended the grand opening. Speakers included top executives from Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Corp. in Japan, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and state, county and local politicians.
(“Tech center opening stirs Firestone Park revitalization” by Jim Mackinnon. The Akron Beacon Journal. April 11, 2012.)
Portman Staff Sets Office Hours In Fairfield County
LANCASTER -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's staff will hold office hours from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 26 on the third floor of the Fairfield County Courthouse, 210 E. Main St., Lancaster.
Constituents will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with a district representative who will forward their feedback to the senator. Appointments are not necessary.
For information, call Portman's district representative Stephen White, at (614) 469-6774.
(“Portman staff sets office hours in Fairfield County” by Staff Reporter. The Lancaster Eagle Gazette. April 12, 2012.)