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accident than all other
states have on purpose.”

Governor James A. Rhodes

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Governor James A. Rhodes

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 youth to graduate with
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Governor James A. Rhodes

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Fellow Commodores:

As I assume my new position as Grand Commodore, I look forward to working with you to ensure that the Association of Ohio Commodores fully measures up to…and even exceeds…the goals and aspirations that were envisioned by Governor Jim Rhodes’ way back in 1966. Through the civic engagement of this association, may we endeavor to make Ohio the most pro-business state in the nation.

In the weeks and months ahead, I especially look forward to working with Governor Mike DeWine, Lt Governor Jon Husted, everybody at Jobs Ohio and  the Ohio Department of Development in advancing economic development initiatives through our Commodores network, now in all 88 counties of Ohio.

Let us all resolve to be that elite corps of ambassadors who work with Governor DeWine to help make Ohio a welcoming place within which to invest in new businesses and community projects for the lasting benefit of all of the citizens of this great state.

Best wishes,
David W. Johnson
Grand Commodore


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