News briefs – Aug. 12

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OHIO EXPORT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM GROWING BUSINESSES, PREPARING STUDENTS – The Ohio Export Internship Program helps businesses grow by expanding internationally, and gives undergraduate students the skills and experience to succeed in a globally competitive job market.

“These students bring value to the business from the first day,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “It gives them an exporting strategy that didn’t exist before participating in the internship program.”

The Ohio Export Internship Program is a collaboration between the Ohio Development Services Agency, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration, placing students in businesses across the state. The 42-member graduating class of 2015 showcases the positive impact of these partnerships between the state of Ohio, its universities and private industry.

Since 2012, the program has generated millions of dollars of global sales for Ohio companies, and created more than 100 internationally focused internships. Ohio exports reached a record-setting $52.1 billion in 2014, and continue to drive economic growth and fuel job creation in our state.

Note: Please see attached picture of the 2015 graduating class. If you are interested in a more personalized story, we can connect you with a business in your area involved with the program.

CENTRAL OHIO RETAIL MARKET SEEING POSITIVE ACTIVITY – The Columbus commercial retail market finished the second quarter of 2015 on a positive note, posting a positive net absorption of over 155,000 square feet (SF), according to the second quarter report from the Central Ohio Commercial Information Exchange (COCIE).

This positive activity is normal for this time of year, according to Brian Irwin, director of client services and sales at Xceligent.

“Tenants are moving into spaces in the first two quarters more than others,” Irwin said.

In the overall market the Community/Convenience subset performed the best with positive net absorption of 111,000 square feet and an overall vacancy rate of 9.7 percent. Community/Convenience buildings are tracked as a single set and consist of community and neighborhood buildings, as well as convenience centers.

NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL’S CENTER FOR HEALTHY WEIGHT AND NUTRITION ACHIEVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION FROM AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS METABOLIC, BARIATRIC SURGERY ACCREDITATION AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM – Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition recently achieved Adolescent Center accreditation by the joint American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This nationally accredited certification acknowledges Nationwide Children’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for severely obese adolescent patients undergoing metabolic and bariatric surgery. Nationwide Children’s is the first free-standing adolescent center in the country to achieve this important certification.

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ( ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive care at institutions that demonstrate significant commitment to providing a safe environment for the treatment of the obese population, including the use of a multidisciplinary care model designed to improve patient outcomes and long-term success following bariatric surgery.

“We are proud to receive this recognition that highlights our program’s commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Marc Michalsky , MD, surgical director for the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition. “Obesity increases the risk of morbidity and mortality as a result of diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health-related risks. Through a multidisciplinary approach to bariatric surgery, our team is able to help severely obese teens achieve healthy weight status and reduce risk factors from numerous obesity-related conditions.”

NORTHEAST OHIO RESIDENT NAMED AS OSBA PRESIDENT-ELECT NOMINEE – Denise Baba was recently selected as the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) 2016 president-elect nominee. If elected during OSBA’s statewide conference in November, she will become OSBA president in 2017 following her term as president-elect.

Elected three times to the Streetsboro City Schools Board of Education, Baba has served as both board president (2009 and 2013) and vice president (2008 and 2012).

She serves on the OSBA Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and Federal Relations Network. She is the Northeast Region immediate past president and serves on the region’s executive committee. She also is her district’s legislative liaison to OSBA.

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