Gearing Up for the War for Talent

Ohio has a new innovative and valuable tool now available to assist companies in the so-called war for talent. JobsOhio is now offering Talent Acquisition Service (TAS) as part of its incentive offerings to some companies planning to expand in or relocate to Ohio.

Ohio has a new innovative and valuable tool now available to assist companies in the so-called war for talent. JobsOhio is now offering Talent Acquisition Service (TAS) as part of its incentive offerings to some companies planning to expand in or relocate to Ohio. The program is designed to compliment and augment a company’s own recruiting efforts.

In recent months, clients of Development Strategies Group (DSG) have been offered this service. We have been impressed with the flexibility of the program design and its ability to integrate with and amplify existing recruiting efforts. As is the case in many situations, it is tough to “break through the noise” and make your company and your opportunities known.  The JobsOhio TAS program is helping growing companies by hitting more job boards, participating in more job fairs, enhancing social media efforts, and adding more “hands” to do the work and ideas to reach workers.

The customizable talent attraction program is offered at no cost to the company. Rather the company is offered a budget allocation from JobsOhio to engage in the work. This approach also utilizes the services of JobsOhio as a liaison between the company and service providers, saving the company the time and effort required to identify vendors, execute contracts, and manage the work of an outside provider.

Companies can choose from the following services available:

  • Talent Advising (included in every project): JobsOhio will provide assistance in reviewing the candidate experience, attraction and application processes, refining outreach and intake, matching the company with relevant partners for long-term talent development and expanding talent pools based on regionally crafted strategies.
  • Candidate Marketing and Attraction: This use includes recruitment marketing strategy and supporting channel strategies, digital and traditional advertising costs (in and out of state), recruitment branding and creative development, job posting licensure, event promotion and sponsorships, and associated services with advertising job opportunities.
  • Sourcing Talent: One-to-one connections will be facilitated with validated talent pools and partners by the JobsOhio Talent Service. Labor market data for direct engagement will also be provided, as well as outreach and recruitment support.
  • Pre-screening Talent: Companies selecting this program will have use of and access to JobsOhio’s extensive menu of tools to ensure alignment between candidates and the company’s required skills, knowledge and abilities. Pre-screening tools can be customized to the company’s position requirements.
  • Pre-hire Training: Unlike the JobsOhio Workforce Training Grant (reimbursement model), the TAS program can fund pre-hire training activities for the company with no upfront costs for the company. Utilizing an agreed upon and standardized training curriculum, delivery would come from a trusted JobsOhio partner. Training delivery will be customized to the company’s requirements.

While not a traditional tax credit, grant, loan or tax abatement, this innovative tool is market savvy – offering a differentiator for Ohio by not only offering to help train workers, but as is often now the case, helping to find them.

For more information on the Talent Acquisition Service program, feel free to contact Doug Moormann at (513) 237-2466 or

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Anne Sesler brings more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs consulting to Government Strategies Group. Anne works with local elected officials, state legislators, reporters and community leaders on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients developing community outreach and engagement strategies, conducts media relations, builds grassroots support for projects, and conducts communication with stakeholders and legislators.

Anne lends her public policy and political communication experience beyond GSG to her role as Vice Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. Over the years, she’s offered political counsel to both state and local campaigns, including Preschool Promise, Ohio Jobs and Growth (the casino ballot initiative), United for Jobs and Ohio’s Future (Third Frontier), and many others. Anne lives in Mt. Lookout with her husband, Bryan.

Focus areas: 

  • Local government relations
  • Coalition building
  • Media relations and communications
  • Crisis communications

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  • Making Cincinnati a better place for all

In the community:

  • Leadership Cincinnati Class 47
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  • Cincinnati Democratic Committee Co-Chair
  • Hamilton County Democratic Party, Vice Chair
  • Mt. Lookout Community Council member

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Chip Gerhardt has made government affairs, economic development, and issue advocacy his life’s work. He’s worked for decades in the public and private sectors, and advocated at the local, state, and federal levels of government. In 2007, he used that experience to found Government Strategies Group, a full-service government relations firm. At GSG, he works directly with clients, helping them navigate the complicated intersection of politics, public policy, and business.

In his many years in public policy, Chip has been involved in significant policies including; creation of tax increment financing districts, the Clean Ohio program, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and most importantly, the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. He has also been at the forefront of some of the biggest developments in Greater Cincinnati, including the Horseshoe (now Hard Rock) Casino, TQL Stadium for FC Cincinnati, parking garage structures at The Banks, and the redevelopment of the @580 building. Rarely is there a public policy endeavor in Cincinnati that does not involve GSG.

Chip received his B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife Jane. Son Charlie is a local chef and children Hank and Anne have completed their education and started lives of their own.

Focus areas:

  • State and local government relations
  • Economic development
  • Issue advocacy

Driven by:

  • A lifelong interest in the political system has driven Chip to a career in public policy and politics. As a parent of three, one with Down syndrome, has compelled him to promote public policies designed to help others. Whether it is enabling financial independence for people with disabilities, advancing funding for housing families facing homelessness, or assisting with economic development projects, Chip involves himself in things that make a positive difference. 

In the community:

  • Hamilton County Board of Elections member
  • Current Board Member for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, People Working Cooperatively, Corporation for Findlay Market, goVibrant, and the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman of the Board for the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Former board member of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 of the Region’s Most Powerful Business Leaders, 2021-2022
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