Gov. Ted Strickland last week issued an executive order creating an automobile support council to help Ohio’s declining automobile industry.

The Ohio Auto Industry Support Council, a public-private partnership, will work to develop and implement various strategies aimed at stabilizing the auto sector.

“The automotive industry will continue to drive Ohio’s economy,” Strickland said in a statement. “The Ohio Auto Industry Support Council will work to assist our auto businesses up and down the supply chain, to support workers who deserve a more certain future, and to partner with our automotive communities as they respond to the impacts of the automotive crisis at the local level.”

The council will also work with the General Assembly’s Joint Select Committee on the Auto Industry. Former state Rep. Dennis Wojtanowski will serve as president. He traveled last week to Detroit with Strickland to meet with the Big Three automakers.

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