New Ad Campaign Takes Aim At Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross For Threatening Ohio Jobs

After Publicly Praising the Economic Development Administration, Ross Is Attempting to Eliminate Agency That Has Created or Saved 1,199 Ohio Jobs

OHIO — Today, Restore Public Trust launched a new ad campaign in Ohio and nine other states across the country affected by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ proposed elimination of the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA, an agency specifically designed to stimulate economic growth in struggling areas, has created or saved an estimated 1,199 Ohioan jobs through $8,463,670 in grants since 2017. The proposed budget cuts come after Ross has repeatedly publicly praised the program.

“Secretary Ross’ attempt to abolish the Economic Development Administration should concern every single resident of Ohio,” said Lizzy Price, spokesperson for Restore Public Trust. “Ross himself publicly acknowledges the importance of the EDA to creating and saving jobs, yet privately he is working to eliminate the EDA. Ross is supposed to be on the side of Ohio workers and defend American jobs, but he’s maliciously obfuscating the truth: he says he cares about American workers while he goes behind their backs to undermine their jobs.”


Despite his public remarks and claims that he supports American jobs, Ross’ actions show his thorough disregard for struggling communities. Ross’ proposal will threaten 17,000 jobs across the country despite the program’s support from Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Earlier this year Restore Public Trust launched to expose Ross’ history of cutting jobs in states from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas. As the website shows, before joining the Trump Administration Ross lined his own pockets in the private sector by shipping American jobs overseas. Secretary Ross was responsible for laying off over 11,000 workers in 11 states before joining the administration to head up the Commerce Department.

In addition to the digital ad campaign, Restore Public Trust updated to contain new information about the additional number of jobs per state threatened by Ross’ proposed cuts to the EDA. In Ohio, after already being responsible for eliminating 817 jobs when he was in the private sector, Ross’ proposed cuts to the EDA threaten an additional 1,199 jobs. The numbers don’t lie: Ross is bad for the economy.

The EDA has had a positive impact in Ohio thanks to the over $300 million budget that was approved for the agency as part of both FY 2018 and FY 2019 spending bills. The EDA has provided numerous grants to cities across Ohio under this administration including:

  • $300,000 to Jumpstart Inc. expected to support 210 direct jobs and was praised by Wilbur Ross

  • $2,793,392 in assistance to Coal Communities to Shawnee State University and the Shawnee State University Development Foundation expected to create or save 240 jobs and praised by Wilbur Ross

  • $2,511,393 to the Village of Leipsic and the Village of Gilboa expected to create or save 437 jobs and praised by Wilbur Ross

  • $858,885 to the Village of Delta, the Maumee Valley Planning Organization, and Fulton County expected to create 165 jobs

  • $2,000,000 to the Youngstown State University and the County of Mahoning expected to create or save 147 jobs and praised by Wilbur Ross

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