THE COMMUNICATOR A News Magazine from State Representative Dave Greenspan
Welcome to our news magazine - The Communicator. The Communicator is intended to provide the residents and businesses of the 16th Ohio House District and the State of Ohio with periodic updates on legislative issues that are important to all Ohioans.
It is my honor to represent the Cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.
About Representative Greenspan
"As powerful as government is, it can only do so much by itself. Government can never take the place of parents in raising children. Government can never take the place of families and churches and synagogues in teaching values.
Government can never take the place of people in our communities working together and looking out for each other. Government can, of course, provide opportunities and encouragement. Government can help the next generation become better off. But government cannot make the next generation better. Government can set goals but only people can touch souls.“
A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat, Author Senator Zell Miller, Stroud & Hall Publishers, 2003.
Representative Dave Greenspan is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 16th Ohio House District, which includes the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake.
Representative Greenspan has a wealth of experience in local government, serving in different capacities across the country. He served on the inaugural City Council for the city of Sandy Springs, Georgia and helped establish its Fire and Police Departments, develop its first Fund Balance Reserve Policy, and expand the city’s parks program.
Most recently, Representative Greenspan served two terms on the Cuyahoga County Council, first elected to the inaugural County Council in 2010. During his tenure, Representative Greenspan was the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Finance and Budgeting Committee, directing the adoption of a $3 billion biennial budget, which is the largest county operating budget in the state of Ohio.
Dave graduated from Troy University in Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. In addition to his dedication to public service, Representative Greenspan has held a variety of roles in the public sector, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer. He has held leadership positions with the Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting, Turner Media Consultants, and the PGA TOUR Radio Network. Currently, Representative Greenspan is a small business owner and Chief Executive Officer of Green Elk Consulting Services, a consulting company that focuses on emerging/start-up ventures and turn-around business entities.
Representative Greenspan is married with three children and is active in their education, extracurricular activities, and civic organizations. He and his family currently live in Westlake, Ohio.
State Representative Dave Greenspan
State Representative Dave Greenspan
Capital Budget Benefits District 16
To accompany House Bill 360, Representative Greenspan introduced a partner bill co-sponsored by Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), that would generate funding for bullying prevention and related-educational programming. The Stop Bullying License Plate bill would create a voluntary license plate option for Ohioans to purchase for an additional $25.
Both bills have passed through the House committee process and are now waiting for a floor vote from the House.
I am excited to announce that Governor Kasich signed the state capital budget into law, which invest $2.62 billion statewide, including $20.5 million in funding for projects in Cuyahoga County.
The capital Budget, House Bill 529, contains funding for needed improvements in public services and facilities across the state, including school, roads and bridges waterways and parks. The bill also increases investments in mental health and addition services facilities.
I worked with local government and Community leaders in the Westshore communities to understand and advocate for hid districts needs and prioritizes, and also advocated for projects outside his district that are beneficial to Cuyahoga county as a whole
Projects for Ohio House District 16 , encompassing Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted , Rocky River and Westlake, include:
$200,000 for the City of North Olmsted to construct a fault tolerant, redundant and diverse fiber ring to improve safety services
$200,000 for the Lily Weston House for building renovations
$130,000 for the Cahoon Memorial Park to build a multi-purpose facility and connect a trail to the Metro Parks
$100,00 for the BAYarts Huntington Playhouse to assist with building upgrades
$100,000 for the Fairview Park Indoor Pool and Aquatics Center for a generator
$62,000 for the Rose Hill Museum to assist with structural repairs
$50,000 for the Frostville Museum to build an 1840's replica schoolhouse
$32,500 for the construction of the Bay Village Emergency Response Boat Storage Shelter
$15,000 for the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to replace the roof
It was enlightening to work on my first capital budget bill. I am honored to work with so many great projects from my district and have a hand in assisting them in receiving funding. I am grateful that my district was so fortunate in this bill. I look forward to all the improvement that will be made in our Westshore communities and am thankful to represent the residents in our district.
Ensuring a commitment to Ohio's students and preparing them for the workforce. the bill makes state wide investment of $600 million in school construction,. including repairs, renovations, maintenance ., as well as $483 million for projects supporting Ohio's public colleges and universities.
This bill also feature $514 million to repair roads, bridges, water-supply systems and storm sewers. That includes $100 million to support the Clean Ohio program, which funds the preservation of green space, farmland, open spaces and expanded recreational opportunities.
The state continued promote policies aimed at stemming the tide of addiction, and the capital budget works to help local communities in this effort. Nearly $222 million was invested for critical health and human services funding for youth services, development disabilities, mental health, addition treatment, and womens health initiatives.
COLUMBUS— State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) announces the passage of his bill that would establish a standard general protocol for addressing acts of bullying and hazing while continuing to respect the concept of local control. The bill is comprised of many best practices from other state legislatures. If passed, the legislation would only apply to public schools. Rep. Greenspan has worked with every stakeholder possible during this process and has received an overwhelming amount of support from parents who have a personal connection to the issue.
Representative Greenspan's Anti-Bullying and Hazing Efforts
Investigative journalist, Tom Meyer, from Channel 3 Cleveland, covered the bill. Click here to learn more.
Increased Funding for Local Governments - Roads
House Bill 415
Increased Investment Authority for Local Communities
House Bill 251
COLUMBUS— Representative Greenspan (R-Westlake) introduced House Bill 38, The Public Safety and Military Protection Act, which passed the House unanimously and is now waiting for approval from the Senate. The bill is designed to increase the penalties for violent offenders only in cases when it is the offender's specific purpose to attack a law enforcement officer, first responder, or military member. . The bill was introduced last year, and is currently in the Senate Judiciary committee. The bill has seen increased movement recently and the goal is to get this important piece of legislation passed during the 132nd General Assembly.
COLUMBUS— Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) introduced House Bill 251 that would allow local governments to increase maturity of bonds eligible for investing interim money. The bill passed with unanimous bipartisan support in the House and the Senate. Now, the bill will go to Governor Kasich for his signature.
Sports Event Bill
House Bill 531
Watch my latest Ohio in Focus, where I discuss my latest legislation and projects!
COLUMBUS – State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and Scott Ryan (R-Newark) introduced House Bill 415, which would establish the Local Government Road Improvement Fund. This fund would be funded by 50 percent of state surplus revenue. Any revenue within the fund would be directly distributed to villages, cities, and townships to go towards road improvements. The bill received bipartisan support in the House and is currently in the Senate waiting for approval.
COLUMBUS – State Representatives Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) introduced House Bill 453 to protect the rights of charter county hospital. The bill gives these hospitals the rights to any discoveries, inventions, or patents made by employees using their facilities or funding. This legislation passed the House with bipartisan support and is awaiting approval from the Senate.
Representative Greenspan's Legislative Priority Bills
COLUMBUS— State Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) introduced House Bil 531 in late March. The bill is designed to remove limits and increase funding for sport events grants. This will allow Ohio to have an advantage when competing with other states for the same events.
The Public Safety and Military Protection Act
House Bill 38
Hospital Invention Bill
House Bill 453
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