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Kristen Ballinger

Deputy Director, Employer & Innovation Services

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities


Business Engagement Model

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have developed different structures for business engagement (BE) activities. We understand there is rarely a completely rigid structure for business engagement activities. The BE structure that most closely describes how your agency has organized BE activities.

Other - please describe

Description of other BE model.

Both Centralized and Regional. We have a dedicated Division of Employer & Innovation Services. A Deputy Director, Assistant Deputy Director, Business Relations Manager and two Employer Services Liaisons are headquartered at the central VR office and five regional Business Relations Specialists are headquartered in each of our five service areas.

Some states may be in the process of moving from one BE model or structure to a different one, or the BE model is being developed. Currently undergoing a significant change in your approach to business engagement?


Description of transition of BE models or structure.

WIOA Partnership Activities

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Activities that are part of your WIOA partnership approach relative to BE.

We participate in regular meetings with WIOA partners relative to BE.

Other - please describe

Description of your other WIOA partnership approach.

OOD co-sponsors hiring events with local OhioMeansJobs Centers (AJCs); OOD partners with the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services to share data related services to employers for the WIOA statewide performance report (ETA-9169).

WIOA Partner Agreements

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Is only one state agency the lead for BE?


Is the VR agency (either general, combined, or blindness) the designated lead agency?

If the VR agency is not the designated lead, what WIOA agency is the lead agency for BE?

Description of your unique approach or structure.

Additional information about how your agency is structuring BE as a part of the WIOA partnership.

BE Data Collection Strategy

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Primary method for collecting and storing information about your BE activities.

Proprietary software (for example, SalesForce)

Description of BE data collection strategy.

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