Yet in this global economy, no jobs are safe. High-speed Internet connections and low-cost, skilled labor overseas are an explosive combination.
What happened on September 11 compels us to focus on who we are as Americans, what we stand for, what really matters in our lives - family, friends, faith and freedom.
We will never forget the passengers of Flight 93, who courageously confronted the terrorists, defeating another planned attack on America. They are the heroes for our times.
Everything depends on a good job - strong families, strong communities, the pursuit of the American dream, and a tax base to support schools for our kids and services for our seniors.
The terrorists thought they could destroy America. How wrong they were. Instead of weakening us, they made us stronger.
I've traveled this great state for many years, and seen firsthand our tremendous strengths. And our foremost strength is our people.
We must ensure our system of higher education offers world-class quality for a world-class economy.
Let us walk in the shoes of those who went before us, and conquer the third frontier on whose threshold we stand today.
We stand strong together - as Americans - many cultures, races and faiths, but one nation under God.
Whether we knew many who died on September 11 or personally knew none, we all lost something on that day. Innocence. Security. A trust that our homeland would always be safe.
Ohioans are practical. We're a can-do people. Give us a problem, we'll give you a solution.
What we don't talk about enough is Ohio's unique and remarkable quality of life. We are a state of cities, small towns and growing suburbs where life is affordable and destinations within reach. There is no better place to raise a family.
If we are to create tomorrow's jobs, we can't remain frozen in time in yesterday's tax system.
Let us seize the special opportunity that is ours to act boldly and decisively at a time when the eyes of our fellow citizens, both present and future, are upon us.
A dynamic economy begins with a good education.