Senator Sherrod Brown talks innovation, engagement at Hyland Software
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joined Hylanders at our company’s weekly Monday Morning Meeting on Sept. 26. The visit focused on how northeast Ohio is becoming a leader in technology. What better place to do that than a company that is constantly improving its award-winning software solutions?
A week earlier, Sen. Brown was in D.C. to help dedicate a statue of Ohio-born inventor and innovator Thomas Alva Edison at the National Statuary Hall Collection on Capitol Hill. His visit to Hyland was – in a way – an extension of that dedication.
“I can’t believe I’ve lived here for so long, and this is the first time I’ve come to Hyland Software,” he told those gathered.
Ohio’s growing reputation for innovative technology
The Senator was introduced by a quote from his dedication speech: “We are a state of inventors and pioneers, of dreamers and creators, always reaching for the next frontier.”
Sen. Brown then spoke briefly, focusing his attention on Ohio’s growing reputation as an incubator for innovation.
“You know, both presidential candidates referred to our area as ‘the Rust Belt,’” he said. “I reject that. What I think of when I think of Ohio is that we will be the first place in America to put wind farms in fresh water, right off our shores. Toledo has more jobs in the solar power industry than any other city in America. And we’re a major agricultural hub.”
Complimenting Hyland’s culture, dedication to innovation
Sen. Brown applauded Hyland’s culture and its focus on employee potential.
“What you do for employees is second-to-none,” he said. “Diner workers get the same benefits as the CEO and the tech developers. That’s not the case with most employers. Most companies brag about their wages, but then outsource their work.”
Hyland’s dedication to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, through its Hy-Tech Outreach Program, and its innovative partnership with the MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s nationally ranked non-profit, public health care system, were also in the spotlight.
One request that crossed party lines
Sen. Brown did his best to keep politics out of his address, though he did take a moment to encourage Hylanders to play a part in the government.
“All I ask is that you engage with your government,” he said. “I urge you not just to vote, but to speak to your friends and relatives, understand their points of view and help make decisions for our country.”
Because in the end, the best way to move forward is together.