COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Uber Ohio announced Wednesday afternoon plans to recruit 10,000 new drivers by the end of 2016.
The announcement was made inside the Harding Hearing Room at the Ohio Statehouse.
State lawmakers in attendance included Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville).
“Ohio has made great strides in embracing innovation and technology and the economic opportunities that result from those efforts, and Uber embodies those ideals, ” said Senate President Faber. “That’s the kind of spirit we want to foster in our state, and I look forward to both the flexible job opportunities and the innovative transportation solutions Uber provides our state.”
More than one million trip take place on the Uber platform each month in Ohio.
Uber Ohio General Manager James Ondrey said the initiative is an investment in Ohio’s economy.
“With Uber, Ohio drivers are able to work on a schedule that is convenient for them,” said James Ondrey, Uber Ohio General Manager. “Whether looking for some supplemental income or a full-time opportunity, our platform offers drivers an opportunity to be their own boss and run their own business with limited barriers to entry.”
Christy Eversole, an Uber-driver partner, joined a year ago and has logged more than 3,200 rides.
“My kids are in college, my husband works a lot. I found myself at home a lot talking to the cat, so I wanted to find something to do,” said Christy.
Eversole picks up drivers all over time, even driving a rider all the way to Marion for a funeral.
“I asked her if she needed a ride back to Columbus and she said she had a ride back,” she said.
Eversole picks up riders after Buckeye games, working nights and weekends. She even goes the extra mile to help riders in need.
“I picked up a blind fellow one time and he told me to get comfortable because he was going to be in the car for a while,” remembers Christy. “And we did his errands for the day.”
Beginning in October, Uber will host driver recruitment events in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo. It’s an opportunity to educate interested drivers about how to earn a flexible income as a ride share partner.
In Columbus, Uber will work with the Franklin County Economic Development & Planning Department to add 3,000 new drivers to the platform.