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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
December 25 - 31, 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a regular weekly newsletter from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Cleveland State University.  We'll search Ohio's papers to bring you economic news and key happenings that impact Ohio's regions.
Port of Cleveland expects new rail link to move more cargo and attract more ships
(The Plain Dealer, December 27, 2012)
Ships and trucks are a common sight at the Port of Cleveland, a relay team that moves millions of tons of cargo in and out of the city each year. This week, another freight carrier added its muscle to the waterfront.

Lucas County unemployment rate rises slightly
(Toledo Blade, December 28, 2012)
Data released today by the Department of Job and Family Services show unemployment in Toledo was 8 percent in November, up from 7.9 percent in October. Lucas County's unemployment rate also rose a tenth of a percentage point from October to 7.4 percent last month.

Area auto industry continues as bright spot
(Toledo Blade, December 29, 2012)
A widespread drought, ongoing investment and hiring at the Jeep plant, and the loss of a sponge cake that's as much an American icon as it is a snack food were among the stories that dominated Toledo's business headlines in 2012.

Unemployment in Valley starts seasonal rise
(Youngstown Vindicator, December 29, 2012)
The unemployment rate for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties combined was 7.3 percent in November, up from 7.1 percent in October, according to labor-market statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Editorial: Permanent solution
(Akron Beacon Journal, December 30, 2012)
The Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution has taken up the task of crafting a constructive response to the "fiscal cliff." Among other things, it has proposed a modest carbon tax as an alternative for new revenue. It also has called for an independent panel to identify redundant and wasteful federal programs, the recommendations handled by Congress in the up-or-down way of military base-closing commissions.

Will this be the year for Avondale?
(Cincinnati Enquirer, December 30, 2012)
Announcement this month of Avondale's receipt of a $29.5 million federal housing grant, one of four nationwide, stamped an exclamation point on a year of accelerated positive change, documented since March in The Enquirer series Saving Avondale.

University Heights joins South Euclid in grant application for study on joint economic development
(The Plain Dealer, December 30, 2012)
The application is on behalf of the cities of South Euclid, University Heights, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and East Cleveland, as well as University Circle Inc. and the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Editorial: Making college work
(Toledo Blade, December 30, 2012)
The Ohio Board of Regents plans to distribute $11 million in seed money to 10 Ohio colleges and 13 public or private universities to create as many as 3,500 internships and co-ops at 1,500 businesses across the state. Casino licensing fees will pay for the project.

Cleveland's population loss means 2 more City Council seats eliminated next year
(The Plain Dealer, December 30, 2012)
A new ward map has only begun to take shape. And council members, who hired consultants to manage the data and draft a recommendation, are reluctant to speak openly about the details of a process that depends heavily on political allegiances and issues of race.

Lake Erie one of most-threatened Great Lakes
(Akron Beacon Journal, December 31, 2012)
Researchers with the assessment project spent more than three years collecting data on 34 lake "stressors" - including invasive species, climate change and pollution, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Monday.

Budget, school funding, taxes major issues facing Ohio leaders in 2013
(Dayton Daily News, December 31, 2012)
In February, Kasich will introduce the state's two-year operating budget, which is expected to include a school funding formula and tax policy revisions in addition to operating costs for education, health and human services and other government services. The 2012-13 operating budget topped $55 billion.


         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Community Planning & Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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