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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
January 24 - 30, 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.
Change of attitude in Canada revives hope for cross-lake ferry service
(The Plain Dealer, January 24, 2012)
Authorities on both sides of the border are again talking about ferryservice that would dock somewhere near Cleveland Browns Stadium and go back and forth to Port Stanley, Ontario. The idea for a ferry dates back many years.

Turbine project moves forward
(Dayton Daily News, January 24, 2012)
A roughly $20 million project to build 57 wind turbines in Champaign County took a step forward Tuesday during a public meeting, but many residents are still split on whether the project is right for the county.

Good news on local jobs front
(Massillon Independent, January 24, 2012)
In Stark County, unemployment held at 8.1 percent. The labor force was measured at 183,708 people, while 14,800 people were unemployed. In Massillon, the rate remained at 8.6 percent in December, down from 10.4 percent from the same period of 2010.

JobsOhio Gets into the Liquor Business
(Youngstown Business Journal, January 24, 2012)
Fundamental to the organization's success is a long-term revenue stream that would be provided by assuming the leases that the state holds on liquor sales, he explained. The state earns about $100 million or more in liquor profits annually, and these profits would be used to support JobsOhio.

(Cincinnati Enquirer, January 24, 2012)
New numbers Tuesday show that more than 8,000 health-care-related jobs have been created in the region since the recession began in December 2007 - a rare bright spot in an otherwise dismal jobs report.

Richland, Crawford county wind farm construction may start in spring
(Mansfield News Journal, January 25, 2012)
The agreement approved Monday by the Ohio Power Siting Board allows Black Fork Wind Energy, a subsidiary of Oregon-based alternative energy company Element Power, to move forward with the project.

Cuyahoga County Council approves $100 million economic development fund
(The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2012)
The Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday launched the linchpin of its economic development strategy, a $100 million fund designed to build businesses and create jobs.

Editorial: Exercise in collaboration
(Akron Beacon Journal, January 29, 2012)Now John Kasich has pressed further. The governor pointed to the tight capital appropriations budget and told the schools to craft a proposal together, building a consensus around priorities.

Editorial: Tourism opportunity
(Toledo Blade, January 30, 2012)
For the Great Lakes region to get it share, business, government, and environmental officials must seize the opportunity and develop what former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams calls a "unified vision." Mr. Williams directs a unit within the U.S. Department of Labor called the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

Manufacturing jobs returning to US, Ohio
(Youngstown Vindicator, January 30, 2012)
At the same time, the cost of labor in the U.S. is going down, and state and local governments are sweetening the pot by offering tax incentives if companies add or retain jobs in communities.

         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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