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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
February 7 - 13, 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.

Summit Port Authority rebranding itself
(Akron Beacon Journal, February 8, 2012)
The port, which serves as the county's economic development arm, revealed as part of the plan that it has been certified by the U.S. Treasury Department to offer new market tax credits and is seeking funding for the program.

Artists toot Toledo's horn
(Toledo Blade, February 9, 2012)
From zoo-led programs for schools to traveling orchestra performances to international art conferences, Toledo's cultural offerings provide both entertainment and economic stimulus to the region.

County gets brownfield grant
(Steubenville Herald, February 10, 2012)

The Ohio Department of Development is providing the county $299,571 through Clean Ohio Assistance Funds. The grant will be used to do 85 soil borings and drill 14 groundwater monitoring wells, as well as a geophysical survey, asbestos survey and data evaluation.


Ohio petroleum: Keep regulations safe, agile
(Canton Repository, February 11, 2012)
Ohio petroleum producers are pushing back against a call by the state attorney general to increase environmental penalties and chemical reporting requirements on the drilling industry.

Hopes remain for more jobs at tech development
(Dayton Daily News, February 11, 2012)
Millions of public dollars helped develop a high-tech park that has nearly 200 acres of vacant land and has yet to create the number of jobs expected.

Delaware County plans for business incubator
(This Week Community Newspapers, February 11, 2012)
The county has a long-term plan to develop a business "incubator," a facility designed to help small fledgling businesses make the transition from an in-home office to a more expensive lease in a commercial building.

Uniquely Columbus
(Columbus Dispatch, February 12, 2012)
Community Research Partners compares the Columbus region with 15 other metropolitan areas. Some of them, such as Charlotte, N.C., and Indianapolis, are economic competitors. Cleveland and Cincinnati are in-state rivals. Some are places with qualities we aspire to: Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore., for example.

University gifts bigger than ever - but with strings attached
(Cincinnati Enquirer, February 12, 2012)
It is the latest intersection of academics and big money that has been building for decades but has reached its zenith in recent years as universities struggle with rising costs and declining taxpayer subsidies.

Food assists economic growth for Northern Ohio
(The Morning Journal, February 13, 2012)
The "Cleveland Plus" economy around northern Ohio continues to show signs of improvement, according to the review of the fourth quarter of 2011 by Team NEO, the Cleveland-based economic development and business attraction group.

Ohio could get STEM schools on agriculture
(Columbus Dispatch, February 13, 2012)
They stress that the $170 billion-a-year industry is all-but-guaranteed to continue growing, with expanded job opportunities in high-tech fields that will require hands-on training along with a strong education in science, math and technology.

App economy, job prospects booming
(Dayton Daily News, February 13, 2012)
Ohio's information services sector accounts for more than 170,000 jobs, according to JobsOhio, the state's private nonprofit economic development agency.

Money starts to flow
(Warren Chronicle Tribune, February 13, 2012)
Carroll County's unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in November from 11.2 percent a year earlier and the rate is on track to fall more. Enslen said Texas based Select Energy Services is gearing up to hire 200 people to repair drilling equipment, haul water and provide other services to drillers. He said those and other shale jobs are seen as long-term.

Greater Cleveland's folksy food companies now an economic powerhouse
(The Plain Dealer, February 13, 2012)
Quietly, the region has become a net exporter of food, Team NEO found, and that's not peanuts. A cornucopia of companies large and small power a $2.6 billion industry employing nearly 18,000 people. While the jobs tend to pay less than traditional manufacturing jobs, like making cars and steel, wages are rising and employment is steady.

         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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