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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
February 2 - 8, 2010

Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a new 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.
Regional venture 'superfund' urged (Toledo Blade, February 2, 2010) Based on its substantial research and development, strong industrial base, and prowess in key technologies and sectors, the Great Lakes region should be awash in new business start-ups or expanding smaller firms.

Ohio is at the forefront of clean energy; that's not lost on President Obama (The Plain Dealer, February 3, 2010) During his recent visit to Elyria, President Barack Obama touted Ohio as a leader in building a clean-energy economy. It is thanks to the hard work of our state government, businesses and residents who have embraced the global movement of clean energy that our state earned this distinction.

Living Hungry: 40 percent of local households turned for help from a food bank or pantry in '09 (Marietta Times, February 4, 2010) That's up more than 12 percent from just two years ago, when 15,504 Washington County households, out of a total 51,190, needed that same assistance, according to "Hunger in America 2010."

Casino owner commits funds to promote local tourism (Toledo Blade, February 4, 2010) Casino operator-owner Penn National Gaming Inc., the company that plans to build a casino in Toledo by 2012, yesterday said it has pledged to provide $300,000 over 10 years to promote local tourism.

Editorial: Frontier challenge (Akron Beacon Journal, February 5, 2010) Ohio's highly successful Third Frontier project received strong, bipartisan backing Wednesday. Legislators acted on deadline to approve a $700 million bond issue to continue funding high-technology initiatives. Action was needed to place the issue on the May 4 ballot, thus ensuring a steady investment in the state's economic future.

Freight comes first on rail in state's passenger system (Columbus Business First, February 5, 2010) Ohio's planned passenger rail system could be on a collision course with another one of the state's key economic priorities - expanding its powerful, growing freight and logistics industry.

Commuter rail will create jobs, economic growth, economist says (Morning Journal, February 6, 2010) Investing in commuter rail will create jobs, reduce congestion and improve the quality of life in Lorain County, one transit supporter said.

Conneaut and Erie team up in the interest of growth (Ashtabula Star Beacon, February 7, 2010) A partnership that spans state lines is laying the foundation for the rebirth of Conneaut's port. Officially, the Conneaut Port Authority and Economic Development Corporation of Erie County, PA have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding future projects.

Can 'Old Betsy' spark out slumping economy? (Dayton Daily News, February 7, 2010) There is so much gloom in Ohio's struggling economy that every glimmer of hope seems to get buried behind mountainous clouds of despair.

West Chester's the center of it all (Cincinnati Enquirer, February 7, 2010) Internal West Chester Township memorandums label the township the "economic center of the Cincinnati-Dayton Metroplex. It's not just hubris. Home to 3,000 businesses, 50,000 employees and a residential population approaching or exceeding 60,000, West Chester Township is seen as the center of population if the Cincinnati-Middletown and Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Areas were fitted together today.

Northside stimulus bogs down (Cincinnati Enquirer, February 7, 2010) The federal government had approved $1.6 million in stimulus money to help transform the American Can Building into new stores and apartments. Seven months later, the project remains stalled, and has yet to make good on that promise.

All sides weigh in on Ohio's whitetail deer farms (Wooster Daily Record, February 8, 2010) Ohio's wild whitetail deer herd vs. Ohio's deer farmers. Economically, the two sides are $800 million apart, and some feel that's the issue -- money.

Springfield a bright spot in bleak construction year (Columbus Dispatch, February 7, 2010) You know it was a rough year for the construction industry when an increase of 100 jobs made a city one of the greatest gainers in the country. That is where Springfield, Ohio, finds itself. It was one of only four metro areas in the country with a net increase in construction jobs last year.
         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
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