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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
February 16 - 22, 2010

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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.
Region loses out on transportation stimulus money (Columbus Business First, February 17, 2010) Plans for roadway improvements around Rickenbacker International Airport have been dealt a blow after the region failed to land any funding from a $1.5 billion pot of federal stimulus money made available for a wide range of transportation projects around the country.

Kent transportation center, to be built with $20 million federal grant, will spur downtown development (The Plain Dealer, February 18, 2010) The center is considered the linchpin of a proposed $100 million hotel, retail, office and conference center development that would bring in hundreds of jobs, millions in public and private development and about $5 million in annual tax revenue.

Editorial: Train to glory, or slow boxcar to Cleveland? Don't railroad us (Cincinnati Enquirer, February 19. 2010) The romance of rail carries a powerful allure for many Americans, so it's easy to see why the prospect of a passenger train system linking Ohio cities and beyond would create excitement. But romance can't sweep away gritty facts that don't appear to add up about Ohio's proposed 256-mile, six-stop, three-train-a-day "3C" passenger line from Cincinnati to Columbus to Cleveland, which received a $400 million federal funding boost in late January.

Dayton among most-affordable housing markets (Dayton Business Journal, February 19, 2010) The Dayton area is one of the top major metropolitan areas in terms of housing affordability. This comes in a year when housing affordability nationwide was near its highest level in 18 years.

Strongsville bucks trend with jobs coming to the city (Sun Star Courier, February 20, 2010) The city is experiencing new job growth at a time of high unemployment in Ohio and the United States, according to economic development officials.

More area jobs gone in late '09 (Columbus Dispatch, February 20, 2010) After avoiding the worst of Ohio's economic downturn for most of the past two years, central Ohio's job market deteriorated faster than the state's in the fourth quarter. Local employment fell by 10,200, or 1.1 percent, from October to December, according to a new report from the Columbus Chamber.

Hiring seasonal workers offers flexibility amid economic uncertainty (Dayton Daily News, February 20, 2010) The increased appetite of companies for temporary employees indicates business is picking up, but employers are still uncertain about whether the economy's recovery from recession will be strong enough to support a bigger long-term work force, hiring specialists said.

Tax credits and jobs incentives boost area economy (News Herald, February 21, 2010) If it's not $1 billion annually in state and federal funds for 2,000 jobs-creating activities in Ohio, it's maybe 180 companies getting grants, loans and tax credits to try creating from three to 300-plus jobs.

Economic downturn highlighted by permanence of job loses (News Herald, February 21, 2010) The unemployment figures in Ohio, at their highest levels in 25 years, are more than just numbers and percentages to John Oniga, Larry Burks and Mark Birnbrich.

Groups push for renewal (Akron Beacon Journal, February 21, 2010) Over the past eight years, Ohio's Third Frontier Program has funneled well over $100 million into the Akron area. The money is being used to build better fuel cells, invent lifesaving medical treatments and create fascinating new polymer and liquid-crystal products.

Program offers jobs for senior citizens (Ironton Tribune, February 21, 2010) While many programs are cutting back on services, Senior Employment Centers throughout Ohio have added 362 openings for older workers to participate in a training program thanks to recent grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Aging.

The Great Lakes are a vital, irreplaceable resource (Youngstown Vindicator, February 22, 2010) The value of the Great Lakes to long-term economic development cannot be underestimated. At a time when other areas of the nation are outgrowing their natural resources, the Great Lake states sit on the shores of the largest body of fresh water in the world.

Editorial: Unhealthy Lucas County (Toledo Blade, February 22, 2010) YOU don't have to be sick to live in Lucas County, but living here, at least right now, isn't very good for your health. That's the message in a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin that ranked Lucas County near the bottom of Ohio counties in terms of overall health.

Editorial: Erie, Pa and Conneaut, Ohio can work together (GoErie.com, February 22, 2010) Now, a bold new economic development concept is helping us to see that the Erie region could stretch beyond a collection of Pennsylvania governmental units. The Erie Inland Port Project hopes to prove that Conneaut, Ohio, and Erie, Pa., can work together to improve our fortunes.

Report puts cities at center of Ohio's new economy (San Diego Daily Transcript, February 22, 2010) Ohio may be proud of its cows and its cornfields but its Clevelands and its Cincinnatis are the future. That's the message in a new report from the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
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