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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
March 9 - 15, 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.
Urban farm movement is taking root in Akron (Akron Beacon Journal, March 9, 2010) Can urban farming save the modern city, or is the phrase an oxymoron? In many urban areas, the quest for fresh, local food and a desire to ''green'' blighted, vacant properties have focused attention on urban agriculture options.

Officials optimistic that Towpath Trail work in Cleveland can begin in 2012 (The Plain Dealer, March 9, 2010) The biggest barrier to completing the final six miles of trail is contamination in some areas of the former Harshaw Chemical property off Harvard. The plant refined uranium for atomic bombs from 1944 until the late 1950s.
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority inks its largest tenants to new leases designed to increase profits for both sides (The Plain Dealer, March 9, 2010) New lease agreements signed last week by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority and its two major maritime tenants aim to save local jobs and boost business, port officials said in a news release.

Panel: Economic growth in Licking County's future (March 9, 2010) Despite the recent recession, Licking County offers numerous economic growth and development opportunities, according to a panel of economic experts.

County unemployment tops 15 percent in January (Ashtabula Star Beacon, March 10, 2010) While the January unemployment rate for Ohio fell slightly, Ashtabula County's rate surged to 15.4 percent, the highest figure yet during this Great Recession.

Ohio economy enters recovery (Columbus Dispatch, March 10, 2010) Strickland met yesterday with the council, an informal group of economists who on a quarterly basis provide him with confidential and proprietary information from large Ohio companies that have economic-forecasting divisions.

Number of Ohio business startups declined over decade, study says (Dayton Daily News, March 10, 2010) Ohio had 18,500 business startups in 2007, down from 22,420 in 1997, the researchers found. New businesses employed nearly 52,000 people in 2007, down from more than 74,100 in 1997.

Ohio union membership flat in 2009 (Dayton Business Journal, March 11, 2010) Last year, a little more than 14 percent of wage and salaried workers across the state - 685,000 people - belonged to a union, the same percentage as 2008. At its peak in 1989, the first year for which comparable state data were available, Ohio's union membership rate was 21.3 percent.

New Courier index measures Cincinnati's ecological health (Cincinnati Business Courier, March 12, 2010) A few hundred miles up the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh sits as a shining example of sustainability.

Editorial: Creative on South Main (Akron Beacon Journal, March 12, 2010) Alert thinking by Akron's economic development office has helped put together a complicated deal for a key part of South Main Street that will serve as a gateway to Bridgestone America's new technical center. Now, alert thinking by the City Council is necessary to move the deal forward. The council went half way Monday, postponing final action until next week.

Editorial: Ohio job climate even worse than we thought (Toledo Blade, March 14, 2010) If Ohioans want a vibrant job market, we must start making tough choices to defang entrenched interests, notably labor unions and big government. The failure to act will only ensure that more Ohio businesses move to states where they can create jobs free of artificially expensive labor costs and inflexibility, and an overly burdensome government.

Ohio's outlook on jobs (Parkersburg News, March 14, 2010) From 2000 to 2008, Washington County added about 600 jobs, according to the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions report. Yet the median household income for the county ranked 67th lowest in the state in 2008. The unemployment rate was the 68th lowest that same year.

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