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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
March 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.
Editorial: Way forward (Akron Beacon Journal, March 16, 2010) The Third Frontier, Ohio's high-tech jobs initiative, did get a brief mention, DeVol praising the collaboration between academic research institutions, government and the private sector, the combination vital to creating new jobs for the future. In the end, he didn't have to pound the lectern to emphasize the importance of the Third Frontier.

Chamber: 15 major projects added in '09 (Cincinnati Enquirer, March 16, 2010) The Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership, the economic development arm of the Greater Cincinnati chamber of commerce, won 15 new business projects in 2009, which created 340 new jobs.

Toledo leads nation in job growth study (Toledo Blade, March 17, 2010) Toledo had the strongest job growth of any major metro area in the nation at the end of 2009, but suffered more overall than all but two other regions during the recession, according to a new Brookings Institution study.

Job levels back to '99 (Cincinnati Enquirer, March 17, 2010) The Great Recession has now wiped out nearly 11 years of job creation in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, setting the region back to the number of jobs it had in 1999.

Ohio transportation official defends rail project (Business Week, March 18, 2010) A plan to restore passenger train service in Ohio is economically sound and has such strong ridership potential that an early estimate of 478,000 is probably low, the state's top transportation official said Wednesday in defending the project to a key Republican skeptic.

Ohio has huge potential, demand for fish farming (Farm and Dairy.com, March 19, 2010) A growing industry in the state promises to produce as many or more fish than can be caught, and there's nothing fishy about what local experts say it could bring to Ohio's economy and agribusinesses.

Editorial: Ohio can compete in the next economy (Newark Advocate, March 20, 2010)  The report, Restoring Prosperity: Transforming Ohio's Communities for the Next Economy, suggests 39 ways in which state and local leaders must do a better job identifying and building on our key assets and make changes in the way government does business, particularly at the local level.

Interstate 75 becomes area's new Main Street (Dayton Daily News, March 20, 1010) Want to lose those economic blues? Drive south on Interstate 75 between Dayton and Cincinnati. From the new Austin Pike interchange down to bustling Union Centre in West Chester, the I-75 corridor has seen $1.2 billion in development just in the last two years. Helping fuel that boom is more than $250 million in road improvements.

Commissioners strive for bigger role in county (Columbus Dispatch, March 20, 1010) Franklin County commissioners, aiming to become a bigger player in an increasingly cosmopolitan region, are changing their management set-up and strategy.

Editorial: The genesis of Ohio's budget crisis (The Plain Dealer, March 21, 2010) No matter who is elected governor in November, no matter who wins General Assembly seats, 2011 will be an Ohio budget-writing year. Yet The Plain Dealer's Aaron Marshall reported Sunday from Columbus that $8 billion of Ohio's current $50.5 billion budget -- 16 cents per $1 -- is one-time money, such as federal "stimulus" funds.

City partners with port authority to assist industrial park (Hudson Hub Times, March 21, 2010) An industrial commercial park in the southern part of the city will receive help funding its project through the Summit County Port Authority.

Editorial: Youngstown has a potential "Mount Washington" view of its own (Youngstown Vindicator, March 21, 2010) With some imagination and creativity, there could be a mini-Mount Washington in Youngstown's future. Thus, the community at large should fully support all of efforts underway to make this worthwhile Woodland Avenue bluff enhancement project a reality.
Two counties try again for first park taxes (Columbus Dispatch, March 22, 2010) The county park systems in Fairfield and Licking counties are asking their voters on May 4 to approve their first property taxes to maintain their parks, nature preserves and historical buildings and pay for programs.
         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
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