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April 1 -  Apri. 7, 2008
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New Era for Ohio Colleges Urged (Akron Beacon Journal, April 1, 2008)  The head of higher education in Ohio on Monday sought to breathe new life into the late Gov. James Rhodes' pledge to have a college campus within ''30 miles of every boy and girl.''

Strickland, Moyer to Unveil Plan to Provide Legal Help with Foreclosures (Dayton Daily News, April 1, 2008) Gov. Ted Strickland, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, and Rob Ware, president of the Ohio State Bar Association on Tuesday, April 1, will announce a partnership to provide added legal resources for families in or facing foreclosure with the assistance of some 1,100 volunteers.

Grant Sought to Lure Nanotech Firm (Dayton Daily News, April 1, 2008) Kettering City Council has authorized the city manager to apply for an Economic Development/Government Equity Grant for an advanced material manufacturing company.

Turning the Past into the Future (Cincinnati Enquirer, April 1, 2008) The first small steps into turning Cincinnati's riverfront into what it once was are happening. Over the next decade or so, the Banks project is expected to transform the barren patches between Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium into a vibrant neighborhood where people live, work and play.

Editorial: Energy Independence Will Require More Research (Mansfield News Journal, April 1, 2008) Many questions are being raised regarding the viability of ethanol. Now is the time for area technical schools, high schools, universities and agricultural training seminars to teach our young people and farmers new skills to meet the challenge of energy independence.

Greening Greater Cleveland (WCPN, April 2, 2008)
The US Green jobs movement is still very young, but cities across the country are finding real job growth there. What's happening in Cleveland?

Waster-Burning Power Plant Proposed (Youngstown Vindicator, April 2, 2008) A proposed $235 million waste-burning power plant near Alliance would conserve landfill space, promote recycling and generate reliable electricity in an environmentally friendly way, its promoters say.

Editorial: Math Turn Fuzzy in Jobs Stimulus Plan (Columbus Dispatch, April 3, 2008) Ted Strickland announced a new $1.57 billion job-stimulus package, he said the plan would produce at least 57,000 jobs. Are those numbers accurate projections?

Growing Cities with Human Capital (WCPN, April 4, 2008) The Federal Reserve Bank is hosting a conference called "The Economics of Geography" where some of the nation's leading economic thinkers have gathered in Cleveland to discuss the decline of major cities - and how to grow them again.

Editorial: Toledo Area has Share in "Good News" (Toledo Blade, April 3, 2008)
Northwest Ohio had 42 projects submitted to Site Selection magazine for consideration of the 2007 Governor's Cup. These projects represent more than $1.2 billion in investment and 1,551 jobs created, which will be reflected in the next two or three years.

Majority Speak in Favor of AMP Plant (The Daily Sentinel, April 3, 2008)
Last night's public hearing by the Ohio EPA concerning a 401 water quality certification for American Municipal Power-Ohio's coal-fired power plant resulted in a majority of speakers making comments in favor of the certification. Meigs County Commissioner Jim Sheets then spoke about Meigs County's 11.2 percent unemployment and how that roughly translated into 1,100 local people out of work.

Editorial: Strong Bones (Columbus Dispatch, April 6, 2008) Fingerhut's higher education plan is solid framework for a cohesive state-wide system.

Editorial: Ohio Needs Clean, Green slate on Power (Dayton Daily News, April 6, 2008)  A battle is raging in Columbus about what role the state will play in regulating electric power during the next decade and beyond.

Lakes region a sleeping powerhouse, scholar says (Toledo Blade, April 7, 2008) John C. Austin, a Brookings Institution scholar, says the Great Lakes region is "unrivaled" for its natural resources, educational assets, and industrial know-how.
         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
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