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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
April 3-9, 2012

Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a regular 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.

Cuyahoga County signs eight more communities to anti-poaching pact for a total of 28
(The Plain Dealer, April 3, 2012)
Twenty eight of the 57 municipalities in Cuyahoga County -- including some of the wealthier suburbs -- now have signed a county-led pact against poaching businesses from other communities.

Ohio economy seeing big job gains this year
(Middletown Journal, April 4, 2012)
Ohio's economy has generated more jobs through the first two months of this year than through the first half of last year, but the strong gains under estimates just how deep a hole was left by the last recession.

Graphic Packaging to cut 175 jobs in Twinsburg; plant to close in November
(The Plain Dealer, April 5, 2012)
Baerman said a handful of workers will be able to transfer to New Philadelphia, when the Twinsburg facility closes. A few others have already applied for jobs at Graphic Packaging's Solon plant which makes consumers packaging products such as cereal boxes.

Shale discovery could help to revive economy
(Newark Advocate, April 6, 2012)
Utica Shale in Ohio and Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania could provide keys to energy independence, lower unemployment and complete economic recovery, a business expert told a local audience Thursday.

Ohio foreclosures drop for second year in row
(Cincinnati Enquirer, April 6, 2012)
The number of foreclosure filings decreased in Ohio for the second year in a row, but changes across the state made Hamilton County the sixth worst among the 88 counties, even though the county numbers declined.

Census: Population in Ohio, area counties grows, but only slightly
(Lancaster Eagle Gazette, April 6, 2012)
Mansfield, one hour north of Columbus, and Bucyrus, 40 minutes west of there, both are in counties that lost population between 2010 and 2011, according to U.S. Census estimates.

Survey finds rosier outlook among small Ohio firms
(Toledo Blade, April 6, 2012)
The biannual survey, which was released Thursday, found 54 percent of business owners held optimistic or moderately optimistic feelings about the local economy over the next six months, and 83 percent said they hoped to expand their business at least a moderate amount.

Central Ohio drives Ohio's population growth
(Columbus Dispatch, April 7, 2012)
A younger population means more births, she said, and the region attracts people from outside the state. The Census Bureau's numbers released this week show that of the 13,010 people whom Franklin County added, 3,021 arrived from other countries. Births and deaths accounted for a net increase of 9,406 people. The remainder moved into the county from elsewhere in the state or nation.

County adds to Fund coffers
(Wooster Daily Record, April 8, 2012)
Wayne County has a seat on the Fund for Our Economic Future, and the $100,000 membership fee for a three-year period is split among a number of businesses and governmental entities. The county contributes $30,000, or $10,000 a year for the three-year term.

Townships use economic development district funds to spur growth
(Dayton Daily News, April 8, 2012)
Employees in the Dayton region not otherwise subject to local income tax have paid $7.1 million from their paychecks because they work in a joint economic development district.

Ohio can learn from Texas' experience with fracking industry
(The Beacon Journal, April 9, 2012)
From royalty checks for leasing public property to billions of dollars in business investments, natural gas production in the Barnett shale accounts for about 8 percent of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's economy.

         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Community Planning & Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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