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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
April 10-16, 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.

(Dayton Daily News, April 11, 2012)
Ohio received mixed reviews for the way it evaluates and implements the tax incentives it uses to attract businesses and create jobs in a study released today by the Pew Research Center.

(Middletown Journal, April 12, 2012)
While Ohio joined the trend by adding more workers last month, some business groups say the state's economy is adding too few of these jobs to make any meaningful difference in the unemployment rate.

(Toledo Blade, April 13, 2012)
Metro Toledo's leading economic indicators in February inched upward by 0.7 percent, according to data released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The state numbers indicate continued employment growth through the spring.

(Toledo Blade, April 13, 2012)
A proposal by Gov. John Kasich's administration that would promote waste-to-power projects could either stimulate investment in clean-energy technologies or deal them a big setback. The former alternative is obviously preferable.

(Youngstown Vindicator, April 13, 2012)
A lack of skilled manufacturing workers could slow the progress the Mahoning Valley is making in economic development.

(Akron Beacon Journal, April 13, 2012)
At the University of Akron, the number of employers attending career fairs has risen from 201 at the bottom of the recession in 2008-2009 to 276 so far this year - a 37 percent increase.

(Cincinnati Enquirer, April 14, 2012)
They're aggressively capitalizing on the flood of failing commercial real estate loans, and recently made the first two acquisitions - shopping centers in Louisville and near Indianapolis - from their second private equity fund.

(Akron Beacon Journal, April 14, 2012)
The poor reputation of Cleveland's public school system long has been an embarrassment for the city. Economic development today hinges increasingly on regional advantages, especially the educational and training structures to support a deep and flexible work force. A low-performing school system in Northeast Ohio's largest municipality amounts to a drag on the region as a whole.

(Dayton Daily News, April 14, 2012)
A growing national consensus that American industrial power and innovation has slipped to an unacceptable level has powerful implications for the Miami Valley, a region pummeled by the loss of manufacturing.

(Columbus Dispatch, April 14, 2012)
Ohio is making gains in the "green economy," according to a new report that says the state is one of the nation's fastest-growing new markets for wind projects.

(Dayton Daily News, April 14, 2012)
State officials say the new law that took effect March 22 will trigger growth and expansion in an emerging industry, promote tourism, create jobs, generate tax revenues, and create new demand for Ohio agricultural products such as fruits and grains.

(Hamilton Journal News, April 15, 2012)
Real estate, rental and leasing activity is 10.6 percent of Ohio's economy, the state's largest private sector service industry, bigger than health care and social assistance, according to a Ohio Department of Development report on Gross Domestic Product.

(The Plain Dealer, April 16, 2012)
A new study shows that the Cleveland Museum of Art is more than a treasure house of masterpieces. It's a nonprofit business expected to generate roughly $140 million in economic activity in Cuyahoga County by the end of its 2012 fiscal year on June 30.

(Zanesville Times Recorder, April 16, 2012)
The expected Ohio oil and gas boom is going to make roads near wells swarm with trucks like bees to a hive. It's likely to cause headaches for at least a few people, but for others, the commotion is going to sound like opportunity beckoning.

         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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