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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
April 6 - 12, 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.
Facility will house studies into infectious diseases (Wooster Daily Record, April 9, 2010) The $22.2 million Ohio State University will spend on a new research facility in Wooster is an investment in people and ideas.

Strickland pushes ahead with rail plan  (Mansfield News Journal, April 10, 2010) His administration said it will take the project to the state Controlling Board on April 19, asking it to release $25 million in federal stimulus money needed to complete engineering and design work.

Cuyahoga County might lift $4 million cap on medical mart payments (The Plain Dealer, April 10, 2010) The private developer of Cuyahoga County's downtown medical mart and convention center wasn't supposed to get a dime more than $4 million until the company and county signed a lease.

County seeing good signs in housing market, but sour effects of economic collapse linger (Chronicle Telegram, April 10, 2010) There's a bit of good news for Lorain County - the number of foreclosures in the county is going down. Lorain County Clerk of Courts Ron Nabakowski announced this week that foreclosure filings for the first quarter of 2010 were down 9.7 percent from the same period in 2009.

Public colleges attract students (Youngstown Vindicator, April 11, 2010) Ohio's public colleges have attracted more students and dramatically increased the number of job-training opportunities since the state rolled out a plan two years ago to soup up its higher-education system.

Region's exports suffer in recession (Cincinnati Enquirer, April 11, 2010) The Great Recession last year ended Ohio's string of 10 consecutive years of higher exports. But the state still managed to maintain its position as seventh-largest exporter among the 50 states, according to a new Ohio Department of Development analysis of federal trade data.

As May 4 election nears, debate over Ohio's Third Frontier Program heats up (The Plain Dealer, April 11, 2010) More than a half-billion dollars has been spent. Some 55,000 jobs have been supported and 637 businesses and projects helped. But ask someone on the street, "What is the Third Frontier program?" and he'll probably scrunch up his forehead, scratch his head and walk away.

Steady gains erased (Columbus Dispatch, April 11, 2010) The long lines at the Vinton County food pantry are one sign of distress. So is the growing number of people on foot in Athens County because they can't afford car repairs.

Uptown Commons waiting for funding (News Record, April 11, 2010) The signs have been up for more than one year, but progress has yet to been seen on Uptown Commons, the retail and residential construction project set to take place between McMillan and Calhoun streets.

Toledo workers' pay exceeds area average (Toledo Blade, April 11, 2010) Many boys and girls dream about growing up to become police officers and firefighters. And, in Toledo, they have an added incentive: pay and benefit packages matched by few occupations in the private sector not requiring a college degree.

Issue 2 would relocate casino (Crescent News, April 12, 2010) Issue 2 on the May primary ballot would allow an already approved casino in Columbus to relocate from a site near downtown to the west side. And it appears to be the first time Ohio is placing a casino issue before voters without any organized, vocal opposition.

Wright State introduces new computing center (Dayton Daily News, April 12, 2010) The researchers are to focus their work on industries identified as key to the Dayton region's economic growth: defense and aerospace research and development; information technology and data management, and human sciences and health care.

Downtown landmarks face challenge to future (Toledo Blade, April 12, 2010) Keeping downtown Toledo's historic and unique building stock intact is a challenge of will and financial means - as was the struggle to get those grand structures off blueprints and in the ground.

New mayor focuses on revitalizing Dayton (Dayton Daily News, April 12, 2010) It will take the effort of many - the city, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Montgomery County, the state of Ohio, property owners and others - working to spur development, Leitzell said. All are working on initiatives that Leitzell hopes will come together in about two years.

         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
         Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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