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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
April 17-23, 2012

Greetings!
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.
Editorial: Boosting NE Ohio as major IT player
(The Plain Dealer, April 18, 2012)
Whether you're selling insurance, making sophisticated machinery, providing medical care or putting out a newspaper, information technology is critical to the modern economy -- and a growing jobs engine that the Cleveland area needs to foster.

Northeast Ohio auto sales badly lag national figures
(The Plain Dealer, April 19, 2012)
Auto sales have been booming nationwide, but they've been going the other direction in Northeast Ohio.

Ohio's film industry makes positive strides
(Dayton Daily News, April 20, 2012)
Ohio's film industry has created more than 9,000 temporary jobs and 1,143 full-time equivalent jobs since 2009, according to a report released this week. The study by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University found Ohio's economy makes $1.20 for every dollar film companies receive in state tax breaks.

Ohio oil fracking could lead to economic recovery
(Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, April 20, 2012)
Rebecca Heimlich, director of Ohio Energy Resource Alliance, and Shawn Bennett of Energy in Depth gave a overview of Ohio's energy and gas industry during the North Central Ohio Conservatives Thursday night at Camden Falls.

Editorial: Economic engine
(Toledo Blade, April 21, 2012)
Despite its recent struggles, the auto industry remains America's largest manufacturer. A new report makes clear the industry's continued importance, especially to Ohio and Michigan.

AK Steel supplier boom creating jobs
(Dayton Daily News, April 21, 2012)
About 10 companies, many suppliers to AK Steel Corp., have expanded in the last year or have plans to in 2012 on Yankee Road, including new companies to the region. The growth plans will add an estimated 239 jobs in the coming years to an existing base of more than 400 employees at these companies, according to information provided by Middletown Acting Economic Development Director Denise Hamet.

Residents' input sought on plans for Marion's future
(Marion Star, April 21, 2012)
Chairman James Barney also believes some very good ideas on how to move Marion forward have surfaced as the groups prepare for next week, when they'll share the work they've done over the past several months at a town hall meeting.

Local engineering firm already part of shale boom
(Canton Repository, April 22, 2012)
Companies needed engineers to design drill pads, address environmental issues and ensure that roads were in shape to handle heavy equipment. Hammontree's engineers already had experience in Ohio's oil fields.

Editorial: For-profit? Surely the state kids
(Youngstown Vindicator, April 22, 2012)
If the punchline of this joke didn't have the potential to cost the city of Youngstown millions of dollars it doesn't have, we would laugh aloud at the contention by the Ohio Department of Taxation that the city's downtown arena is a for-profit enterprise.

Editorial: Path to compliance
(Akron Beacon Journal, April 22, 2012)
Agency officials, thus, had an obligation to act, and to consult with the industry in devising the best way forward. The industry requested more time to comply, pointing to the need to purchase equipment and train workers. The agency moved the compliance date to 2015, allowing an additional two years. It rightly rejected a request to permit states to write the regulations.

Editorial: 'As we know it'
(Toledo Blade, April 22, 2012)

Welfare rolls continue to drop in Lucas County, across Ohio, and in many other states. Good news, right?  Not if you're one of the needy recipients whose public cash assistance got cut off in the midst of the Great Recession. Their numbers include tens of thousands of Ohioans, children as well as adults. Many of the adults, a disproportionate number of whom are single mothers, have little hope of finding steady work.

 

Local economy getting better, tax data show
(Dayton Daily News, April 23, 2012)
Montgomery and Greene counties recorded their 23rd consecutive month of sales tax revenue gains in April, and other counties in the Miami Valley also reported gains in sales tax revenues disbursed by the state in April and the three preceding months.

Editorial: Neighborhoods need city's help
(Cincinnati Enquirer, April 23, 2012)
The Enquirer's recent "Community in Peril" series, which analyzed all 52 Cincinnati neighborhoods, focused on some that are seeing the most change, both good and bad - North and South Fairmount, East and West Price Hill, Avondale and Madisonville.

Ohio's education leaders want to overhaul 12th grade so students are ready for college, training
(The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2012)
Ohio's top education leaders want to "reinvent" the senior year of high school so that instead of cruising through their final year, students get involved in technical training, apprenticeships or college classes.


         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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