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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
April 13 - 19, 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.
Feds say economy 'somewhat' improving (Akron Beacon Journal, April 14, 2010) The Federal Reserve said the economy expanded ''somewhat'' in Ohio and most other parts of the U.S. in March as consumer spending and manufacturing improved, signaling the recovery is broadening without gaining much speed.

Editorial: Lender can bring down neighborhoods (Dayton Daily News, April 14, 2010) There are a lot of people today who don't know the word "redlining." That's because the practice was exposed, criticized and made illegal. An analysis of a half-million Ohio home loan applications asks - Is redlining back?

Editorial: Who should control tobacco-fund money?(Columbus Dispatch, April 14, 2010) The Ohio Supreme Court recently agreed to hear the American Legacy Foundation's appeal of its case seeking to overturn the state's decision to fund important priorities during the current economic slowdown by using the state's tobacco settlement money. Ohio's high court should refuse to second-guess the funding decisions made by the General Assembly and the governor.

Entrepreneurs changing the image of Appalachia(Reuters, April 14, 2010) Longstanding stereotypes of Appalachia conjure images of a backwater region blighted by poverty. Now the state of Ohio is working to change that perception by promoting the region as an emerging hotbed for startups in industries such as high tech and alternative energy.

Crisis becomes calamity as jobs vanish (Akron Beacon Journal, April 17, 2010) The ranks of the working poor grow, aid is stretched thin as the economy nose dives throughout Ohio. Each month, Job and Family Services puts out a map of the 88 counties, assigns an unemployment figure for each county, and color codes the results using yellow, sky blue, green and purple. The view is alarming.

Ravenna targets economic growth(Ravenna Record Courier, April 18, 2010) It's a tough economy in Ohio, with double-digit unemployment rates, and Ravenna is no exception. And that's why Mayor Joseph Bica says it's the ideal time for the city to hire an economic development director.

Inland port project moving forward (GoErie.com, April 18, 2010) John Elliott calls it a multimillion-dollar, long-range plan with the potential to make Erie a global player when it comes to logistics. Officials both in Erie County and Conneaut, Ohio, are on board, lobbying lawmakers in both states for public dollars.

Editorial: Most Ohioans paid less taxes in '09(Cincinnati Enquirer, April 18, 2010) Nearly every Ohio family paid less in federal income taxes this year than it did last year. There has been a lot of heated rhetoric lately about how changes in federal tax laws have affected families in Ohio and across the country.

Job prospects improving only slightly for students (Columbus Dispatch, April 18, 2010) Young people - those in their mid-teens to mid-20s whose unemployment rate is roughly double that of all workers - are finding that the job market is only marginally better than last year.
Toledo-area schools on edge over status of funding (Toledo Blade, April 19, 2010) Toledo-area school district administrators and others across the state refer to it as The Cliff: the point late in the next fiscal year when federal stimulus money dries up and leaves school budgets in deep trouble.

Ohio Aerospace Institute Secures Business Management Role in NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative(PR Newswire, April 19, 2010) Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) was recently awarded a $2.6 million five-year cooperative agreement with NASA to provide business management support in connection with its One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI). The OSSI will provide an agency-wide integrated system for undergraduate and graduate students applying for a NASA internship or fellowship

Stimulus road projects to finish this year(Marietta Times, April 19, 2010) Two of the five economic stimulus-funded projects in Washington County remain to be done this year, with more possibly to come. The larger of the two stretches across Washington and Noble counties is along Ohio 145. The resurfacing project will include raised pavement markers, pavement marking and berm conditioning for $3.16 million, though only three miles of the project will be done in Washington County.

Cleveland schools' transformation part of national trend(The Plain Dealer, April 19, 2010) The Cleveland school district isn't alone in shutting down low-performing buildings, moving to cut employees and promising to blow up old ways of doing business. It seems to be happening everywhere.

Editorial: Third Frontier working for Ohio, Dayton(Dayton Daily News, April 19, 2010) If you can't explain the Third Frontier to people at work, that's OK; it's complicated. But that's not a reason to vote against it. Passing Issue 1 on May 4 would allow the state to borrow $700 million for the purpose of creating new jobs, mainly by leveraging research at Ohio's universities.
         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
         Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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