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April 20 - 26, 2010

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.
Stark County's unemployment edges down (Canton Repository, April 20, 2010) Stark County's unemployment rate was at a 27-year high in March, but it dropped for the second month in a row as both the labor force and the number of employed rose.

Tax blocks wind-farm growth, group says (Columbus Dispatch, April 20, 2010) Ohio lags other states in generating power from the wind partly because of high taxes, an industry group said yesterday. Even so, the state is in the top 10 in the number of workers making wind-energy components.

Wood County seeks more options for getting water (Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune, April 20, 2010) Nearly a year ago, Wood County officials were desperately searching for affordable and plentiful water sources. Contracts for Toledo water had become too tangled in strings that threatened to strangle the working relationship between the county and city to the north.

Cuyahoga County land bank gets federal grant to assess brownfield sites (The Plain Dealer, April 21, 2010) The land bank has been awarded $400,000 in federal grants to assess contaminated sites for environmental risks and potential redevelopment. Cuyahoga County has more than 350 known brownfield sites, most in Cleveland and the inner-ring suburbs, according to the EPA.

Editorial: Educating Ohio (Akron Beacon Journal, April 21, 2010) Arecent update on Ohio's 10-year plan for higher education showed what bipartisan commitment can accomplish. The report from the Ohio Board of Regents highlighted improvements in enrollment, numbers of graduates and developing the critical mass of college-educated workers needed to drive economic growth.

Cleveland Clinic food scraps feed worms while green business activity blossoms (The Plain Dealer, April 22, 2010) Rather than going to a landfill with other garbage, the pineapple tops, melon rinds, carrot peelings and apple cores head instead to Jamie Melvin's worm farm in North Collinwood.
Cleveland schools, teachers have good reasons to compromise: Analysis (The Plain Dealer, April 22, 2010) Plans to lay off 545 Cleveland teachers, along with dozens of administrators and support staff, conjure up images of faraway conflicts. Critics say the system will plunge into chaos while refugees stream for the borders.

Farrar subsidiary to add jobs (Marietta Times, April 23, 2010) A local company's expansion plans have spawned a new business line expected to generate 20 to 35 new jobs in the Marietta area. the Reno business plans to expand thanks to $235,870 state loan.

Valley's jobless rates increase again (Youngstown Business Journal, April 23, 2010) Jobless rates rose in both Youngstown and Warren last month compared to February, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Tuesday. Youngstown's unemployment rate in March was 15.0%, an increase of more than half a percentage point from 14.5% in February and the highest jobless rate among Ohio cities, after falling from 14.8% in January.

New plan for NASA is better for Ohio (Columbus Dispatch, April 24, 2010) It generated controversy for scuttling manned missions to the moon, but President Barack Obama's new plan for NASA could generate jobs and dollars for Ohio.

Frustrations trigger government overhaul; Executive, 11-member council to take reins (Toledo Blade, April 25, 2010) Even before the biggest political scandal ever to hit Cuyahoga County government struck in July, 2008, whispers of reform percolated in northeast Ohio. Voters in Cuyahoga County expressed just how frustrated they were last year when they approved an entire overhaul of their county government.

Ohio needs new emphasis on innovation, experts say (Zanesville Times Recorder, April 26, 2010) When it comes to innovation -- and the new, good-paying jobs that can result from it -- is Ohio behind or ahead of the curve? Statistics show research and development at Ohio's universities are receiving industry support at levels few other state systems enjoy. Scientists and engineers make up a greater portion of Ohio's labor force today than in 2004.

187 jobs coming to Miami Valley Research Park (Dayton Daily News, April 26, 2010) Montgomery County and Kettering officials are expected to announce the arrival of a international company with plans to bring 187 jobs new jobs to Miami Valley Research Park. According to Kettering's grant application, the new jobs will involve accounting/finance, information services, legal staff, support staff and technology development.

Foundation helps bring in business (Mount Vernon News, April 26, 2010) The Fredericktown Community Development Foundation is an example of community members coming together so great things can be accomplished. Initially, the foundation's focus was on industry, but as its membership grew, so did the commitment to develop business in Fredericktown.
         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Civic Education, Maxine Goodman
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