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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
May 11 - 17, 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.

New century ushers in economic gloom in Ohio (Dayton Daily News, May 12, 2010) So far, the 21st century has been a horror show for Ohio's stumbling economy, with Dayton and Montgomery County playing leading roles in the continuing economic nightmare.

County weighs in on Ohio rail stop (Cincinnati Enquirer, May 12, 2010) Cincinnati City Council wants the local station for an Ohio passenger rail system to be built in Bond Hill.  But Wednesday, Hamilton County commissioners said not so fast.

Community chest (The Other Paper, May 13, 2010) Franklin County has become the main economic engine of development in Central Ohio, at least according to Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady.

Region awarded $550,000 Walmart grant (Youngstown Vindicator, May 13, 2010) The Oh-Penn Interstate Region, a regional work-force and economic- development group, has received a $550,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, Oh-Penn representatives announced Wednesday at a press conference here.

Higbee Building being considered as temporary site for Cleveland casino (The Plain Dealer, May 14, 2010) The Higbee Building next to Tower City is emerging as the location for an early version of Cleveland's casino. Casino developer Dan Gilbert confirmed in a statement Thursday that his group, Rock Ventures, was investigating a "phase one" casino on the site.

What color Ohio's economy (Columbus Dispatch, May 16, 2010) Rust Belt state well-positioned, experts say, but some wonder whether it will take full advantage of the 'green' wave.

Economist with local roots: Job destruction continues (Salem News, May 16, 2010) Despite talk of upticks in the economy, Ohio and much of the nation is still deeply mired in a recession, according to George Zeller, a Cleveland-based economic research analyst.

Tourism officials optimistic about summer season (Dayton Daily News, May 16, 2010) Local tourism officials said they believe people have been in "bunker mode" when it comes to making vacation plans. As the tourism season begins to ramp up for its busiest time of the year, officials in Warren County, which claims tourism as its No. 1 industry, are optimistic for 2010.

Tuition skyrockets as colleges pay big salaries; maximum boosts set at UT, BGSU (Toledo Blade, May 16, 2010) After several years of holding tuition and fees steady, the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University increased tuition and fees by 3.5 percent in the spring and will raise them another 3.5 percent in the fall - the maximum allowed by the state legislature. Ohio State University last week also announced a two-step increase, 3.5 percent for the summer and another 3.5 percent for the fall semester.

'Career sim' lets students explore the possibilities (Chillicothe Gazette, May 16, 2010) Encouraging students to explore different careers available in high-growth industries in Ohio is the purpose behind last week's launch of a new interactive state website, "What's Next? Ohio Career Sim."

Cleveland downtown businesses avoid landfill, send food waste to be composted into soil additives (The Plain Dealer, May 16, 2010) Large-scale downtown food-waste makers like The Q, Tower City and the Browns, along with restaurants like the Great Lakes Brewing Co. and the Greenhouse Tavern, are heading a new effort to keep tons of biodegradable food scraps out of the landfill.

Bankruptcy growing more common (Lancaster Eagle Gazette, May 17, 2010) Fairfield County was about in the middle of the pack last year in rates of bankruptcies, ranking 41st among the state's 88 counties. In 2009, 865 residents filed for bankruptcy, a rate of 6.08 per 1,000 residents. In 2008, 772 people filed, and in 2007, 560 people filed.

Ohio homeowners receiving loan help less often (Columbus Dispatch, May 17, 2010) Too few Ohioans are making it into a federal program that helps homeowners avoid foreclosure, according to counselors who guide people through red tape to modify their loans.
         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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