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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
May 17 - May 23, 2011

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.

Report: Downtown looking up  

(Cincinnati Enquirer, May 19, 2011)  

Coming out of the recession, momentum is strong for downtown Cincinnati with 2010 delivering a spike in new residents,  more than 30 new retailers and restaurants and work on $1.2 million in development projects,  according to Downtown Cincinnati Inc.'s annual State of Downtown report.

Ohio jobless rate still falling  

(Columbus Dispatch, May 21, 2011)  

A burst of retail hiring and an increase in temporary and contract jobs in April helped cut Ohio's unemployment rate for the 14th straight month.

Ohio tourism industry continues to experience growth  

(The Beacon, May 20, 2011)  

The Tourism Division of the Ohio Department of Development recently released numbers from a study that shows the impact of the tourism industry on Ohio's economy.


Bed tax sought to create funding for sports complex  

(Dayton Daily News, May 21, 2011)  

A tax increase that would create funding for a complex projected to add nearly 600 new tourism-related jobs for Warren County may still get into a state budget bill through the Ohio Senate.


Income tax surge shows area economy recovering  

(Dayton Daily News, May 20, 2011)  

From Troy to Vandalia to Kettering to Springboro, cities all across the Miami Valley saw income tax collections surge higher early in 2011, in what economists are calling an acceleration of recovery from the Great Recession.


Editorial: Get best expertise on casinos, then act quickly   

(Cincinnati Enquirer, May 22, 2011)

The silence at Cincinnati's Broadway Commons is making a lot of noise. In the 10 days since casino developer Rock Gaming halted construction of its planned $500 million complex here, along with its $1 billion Cleveland project, criticism of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other state officials has gotten louder.


Area mayors reaching out to foreign cities

(Youngstown Vindicator, May 23, 2011)

Mayors in Youngstown and Warren are reaching out and making friends across seas, friendships that could mean economic development for the Valley.


Communities partner on development 

(The Morning Journal, May 22, 2011) 

A joint economic development zone by Lorain and Sheffield Village could bring new retail or commercial businesses near Lorain's east side, said the mayors of the communities.


Editorial: Township by township 

(Akron Beacon Journal, May 22, 2011)

As state auditor, David Yost sees local governments across Ohio facing increasing financial difficulties. One answer involves shared services, small fire departments, for example, banding together in a joint district to operate more efficiently. Yet for some cash-strapped townships and counties, Yost projects such savings will not be enough.


Timken to open a wind turbine research center, training facility with Stark State College

(The Plain Dealer, May 23, 2011)

The $11.8 million project will be adjacent to the airport on 15 acres of land the college recently purchased for a new Stark State Emerging Technologies Airport Campus. 


Global Cleveland will launch with a multicultural party at City Hall

(The Plain Dealer, May 22, 2001)  

It's been years since Cleveland attracted immigrants in meaningful numbers, decades since it saw new ethnic neighborhoods and businesses flower.


Editorial: When 3 thinks tanks with quite different outlooks agree on a list of tax loopholes to close, Ohio's leaders should listen 

(The Plain Dealer, May 21, 2011)  

For months, leaders of the three think tanks -- who represent free-market conservatives, social-service policymakers and advocates of controlled growth -- have been commiserating about Ohio's massive budget hole and sharing ideas to bridge it. Perhaps surprisingly to some -- think of the hyper-partisans in Washington and Columbus who shout at rather than listen to one another -- they have found common ground around the issue of tax expenditures.



         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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