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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
May 31 - June 6, 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.
Government collaboration builds growth
(Youngstown Business Journal, May 31, 2011) 

The role that efficient, effective local government would play in improving northeast Ohio's economic future is the focus of a new report issued by Advance Northeast Ohio, the economic competitiveness component of the Fund for Our Economic Future.


Grant to power research

(Warren Tribune, June 1, 2011)

Youngstown State University president Cynthia Anderson is confident the institution's new partnership with Polyflow LLC of Akron is one more step in YSU's ongoing effort to transform itself into an urban research university.


Regional effort on business retention hopes to create jobs 

(Middletown Journal, June 2, 2011)  

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's economic development arm, the Cincinnati USA Partnership, is using the same tools it would use to attract new employers to meet the needs of existing businesses in the Cincinnati metro region to help fuel job growth.


Jobless rate in Ohio still high  

(Columbus Dispatch, June 3, 2011)  

Jobs are coming back, openings are on the rise, workers are putting in more hours, and businesses are investing again after a brutal recession. Still, the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high and higher than it typically would be this far into an economic recovery.


Editorial: A drink on Ohio 

(Toledo Blade, June 4, 2011)  

Gov. John Kasich seeks to fund Jobs-Ohio - his murky private economic-development corporation - with proceeds from leasing the state's wholesale liquor distribution network. The nature of that transaction, more than how much the state stands to make on the liquor deal, demands lawmakers' closest scrutiny.


Marketing key to creating jobs, Ohio'z czar says 

(Columbus Dispatch, June 5, 2011)  

In some ways, what's unfolding in North Canton is a metaphor for Ohio's overall employment picture: After the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, companies are starting to hire again - but not nearly fast enough for the half-million Ohioans who remain out of work.


Editorial: Gov. Kasich is trying to cut too much from local government too quickly 

(The Plain Dealer, June 5, 2011)

Facing almost 50 percent cuts in state aid -- in a budgeting sleight of hand that effectively takes local tax dollars and rechannels them to state government -- some localities may have little recourse but to seek higher taxes or significantly reduce safety services.


Editorial: Privatization express 

(Akron Beacon Journal, June 5, 2011)

For months, Gov. John Kasich has talked about privatizing the day-to-day marketing and management operations of the Ohio Lottery. The idea is that a leaner, more aggressive and responsive organization would drive profits higher, the additional money flowing to schools across the state.  


$65M Caterpillar center to hire hundreds 

(Dayton Daily News, June 6, 2011)  

Caterpillar Logistics' new distribution center here is so big that construction crews took into account the curvature of the Earth when building the 1.6 million-square-foot center.



         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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