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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
June 14 - 20, 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.

Editorial: Arts for the city 

(Akron Beacon Journal, June 15, 2011)

A livable, vibrant city offers residents much more than basic services, safe streets and neighborhoods. It enriches the lives of residents with its variety of creative arts. It is thus reassuring that Akron is restoring some of the funding - a small portion of it, to be sure - cut from five programs. The hope is this will be the down payment on more robust investment in the performing and visual arts in the city.   


Biomass project could add 1,200 jobs here 

(Youngstown Business Journal, June 16, 2011)  

A federal program to help farmers in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania grow crops used for biofuels and other sources of energy could result in more than a thousand jobs and millions of dollars of investment to the region, according to a top Obama administration official.


Banks are getting healthier in Cleveland, Ohio and U.S. 

(The Plain Dealer, June 16, 2011)

Locally, three of the 14 largest banks in this Greater Cleveland - Huntington, U.S. Bank and Park View Federal Savings -- saw their financial strength ratings increase last quarter, and none of the ratings dropped.


Solar firm may create 1,100 jobs 

(Columbus Dispatch, June 17, 2011)

The battered Mansfield-area economy, hurt by declines in the auto industry, is poised to gain more than 1,000 jobs that also would help meet the growing demand for solar energy.


Editorial: A better approach to lake water use 

(The Plain Dealer, June 17, 2011)

Ohio seems to be stuck in a time warp, with some lawmakers still in denial about the need to protect the region's most precious natural asset. They apparently would prefer to transform Lake Erie into a resource to be plundered for profit


Shiloh Industries closing, 87 jobs to vanish 

(Mansfield News Journal, June 17, 2011)

Shiloh Industries Inc. has told Ohio officials it will close the company's Mansfield Blanking Plant at 402 Ninth Ave. by early September, putting 87 people out of work.


Ohio business filings climb 11 percent 

(Dayton Business Journal, June 17, 2011)

Through May 2011, the Secretary of State's office processed 37,612 new business filings, compared to 34,632 during the same period in 2010.


Ohio adding jobs at promising pace 

(Columbus Dispatch, June 18, 2011)

Employers have added 70,000 jobs so far this year and 101,000 jobs since January 2010, when employment numbers began to improve in the state. Companies added 12,000 jobs in Ohio during May, according to figures released yesterday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


Local manufacturers survive hard times, continue to grow 

(Dayton Daily News, June 18, 2011) 

In the wake of the Great Recession, it's a perhaps unexpected story: Smaller, seemingly vulnerable manufacturers not only survived the downturn, but are on the cusp of growth.


Services pinched, monies tight: Is merger right? 

(Cincinnati Enquirer, June 18, 2011)  

Many people view their small communities as endearing throwbacks to a simpler and more pleasant era. But with Ohio facing an economic crisis, some state and county officials are encouraging these small communities to consider merging with abutting communities or, at the very least, consolidating services.



Editorial: Primed for compromise

(Akron Beacon Journal, June 19, 2011)

Ohio appears on the verge - at last - of updating the way it conducts public construction from the 19th century to the 21st century. The state stands alone with an antiquated, inefficient and expensive process that dates to the 1870s. Ted Strickland launched the effort to make changes. Then he faltered. Now Gov. John Kasich has picked up the task with gusto, and his fellow Republicans in charge of the legislature are ready to move forward.


Column: Akron-Canton, Flint airports are flying high 

(Toledo Blade, June 20, 2011)

Airport revenue pays the bills at CAK, not the taxpayers. Perhaps not coincidentally, Akron-Canton is also the only commercial airport in Ohio governed by its own specifically dedicated airport authority.

         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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