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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
June 22 - 28, 2010

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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.
A shrinking Cleveland may have hit population bottom (The Plain Dealer, June 22, 2010) The city continues to lose population but at a slower pace than recent years, brightening prospects for the decennial census underway.

Cleveland plans intermodal transportation center to link key landmarks (The Plain Dealer, June 23, 2010) Cleveland plans to build a long-awaited intermodal transportation center near the lakefront to link the new medical mart, convention center and Flats east bank redevelopment.

Columbus won't copy Cleveland's big property fines (Columbus Dispatch, June 23, 2010) Columbus officials say they aren't expecting to take the step that a Cleveland judge did recently, when he slammed two South Carolina companies with $13 million in fines for not fixing up their ramshackle properties.
Campbell land eyed as site for new mill (Youngstown Vindicator, June 23, 2010) A Pittsburgh-based company that owns 113 acres of industrial property in Campbell and Youngstown is planning to build a steel mill there. The mill would employ 700 people, said company owner Krishna Sharma.

'Double dip' legislation possible (Columbus Dispatch, June 23, 2010) While Democrats are treading lightly on the issue, Senate President Bill M. Harris said yesterday that the current state public-employee pension system is "not sustainable" and will require legislative action.

Lawmakers get weak forecast on Ohio economy (Columbus Business First, June 26, 2010) Ohio's economy may be showing signs of recovery, but its health will remain comparatively anemic in key areas such as employment and income growth, says the latest forecast from Gov. Ted Strickland's Council of Economic Advisors.

Owens expands training in solar, wind energy (Toledo Blade, June 25, 2010) If America continues revamping its energy sector, more jobs should become available for installing solar panels, wind turbines, and other sources of renewable energy.

Benefits cutoff: 'Mean and stupid' or 'tough love' (Dayton Daily News, June 26, 2010) The good news is that Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.7 percent in May, down from 10.9 percent in April, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

For-profit colleges alter the landscape (Cincinnati Enquirer, June 27, 2010) With as many as 20,000 students enrolled now - and growing as much as 20 percent every year - these schools are nothing less than a revolution in the way a college education is delivered. But detractors paint a different portrait, claiming that the for-profits exploit students with aggressive recruiting, charge more than the traditional public university, then saddle students with loans they can't afford while providing a sub-standard education.

Editorial: Got a plan? (Akron Beacon Journal, June 27, 2010) How will the state cope with a budget deficit in the next biennium that could be as large as $8 billion? On Thursday, Ted Strickland told the Cleveland City Club that he is looking for help from the federal government. The governor seeks another infusion of one-time cash.

Editorial: County has seen some positive signs about economy (Lancaster Eagle Gazette, June 27, 2010) In the past few weeks, we've seen at least a few signs it's not all bad in Fairfield County. Our unemployment rate, already among the lowest in Ohio, dropped to 9.1 percent. More importantly, raw data show that 700 more Fairfield County residents worked in May than in April; that's a good sign.

UT report envisions solar industry, research recharging area economy (Toledo Blade, June 28, 2010) The report, The Relevant University: Making Community and Economic Engagement Matter, has been showing up this month in the mailboxes of elected officials and opinion leaders across northwest Ohio.
         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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