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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
June 28 - July 5, 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.
Jobs success story (Marietta Times, June 30, 2010) Construction of the Miba Sinter USA plant on Ohio 60 began in November 2008 and was completed in February of this year.  According to a release from the governor's office, the state provided more than $3.8 million in incentives to assist with the project.

Strickland hails region as solar hub, unlocking aid for investment, jobs (Toledo Blade, July 1, 2010) Northwest Ohio became the state's third Ohio Hub of Innovation and Opportunity, behind Cleveland for health care and Dayton for aerospace.

Local area selected for USDA economic initiative (Chillicothe Gazette, July 2, 2010) Two Ohio regions, including the one containing Ross and Pike counties, have been selected to participate in a U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative designed to promote economic development across county lines.

Dayton can grow, but not to pre-1980s levels report says (Dayton Daily News, July 3, 2010) Economic development experts say there is no one-size-fits-all formula for promoting growth or determining how much a region should spend on expanding its economy.

Region's development efforts are fragmented across many groups (Dayton Daily News, July 3, 2010) The Dayton Daily News spent six months examining who is doing what on economic development, what it is costing, and how well the various entities are working together. The results are a mixed bag. It is not always clear who is calling the shots, and there is little to stop jurisdictions from bidding against each other for jobs that can boost their tax bases for years, if not decades.

Gilmor urges mayors to buy 'Bio-Ohio' (Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, July 3, 2010) State Sen. Karen L. Gillmor, R-Tiffin, is encouraging local mayors to support Ohio's agriculture industry and local farmers whenever possible by purchasing supplies made from Ohio bio-based materials like corn, soybeans and switch grass.

Building the brand for Greater Toledo (July 4, 2010) The object of the five-year branding initiative is to acquaint potential employers, residents, students, and visitors with northwest Ohio's abundant strengths, without ignoring or denying its obvious challenges. A related goal is to remind Toledoans that even in tough times such as these, there are still plenty of things in our region to be proud of.

Warren expands tax credits (Warren Tribune Chronicle, July 4, 2010) In an attempt to attract more businesses to the city, council recently passed an ordinance expanding its income tax incentive program beyond the downtown.

Editorial: Take control (Akron Beacon Journal, July 4, 2010) The Center for Community Solutions has taken a comprehensive look at the budget challenge looming for Ohio - a deficit as large as $8 billion for the next biennium. The Cleveland-based think tank has asked the many players to ''think the unthinkable,'' to cast aside their ideological blinders, to examine new ways of conducting public business.

Locally grown menus (Columbus Dispatch, July 4, 2010) A movement that began in recent years to encourage the consumption of local food is not only picking up momentum, it's also blossoming in multiple directions.

Walmart brings jobs, controversy (The Morning Journal, July 4, 2010) Five years ago, when Lorain voters halted Wal-Mart's attempt to build a store along Cooper Foster Park Road, company officials said they wouldn't give up trying to enter Lorain.

Regional airport may boost economy (Parkersburg News and Sentinel, July 4, 2010) New airline service and flight schedule soon to begin at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport may give the local economy a small boost, an official said.

Cuyahoga County land bank marks first year with series of accomplishments (The Plain Dealer, July 4, 2010) Launched a year ago and formally known as the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corp., the land bank is the first of its kind in Ohio, a quasi-governmental nonprofit that is like a real estate corporation with a public mission.

Workers look for better jobs (Cincinnati Enquirer, July 5, 2010) Workers are increasing the hunt for better jobs for the first time since before the Great Recession began, a good indicator that recovery is taking hold.

         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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