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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
July 12 - 18, 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.

Mahoning Valley struggles to create clean jobs
(Youngstown Vindicator, July 13, 2011)
The Brookings Institution, which three weeks ago reported surprisingly strong economic growth in the Valley following the trough of the recession, today released a report detailing the region's struggles in creating clean - or "green" - jobs.

Council tables ordinance on Fiberglas Tower grant
(Toledo Blade, July 13, 2011)
With two days left to apply for a grant, controversy surrounding the redevelopment of the vacant Fiberglas Tower on St. Clair Street downtown--a $44 million project by the Eyde Co.-- brought Toledo City Council to a standstill Tuesday

Developer for possible Cincy State campus in Middletown Busy in Ohio
(Middletown Journal, July 15, 2011)
While the downtown campus is near and dear to those of Middletown, it is just one slice of IRG's ever-growing commercial portfolio in the area. In addition to the former GM plant in Moraine the company purchased last month for redevelopment, IRG lists at least 17 other ongoing projects in Ohio.

MVOC: Youngstown did not act quickly enough
(Youngstown Vindicator, July 15, 2011)
The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative does not believe the city has acted quickly enough to address blight and property vacancy.

Editorial: A chance to embrace openness by JobsOhio's new board
(The Plain Dealer, July 16, 2011)
Also at issue is openness. The inaugural directors will set the tone for how JobsOhio accounts to Ohioans for its actions and its use of taxpayer dollars. Nothing would be more fatal to taxpayer confidence than a closed-door mentality. JobsOhio's transparency is as important to its success as its development programs.

2,100 jobs linked to upcoming economic development projects
(Dayton Daily News, July 16, 2011)
More than a dozen projects in the pipeline could mean up to 2,100 jobs for the region, the Dayton Development Coalition's top executive said Friday.

Digital divide closing in Ohio
(Cincinnati Enquirer, July 16, 2011)
Ohio residents increasingly are connected to the Internet, although people in some groups and areas across the state remain slow adopters of the computer age, a recent report shows.

More tourists take day trips to Ohio, stay overnight
(Columbus Dispatch, July 17, 2011)
Despite the recession - or perhaps because of it - Ohio's tourism industry has held its own in recent years.

Sinclair moving forward with unmanned vehicle technology
(Dayton Daily News, July 17, 2011)
Sinclair Community College is holding the first civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle training class in the region beginning July 19 at its main campus and Tech Town in downtown. The college is hoping to prepare the area's workforce for forthcoming jobs as a result of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's involvement with the evolving technology.

Mow the grass, own the property next door
(Toledo Blade, July 17, 2011)
Under Sandusky's new Mow to Own program -- believed to be unusual in Ohio -- homeowners living next to properties that are abandoned but made useless by zoning laws can take care of the land for up to two years, until the value of their maintenance matches the parcel's value.

Opportunity Corridor's latest alignment would uproot more than 90 families, a dozen businesses
(The Plain Dealer, July 18, 2011)
Building the boulevard means acquiring dozens of properties, knocking down buildings and relocating families and businesses, at an estimated cost of $22.7 million, ODOT's study of the proposed alignment showed.

All Marion Co. school districts likely to have issues on November ballot
(Marion Star, July 18, 2011)
Most Marion County voters will see a school levy request when they go to the polls in November. The majority of Marion County's districts, however, are holding off on seeking new money.

Editorial: Update jobless comp
(Toledo Blade, July 18, 2011)
Given Ohio's chronically high jobless rate and its fragile fiscal condition, state government needs all the help it can get to keep its unemployment compensation system solvent. Yet the state's failure to modernize the system could cost it $176.3 million in federal aid next month.

         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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