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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
July 10 - 16, 2012

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.
Manufacturers gather in Cleveland seeking a share of new energy industries
(The Plain Dealer, July 10, 2012)
Representatives of more than 130 companies and organizations are descending on Public Auditorium downtown Wednesday for the start of a two-day conference exploring trends and opportunities in advanced energy.

Manufacturing jobs focus of Ohio task force
(Dayton Daily News, July 11, 2012)
The Ohio House has created a manufacturing task force to guide the reindustrialization of the state, which has lost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in recent years but still produces more than $73 billion in goods annually.

Kasich signs order against Lake Erie drilling
(Toledo Blade, July 11, 2012)
It is substantially similar to an order that fellow Republican Gov. Bob Taft signed in 2003 that expired when he left office in early 2007. Mr. Kasich had committed himself to resurrecting such an order during his 2010 campaign even as his administration has pursued expanded drilling for natural gas and oil elsewhere in the state.
Employment Source gets $6M government grant
(Canton Repository, July 11, 2012)
The goal of the grant is to connect work force and economic development, business and education in a collaborative, customer-focused partnership to deliver more efficient business services to a larger geographic area.

Field of dreams: Experts say 'Job Ready Sites' good for Ohio despite lack of tangible results
(Lima News, July 14, 2012)
In the 1989 film "Field of Dreams," that mantra was all about a down-on-his luck Iowa farmer following his heart, taking risks and ultimately triumphing in the face of foreclosure and financial ruin. Over the course of the last decade, it can be said that has also been the mantra for state and local officials hoping to jump-start Ohio's economy.

What's in a name? Maybe plenty
(Cincinnati Enquirer, July 14, 2012)
Two new names popped up this month in state government - the Development Services Agency and TourismOhio. And before you think Gov. John R. Kasich is expanding state government, he's reorganizing it.The name changes come as a result of his recent signing of Senate Bill 314 into law at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Editorial: What windfall?
(Akron Beacon Journal, July 14, 2012)
Last week, the state announced the distribution of $10 million in casino profits to Ohio's 88 counties and eight largest cities, the take for the second quarter from two of the four casinos authorized by voters in 2009. Another $6.7 million went directly to public schools from the casinos opened in May in Cleveland and Toledo.

Ohio's tuition limits haven't led to other college costs soaring
(Columbus Dispatch, July 15, 2012)
Many people believe that Ohio's public universities have skirted state-mandated tuition caps through huge hikes in room-and-board costs and mandatory fees. But that doesn't appear to be happening, according to a Dispatch analysis

Mansfield-area workforce growth minuscule
(Mansfield News Journal, July 15, 2012)
Total employment is expected to increase 0.4 percent between 2008 and 2018 across the North Central Ohio Economic Development Region, which includes Richland, Crawford and seven surrounding counties, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and its "2018 Ohio Job Outlook," issued last summer.

YSU pursuing new strategies to deal with higher ed reality
(Youngstown Vindicator, July 15, 2012)
Youngstown State University's enrollment decline is expected to continue this fall, thus forcing President Cynthia Anderson and the board of trustees to face a bitter truth: The days when the number of students defined the strength of the university are gone.

Ohio wine producers expecting a vintage year
(Columbus Dispatch, July 16, 2012)
Thirty percent of Ohio vineyards - many of those from Vermilion to Ashtabula - lost 100 percent of their American grape varieties, mostly Concord, Niagara and Catawba, Winchell said.

         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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