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July 13 - 19, 2010
|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.
|Health care, agriculture driving economy (Ironton Tribune, July 14, 2010) The engine of Ohio's economy is fueled by many parts - workers, business
owners, educators, researchers - which encompass a number of different
Ohio has money for intercity trains, and few who agree what to do with it (Cleveland Scene, July 14, 2010) Imagine getting on a train in Cleveland and arriving in Columbus for a
meeting - relaxed, rested, and prepped for your presentation. Or your
football game, or your night on the town. No more staring through the
windshield at long, dreary stretches of I-71 in Richland and Morrow
Valley added 1,251 jobs through efforts (Youngstown Business Journal, July 14, 2010) Eleven economic development organizations in the Mahoning Valley played a
role in creating or keeping 2,700 jobs in Mahoning and Trumbull
counties in 2009 and the related investments that came to nearly $100
million, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber reported Tuesday.
Brown, report support rail investment in Ohio (Youngstown Business Journal, July 15, 2010) Brown was joined by Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio, which issued a
new report that assesses the impact of developing rail and mass transit
infrastructure on the state's manufacturing economy.
Record-low mortgage rates spur Toledo house sales, prices (Toledo Blade, July 16, 2010) With mortgage rates at their lowest point in
decades, the Toledo area's housing market is perking up, especially
among first-time home buyers and those who have delayed selling, though
some nervousness about the economy remains.
Lucas Co. new jobless claims hit an unusual low (Toledo Blade, July 17, 2010) The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Ohio
declined last month. Meanwhile, new jobless claims in Lucas County were
at their lowest year-over-year weekly level in more than 10 years.
University of Dayton expands reach, area (Dayton Daily News, July 17, 2010) The campus isn't the only thing that's growing at the University of
Dayton. While the automotive industry slump, the mortgage crisis,
corporate defections and the Great Recession have rocked the city, the
university that bears its name is enjoying a multi-faceted surge.
City embarks on next stage of revamping zoning regulations (Gateway News, July 17, 2010) Planning and Economic Development Director Jeff Pritchard said updating the zoning regulations is the second of three
phases necessary to update the city's planning laws and guidelines. The
master plan was adopted by City Council in December 2009. The third
phase would be updating the city's subdivision regulations, he said.
Locals look for Columbus growth to come our way (Lancaster Eagle Gazette, July 17, 2010) Development that occurs in Columbus can seem far away and unrelated to
residents and businesses in Fairfield County. But development officials from across central Ohio are pulling together
resources to strengthen not just Columbus, but the entire surrounding
Stimulus responsible for 117,000 Ohio jobs in second quarter, report says (The Plain Dealer, July 18, 2010) 117,000: Ohio jobs saved or created during the second
quarter of 2010 by the federal stimulus law
Officials look to urban gardens to combat decay (Columbus Dispatch, July 18, 2010) Here in Cleveland, urban gardens flourish while the city founders.
Neighborhoods once teeming
with immigrants who toiled in factories and African-Americans who headed
north in the last century
searching for better lives now go wanting for people.
Ag Bioscience cluster discusses agroecosystem business opportunities (Wooster Daily Record, July 18, 2010) Instead of complaining about the wavering economy, the Ag Bioscience
Industry Cluster mapped out food systems and identified areas for
business opportunities. Recently, the organization met at the Wayne County Public Library to
discuss local agroecosystem development and to demonstrate resources for
use by potential business owners.
Site could be Colerain gateway (Cincinnati Enquirer, July 18, 2010) The empty ½-acre gravel-strewn lot at the intersection of Springdale and
Colerain avenues may not look like much to a passerby but any township
official can explain the significance behind the former BP ProCare site.
Editorial: Crisis of trust (Akron Beacon Journal, July 18, 2010) The Budget Planning and Management Commission, a bipartisan
panel of six legislators created in the last budget bill, has an
important role to play in setting the stage for what is sure to be a
bruising debate over Ohio's next two-year spending plan, due next year.
Diligence now to identify the range of options for resolving a shortfall
estimated as high as $8 billion will pay big dividends, helping
legislators and citizens see clearly the difficult choices that must be
Solar energy is rising star in Ohio (Columbus Dispatch, July 18, 2010) From the ground, the 80 acres of solar panels seem to go on forever,
arranged in rows like the
cornfield that used to be here. The project was completed last month in Wyandot County. At 12 megawatts, it
is by far the
largest of its kind in Ohio history.