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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
July 24 - 30, 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.
Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority votes to put tax increase on November ballot
(The Plain Dealer, July 25, 2012)
Port officials estimate the additional $90 million in revenue over the five-year life of the tax would attract more than $101 million in federal, state and local contributions to the various projects.

Jobless rate rises in all but 3 Ohio counties
(Toledo Blade, July 25, 2012)
The unemployment rate rose in June from May in 85 of Ohio's 88 counties, although economists said the spike is no indication that Ohio's recovery is weakening.

Most economic indicators show signs of improvement in Licking County
(Newark Advocate, July 25, 2012)
Economists often use the word "uncertain" to describe the national economy, but in Licking County, observers dare to use such words as "improving" or "positive."

Can we become a world leader in water technology?
(Cincinnati Enquirer, July 26, 2012)
For years local scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs have worked on projects like these. Now, with support of the federal government, they're out to make Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky the American hub for the global water technology market - valued at $500 billion to $1 trillion a year and growing.

State launches effort to groom more college graduates
(Dayton Daily News, July 27, 2012)
Ohio must "dramatically" increase its college degree holders to compete in a global economy - and the state's leader in higher education has new ideas to help more students plan for, pay for and finish their schooling.

Toledo slips further in Forbes magazine ranking City 2nd to last in Ohio on Forbes list
(Toledo Blade, July 27, 2012)
Toledo already is doing some of those things and has laid the foundation to grow its start-up and green companies, said Bill Wersell, vice president of business development at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Sale of commercial properties lags in Valley
(Youngstown Vindicator, July 28, 2012)
Though sales for new and existing homes increased significantly in Ohio and across the Mahoning Valley in June, the outlook for area commercial real estate looks bleak, according to local commercial brokers.

Economist: Keep on manufacturing, Marion
(Marion Star, July 29, 2012)
Manufacturing jobs, which put food on the tables for nearly 6,000 Marion County residents, is one of those positives, and the Marion area community should find an "effective way of owning that," LaFayette said.

Lawsuit challenging JobsOhio continues with appeal to Ohio Supreme Court
(The Plain Dealer, July 30, 2012)
A liberal group and a conservative organization have teamed up to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to block Republican Gov. John Kasich's private economic development agency from using public money to operate.

         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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