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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 7 - 13, 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.
Ohio looks to turn $2B college research into profit
(Dayton Daily News, August 7, 2012)
Ohio's universities are taking steps to help the state's economy get "back on its feet" by turning more of the $2 billion they do in research every year into new money-making technologies, products and services - and more jobs for Ohioans.

Ohio budget projection takes a big jump, rosier outlook could prime Gov. John Kasich's tax cut proposal
(The Plain Dealer, August 7, 2012)
Gov. John Kasich's administration on Tuesday released its revised budget projections for this fiscal year, painting a much healthier fiscal outlook for the state and likely setting the stage for the Republican leader's long-promised personal income tax cut.

Editorial: Affordable coverage
(Akron Beacon Journal, August 7, 2012)
A concern in the governor's office is that Ohio will have trouble enough finding the $369 million needed to cover the 319,000 who are currently eligible but not enrolled, let alone the expense in expanding coverage. In 2009-10, an estimated 520,000 Ohioans ages 19 to 64 with income below 100 percent of the poverty level were uninsured, the population the reform law seeks to cover.

Ohio UAV center could bolster jobs, industry
(Dayton Daily News, August 8, 2012)
State officials are looking at sites in the Dayton area to house the center's offices, which is intended to be a one-stop-shop for government, industry and universities seeking to participate in the effort to demonstrate that UAVs can be safely flown in manned airspace.

Development board helps create investment at 2 local companies
(Aurora Advocate, August 8, 2012)
In the first half of this year, the Portage Development Board has worked on eight projects that will generate more than $125 million in new investment in Portage County, including two in Aurora.

Portal launches for oil, gas opportunities
(New Philadelphia Times Reporter, August 10, 2012)
An Ohio nonprofit group has launched a new website where applicants can find out about job opportunities in the oil and gas industry in eastern Ohio's Utica Shale play.

JobsOhio data show progress, draw criticism
(Youngstown Vindicator, August 11, 2012)
Mark Kvamme, JobsOhio president and interim chief investment officer, said that from April through June of 2012 the efforts of JobsOhio and its economic-development partners yielded commitments of 4,666 new jobs totaling $205 million in new payroll and capital investments of $863 million.

Guest Column: NE Ohio's broadband network key to region's economic growth: Sari Feldman and Scot Rourke
(The Plain Dealer, August 12, 2012)
Northeast Ohio is positioned to be a leader once again. The competitive advantage offered by our community fiber broadband network will last only a few years. Other communities that share our smart-region vision are not far behind us. We must mobilize quickly. Nothing less than our future relevance depends on it.

Kasich's economic impact up for debate

(Columbus Dispatch, August 13, 2012)

Ohio has added 111,300 jobs during Kasich's tenure, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics - fourth-most in the U.S. and tops among Midwestern states. Ohio's 7.2 percent unemployment rate in June was more than a point better that the U.S. rate as a whole, but just the 23rd lowest in the country. However, the state's unemployment drop of 1.8 percentage points since Kasich took over is among the five best in the country.   


Editorial: Innovative thinking can fund our infrastructure 

(Cincinnati Enquirer, August 13, 2012)
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is currently examining strategies to unlock new sources of revenue to fund its growing list of projects, and some have already yielded results. ODOT recently reported that efforts to create greater operational efficiencies within the agency translated into an additional $400 million for new construction projects.   


         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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