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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 10 - 16, 2010

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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.
Sandusky County creating list of brownfield sites (Fremont News Messenger, August 13, 2010) Sandusky County will spend $4,000 to create a list of potential brownfield sites in the county. Sandusky County Commissioners voted Thursday to approve the expense, which County Administrator Warren Brown said could help if funding becomes available for shovel-ready projects.

Penn breaks ground for E. Toledo casino (Toledo Blade, August 13, 2010) The casino will be the first of four planned in Ohio after voters approved a constitutional amendment in November, 2009, to authorize casinos in Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

Creating revitalization plan for area surrounding UA top priorities for new head of University Park Alliance (Akron Beacon Journal, August 14, 2010) The blueprint will look at different types of development, such as retail or housing. Stapleton had begun parts of the ''mapping'' process, but in fairness, O'Leary said, Stapleton was focused on reaching objectives of the organization's main financial grant.

Home prices reportedly rising in region, state in 2nd quarter (Dayton Daily News, August 14, 2010) The Dayton metropolitan saw median home prices climb in the spring, but other Ohio cities also enjoyed gains, according to numbers released Aug. 11.

Poor economy puts the pinch on some festivals (Dayton Daily News, August 15, 2010) Though the poor economy has placed a financial burden on many area festivals and fairs, even causing some festivals to cancel, others remain successful.

Grapes grow on Ohio (Columbus Dispatch, August 15, 2010) Ohio government leaders think a small investment in wine grapes will lead to big dividends. The industry is growing in Ohio, evolving from a few mass producers of mainly sweet wines to a large number of small producers who cater to more discerning tastes.

UT forecast: Sunny today, storms ahead (Toledo Blade, August 15, 2010) First the good news: Dr. Jacobs expects UT enrollment to increase this school year from its 23,000 students last fall. Among incoming freshmen, he says, both high school grade-point averages and standardized test scores - leading indicators of academic improvement - are up.

Editorial: Let's make Ohio a home for this shopping holiday (Parma Sun Post, August 15, 2010) Ohio's leaders can help - maybe not in time for this year, but possible for future back-to-school seasons. It's time for the state to seriously consider offering a sales tax holiday in some form - a move that would help Ohio's families as well as its merchants.

Steele: Big plans for local film fest (Cincinnati Enquirer, August 15, 2010) Filmmakers should be as much a part of Cincinnati's arts community as musicians, artists, singers and dancers, believes Kat Steele, the new executive director of the Cincinnati-Oxford International Film Festival.

Genesis feeling effects of hospital tax (Zanesville Times Recorder, August 15, 2010) This year, Genesis HealthCare Systems will pay almost $3 million to the Ohio Hospital Tax.The tax was implemented as part of the state budget when it passed in July 2009 to cover state Medicaid costs.

Businesses find good deals on vacant property (Middletown Journal, August 15, 2010) Low industrial property prices, not so old vacant property and locations between Dayton and Cincinnati metros has created an attractive real estate market for buyers.

Trend: High earners exit Hamilton County as some counties benefit (Cincinnati Enquirer, August 15, 2010) More than 50,000 people move into or out of Hamilton County every year in pursuit of jobs, housing, education or a better place to raise their kids.

They're known as 'the 99ers,' and their numbers are growing in Ohio and nationwide (The Plain Dealer, August 15, 2010) About 15,000 Ohioans didn't get a penny when Congress extended unemployment benefits. They're known as "the 99ers." After two years or more without jobs, they say they're losing a critical safety net at a time when finding work is still agonizingly difficult.

Boom times at Wright Patterson could end (Washington Post, August 16, 2010) Live by the sword, die by it. For Dayton, Ohio, home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the booming days could end, as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates looks for cuts in contractor spending.

Engineer favor VMT tax (Coshocton Tribune, August 16, 2010) Coshocton County has seen a decline in the amount of money collected from the state gas tax in the past couple of years.

         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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