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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 14 - 20, 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.
State's economy improving, JobsOhio president says
(, August 14, 2012)
Unemployment has decreased in all 88 counties since January 2011 and the state has created more than 111,000 jobs since then, Kvamme said during a visit to Lima that included a private lunch with seven manufacturing leaders from the county.

CWRU shares in $30 million defense grant to develop manufacturing program in Youngstown
(The Plain Dealer, August 16, 2012)
A partnership between several private industries, universities and economic development organizations in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will receive a $30 million grant from the federal Department of Defense for a new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, according to a congressional aide.

Workers 'on move' more in better economy
(Dayton Daily News, August 16, 2012)
Employees continued to list selling their home as the biggest concern in accepting a transfer, although companies often give employees options in helping them with mortgages or selling. Especially in employee relocation, the timetable is fast, which doesn't provide much time to decide on a move or sell a current home.

Youngstown board of control OKs funds for four companies
(Youngstown Vindicator, August 17, 2012)
On Thursday, the board accepted a $250,000 grant from the state and agreed to spend $31,856 in city funds for road improvements to the entrance to Exterran Energy Solutions, which is building a plant in the city's Salt Springs Industrial Park.

Official looks for manufacturing rebirth in Appalachian Ohio
(Chillacothe Gazette, August 18, 2012)
Appalachian Ohio, with its location and skilled workers, will be well-positioned to capture manufacturing jobs as industry becomes more localized in the coming years.

Ohio officials: La-Z-Boy hasn't talked to us
(Toledo Blade, August 18, 2012)
Monroe, Mich.-based La-Z-Boy Inc., which is looking at sites for a new world headquarters building and said it would be open to relocating to other parts of southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, does not appear to have contacted economic development officials in the Buckeye state as yet.

Editorial: State of the rates
(Akron Beacon Journal, August 18, 2012)
John Kasich recently described the top individual income tax rate of 5.92 percent as "ridiculously high." The words were part of the governor beginning to make the case for an additional tax cut as part of his next budget plan - beyond the 21 percent reduction in rates since 2005, now at their lowest level in 30 years.

Study confirms economic benefits of local tourism    

(Athens News, August 19, 2012)

The data was collected as part of what's called an integrated consumer-based research study, organized by the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Tourism and conducted by Longwoods International and Tourism Economics.   


Electronics pushing northeast Ohio growth  

(The Morning Journal, August 20, 2012)

The regional development group today published the Cleveland Plus Economic Review, a quarterly report that examines economic factors across 18 counties stretching from Erie County to the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line.   


Jobs project takes new approach to employment for dislocated workers 

(Mansfield News Journal, August 20, 2012)

As existing employers seek to improve operating efficiency and global marketing opportunities, many require additional employees. Yet those employees must possess new, updated, usable skills, and a strong work ethic. Training is provided by North Central State College, Madison Adult Education and Pioneer Career & Technology Center.   


Cleveland's economy is growing but not fast enough to mass-produce jobs  

(The Plain Dealer, August 20, 2012)

The local economy continues to grow and diversify, driven by manufacturing with a high-tech edge, according to a new economic report. But to achieve the kind of robust growth that creates jobs, analysts say, the region likely needs to boost its skills.   


Vacant-home registry gets a look 

(Columbus Dispatch, August 20, 2012)

In 2010, the Columbus City Council adopted an ordinance to put property owners in jail for as long as six months and fine them $1,000 if they don't maintain vacant houses and commercial buildings. There are 6,111 in Columbus.  

         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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