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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 23 - 29, 2011

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.
Group sues to block privatizing prisons
(Dayton Business Journal, August 26, 2011)
Progress Ohio has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Please Court to block Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plan to privatize prisons. Constitutional concerns and the need to preserve jobs and economic security for local Ohio economies were cited by the group.

State's higher education plan prompts concerns about YSU
(Youngstown Vindicator, August 27, 2011)
Eight months in office and Gov. Kasich has put his stamp on higher education in Ohio. On Aug. 11, Petro, former state attorney general, unveiled the Enterprise University Plan, which charts a new course for higher education. According to a statement released by the chancellor's office, the plan allows the state's public universities and colleges to be "free from mandates which stifle efficiency and innovation."

Editorial: Partners in innovation
(Akron Beacon Journal, August 27, 2011)
Applaud the partnership between the Timken Co. and the University of Akron. The company and the university announced last week that the global manufacturer will move its lab and three employees into the engineering research building now in the works on campus.

Editorial: Timken's local roots remain strong
(Canton Repository, August 27, 2011)
Timken said it is looking at a $225 million investment at its Faircrest plant here to expand its line of alloy steel bars. If this project comes to pass, it will bring to $425 million the company's investment in its steel operations in Stark County since 2006.

Editorial: Caution on Trade
(Toledo Blade, August 27, 2011)
Any successful strategy by state government to boost Ohio's economy and create jobs must include a robust commitment to pursuing global trade -- both expanding export markets and attracting foreign investment. As Gov. John Kasich seeks to place his stamp on the state's trade-promotion efforts, he must ensure that he does not move too quickly to dismantle contacts built by predecessors.

Economic changes in Cincinnati MSA
(Cincinnati Enquirer, August 28, 2011)
Today, the official designation of the Cincinnati MSA has expanded to 15 counties that now comprise about 2.2 million people. The population of that same geographic region was 1.5 million in 1960.

Editorial: Nonprofit not only solution to fix development department
(Lancaster Eagle Gazette, August 28, 2011)
Gov. John Kasich uses all the right language when talking about his new JobsOhio nonprofit corporation that will effectively replace the Ohio Department of Development.

300-plus apartments in the works near downtown
(Columbus Dispatch, August 28, 2011)
The influx of new rental units isn't expected to drain demand for apartments in the Downtown core, said Ken Danter, who leads real-estate market-research firm Danter Co. He said the vacancy rate for Downtown apartments is averaging less than 4 percent, "the lowest we've ever seen" for the area.

Team NEO expands board, reading for new role as local arm of JobsOhio 

(The Plain Dealer, August 29, 2011)

A business-attraction group is remaking itself as the local muscle behind a statewide jobs push.   


Summit seeks energy zone designation 

(Akron Beacon Journal, August 29, 2011)

Summit County is looking to become the first county in Northeast Ohio to be designated as an "Alternative Energy Zone."  The state designation would allow tax breaks on energy provided by renewable and alternative energy companies, and is seen as a way to lure employers to the county.   


JobsOhio gives county 2 development entities 

(Middletown Journal, August 29, 2011)

The way the regions are divided puts Butler County in two of them - the West Central region led by Dayton Development Coalition and the Southwest Ohio region led by Cincinnati USA Partnership, the economic development arm of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.  

         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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