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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 17 - 23, 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.
Ohio exports are on the rise again after terrible 2009 (The Plain Dealer, August 17, 2010) Six months into 2010, the value of Ohio exports reached $20.2 billion, a 29 percent increase over the first half of last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division.

Vacancies hinder downtown's renewal (Dayton Daily News, August 18, 2010) Authors of the Greater Downtown Plan recently called for 8,000 new jobs by 2020 in the area in and around downtown, with many of them hitched to small business born out of Tech Town. The city is banking on Tech Town's success to connect it to various other amenities: Fifth Third Field, RiverScape, the Oregon District, UD, Brown Street and the bordering suburbs of Oakwood and Kettering.

Appalachian broadband project gets $66.5 million in stimulus funds (Lancaster Eagle Gazette, August 19, 2010) What was good news for Ross County on Monday also was good news for 33 other southeastern Ohio counties, including Fairfield, Hocking and Perry.

Coalition wants new effort aimed at keeping big companies in region (Dayton Daily News, August 19, 2010) The Dayton Development Coalition seeks to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in additional support from member businesses and local governments to try harder to make sure that the biggest local companies stay and expand here.

Editorial: Clash of the cities (Akron Beacon Journal, August 20, 2010) Don Kuchta is steamed. The Macedonia mayor learned that the Hudson City Council approved this week a $50,000 job-creation grant for a company moving from his financially struggling city to its more affluent neighbor.

Where are the jobs? (Marietta Times, August 20, 2010) The No. 1 issue affecting Appalachia today is the top challenge throughout the country: a lack of jobs, said political and social services leaders who gathered for an annual conference in Marietta Thursday.

Ohio payrolls grow, jobless rate falls (Columbus Dispatch, August 21, 2010) Ohio added 10,500 private-sector jobs last month. And although they were largely canceled out by the 8,700 government jobs lost, the state's July jobless rate fell to 10.3percent from June's 10.5 percent.

Northeast Ohio community colleges post record enrollment (The Plain Dealer, August 22, 2010) Enrollment at area community colleges this fall is at an all-time high -- reflecting the struggling economy, a shift in how high school students view the two-year schools and growth in online classes.

Ravenna eyes solar energy: Technology could earn city $1.8 million profit in three years (Ravenna Courier, August 22, 2010) Ener-G Solution Partners, a consulting firm promoting renewable energy, has approached the city with the idea of a field of ground-mounted solar panels.

Streetcar route much coveted (Cincinnati Enquirer, August 22, 2010) As a decision nears on the best streetcar route from Downtown to Uptown, communities are competing to be the pick. To the winner will go the promise of enhanced property values and the potential for new retail, housing and office space.

YSU's new doctoral program will boost research reputation (Youngstown Vindicator, August 22, 2010) Youngstown State's doctoral program gives the open admission, urban institution a valuable marketing tool and boosts its reputation as a research institution. The Center of Excellence in Materials Science and Engineering already has gained a national identity.

Funds shrinking for local schools (Marion Star, August 22, 2010) The district barely averted layoffs this year. However, the district does not know what kinds of cuts the state will make to education in the next two years, or what changes the district will see in local revenues

Delaware County's economy is almost recession-proof (Columbus Dispatch, August 23, 2010) Delaware is billed as the 20th fastest-growing county in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, swelling by 53.4 percent from 2000 to 2009. More than 50,000 people moved into the county during that span, bringing its population to an estimated 168,708. An additional 50,000 or so are expected in the next 10 years.

Water's impact on Van Buren County (Courier Leader, August 23, 2010)  Inland lakes in Van Buren County add significant value to the county. Property values around lakes are significant. Around Maple Lake, current taxable value is over $10.075 million. That's a significant amount because those properties pay over $460,000 in taxes for our schools, library, ambulance service, fire department, law enforcement, and county and local governments.

         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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