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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 30 - September 5, 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.

Roth Bros. plans $1.2M plant renovation
(Youngstown Business Journal, August 30, 2011)
Roth Bros. Inc. plans to complete a $1.2 million renovation of its headquarters here and add 55 jobs over three years using an incentive approved Monday by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.

JobsOhio to help bolster local growth
(Toledo Blade, September 1, 2011)
The growth partnership's territory includes Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, and Wyandot counties.

JobsOhio gets $1.6 million for Appalachia
(Chillicothe Gazette, September 2, 2011)
The ABC was encouraged to apply for the money through the Third Frontier program so it can work with JobsOhio, the new state economic development arm created by Gov. John Kasich to attract business and create jobs in the state.

Huron and Erie counties join TeamNEO
(Sandusky Register, September 2, 2011)
Typically, when the Erie County Economic Development Corp. has sought state aid to attract new companies to the Sandusky area - or help an existing company expand - it worked with an Ohio Department of Development regional official in Toledo.

Ohio chamber to study shale drilling
(Canton Repository, September 2, 2011)
The state chamber is working on behalf of the Ohio Shale Coalition. It has engaged Cleveland State University, Ohio State University and Marietta College to conduct research on drilling in the Utica/Point Pleasant and Marcellus shale formations that are found under parts of eastern Ohio.

Bankruptcy filings fall again in northwest Ohio
(Toledo Blade, September 2, 2011)
Bankruptcy cases in northwest Ohio dropped 26 percent in August from the month last year, the 12th straight month that filings have decreased from the same month a year earlier. But experts say that news merely may be a reflection of a worsening economy and not a positive sign.

Editorial: Off the frontier
(Akron Beacon Journal, September 3, 2011)
Remember not too long ago, when Ted Strickland sat in the governor's office, and Republican adversaries howled at the prospect of an administration deviating from the first purpose of the Third Frontier project? Republicans warned about the prospect of money flowing to take care of political friends or otherwise departing from the competitive, merit-based decision-making about awarding research and development money.

Jobs shift slams Ohio workers
(Dayton Daily News, September 3, 2011)
The shift from manufacturing and construction to more knowledge-based industries has been one of the key stumbling blocks to income growth in Ohio, where median wages have declined faster than any other state over the past 10 years, according to a recent report from Policy Matters Ohio.

Unions battle for their future
(Dayton Daily News, September 4, 2011)
While the arguments for and against this year's organized labor tussel may be familiar, Ohio and the world today are very different places than in 1958, especially for unions.

Editorial: State should let cities and regional agencies go on collecting their own income tax
(The Plain Dealer, September 5, 2011)
The state would be hard-pressed to achieve the efficiencies and flexibility offered by the highly competent regional administration of these taxes in Northeast Ohio. And if the real intent is to make this the first prong of a state assault on the ability of Ohio municipalities to levy income taxes at all, or to force smaller towns and villages out of existence, then it's a nonstarter.

         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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