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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
August 24 - 30, 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.
Coke plant fight continues as ground is broken (Cincinnati Enquirer, August 24, 2010) Construction on a $360 million industrial coke-making facility here by SunCoke Energy Inc. is about 20 percent complete, but opponents aren't giving up their two-year opposition to the controversial project

Putting Cleveland on entrepreneurs' map (Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2010) Nearly a decade ago, a group of community leaders decided to focus on Cleveland's economic future instead of its past. They wanted to make Northeast Ohio, once a center of industrial innovation, a good place to start companies again and were vexed by the fact that while Great Lakes pension funds, foundations and endowments were a major source of venture capital nationally, little of that money flowed back to the region.

Communities, agencies seek planning grant (Youngstown Business Journal, August 25, 2010) The cities of Youngstown and Warren, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, and the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments are among the public and private entities that have applied on behalf of Northeast Ohio for a federal regional planning grant.

ODOT seeks funding for The Point (Ironton Tribune, August 26, 2010) More millions may be heading to Lawrence County to add to the massive intermodal project already underway at The Point. The long-term project has been touted as a way to develop manufacturing in the region, especially with its location between the Heartland Corridor and Ohio River.

Renewable energy project, VXI get City help (Youngstown Business Journal, August 26, 2010) City Council passed measures Wednesday that pave the way for 600 new jobs at a downtown call center and the development of an renewable energy project that could unlock a new economic sector in the Mahoning Valley.

Editorial: Teaming up (Columbus Dispatch, August 27, 2010) Starting this fall in Grove City, people can finish their high-school diplomas and work toward their associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, all under one roof. This is an innovative use of resources and a promising development for Columbus-area residents who need job retraining to weather this tough economy.

Extending railroad tracks could be recruiting tool for business (Dayton Daily News, August 28, 2010) Economic development officials want to add rail service into Dayton International Airport by 2014, saying it could attract more growth for the logistics and distribution industry in the area.

Infocision, Green reach deal to bring jobs to city (Akron Beacon Journal, August 28, 2010) In less than 10 minutes Saturday morning, City Council approved an economic-development agreement to bring at least 207 jobs to the community.

NorTech pushing for advanced-energy growth in Northeast Ohio (The Plain Dealer, August 28, 2010) NorTech, a nonprofit charged with boosting the region's tech-based economy, wants consultants to help craft growth strategies in four advanced-energy sectors it thinks have potential here: producing energy with plant- or waste-based fuels, like Phycal; storing energy in batteries and other devices; using energy more efficiently in the nation's power grid; and powering electric vehicles.

Editorial: Mentor incubator could grow economy (News Herald, August 29, 2010) The Youngstown Business Incubator could be considered one of the brightest economic spots in all of Northeast Ohio.

Editorial: An emerging Ohio success story (Akron Beacon Journal, August 29, 2010) The percentage of Ohioans with an associate's degree climbed from 33.4 percent in 2006 to 34.9 percent two years later. Ohio moved from 38th among the states to 35th. The trend held for Ohioans with a bachelor's degree or higher, the state inching upward, by a percentage point or so, to 26.3 percent, from 37th to 35th in the state rankings.

Hino has impact on Mid-Ohio Valley (Parkersburg, August 29, 2010) Along with providing jobs in the Mid-Ohio Valley and building a strong relationship with the local community, Hino has also attracted a second truck business to the Williamstown area.

Area college ranks swell in bad economy (Middletown Journal, August 30, 2010) Spurred by a weak job market and an aggressive recruitment push, Ohio is expecting another year of record enrollments at colleges and universities.

Ohio ranks 29th in child well-being (News Herald, August 30, 2010) Ohio continues to rank around the middle of the pack when it comes to children's well-being, according a recently released annual report.

Editorial: Watching the casinos (Toledo Blade, August 30, 2010) The bureaucrat's rule book asserts that "personnel is policy." How effectively state government will regulate Ohio's four new casinos - including one in East Toledo - will be clear from the identities of the seven people Gov. Ted Strickland soon will name to the state casino-control commission.

         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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