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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
September 7 - 13, 2010

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.
HUD awards $52M to Ohio, $2M to Valley (Youngstown Business Journal, September 9, 2010) The city will receive about $1 million and Trumbull County another $1.1 million as part of a nearly $52 million pot of federal funds directed to Ohio to combat neighborhood blight.

Region's push for innovation get major boost from state (Youngstown Vindicator, September 9, 2010) Yes, the Mahoning Valley makes things - it always has - with steel, titanium, magnesium, industrial ceramics and aluminium. So, it is only fitting for the region to be designated an Ohio Hub of Innovation and Opportunity. It is the sixth one, with others in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo.

Aquifer hoped to draw high-water businesses (The Oxford Press, September 11, 2010) Government officials, academics and businesses in the Miami Valley are working on an action plan to attract businesses to the region using water.

State of the Schools: Education key to future of region (Dayton Daily News, September 13, 2010) Of the nearly 400
individual schools in the Dayton area, roughly 70 percent were rated "Effective," or better, by the Ohio Department of Education.
But for the Dayton region to prosper in an economy based on high-tech jobs, the rest of the region's schools must strive to improve.

Moldovan delegation visiting Toledo area (Toledo Blade, September 11, 2010) Northwest Ohio isn't usually a must-see destination for foreign visitors to the United States, but for five government officials from the Eastern European nation of Moldova this week, it's their primary stop.

Test scores plummet in some area districts (Mansfield News Journal, September 11, 2010) In Mansfield, 45.2 percent of fifth-grade students scored at or above proficient in reading on the most recent state test -- which is up from 2009, but down from 62.3 percent three years ago.

Projects will speed rail freight, create jobs (Columbus Dispatch, September 11, 2010) Two railroad projects approved yesterday promise to enhance central Ohio's ability to move freight, and in one case, directly help create jobs.

Ohio has endured decades of job losses (Columbus Dispatch, September 12, 2009) For every positive sign on Ohio's job front, there's another equally discouraging indicator showing that the state's labor market remains mired in a 10-year recession.

Ohio may not be so bad for new college graduates (Canton Repository, September 12, 2010) In a ranking by the magazine of 30 cities, Columbus made the top 10 - ranking No. 9 - and Cleveland, Dayton and Cincinnati were named among the best 25 cities.

Bigger role sought for port board (Cincinnati Enquirer, September 13, 2010) A relatively unknown public agency that works largely behind the scenes on real estate deals could soon become the lead player charged with bringing new jobs and business to Cincinnati. Powerful business and civic leaders want the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, now composed of a five-person staff overseen by a 10-person board, to take on a greatly expanded role in attracting new employers to the region.

Editorial: Dollars for Ohio (Akron Beacon Journal, September 13, 2010) Ohio has borrowed $2.5 billion from the federal government to keep the state's unemployment compensation fund in the black. One estimate puts the negative balance at $3 billion by the end of the year, reaching as high as $5 billion in the next biennium. As part of the stimulus package, the feds postponed interest payments until 2011. That hiatus soon ends, placing yet another burden on the coming two-year budget, the payments consuming more than $200 million annually.

Continental, United airlines agree to keep at least 90% of flights at Cleveland Hopkins for 2 years after merger (The Plain Dealer, September 13, 2010) The agreement between Cordray's office, Continental and United calls for the merged carrier to maintain minimum daily departures from Hopkins at no less than 90 percent of the two airlines' average daily departures in the past year.

         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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