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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
September 20 - 26, 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.
Future growth in watersheds mapped
(Columbus Dispatch, September 20, 2011)
In the next 25 years, more than 100,000 people are expected to move into communities along the watershed which stretches 93 miles from its northernmost point of Claridon Township in Marion County down to Columbus.

Port authority OKs strategic plan over developer's objection
(The Plain Dealer, September 21, 2011)
The Port Authority's plan calls for attracting more cargo, improving the health and viability of the Cuyahoga River and finding commercial uses for dredged sediment that will otherwise be costly to dispose of in the future.

Immigrants source of growth
(Cincinnati Enquirer, September 22, 2011)
Three Greater Cincinnati organizations that promote Hispanic business and cultural interests say the region should embrace immigration as a primary source of economic growth.

Study estimates value of area's oil, gas boom
(Marietta Times, September 22, 2011)
Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created and billions of dollars in tax revenue and royalty payments could be generated in Ohio in the coming years as a result of a predicted economic oil and gas boom, according to results of a study released Tuesday.

Stark, Canton poverty rates show little change
(Canton Repository, September 22, 2011)
New poverty estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday show that just under 20,000 children - or nearly 24 percent of all the children in Stark County - lived in poverty in 2010.

Census report shows Greater Cleveland families are feeling the sting of lost decade
(The Plain Dealer, September 22, 2011)
Some economists are referring to the last 10 years as the "lost decade" and no doubt tens of thousands of Greater Clevelanders feel something critical has been missing. That something is income.

Kasich talks of renewable energy's value but hints at tweaking state rules
(Columbus Dispatch, September 22, 2011)
At times throughout the day, he hinted at potential tweaks to the renewable-energy standards that the legislature passed in 2008 with bipartisan support. Those standards require that the state get 25 percent of its electricity from alternative energy sources by 2025.

Editorial: Back renewable energy
(Toledo Blade, September 22, 2011)
Greater continuity also would provide a better gauge for renewable energy's potential -- a process that nuclear power, coal, and natural gas already have undergone. That's why the Ohio General Assembly must reject a misguided proposal that would kill a landmark 2008 state law designed to promote renewable energy before it has had a chance to prove itself.

Editorial: Region needs new jobs, not re-shuffling
(Cincinnati Enquirer, September 25, 2011)
The problem is that jobs are not only the key to economic turnaround, but to political capital. City and state leaders can make good on campaign promises of growth by relocating jobs, rather than the harder task of creating them.

Editorial: Gusher of energy
(Akron Beacon Journal, September 26, 2011)
The hope is, his words will result in action, and resonate with those looking to peel back the state's alternative energy portfolio standard, the requirement that by 2025, Ohio derive 25 percent of its electricity from renewable and advanced energy sources. Three years ago, the state came together to set the standard, lawmakers giving the concept bipartisan and near-unanimous support.

Agriculture vital to Ohio's economic recovery, generating income
(Wooster Daily Record, September 26, 2011)
When Ohio's ag director made his way across the Wayne County fairgrounds recently, he commented about how impressed he was with it and how it was a great showcase for agriculture.

What economy does arena boost?
(Columbus Dispatch, September 26, 2011)
On one side are most sports economists, who say in study after study that public financing for arenas and stadiums results in little to no economic gain for cities as a whole. On the other are urban planners, who say an arena or stadium in a well-planned district helps that part of town thrive.

Summit forges optimism for Valley manufacturing growth
(Youngstown Vindicator, September 26, 2011)
The good news, however, reveals that despite the losses, Ohio remains a manufacturing powerhouse to be reckoned with in the national and global economies. A recent report from the Ohio Manufacturers Association showed that the Buckeye State still ranks as the third largest manufacturing producer in America, behind only California and Texas, with 635,700 such jobs as of last month.

         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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