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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
September 27 - October 3, 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.
Group says bank owned properties not kept up
(Warren Tribune, September 28, 2011)
Johnson said there are more than 1,300 vacant homes in foreclosure in Warren and Youngstown, combined, and foreclosure takes about $20,000 out of the community through loss of property value, maintenance costs and law enforcement issues.

JobsOhio team to open regional office in October
(Mansfield News Journal, September 29, 2011)
The Ohio Department of Development used to handle most of the state's economic development efforts, but it will hand over some of its responsibilities to JobsOhio. The department had an office in Shelby tasked with regional development, but it closed.

Geneva, Conneaut to get public transportation
(Ashtabula Star Beacon, September 29, 2011)
A pilot project to provide additional transportation services to Geneva and Conneaut received the green light from the state earlier this week.

Ohio in group revamping school science standards
(Columbus Dispatch, September 30, 2011)
Ohio will be among 20 states leading the development of new standards for what students should learn about natural science and engineering from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Bank offices found vital to health of community
(Toledo Blade, September 30, 2011)
A shuttered neighborhood bank branch is more than just a milestone marking the passing of a few local jobs on the road to an all-electronic banking system. Depending on its location, a recent study argues that neighborhood bank branches can make the difference between area residents being able to access credit for mortgages and car loans or being forced to do without.

Officials say Concord-Painesville JEDD is moving forward
(News Herald, September 30, 2011)
Nearly three years after the Concord-Painesville Joint Economic Development District held its first meeting, the venture's progress can perhaps best be characterized as slow but steady.

Editorial: Settling Ohio's gambling frontier
(The Plain Dealer, October 2, 2011)
Installing slots at the seven sites, plus the construction of four casinos in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, sails regulators into waters uncharted in Ohio.

Property owners question rapid rise in valuations
(Youngstown Vindicator, October 2, 2011)
Lakefront land values in this summer paradise for swimmers, boaters and water skiers are soaring, according to Mahoning County's real-estate reappraisal.

 Editorial: Continuum of talent
(Akron Beacon Journal, October 3, 2011)
The point has been made many times: To succeed in the hypercompetitive global economy, communities and regions, larger and smaller, must attract talent. There is a corollary to this widely held truth: Areas must mobilize the talent they already have.

Vision for riverfront taking shape
(Middletown Journal, October 2, 2011)
Since 1996, both the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have been engaged in developing the city's riverfront, first with the reconstruction of Fort Washington Way, the construction of two professional sport stadium and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Good news for Wilmington
(Cincinnati Enquirer, October 3, 2011)
More than 250 good-paying aircraft maintenance jobs are being promised to Wilmington, a town wracked by the loss of its major employer, the package carrier DHL.

New zoning sought for old NCR
(Dayton Daily News, October 3, 2011)
University of Dayton leaders want to expand the development possibilities for the former NCR Corp. headquarters the university bought in 2009.

Wilmington-area air park getting 300 jobs
(Dayton Daily News, October 3, 2011)
Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services Inc., an aircraft repair and maintenance company that is the dominant employer at Wilmington Air Park, is to add about 300 jobs over the next 12 to 18 months, Gov. John Kasich and other officials are to announce Tuesday afternoon.

         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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