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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
September 25 - October 1, 2012

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.

Safeguard Properties gets Ohio tax credit for expansion in Mentor
(News Herald, Septembe 25, 2012)
Safeguard last year opened the Mentor facility in the former OfficeMax call center, transferring 40 employees from its Valley View headquarters to accommodate growth and pledging to create 60 new jobs. The 40,000-square-foot Tyler site has capacity for 400 people.

Economic growth has metro Youngstown rated 14th in US
(Youngstown Vindicator, September 26, 2012)
In a report by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area ranked 14th out of 100 metropolitan areas in the United States for fastest growth since the recession ended in the third quarter of 2009.

How Columbus, Ohio bounced back from the recession
(, September 27, 2012)
If you ever wonder what kind of economic development might be accomplished in this country with more bipartisan cooperation, consider Columbus, Ohio. It's become a celebrity city of sorts lately, talked up in a New York Times Magazine piece about the success of Ohio, and visited over a dozen times by the presidential candidates on the campaign trail. No wonder - the Columbus metropolitan area has created more jobs than any other place in Ohio over the last two years and it's become a model for what an economy can do when you admit that growth isn't about tax cuts and austerity but about both streamlining government and investing in the right things.

High court declines to force JobsOhio agreement
(Akron Beacon Journal/Associated Press, September 28, 2012)
A divided Ohio Supreme Court tossed a complaint Friday that state officials hoped might resolve legal concerns about the state's new private job-creation entity and seal JobsOhio's right to run the state liquor business and use its profits.

Plan Commission reviews vision for Cincinnati's future
(Cincinnati Herald, September 29, 2012)
The City of Cincinnati Planning staff presented PLAN Cincinnati, a comprehensive visionary plan that focuses on what the City will look like in the future, to the City Planning Commission for approval. PLAN Cincinnati is the culmination of a three year interactive engagement process involving a cross section of community residents and leaders. The result of those efforts is a long range plan to promote growth, protect the environment and influence future development in Cincinnati.

Grant to bring new manufacturing program to Rhodes
(Lima, September 29, 2012)
A federal grant will allow Rhodes State College to develop a new manufacturing-based program to train workers in an area officials say industry desperately needs.

Tech Town: Industrial blight gone, but new buildings slow to fill
(Dayton Daily News, September 30, 2012)
City of Dayton officials envision the $40 million Tech Town business park becoming a hotbed of research, home to thousands of high-paying technology jobs. But for now, the development's parking lot during business hours is, at best, half-full.

It's game on in Covington
(The Community Press & Recorder, September 30, 2012)
An informal coalition of businesses, educators and government officials is leveraging the launch of Microsoft's new operating system in October to highlight Covington's efforts to grow and attract information technology companies.

Jobs from Utica Shale extend beyond drilling
(Fremont News Messenger, October 1, 2012)
The economic push Ohio is expected to get from the Utica Shale, an underground rock layer packed with lucrative hydrocarbons, may extend beyond drilling companies and landowners to people not even directly involved.

Most job opportunities in health, retail, trucking
(Dayton Daily News, October 1, 2012)
Job seekers in the region are most likely to find opportunities in health care, retail and trucking, based on analysis of online help wanted advertisements posted from July to August, the latest monthly update from the state.

Keeping Cleveland a United Airlines hub two years after the merger
(The Plain Dealer, October 1, 2012)
With United's nearly 250 daily departures from Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership estimates the hub's economic impact at more than $4 billion, which includes its role in attracting business, travel and tourism and conventions and corporate meetings.

         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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