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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
October 5 - 11, 2010

Greetings!
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.

Renew Ohio to create 300 jobs in region (Jackson County Times, October 5, 2010) While Jackson County won't see too much of a direct impact from the solar field in Muskingum County, there could be an indirect effect that does impact the local area.

Cleveland's Proposed Opportunity Corridor generates anxiety and hope at East Side meeting
(The Plain Dealer, October 6, 2010) About 50 residents and officials gathered at Mount Sinai Baptist Church on Woodland Avenue to view plans and comment on the planned 2 3/4-mile boulevard that would link Interstate 490 at East 55th Street with University Circle.

Ohio solar farm slated to bring clean energy, jobs (
Bloomberg Businessweek, October 5, 2010) The site is next to the nearly 10,000-acre conservancy known as The Wilds. The solar field will cover about 500 acres of reclaimed land that once was home to Big Muskie, then one of the world's largest mobile earth-moving machines.

Newark looks at opinions for CDBG grant money (Newark Advocate, October 7, 2010) The majority of the $1.2 million in Community Development Block Grant funds Newark plans to spend in 2011 will go toward a combination of housing rehabilitation, demolition, economic development and public infrastructure improvements.

Countywide development board sought
(Ravenna Record Courier, October 10, 2010) Portage County is poised to start a broad new economic development effort that will bring together the public and private sectors in a new Portage Development Board.

Editorial: Reason to achieve (Akron Beacon Journal, October 11, 2010) When Ohio was topping national foreclosure lists, Gov. Ted Strickland sought to strike a voluntary deal with mortgage lenders in the state to rework loans for borrowers heading for default. He didn't get far on that track.

Northwest Ohio labs lack funding to address water threats (Toledo Blade, October 11, 2010) The Maumee and the Sandusky, cornerstones of that lab's program, are two of the largest and most important tributaries of western Lake Erie, the Great Lakes region's most productive for fishing.

White House considers mayor for auto czar(Youngstown Business Journal, October 11, 2010) Williams confirmed that the administration approached him about serving as director for auto communities and workers.

Editorial: A reality check for Cincinnati's streetcar (Cincinnati Enquirer, October 11, 2010) It is viewed as a boon or as a boondoggle, a career attractor for creative young professionals or gaudy fashion accessory for the terminally hip. And it sometimes seems cast as a battle between good and evil, intelligent and ignorant, progressive and backward.

Ohio industrial jobs drop 12% in 2 years (Youngstown Business Journal, October 11, 2010) Industrial employment in Ohio fell 12% over the past 24 months as the Buckeye State lost 119,801 manufacturing jobs, according to the 2011 Ohio Manufacturers Directory.

Cleveland shares it expertise at national conference here on reclaiming vacant properties (The Plain Dealer, October 11, 2010) Cleveland got clobbered early by the foreclosure crisis -- and has been trying to fight back with innovative strategies that will be showcased during a national conference here next week.
         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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