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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
October 9 - 15, 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.

Corporate aide on the rise in Toledo area
(Toledo Blade, October 10, 2012)
As unemployment, housing, and other facets of the economy slowly recover from their post-recession hangover, corporate charitable giving also is rebounding in fits and starts nearly three years after the last recession ended.

Editorial: Public innovation
(Akron Beacon Journal, October 11, 2012)The relationship between the city of Akron and its unions took a different turn as fall contract talks loomed, both sides looking to end the prolonged, bitter confrontations of recent years. Last week came welcome news of the payoff: Tentative agreements had been reached between the city and its four unions. This week, details emerged, along with an unprecedented 98 percent approval by the police union.

Business development center opens at Ohio Northern
(, October 10, 2012)
A new center to encourage small-business ownership in rural areas is open on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The Community Economic Development Center at Ohio Northern University is scheduling one-on-one consultations and has planned workshops and classes to support individual and small-business owners in Hardin, Hancock, Allen and Wyandot counties.

How the region ranks
(Cincinnati Enquirer, October 11, 2012)
On measures of economic vitality, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky ranks 10th out of 12 regions with which we compete, unchanged from our spot in 2010. The overall ranking was determined by our showing in these 15 categories.

Editorial: Economic daylight
(Toledo Blade, October 11, 2012)
Sluggish home sales in the Toledo market offer less cause for optimism. Nationally, home prices rose by 4.6 percent from August, 2011, to August, 2012, - the largest annual jump since 2006 and the sixth consecutive month this year of upward movement. Yet home prices declined by 3.7 percent in the Toledo market during the same period.

County needs a new vision
(Cincinnati Enquirer, October 14, 2012)
Hamilton County commissioners are working on improving the county's financial picture - they're facing a deficit of $17.8 million next year, the sixth straight year they've been in this position. There's talk of increasing the county sales tax or cutting millions more from the budget.

Akron-Canton airport growth stands out
(Canton Repository, October 14, 2012)
The number of passengers and the size of Akron-Canton Airport continue to increase, while other airports in small markets struggle.

$9M travel plaza plan sparks cooperation
(Dayton Daily News, October 14, 2012)
A 10-acre, $9 million Flying J Travel Center likely will be the first sign of a 380-acre economic development district being formed around the Interstate 71 interchange southeast of Lebanon.

Ohio's growing part-time workforce struggling to find full-time work
(Dayton Daily News, October 14, 2012)
In Ohio, there were an average of 233,000 involuntary part-time workers last year, up from 139,000 in 2007, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which could only provide annualized figures.

Three-year degrees are possible, according to plan submitted by Ohio's public universities
(The Plain Dealer, October 15, 2012)
According to data the Education Department recently released, tracking students who entered public four-year universities in 2003, 30.7 percent completed a degree within four years, 55.7 percent had a degree within six years and 58.9 percent in eight years.

         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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