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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
November 2 - 8, 2010

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.
Ohio job posts show improving economy (Dayton Daily News, November 2, 2010) The number of online help-wanted ads in Ohio climbed to 151,600 last month, up by 11,500 from September in yet another sign of slow but steady improvement in the economy.

Why did levies lose? The economy
(Cincinnati Enquirer, November 3, 2010) Nearly a third of Greater Cincinnati's school systems were on the Tuesday ballot with tax issues and,, of the 15 districts asking voters to pay for local schools, 11 were defeated - some by wide margins.

Fiat's jeep manager predicts strong future
(Toledo Blade, November 4, 2010) He sees Toledo as one of Chrysler's most important assets, is impressed with the way the work force has adopted a new manufacturing system and predicts a strong future for a facility building more than 240,000 vehicles a year, with the potential for far, far more.

First look at West Side casino
(Columbus Dispatch, November 5, 2010) Construction is expected to begin early next year, and the casino is scheduled to open in mid-2012. The $400 million project will have green space, ponds, an RV park and open space that leaves room for a potential hotel. Penn National Gaming is developing the 123-acre site near Georgesville Road and W. Broad Street, taking the place of the former Delphi auto-parts factory.

Ohio economy is 5th fastest growing, but growth is expected to flatten
(The Plain Dealer, November 7, 2010) Strange as it may sound, the economic recovery in Ohio has been stronger than in most states. But high unemployment persists, and now a slowing period may be upon us.

Large projects sprout up in cloudy state
(Toledo Blade, November 7, 2010) The Toledo area receives an average of about 1,600 kilowatt hours of solar energy per square meter per day - a unit used to measure solar radiation - according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Editorial: Unfinished Business (Akron Beacon Journal, November 7, 2010) There's still a foreclosure crisis in Ohio. State lawmakers must use the lame duck session to deal with it.  The economic storm that has swept through the nation has been tracked in high job losses, unprecedented rates of foreclosure and declining property values.

Playhouse Square stars in its own real estate revival
(The Plain Dealer, November 8, 2010) The PlayhouseSquare Foundation, which has revived historic venues and attracted Broadway shows and more than 1 million people a year to Cleveland's theater district since the 1970s, owns roughly 1 million square feet of real estate.

Compact on lakes released by ODNR (Port Clinton News, November 8, 2010) The advisory board's purpose is to provide recommendations on the necessary implementing legislation for Ohio. The draft report including those recommendations is available on ODNR's website. The Advisory Board will conclude its work and submit a final report to the governor and General Assembly by Dec. 15.

County wants more events at stadiums (Cincinnati Enquirer, November 8, 2010) Struggling to pay for the county's two professional sports stadiums, Hamilton County leaders are eyeing what they hope can be a new source of revenue: the stadiums themselves.

Pilot project aims to boost jobs (Ohio Farmer, November 8, 2010) Ohio State University Extension is just one of several organizations in Ohio partnering on "Stronger Economies Together," a new initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Regional Rural Development Centers to encourage rural communities to work across county borders to strengthen their regional economies.

Cities say projects linked to rail will be downsized (Dayton Daily News, November 8, 2010) Economic planners in Dayton and Riverside are mourning the presumed death of the passenger rail project - which Gov.-elect John Kasich has vowed to kill - because the cities had major development plans tied to the fate of the train.

Urban gardening program is success (Warren Tribune Chronicle, November 8, 2010) The organization gave food to numerous individuals and social service organizations, including Beatitude House, Someplace Safe, Trumbull Mobile Meals, Salvation Army, Warren Family Mission and TCAP, he said. G.R.O.W. canned more than 900 pounds of food to give away, and also donated bushels and bags of fresh produce.
         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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