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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
November 9 - 15, 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.
Toledo council approves sale of part of old plant to county (Toledo Blade, November 10, 2010) Toledo City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to sell a portion of the former Doehler-Jarvis plant at Oakwood and Smead avenues to the Lucas County Improvement Corp. for $450 so the agency can begin an urban agriculture project on the property once it's cleaned up.

Editorial: Transition budgeting (Akron Beacon Journal, November 10, 2010) Summit County's spending plan for next year reflects the realities of a national economy still struggling to break free from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Russ Pry, the county executive, will submit his budget proposal next week to the County Council. It steers a careful course in a time of transition, cutting expenses to account for a revenue squeeze while maintaining essential services to residents who need help weathering hard times.

Dayton faces $5M in cuts for 2011 budget (Dayton Business Journal, November 11, 2010) Under the proposal, police and fire departments would combine for more than $2.6 million in cuts. Development, which includes economic development and planning, would take a $765,000 hit.

Editorial: Railroad job (Toledo Blade, November 11, 2010) Killing the 3C system that would link Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, and points in between, was one of Mr. Kasich's most explicit campaign promises. When he takes office Jan. 10, the governor-elect can be expected to follow through.

Editorial: Be prudent in plans for casino $ (Cincinnati Enquirer, November 14, 2010) Cincinnati City Council's unseemly and premature effort recently to divvy up the projected casino windfall - allocating half to operate the pending streetcar system - carries a strong whiff of counting chickens before they hatch.

Vacant office space part of urban landscape (Hamilton Journal News, November 14, 2010) Hamilton has more than 700,000 square-feet of vacant office building space and 200 acres of empty city-owned land, according to city records.

Downtown advocates aim to rebrand, remake Cleveland's financial district (The Plain Dealer, November 14, 2010) While developers plot a casino on Public Square, patrons fill restaurants on East Fourth Street and club-goers flood the Warehouse District, Cleveland's one-time financial district sits quiet.

Editorial: Questionable plans for the future (New Philadelphia Times Reporter, November 14, 2010) The Tuscarawas Valley's contingent in the Ohio House and Senate will be returning to Columbus next year to tackle the difficult problems facing this state - foremost among them being a potential $8 billion budget shortfall and a persistent lack of jobs.

Ohio colleges face drop in state's high school grads (Columbus Dispatch, November 14, 2010) Ohio's high-school graduating class in 2014-15 is expected to be 10 percent smaller than in 2008-09, reversing a decade-long upward trend, according to various enrollment projections. Nationally, the number of high-school graduates is expected to rise 11 percent.

Report: Ohio economy is improving
(Youngstown Vindicator, November 15, 2010) Recent job gains and an unemployment rate that tracks closely to the national average point to an overall improvement in Northeast Ohio's regional economy, according to a new Team Northeast Ohio report.

Cruze sales ramp up with production (Youngstown Business Journal, November 15, 2010) Automobile dealers in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties report that 39 new Cruzes were sold in October during its first full sales month, making it the sixth best-selling model in the Mahoning Valley. Those numbers helped dealers record an overall 43% improvement in new vehicle sales compared to a year ago.

Team NEO reports shows Q3 economic improvement, but unemployment remains high (The Plain Dealer, November 15, 2010) Job growth in manufacturing lifted employment in the 16-county region in July, August and September, according to an analysis by Team NEO, a regional business-attraction group.

State lawmakers likely to accomplish little before end of the year (The Plain Dealer, November 15, 2010) State lawmakers came back to work last week after a four-month summer break, but they don't seem eager to get much accomplished before the end of the year.

Falls may cut building department (Akron Beacon Journal, November 15, 2010) The City Council tonight plans to discuss a proposal by Mayor Don Robart to eliminate the city's building department.

         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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