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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
November 16 - 22, 2010

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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.
 
'Clean tech' industry set to spark local job growth (WKYC.com, November 16, 2010) Nature provided Northeast Ohio with resources other cities can't match - resources men and women across the region are using to develop not only energy - but a new industry to help the area thrive.

Jobs available in sectors of the economy (Dayton Daily News, November 19, 2010) Ohio's unemployment rate dipped to 9.9 percent in October, the lowest it has been since 9.6 percent in March 2009, state officials said. But there are dark aspects behind the latest numbers.

Editorial: Big week for two local institutions (Canton Repository, November 19, 2010) Who knew dirt could be so important? More than 5 million cubic yards of it were trucked to Akron-Canton Airport to become the foundation of ... the airport's future.

Need for assistance swells in Toledo area (Toledo Blade, November 20, 2010) Throughout Lucas County and across the state, the number of people struggling to make ends meet is growing at a dramatic rate. That's despite unemployment in Ohio edging steadily downward for the past seven months, and economists having declared that the recession technically ended in June, 2009.

Editorial: The arts are part of the solution (Zanesville Times Recorder, November 21, 2010) Ohio Arts Council grantees stimulate the economy. Grantees are required to match their grant awards with a dollar-for-dollar match. In the last fiscal year, for every dollar granted from the Ohio Arts Council, there was a $52 match. This is a pretty impressive return on investment.

Editorial: Shock therapy (Akron Beacon Journal, November 21, 2010) The sewer district serves 330,000 customers in the region, among them 30,000 in 11 northern Summit County communities. For most, if not all, Starr's proposal for a one-year delay in signing the settlement with the federal government over violations of the 1972 Clean Water Act would sound appealing, giving time to look for ways to reduce cleanup costs.

Cleveland Housing Court issued $20 million in fines for contempt by no-show companies, but collections are sparse (The Plain Dealer, November 22, 2010) Companies that repeatedly fail to appear in Cleveland Housing Court to face charges of neglecting their properties have wracked up more than $20 million in fines for their defiance since last year.

First look at Dan Gilbert's Cleveland casino also finds upscale shops, restaurants (The Plain Dealer, November 22, 2010) An early vision for the Cleveland casino proposed for behind Tower City Center shows a chic, riverfront facility wrapped with upscale shops, large-scale video screens and restaurants.

Ohio's 'new economy' rank rises (Columbus Dispatch, November 22, 2010) Ohio is improving but still has a ways to go in becoming competitive in the knowledge-based and technology-driven "new economy," according to the 2010 State New Economy Index.

YSU initiative puts focus on energizing economy (Youngstown Vindicator, November 22, 2010) The initiative is aimed at re-energizing Ohio's economy by investing in emerging technologies and building new and existing companies, according to a news release from Gov. Ted Strickland's office. Ultimately, the program seeks to create jobs in the state.

Toledo defends huge hike in water, sewer rates (Toledo Blade, November 22, 2010) With a surplus of millions that officials say is dwindling, the city of Toledo's water and sewer department proposes doubling rates over four years to continue federally mandated upgrades and to replenish emergency cash.

State faces what to do with $3.2M to UltraCell since company left Dayton (Dayton Daily News, November 22, 2010)
When the government forks over taxpayer money to a private company that promises to grow and create jobs, it's a gamble. State officials recruited the fuel cell technology start-up to Ohio in 2006, luring the company with Third Frontier money and other economic development grants.

Editorial: We must move cautiously on foreclosure crisis (Cincinnati Enquirer, November 22, 2010) In some places, entire neighborhoods have been wiped out, houses razed, leaving a barren landscape. Or, in the case of streets like McPherson, abandoned houses have been vandalized and are crumbling. Others have been demolished, leaving vacant lots like missing teeth in the streetscape.

Plan to revive the Delta Queen (Marietta Times, November 22, 2010) The Delta Queen would return to Marietta and other familiar ports along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers if the plans of a group that entered a bid for the boat Friday are successful.
         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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