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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
November 20 - 26, 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.
Editorial: Township tangle
(Columbus Dispatch, November 21, 2012)
Nobody defends their turf more aggressively than township officials. So it was not a surprise when the Ohio Township Association recently rolled out a study concluding that townships are a remarkably low-cost form of government. The association seeks to use the study to counter calls for consolidation of governmental units.

Editorial: Course of learning
(Akron Beacon Journal, November 24, 2012)
In his recent State of the University address, Luis Proenza highlighted the "disruptive innovations" in higher education. The University of Akron president had in mind the arrival of "massive open online courses," technology altering in profound ways traditional learning. Harvard, Stanford, MIT and other schools have opened wide their doors, conducting classes via broadband, students surfacing across the country and around the globe.

Train negotiations hit stalemate
(Dayton Daily News, November 25, 2012)
For the past four years, the city has paid an average of $160,000 a year to maintain the tracks, while LM&M; has paid a $5,250 annual user fee and a 50-cent, per-ticket-sold fee to the city. Between 2009 and 2011, the company has paid a total of $32,430 back to the city, although supporters of the train argue it provides significantly more in terms of economic development and bringing tourists and tourist dollars to the city.

Grants key to infrastructure updates in tough times
(Dayton Daily News, November 25, 2012)
The city has brought in more than $325.3 million since launching an aggressive campaign in 2008 to qualify for more federal, state and local grants, records show. The city went from $16.7 million in grants in 2007 to $59.5 million in 2008 and maintained or exceeded that figure through 2011. In 2009, the city obtained more than $125 million in grants.

New Hothead Burrito looks at tax credit
(Springfield News Sun, November 26, 2012)

A new program that provides a $500 grant for each new job created in a vacant commercial property could help add as many as 4,000 new jobs statewide.

Champaign County officials hope prospective businesses take advantage before the funding runs dry.


City's budget set for debut 

(Cincinnati Enquirer, November 26, 2012)

A key to filling the deficit may be something controversial - leasing out the city's parking meters and some parking garages. The city put out a request for proposals from companies willing to pay at least $40 million initially plus an annual lease amount. The proposals are due Monday, so the expected $40 million will be part of the budget next week. It will be too soon, though, to know the specifics of any contract.    


Philips Healthcare, University Hospitals partner for Cuyahoga County Medical Mart venture 

(The Plain Dealer, November 26, 2012)  

The announcement today marks the signing of thefourth and fifth paying tenants at the downtown mart, part of a $465 million, taxpayer-financed convention center complex. It's the first announced collaboration between a health care system and a manufacturer.   


Youngstown Thermal warms up to wood for cost savings and cleaner production

(Youngstown Vindicator, November 26, 2012)
The company plans to increase its wood burning to the point where, sometime next year, the plant will completely eliminate coal as a fuel, Avers said. It will burn about 50,000 tons of wood a year when it reaches the point where it burns only wood, he said.   


         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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