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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
November 30 - December 6, 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 City Council considers $150,000 for growth (Toledo Blade, November 30, 2010) Toledo City Council is being asked to fork over $150,000 of its federal funding allocation to create a new organization to concentrate on downtown economic development.

Flats group proposes straightening the crooked Cuyahoga River for Dan Gilbert's Cleveland casino (The Plain Dealer, Dec. 1, 2010) The idea of straightening the Cuyahoga River to allow freighters to bypass Collision Bend has been discussed for more than 100 years, but a local community development group believes the age-old plan might give Dan Gilbert the extra room he wants to build his Cleveland casino.

Economic development plan expected by end of the year (Chillicothe Gazette, Dec. 2, 2010) Improving partnerships and communication will be key to a new economic development strategy for Ross County and the surrounding areas.

Cincinnati added construction jobs in October (Cincinnati Business Courier, Dec. 2, 2010) Construction employment
in the Cincinnati-Middletown region rose from 40,100 last October to 40,700 this October, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America. The rise in jobs ranks Cincinnati 58th out of 337 metro areas in terms of percent increase.

State funds will fight layoffs (Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 3, 2010) Two central Ohio organizations are among 11 in the state that have received funding to be part of an Early Warning Network aimed at keeping jobs in the state.

Akron incubator welcomes companies from Finland (Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 3, 2010) A handful of Finnish business owners are getting a primer on doing business in the United States - and, more specifically, Akron - this week at a program designed to attract biomedical companies and jobs to the area.

General Motor site interest renews hope for jobs (Mansfield News Journal, Dec. 2, 2010) A potential tenant for the now-vacant General Motors plant could create 1,300 jobs by September 2014 and dramatically soothe north central Ohio's economic woes.

Growing Global: Chamber courts investors for World Trade Center in Valley (Youngstown Vindicator, Dec. 2, 2010) The project, dubbed the Youngstown World Trade Center, would convert the former Wells Building into modern office space with an adjacent six-story glass office tower to house small-and medium-sized foreign companies interested in establishing a presence in the North American market.

Many leaving Stark Co. to find work (Canton Repository, Dec. 5, 2010) People who observe the local job market say many who once would have balked at a job more than 15 minutes away now are considering commuting an hour to Cleveland or moving for a job.

Editorial: Budget battle might become union war (The Plain Dealer, Dec. 5, 2010) When they take office next month, Gov.-elect John Kasich and the new legislature must prepare to deal with the most yawning budget gap in Ohio history -- a gap that guarantees unprecedented cuts in state spending.
         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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