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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
November 27 - December 3, 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.
Tourism: The little engine that powers local economy
(Community Press & Recorder, November 27, 2012)
The report's biggest take-away: Tourism is playing a larger-than-expected role in the region's recovery from the Great Recession, supporting nearly 94,000 jobs and pumping $4.1 billion back into the local economy in 2011.

Income up in Cincinnati, nationwide
(Hamilton Journal News, November 27, 2012)
In the Cincinnati area, income for all people from all sources - including wages, investments, even welfare and unemployment benefits - rose by 4.6 percent in 2011 to $40,918 per capita, according to the report.

Microlender seeks $125,000 to open office
(Toledo Blade, November 28, 2012)

A Columbus-based nonprofit microlender plans to open a branch in Toledo and offer loans to entrepreneurs whose operations are too small or too uncreditworthy to get money from a bank.

The Economic and Community Development Institute wants $125,000 from Toledo taxpayers to start the local office.


Delegation returns from China with positive reports

(Toledo Free Press, November 29, 2012)

A delegation of 19 business and civic leaders led by Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) and 5 Lakes Global Group  returned from its latest trip to China on Nov. 21 after promoting Toledo and the Northwest Ohio region.    


Editorial: Training mission 

(Akron Beacon Journal, November 29, 2012) 

John Kasich hardly is the first governor to aim at improving the state's workforce development system. Ted Strickland launched a bold initiative that included the Ohio Skills Bank, taking a regional approach to enhancing the workforce and linking to the employment needs of businesses. It suffered in the harsh recession and from decisions that misfired in the deployment of resources.    


Sinclair launches workforce program for mobile app developers 

(Dayton Daily News, November 30, 2012)

Sinclair Community College developed its new course, Java Programming for Mobile Application Development, in response to workforce demands from local information technology firms that are seeing the skills shortage, said Ann Gallaher, chief operating officer of Technology First, a regional IT trade association.   


LaunchHouse Accelerator adds cash and savvy to cool ideas

(The Plain Dealer, December 1, 2012)

The savvier investors at the start-up showcase in Shaker Heights walked away with more than a foam mustache. They realized a microchip that can turn on the shower and start the coffee-maker might orchestrate a whole symphony of home appliances.      


Could state-law fixes help city's schools? 

(Columbus Dispatch, December 2, 2012)

Interest in the plan already has reached the highest level of state government: Gov. John Kasich called Coleman to a 45-minute meeting on Nov. 20 and said he stands ready to usher legislation through the Statehouse to assist.Kasich and the Republican-led state legislature changed state law last summer to allow Cleveland schools to clip back union rules and share local tax dollars with privately run charter schools. Although Cleveland comes up in the Columbus conversation, no one is saying that Columbus will ask for the same changes.    


Some Ohio employers reluctant to forecast job needs 

(Dayton Daily News, December 3, 2012)
In addition, continued uncertainty about federal tax increases and spending cuts that could begin taking effect at the end of the year unless Congress acts has forced many business operators to put their employment forecasts on hold, said Chris Ferruso, an Ohio spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents more than 300,000 small businesses across the country.   


Ohio shale drilling slows   

(Columbus Dispatch, December 3, 2012)

Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials told state legislators in March that as many as 250 natural-gas and oil wells would be drilled into the shale by the end of this year.   


Proposal to block all injection wells in Youngstown could not be enforced

(Youngstown Vindicator, December 3, 2012)

The bill's lone sponsor, Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, said she hopes council approves the ordinance at its Wednesday meeting. The proposal would ban all new and existing well sites used to dispose of brine wastewater, a byproduct of fracking.   

         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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