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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
December 28, 2010 - January 3, 2011

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.

Industrial parks brighten 2011 local business prospects (Springfield News Sun, December 29, 2010) Parks, both industrial and traditional, will be a focal point for economic development in 2011, paving the way for new business development and current business expansion.

Opposing sides ready to battle over collective bargaining (Newark Advocate, December 31, 2010) Incoming state leaders plan to target public employment laws in 2011, but on Thursday backers of the collective bargaining process promised to put up a fight.

A decade of job losses for Ohio and Kentucky (Cincinnati Enquirer, January 1, 2011) As a result, both Ohio and Kentucky ended 2009 with fewer jobs and fewer employed residents than they had at the start of 2000.  Along with the two states, many communities experienced a decade of decline also resulting in fewer jobs and in many cases, fewer people.  While year-end data are not available yet for 2010, job losses continued for most communities.

County leaders see a good year (Ironton Tribune, January 1, 2011) For those who have toiled in the economic trenches for

the past decade, this year often seemed to be a long time in coming. However, this year could be the start of some great things for Lawrence County, they say. "I'm pretty positive on the future of the county," Dr. Bill Dingus, director of Lawrence Economic Development Corp., said. "2011 will be a great year."

Metro area jobs, other key sectors poised for more gains in 2011 (Toledo Blade, January 2, 2010)
Indicators including joblessness, bankruptcies, and foreclosures that for the past several years have marked ever-worsening local economic conditions have peaked and are once again beginning to fall.

Cities cautiously optimistic about 2011 (Dayton Daily News, January 2, 2011) The cities of Fairborn and Clayton are microcosms of the up-and-down economy, as each has a major success story and a possible headache on the horizon in 2011.

County officials hope to get site near brewery ready for development (Middletown Journal, January 2, 2011) A group of Butler County economic leaders is focusing on a key plot of land near the MillerCoors brewery in Trenton to make it more attractive for development.

Local real estate market staying stable (Massilon Independent, January 2, 2011) While some areas of the country sit in fear of a second collapse of the housing market, local officials believe Stark County and other areas of Northeast Ohio are stable and should see improved conditions in 2011.

Ohio homebuilders fight tougher code (Columbus Dispatch, January 3, 2011) Homes built this year in Michigan and Pennsylvania will be more energy-efficient - and more costly - than those built in Ohio, as those states enact building codes that have remained in committees for almost two years in Ohio.

City's plan is a work in progress (Youngstown Business Journal, January 3, 2011) The Youngstown 2010 comprehensive plan might be a work in progress, but Mayor Jay Williams is convinced that his city is better off for having had a plan than no plan at all.

Black leaders unite in effort focusing on urban issues (The Plain Dealer, January 3, 2011) Cleveland's black political, business and religious leaders have begun organizing a new effort to increase their influence and tackle top issues plaguing urban communities in Northeast Ohio.

Editorial: Assault on home rule (Akron Beacon Journal, January 3, 2011) The Ohio Supreme Court again has given its approval to the legislative assault on home rule. On Wednesday, a 5-2 majority upheld the constitutionality of a state law that pre-empts cities from enacting tougher gun ordinances. Writing for the court, Justice Evelyn Stratton cited the higher purpose of state lawmakers seeking uniformity in the law, relieving gun owners of ''a confusing patchwork of municipal regulations involving firearms.''

Cleveland's medical mart construction starts downtown (The Plain Dealer, January 3, 2011) Barriers are up along Lakeside Avenue. Precision Environmental is preparing to start asbestos removal, and Independence Excavating Inc. is ready to start demolition, said Barb Shergalis, the county's in-house project manager. Trees will also be shredded, since they are too large to move.

         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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