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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
February 8  - 14, 2011

Greetings!
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.
Nearly 30,000 Ohioans whose jobs were shipped abroad could lose retraining benefits (The Plain Dealer, February 9, 2011) Nearly 30,000 Ohioans laid off because of foreign trade competition are scheduled to lose significant training dollars and other benefits unless Congress acts this week to extend them.

Editorial: Transit Trouble
(Toledo Blade, February 10, 2011)

Cost-cutting can become a Catch-22 for state government. Solutions to short-term budget problems may cost the state tax revenue from business activity in the long run.

 

 I-75 upgrades will fuel economic growth, says visiting federal official (Dayton Daily News, February 11, 2011)

The three-phase, $550 million modernization of Interstate 75 through Dayton is a "great example of why transportation is an investment in America's future," the nation's No. 2 transportation official said in Dayton on Friday.

 

Cleveland's medical mart progresses in a mess of metal and concrete (The Plain Dealer, February 11, 2011) Twisted metal gleams. Rods drip with icicles, frozen with water construction crews sprayed to keep down the dust. Concrete that once housed Cuyahoga County offices is piled into mountains.


Cutting Appalachia: Federal spending cuts could hurt local infrastructure projects, groups (Coshocton Tribune, February 13, 2011) Deep cuts to the Appalachian Regional  

Commission and the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, which could handcuff local governments and agencies when it comes to making infrastructure improvements in Appalachian counties such as Coshocton, Muskingum, Guernsey, Holmes and Tuscarawas.

 

Editorial: Festering Foreclosures (Akron Beacon Journal, February 13, 2011) For the first time in 15 years, the number of foreclosure filings in Ohio declined from the previous year. The count for 2010, released by the Ohio Supreme Court last week, showed foreclosure filings dropped 4 percent statewide, with a 7 percent decline in Summit County from 2009.

 

Clouds part for solar start-up Willard & Kelsey (Toledo Blade, February 13, 2011) If the company can perfect is production
process, Mr. Cicak said, it will be well on its way to making millions of solar panels and creating thousands of jobs that it has been promising since it opened in 2008.


Buying local foods a recipe for growth (Columbus Dispatch, February 14, 2011) Imagine eating locally grown food, saving farmland and strengthening the agricultural economy in Fairfield County - and doing it all at once.

Area jobs are on par with nation (Akron Beacon Journal, February 14, 2011)
Through the 13 quarters of the most recent recession (December 2007 to June 2009), the region is tracking the same as the U.S., with employment about 5 percent below the fourth quarter of 2007 - when the recession began.

Casino estimates shrink (Cincinnati Enquirer, February 14, 2011)
Ohio's four casinos will open next year with 7,400 fewer gambling seats than originally projected - potentially cutting millions of dollars from new tax revenue to the state's cities, counties and schools.

Large-scale Ohio layoffs slow in 4Q (Cincinnati Business Courier, February 14, 2011)
Fewer Ohio workers were given walking papers in mass fourth-quarter job cuts but the state still managed to have one of the highest tallies in the nation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Tracks await slots decision (Dayton Daily News, February 14, 2011)
A new Dayton track would generate about 1,500 jobs, in addition to 1,000 construction jobs. Racing Commission officials said a new racetrack hasn't been built in Ohio since 1959.

         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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