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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

February 08, 2019
At Greater Ohio Policy Center, we monitor the news daily to learn more about the sustainable growth initiatives and related developments in our state and beyond that affect Ohio. Below are articles that caught our attention over the last few weeks, and we thought they might interest you as well. If you have an article you would like to share with us, please email it to Maria Walliser-Wejebe at

Thank you,
The Greater Ohio Policy Center Staff

GOPC in the News

Ohio mulls getting out-of-staters to pay for our roads
[…] Ohio’s gas tax rate now ranks 29th among all states and the District of Columbia, according to the Greater Ohio Policy Center. Michigan’s gas tax was 44.1 cents as of July 2018, according to the Tax Foundation […]
Springfield News Sun - 2/4/2019 Reporter Thomas Gnau
Public Transit Wants Voice On Committee Considering Gas Tax Hike, Other Ideas
[…] But Alison Goebel with the Greater Ohio Policy Center said something’s missing. “No one is actually there speaking on behalf of public transportation, and that seems like a major oversight," Goebel said.
WVXU Radio - 2/1/2019 Reporter Karen Kasler

Economic & Workforce Development

Study: Economically distressed Appalachian Ohio showing some improvement.
Over the past decade, the Appalachian counties in Ohio have experienced more economic improvement on a per capita basis than the rest of the state.
Athens Messenger - 2/5/2019 Reporter Joe Higgins
Greater Cleveland Partnership unveils new public policy agenda
The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) will push the new administration of Gov. Mike DeWine and the General Assembly to renew the Ohio Third Frontier program, restore funding for public transit and offer a state incentive for investment in federal Opportunity Zones.
Crains Cleveland Business - 2/1/2019 Reporter JAY MILLER


What should Hamilton look like in 15 years? This new city plan has some answers
HAMILTON - The Hamilton Planning Commission on Monday recommended that Hamilton City Council approve a city comprehensive plan, known as Plan Hamilton.
Journal News - 2/5/2019 Reporter Mike Rutledge
Franklin County joins national business-development network
Franklin County is joining a national effort to boost business startups and expansions in neighborhoods of that haven’t benefited economically as much as other parts of participating metro areas have.
Columbus Dispatch - 1/29/2019 Reporter Marc Kovac


Lack of affordable housing is a suburban problem, too
One key factor is that both average monthly rents and home prices have boomed as central Ohio grows, but wage growth hasn’t kept pace.
Columbus Dispatch - 2/5/2019Reporter Kevin Stankiewicz
Wooster Growth Corp. hopes Wooster Lofts abatement will retain local workers
WOOSTER — The Wooster Growth Corp. voted Thursday to endorse an abatement package for an affordable-housing developer to construct a 61-unit apartment building on the west side of Akron Road.
The Daily Record - 2/3/2019 Reporter Tami Mosser
Cuyahoga County Council members suggest changes to $30 million housing program
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County Council committee on Monday approved changes to a proposed $30 million housing program that would allow cities to veto any rehabilitation or demolition of homes within their borders.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1/29/2019 Reporter Courtney Astolfi

Urban Revitalization

Meeting Wednesday on tax breaks for investment in struggling neighborhoods
A federal program in which investors and developers can receive 10-year federal tax breaks in economically distressed census areas, including more than 39 neighborhoods in Columbus, will be discussed Wednesday in Franklinton.
Columbus Dispatch - 2/6/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik
One Line of Your Zoning Code can make a World of a Difference
In 2009, as buildings were being bulldozed for surface parking to meet minimum standards in Historic Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, city leadership took bold action. Downtown area off-street parking requirements were completely eliminated.  The decision was preceded by heated debate and was not unanimous. Now, ten years later, what was the result?
Strong Towns - 1/31/2019 Reporter Aaron Qualls
Elyria new incentive announced to improve downtown
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda informed City Council during a Community Development and Finance Committee Meeting on Jan. 28 of a new incentive program that could potentially help improve the downtown area.
Lorain Morning Journal - 1/31/2019 Reporter Briana Contreras
$160M Montgomery development could bring restaurants, condos and a roundabout
Plans to turn vacant lots and an abandoned highway project at the south end of Montgomery into a $160 million regional draw for dining, working and living are moving forward.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 1/25/2019 Reporter Jeanne Houck

Transportation & Infrastructure

Gas tax increase eyed as Ohio falls billions short for road repairs
As Gov. Mike DeWine and state lawmakers consider a possible gas tax increase, Ohio’s transportation director warned Tuesday that the state’s road maintenance and infrastructure projects are facing an “impending crisis” unless more money is generated.
New Philadelphia Times Reporter - 2/6/2019 Reporter Jim Siegel
$1M grant aims to jump-start economic development along Silver Line bus route
When The Rapid launched the Silver Line in 2014, the bus rapid transit system was envisioned not only as a more efficient way to move riders across the region but also as a potential boon for economic development.
The Grand Rapids Press - 1/31/2019 Reporter Brian McVicar
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