On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

March 8, 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 mwalliser-wejebe@greaterohio.org

Thank you,
The Greater Ohio Policy Center Staff

GOPC in the News

Ohio lawmakers consider hefty gas tax hike
The last time the motor fuel tax was raised was in 2005, according to the Greater Ohio Policy Center, when the Ohio legislature increased the rate […].
Marietta Times - 2/24/2019 Reporter Janelle Patterson

Economic & Workforce Development

Middletown economic development director talks city's ongoing projects
To further Middletown's economic development, city officials are aiming their sights on workforce and housing initiatives this year.
Dayton Business Journal - 2/27/2019 Reporter Elizabeth Kyle
Report: Plentiful central Ohio jobs often far from where potential workers live
The Columbus area has an abundance of retail and service industry jobs and an undersupply of applicants in northern areas around Interstate 270 and an oversupply of applicants on the city’s South Side, according to a new Urban Institute study that focuses on the mismatch between where available jobs are and where those seeking jobs live.
Columbus Dispatch - 2/24/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik
Employers thinking out box on job recruitment, retention, training
Employers can no longer rely on traditional methods of recruitment, retention and training of employees during times of record low unemployment. That was the message from three local experts at Wednesday's Licking County Chamber of Commerce Local Leaders Breakfast at Moundbuilders Country Club.
Newark Advocate - 2/22/2019 Reporter Kent Mallett


Work begins on building Warren G. Harding museum in Marion
MARION — The count-down clock is now ticking on the opening of a new museum to chart President Warren G. Harding's legacy.
Zanesville Times Recorder - 3/6/2019 Reporter Sarah Volpenhein
Ross County tourism brings economic vitality to the area
CHILLICOTHE - An 11 percent increase in lodging tax receipts is one of the highlights of last year's tourism numbers in Ross County.
Chillicothe Gazette - 3/4/2019 Reporter Toria Barnhart
Green space plan being created to help preserve Olentangy River watershed
Within a couple of months, there will be a concrete plan for green space throughout the Olentangy River watershed.
Columbus Dispatch - 3/1/2019 Reporter Beth Burger
Introducing the “Mansfield Rising” plan, one idea at a time
The official "Mansfield Rising" plan, a comprehensive vision for the future of the city, has officially been released today. It's a 67-page document written by local citizens for local citizens that outlines an exciting, revitalized vision for our community.
Richland Source - 2/28/2019 Reporter Brittany Schock
Lake Erie Bill of Rights gets approval from Toledo voters
Toledo voters have reached a consensus: Lake Erie — the world’s 11th largest lake and one that provides drinking water to 12 million U.S. and Canadian citizens — deserves to have its own bill of rights.
Toledo Blade - 2/26/2019 Reporter Tom Henry


Blighted Franklinton hotels will become apartments for those transitioning out of foster care
The Motel 6 and Knights Inn on West Broad Street will be turned into Carol Stewart Village — 100 efficiency apartments for 18-24-year-olds coming out of foster care.
Columbus Dispatch - 2/28/2019 Reporter Megan Henry
Cuyahoga County Council approves $30 million housing program
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday approved a $30 million housing program that aims to stabilize home values, eliminate blight and encourage renovation and construction of affordable housing.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 2/27/2019 Reporter Courtney Astolfi
Keeping Affordability in Focus as Columbus Revitalization Picks up Steam
Columbus, the largest city in Ohio, is no exception to the affordability crisis that’s sweeping the nation. The shortage of affordable housing is greatest at the lowest end of the income scale.
Next City - 2/19/2019 Reporter Jared Brey

Urban Revitalization

What are new owners planning for this historical downtown office building?
The Textile Building, a historical office building in downtown Cincinnati, has a new owner.
Cincinnati Business Courier - 3/7/2019 Reporter Tom Demeropolis
Lima Rotary grabs downtown lots for future park
LIMA — With downtown properties officially in hand, the Lima Rotary Club is one step closer to creating a downtown amphitheater and green space in an effort to add momentum to a downtown revival.
Lima News - 3/5/2019 Reporter Josh Ellerbrock
Talks to continue about saving early Athens County houses
A local group wanting to save two houses tied to Athens County’s early history is hoping to get more time to work out a solution with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Athens Messenger - 2/22/2019 Reporter Steve Robb

Transportation & Infrastructure

Lawmakers lower DeWine’s fuel tax plan to 10.7 cents, boost transit money
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Just hours after Gov. Mike DeWine implored the General Assembly to keep his proposed 18-cents-a-gallon gas tax increase in the transportation budget, lawmakers considered a proposal Tuesday night that would pare back the increase to 10.7 cents over three years.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 3/6/2019 Reporter Laura Hancock
RTA Director: If levy fails, RTA closes
LIMA — If voters reject a levy that would increase Allen County’s sales tax rate by 0.1 percent, the Allen County Regional Transit Authority will have to prep for shutdown, according to ACRTA Executive Director Shelia Haney.
Lima News - 3/6/2019 Reporter Josh Ellerbrock
WRTA’s Warren Express sees growth in ridership after trips and route expand
Bolstered by operating 11 trips per day instead of six and an expanded route, the Western Reserve Transit Authority’s Warren Express saw a 15 percent increase in ridership from 2017 to 2018.
Youngstown Vindicator - 3/4/2019 Reporter Ed Runyan
County transit task force tackles questions of operation, finances
Which is more important to settle first about the future of public transportation in metropolitan Toledo: how it operates, or how it’s paid for?
Toledo Blade - 2/22/2019 Reporter David Patch
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