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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

March 22, 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

Erie to be featured at Opportunity Zones summit
On Friday, for instance, John Persinger, CEO of the Erie Downtown Development Corp., was returning from Columbus, Ohio, where he spoke about Opportunity Zones and at the 2019 Greater Ohio Policy Center Annual Summit.
GoErie - 3/16/2019 Reporter Jim Martin
Mansfield Rising plan lauded at statewide conference
MANSFIELD -- Richland County Foundation Senior Community Investment Officer Allie Watson presented the Mansfield Rising Plan during the Greater Ohio Policy Center’s annual summit in Columbus on Thursday night.
Richland Source - 3/15/2019
This is Akron: Tell us your vision of the future
“I think Akron is facing the standard issues that most legacy cities face,” said Allison Goebel, executive director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, a think tank on urban revitalization and sustainable growth.
Akron Beacon Journal - 3/9/2019 Reporter Doug Livingston

Economic & Workforce Development

Analysis: Toledo a top-5 city for manufacturing jobs
Toledo is the fourth-best city in the United States for manufacturing jobs, as ranked by Kempler Industries.
Toledo Blade - 3/20/2019 Reporter Blade Staff
Where are all the jobs in Greater Cincinnati? Not where you might think. New map shows area's employment hubs.
On the hunt for a new job?
Cincinnati Enquirer - 3/12/2019 Reporter Hannah Sparling


Council changes Cherry Street zoning decision, allows for duplexes
NEWARK – City Council revisited its zoning decision on Cherry Street, opting to allow duplexes, but not apartments. Two weeks earlier, council voted to make the property only single-family residential.
Newark Advocate - 3/20/2019 Reporter Kent Mallett
City considers land sale for new mixed-use facility downtown
The city of Dayton is considering a land sale that would pave the way for a new mixed-use facility in the downtown area.
Dayton Business Journal - 3/20/2019 Reporter John Bush
Willoughby issues 'call for artists' to design public art, plaza downtown
The City of Willoughby and the Willoughby Arts Collaborative have issued a call for artists to design a piece of public art and a public plaza downtown.
Willoughby News Herald - 3/18/2019 Reporter Tyler Rigg
Ashtabula ranks No. 41 nationwide
ASHTABULA — Strong economic investment in attracting new business and investments propelled Ashtabula to make the top 100 list of micropolitan cities for economic development in 2018.
Ashtabula Star Beacon - 3/14/2019 Reporter SHELLEY TERRY
Is Canton’s commercial registration working?
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two parts looking at vacant commercial buildings in Canton.
Canton Repository - 3/12/2019 Reporter Kelly Byer
Smart City project to get financial review
LIMA — The City of Lima’s Smart Cities Initiative will be getting a more comprehensive overview in City Council’s Finance Committee to gauge both past and future expenses involved in the project.
Lima News - 3/12/2019 Reporter Josh Ellerbrock
Middletown plans to have downtown wi-fi in place by late spring
The first phase of a project that would give Middletown a “Smart Cities” network could provide public wi-fi downtown by as soon as late spring.
Dayton Daily News - 3/11/2019 Reporter Ed Richter


Study: Delaware needs more affordable living space
Economic growth in Delaware County and nine other central Ohio counties will depend on producing housing -- particularly, affordable housing -- at a rate needed to meet future demand, according to a report commissioned by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio.
Columbus Dispatch - 3/15/2019 Reporter Paul Comstock

North Royalton weighs proposed ordinance regulating Airbnb-style rentals
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio -- Residents providing housing to short-term renters would have to make the homes they are renting out their primary residences, meaning they must live there at least 351 days a year, under a proposed city ordinance.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 3/13/2019 Reporter Bob Sandrick

Urban Revitalization

Blight a major issue facing rural communities
Urban blight is a widely recognized concept, associated mostly with large cities, but afflicting smaller urban areas such as Washington, Monessen, Donora and Charleroi. Yet blight is a profound challenge in rural, sparsely populated areas as well.
Observer-Reporter - 3/17/2019 Reporter Rick Shrum
Programs may help downtown property owners
STEUBENVILLE — Renewed interest in downtown properties has city officials thinking of ways they can spread the word about programs that could help owners improve them.
Steubenville Herald-Star - 3/15/2019 Reporter LINDA HARRIS
Mentor, Lake County Port & Economic Development Authority seek proposals for Mentor Beach Park restaurant project
Plans for a restaurant in Mentor Beach Park pavilion are back in business.
Willoughby News Herald - 3/15/2019 Reporter Betsy Scott

Transportation & Infrastructure

2 job fairs coming to Fairfield, Middletown focused on transportation issues
Job fairs in Fairfield and Middletown next month are aimed at helping our local businesses fill their vacant positions by solving the transportation problem for potential workers and employers.
Dayton Daily News - 3/16/2019 Reporter Eric Schwartzberg
Will Liberty Street ever get its ‘road diet’?
CINCINNATI — A years-in-the-making redesign of Liberty Street -- one of Cincinnati's most vital and heavily-traveled roads -- might have taken one step closer to reality this week.
WCPO - 3/12/2019 Reporter Pat LaFleur
Cuyahoga County considers rules for scooter and bike-share programs
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County is proposing legislation to regulate companies that rent bicycles and scooters by the minute or hour, so called share programs that have gained popularity in many U.S. cities.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 3/12/2019 Reporter Courtney Astolfi


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