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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

August 23, 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 Jason Warner at   

Thank you,
The Greater Ohio Policy Center Staff

GOPC In the News

New analysis outlines strategies for addressing Springfield housing needs
The City of Springfield has released a 68-page Comprehensive Housing Market Analysis which features six recommendations for improving residential housing in the city.
Springfield News Sun – 8/14/2019 Reporter Riley Newton

Hamilton city tower becoming hub for cutting edge companies
When City Manager Joshua Smith told Hamilton City Council on Wednesday that two cutting-edge indoor farming companies were placing their headquarters in the city government tower at 345 High Street, he offered his estimation of how trailblazing the two agriculture businesses are.
Hamilton Journal News - 8/17/2019 Reporter Mike Rutledge

Business & Corporate

CoverMyMeds offers its Downtown employees free commutes
CoverMyMeds is offering free rides for its employees to and from work with the Columbus-based transportation company Share.
Columbus Dispatch - 8/13/2019 Reporter Katy Smith

Vindicator name, website to continue

An agreement has been reached for the Tribune Chronicle to acquire The Vindicator’s subscription list, masthead and the domain, Mark Brown, general manager of The Vindicator announced Friday.
Youngstown Vindicator - 8/17/2019 Reporter Staff Report


Cities invested in bicycling infrastructure provide better access to jobs
A new report found that residents of cities with infrastructure for bikes have an easier time accessing jobs, especially those out of the reach of public transportation.
Route Fifty Today - 8/7/2019 Reporter: Emma Coleman

Energy & Utilities

Running water’s a luxury for some
NELSONVILLE – As in many Appalachian communities, some Nelsonville residents live without running water
The Athens News – 8/12/2019 Reporter Conor Morris

Housing & Urban Revitalization

Home Builders report shows housing is changing
The American housing industry is changing course—and this will transform neighborhoods and communities over time by providing more and different choices in housing.
Public Square – August 9, 2019 Reporter: Robert Steuteville

People claiming to be homeowners scoop up cash left after foreclosure
Franklin County Common Pleas Court received what appeared to be a routine motion one day in January.
Columbus Dispatch - 8/12/2019 Reporter John Futty and Jim Weiker

Neighborhood Impact Mini Grants awarded

LIMA — Seven organizations were awarded the Neighborhood Impact Mini Grant Wednesday, with three receiving an additional $2,000 with the help of Activate Allen County.
Lima News - 8/15/2019 Reporter Tara Jones

Cleveland looks to improve homes, quality of life with help from neighborhood development agencies
CLEVELAND, Ohio – City Council introduced legislation Wednesday that would enlist nonprofit neighborhood agencies to check on the quality of homes in the city and would help homeowners make repairs.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 8/22/2019 Reporter Robert Higgs

Land Use 

Youngstown board approves agreement with EPA to test Market Street site
The board of control approved an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do testing of the former Masters Tuxedo site.
Youngstown Vindicator - 8/14/2019 Reporter Staff Report

Former Newark Electro Plating building demolished

NEWARK – Vacant land never looked as good as it does for city officials and neighborhood residents for property bordered by South Second, East Harrison and East Railroad streets.
Newark Advocate - 8/20/2019 Reporter Kent Mallett

YNDC kicks off $750,000 home rehab program

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation kicked off a $750,000 multi-home rehabilitation campaign Tuesday morning at an event on Miltonia Avenue in the East Side Sharonline neighborhood.
Youngstown Vindicator - 8/21/2019 Reporter Graig Graziosi

Local Government 

Conneaut officials unveil plans for city's waterfront site
CONNEAUT — A new place for visitors may be headed to Conneaut in the future, as officials unveiled a proposal for a new, $25 million hotel to be built on the city’s waterfront Monday night.
Ashtabula Star Beacon - 8/14/2019 Reporter Brian Haytcher

Summit, Stark leaders adopt ‘metroplex’ label to market region
When it comes to attracting the businesses, investment dollars and opportunities leading to the economic development that can reshape a city or entire county, the path to success often boils down to one key number.
Akron Beacon Journal - 8/18/2019 Reporter Rich Desrosiers

'This is a huge victory': Toledo officials praise lead abatement expansions
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement Tuesday that the state has been approved to expand its use of Medicaid funding towards lead abatement drew praise from Toledo officials who called the move a “barrier-breaking” policy in the local fight against lead poisoning.
Toledo Blade - 8/21/2019 Reporter Brooks Sutherland

Transportation & Infrastructure 

Free Wi-Fi starts at several Cleveland RTA stations; connectivity coming to buses, trains
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Free Wi-Fi is now available at several Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority stations and transit centers, and internet access will be expanded over the coming months to buses, trains and additional stations.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 8/14/2019 Reporter Courtney Astolfi
Metro RTA celebrates 50 years in Summit County
Confetti filled the warm summer air Wednesday at Akron’s Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center as dozens of people sang “Happy Birthday.”
Akron Beacon Journal - 8/15/2019 Reporter Emily Mills
More Downtown workers taking the bus because of Cpass
More Downtown workers are choosing not to drive to work because of a program that provides them free rides on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses, a survey shows.
Columbus Dispatch - 8/15/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik

Test finds bike lane helps COTA buses Downtown
Preliminary results from a two-week pilot program show that Central Ohio Transit Authority buses traveled more quickly through Downtown on 3rd Street by using a shared bus-bicycle lane.
Columbus Dispatch - 8/17/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik

New TARTA hub opens its doors
Marissa Fry took a look around Monday at the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority's new digs at Cherry and Huron streets while waiting for a bus ride to work, and the longtime passenger liked what she saw.
Toledo Blade - 8/20/2019 Reporter Jay Skebba
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