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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

December 06, 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

Neighborhood Development Services Contributes $69 Million to Local Economy
Ravenna  Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) has contributed $68.5 million to the local economy over a five-year period, a recent study indicated.  The independent study was conducted by Greater Ohio Policy Center and released today by the NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio (NCO) and NDS.
Weekly Villager - 11/22/2019

$25 million plan aimed at improving housing, business and health in Linden
A new $25 million initiative is aimed at creating better affordable housing and paying for more medical services and loans in Linden.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/26/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik

Cleveland non-profit helps find affordable housing for those in need
Cleveland — Shanelle Smith-Whigham wanted a better Cleveland, and she wanted to be involved in making it. Like many millennials, she has accumulated quite a bit of student loan debt.
WEWS Cleveland (ABC) - 12/2/2019 

Budget & Appropriations

Ohio House Speaker says local leaders face deadline for budget requests
Local leaders have five weeks to craft and fine-tune their pitches to state lawmakers to approve funding for big projects.
Dayton Daily News - 12/5/2019 Reporter Sarah Franks


Boomerangs: They Left Then Came Back for Lifestyle
POLAND, Ohio — Celine Ciarniello Meek couldn’t wait to leave the area once she graduated from Poland Seminary High School.
Youngstown Business Journal - 11/20/2019 Reporter Lisa Solley

Economic & Workforce Development 

Miller to Become Third MVEDC Executive Director
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A new revolving loan fund announced Tuesday is just one step in Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp.’s plans to increase its ability to bring capital to the region and to grow businesses and jobs, MVEDC’s incoming executive director said.
Youngstown Business Journal - 12/5/2019 Reporter Staff Report

Housing & Urban Development 

Toledo officials encourage property owners to apply for lead abatement grant
Toledo officials are encouraging property owners to apply for federal funding that will help clear both owner-occupied and rental homes of lead-paint hazards, and they’re hoping a new streamlined application will help.
Toledo Blade - 11/24/2019 Reporter Sarah Elms

Franklin County cracks down on foreclosure scams
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Poor communication, low rental rates, and a time-consuming inspection process are among the frustrations local landlords say they have with the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/24/2019 Reporter Jim Weiker and John Futty

Land Use

$3 billion in development comes at a price for western Licking County residents
JERSEY TOWNSHIP — Scott Corrigan said he remembers the days when Morse Road was a quiet, country road. Nine cars drove from homes in western Licking County’s Jersey Township to jobs in Columbus, and nine cars drove back in the evening.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/19/2019 Reporter Sheridan Hendrix

Madison Township: Donations sought for Phase 2 of Unionville Tavern restoration
A public campaign has been launched to raise the remainder of matching funds needed for grants that will pay for Phase 2 of restoring the historic Unionville Tavern.
Willoughby News Herald - 12/3/2019 Reporter Bill DeBus

Old YWCA to come down soon
LIMA — Demolition of the old YWCA on Lima’s Market Street will begin soon to make way for an 88-unit affordable senior housing complex, Spring Street Senior Lofts.
Lima News - 12/5/2019
Whittier Peninsula developer sees opportunity and challenges
The North Carolina developer in charge of the major mixed-use project planned for the Whittier Peninsula is excited about its prospects but acknowledged that several obstacles must be overcome.
Columbus Dispatch - 12/5/2019 Reporter Jim Weiker

Local Government

City of Columbus set to change parking meter rates downtown in 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Starting in February, meters in the downtown area hope to make parking and traffic run a bit smoother.
WBNS Columbus (CBS) - 12/5/2019

State Government

Ohio Senate leader raises hopes for state aid to clear old St. Joe’s
WARREN — There might be state money to remove asbestos from the long-vacant and dilapidated St. Joseph Riverside Hospital building, the Ohio Senate president said.
Warren Tribune Chronicle - 11/26/2019 Reporter David Skolnick

Transportation & Infrastructure

$1 million study to examine Northwest Side transportation
The Columbus City Council is expected to approve a big contract — $1 million — on Monday for a consultant to create a mobility plan for the Northwest Side. The city, COTA, Ohio State University and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission are paying for it.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/16/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik
WRTA seeks input on routes into Trumbull County
WARREN — Preparations for new fixed-route bus service, door-to-door pickups and countywide transportation service is picking up as planners take suggestions for route development.
Warren Tribune Chronicle - 11/21/2019 Reporter Renee Fox
Ohio bus system projects receive $7.8 million in federal funding
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three Ohio bus systems will receive a total of $7.8 million from the Federal Transit Administration, two of which are in Northeast Ohio.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/26/2019 Reporter Emily Bamforth

Laketran receives $4 million federal grant for electric buses, Wickliffe Park-n-Ride upgrade
Laketran has been awarded $4.3 million to replace outdated diesel buses with new battery-operated electric buses.
Willoughby News Herald - 11/27/2019 Reporter Chad Felton
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