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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

June 15, 2020



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

Special Announcement

GOPC continues to provide updates to resources that are available in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as guidence on what response is needed to help communities recover from the pandemic. 

Please visit our website for the latest updates, including guidance from the Governor's office on Restart Ohio, as well as information financial support for small businesses.  

GOPC In the News

Champaign county leaders examining housing issues
Community leaders in Champaign County are looking to form a partnership that will look at ways to help boost the local housing market by either adding new housing stock or helping aid in redevelopment projects.
Springfield News Sun - 5/31/2020 Reporter Hasan Karim

Budget & Taxation

Ohio lawmakers agree to fund hundreds of millions in planned state construction projects
State lawmakers have dropped plans to de-fund hundreds of millions of dollars for previously approved construction projects for colleges and universities, as well as new soccer stadiums in Columbus and Cincinnati.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 6/5/2020 Reporter Jeremy Pelzer

Ohio lawmakers might take another look at coronavirus law change that lets cities collect income taxes from employees working from home

An Ohio lawmaker who plays a key role in setting state tax policy said she’s interested in revisiting a recently passed state law that allows cities to continue collecting income taxes from suburban commuters who are now working from home.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 6/5/2020 Reporter Andrew Tobias

Ohio facing $2.4 billion budget shortfall as coronavirus cases tick up

As Ohio struggles to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying bad economic times, new projections of the tax collections underlying the 2020-21 state budget are downright grim.
Columbus Dispatch - 6/11/2020 Reporter Randy Ludlow

Business & Corporate

Big banks call for blanket forgiveness of PPP loans under $150,000
Two bank lobbying organizations asked Congress on Tuesday to automatically forgive small-business loans of less than $150,000 that are made under the Paycheck Protection Program.
American Banker - 6/2/2020 Reporter Kevin Wack

Ohio Development Services Agency offers new info on small business loans

In an effort to continue the bolstering of small businesses, the Ohio Development Services Agency has loaned $10 million to Appalachian Growth Capital — Ohio’s newest community development financial institutions fund (CDIF) makes loans to help start and grow businesses in Appalachian Ohio.
Portsmouth Daily Times - 6/5/2020 Reporter Staff Report


The stakes have never been higher as America reopens. What can a post-coronavirus world look like?
America will rebuild. But much like shop owners removing boards off windows in the wake of a natural disaster, Americans aren’t quite sure what the aftermath of the deadly coronavirus pandemic will look like.
Columbus Dispatch - 6/2/2020 Reporter Marco della Cava

Sandusky theater wrecked by thunderstorm, while many thousands lose power in region
A historic theater in Sandusky was heavily damaged, if not destroyed, by powerful winds and tens of thousands of Toledo Edison customers were left without power late Wednesday afternoon in northwest Ohio after strong thunderstorms punished the region with heavy rain and powerful wind gusts.
Toledo Blade - 6/11/2020 Reporter The Blade

Economic & Workforce Development

Ohio unemployment claims continue to drop, but near total of 1.3 million
The number of new unemployment claims in Ohio last week fell for the ninth straight week, though total claims since the coronavirus crisis began are now approaching 1.3 million.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 6/5/2020 Reporter Jeremy Pelzer

Housing & Urban Development 

New Chardon law requires vacant residential property registration to provide local contact in case of violations
Chardon City officials are working to strengthen efforts to address property maintenance complaints.
Willoughby News Herald - 6/1/2020 Reporter Betsy Scott

Akron program aims to curb possible 'avalanche' of evictions
AKRON, Ohio — With so many Northeast Ohioans losing their jobs, there's growing concern about people losing their homes.
WEWS Cleveland (ABC) - 6/2/2020 Reporter Bob Jones

Toledo officials make $2 million available for emergency rental assistance

City leaders are working to ensure that Toledoans struggling to make rent payments because of the coronavirus pandemic are aware there is new financial assistance available.
Toledo Blade - 6/3/2020 Reporter Sarah Elms

Geauga County residents can get aid for rent, mortgage and utility payments

Geauga County Job and Family Services announced it has received funding through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to assist Geauga residents with rent, mortgage and utility payments.
Willoughby News Herald - 6/4/2020
Moratorium on landlord evictions ends in July
LIMA — For more than two months, the novel coronavirus has left a path of despair in its wake across Ohio and the nation. Nearly three dozen lives have been lost in Allen County alone to COVID-19. Schools, business and industry shuttered their doors and thousands of workers were laid off in March and April as the virus hit its peak. Even as workers slowly began to return to their jobs, unemployment sits at near record levels as the virus lingers.
Lima News - 6/10/2020 Reporter J Swygart

Land Use

Land bank worked with AG's office on lawsuit over old factory sites
ZANESVILLE - As the demolition of the former Lear factory on Linden Avenue began in 2015, the property owners assured the city of Zanesville the site would be a valuable future home for business.
Zanesville Times Recorder - 6/3/2020 Reporter Chris Crook

Transportation & Infrastructure

Rebuilding America: Coronavirus pandemic has led to some changes in transportation industry
As commuters gear up to head back into work, the industry is making adjustments in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Columbus Dispatch - 6/1/2020 Reporter Beth Burger

Sylvania Township votes to admit Lucas County as member of TARTA

After voting several times against a proposal to make Lucas County a member community of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, the Sylvania Township trustees have voted to approve the move.
Toledo Blade - 6/4/2020 Reporter Kate Snyder

Region's big transportation plan includes a new Ohio River bridge – and a streetcar expansion.

The region’s 2050 plan for transportation includes a new Brent Spence Bridge, a new Western Hills Viaduct and – perhaps a surprise to some – a continuation of Cincinnati’s streetcar across the Ohio River into Newport.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 6/10/2020 Reporter Hannah Sparling
COTA turning bus into Wi-Fi hotspot in Forest Park on North Side
Through a partnership with the Central Ohio Transit Authority, Columbus City Schools and the North YMCA, a COTA bus with amplified Wi-Fi will be parked in the North YMCA lot Tuesdays through Thursdays for three weeks in June to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot to students in need, said Jeff Pullin, public information officer for COTA.
Columbus Dispatch - 6/10/2020 Reporter Samantha Raudins
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