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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

October 05, 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

GOPC In the News

Columbus’ reliance on income tax could spell trouble as more work from home, study warns
Columbus is more dependent on municipal income taxes than any of Ohio’s six largest cities, and that revenue is now threatened by a coronavirus-created, work-from-home movement that many experts say may reshape workplaces permanently.
Columbus Dispatch - 9/23/2020 Reporter Bill Bush

New home construction boosting housing stock in Clark and Champaign counties

In order to address aging housing stock as well as limited inventory in the market, local officials are looking at ways to bring new homes into their areas.
Springfield News Sun - 9/20/2020 Reporter Hasan Karim

Budget & Appropriations

Ohio lawmakers approve $650 million in coronavirus relief money for local governments
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Local governments in Ohio will receive $650 million, the state’s final share of federal CARES Act coronavirus relief funding, if Gov. Mike DeWine signs a bill approved Wednesday by the Ohio General Assembly.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 9/24/2020 Reporter Andrew J. Tobias

Business & Corporate

Home in Akron: Akron tax abatement program eclipses $50 million in projects
Sterling Cline, a retired bricklayer from Akron, could lose $1,500 a month if Congress fails to act and his union’s multi-employer pension fund goes belly up.
Akron Beacon Journal - 9/21/2020 Reporter Abbey Marshall


US Census deadline extended to October
It appears the U.S. Census Bureau will have an additional month to count the entire population of the country following a Thursday ruling by a federal judge.
Youngstown Vindicator - 9/27/2020 Reporter Renee Fox


Downtown Springfield sees flurry of new commercial, residential development
From new businesses and housing to additional parking options, here are the latest updates on the progress being made in downtown Springfield.
Dayton Business Journal - 9/22/2020 Reporter John Bush

Millions to be spent in West Dayton raise hope for future growth

Millions of dollars in new investment for multiple proposed projects in West Dayton are raising hopes that new jobs and amenities could follow in a part of the city that struggled economically in recent years.
Dayton Daily News - 10/1/2020 Reporter Cornelius Frolik

Economic & Workforce Development

The Surprisingly Limited Success of Trump’s Signature Anti-Poverty Program
Cleveland’s experience shows why “opportunity zones” help middle-income neighborhoods more than poor ones.
Politico - 9/29/2020 Reporter Erick Trickey

Monroe Street community leaders submit plan to revitalize neighborhood

The Monroe Street Neighborhood Center has a plan to revitalize its neighborhood.
Toledo Blade - 9/29/2020 Reporter Kate Snyder


ALICE report shows pre-pandemic economy not as rosy as appeared
NEWARK -- Even before COVID-19, the economy in Licking County and Ohio was not as rosy as traditional economic numbers made it appear, according to a report from the United Ways of Ohio.
Newark Advocate - 9/28/2020 Reporter Kent Mallett

Housing & Urban Development 

Toledo receives $5.7 million in federal funds to remove lead paint hazards
Toledo property owners will have an expanded federal funding source to help them eliminate lead paint hazards.
Toledo Blade - 9/22/2020 Reporter The Blade

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano looks at racial inequalities in housing appraisal process

The Franklin County Auditor’s Office has partnered with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to help eliminate inequalities in the housing appraisal process.
Columbus Dispatch - 9/24/2020 Reporter Earl Hopkins
Transformation underway for Lima’s ‘Central District’
LIMA — Downtown Lima’s next major project is the Central District, a $4 million effort to transform a block of empty warehouses and undeveloped greenspace along Central Avenue into a collection of flats, urban dining, retail and makerspace venues, which organizers imagine will become a must-see attraction in downtown Lima.
Lima News - 9/25/2020 Reporter Mackenzi Klemann

Neighborhoods at risk for COVID see disproportionately high eviction rates
COLUMBUS — When Umu Conteh first learned she had tested positive for Covid-19 this summer, the nursing assistant was terrified for her two young daughters.
CNN - 10/1/2020 Reporter Casey Tolan and Kyung Lah

Local Government

Greene County expands grant program for small businesses impacted by Covid-19
Eligible small businesses can apply for up to $10,000 for reimbursement of coronavirus-related costs incurred after March 1.
Dayton Business Journal - 9/21/2020 Reporter John Bush

COVID-19 help: Summit County offering more rent, mortgage, utility funds

Summit County will be giving out millions more in federal dollars to help residents pay their rent, mortgage and utilities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Akron Beacon Journal - 9/24/2020 Reporter Emily Mills

Transportation & Infrastructure

Cincinnati City Council explores building city’s second, protected bike lane
Cincinnati City Council has approved a motion asking the administration to report on the feasibility of building a temporary, two-way protected bike lane along Clifton Avenue in Clifton and Corryville.
Cincinnati Business Courier - 9/22/2020 Reporter Chris Wetterich

Dayton-area city moves forward with pedestrian, bike trail plan
A Dayton-area city is set to become a hot spot for outdoor activities following new plans for bike and pedestrian area investments.
Dayton Business Journal - 9/25/2020 Reporter Elizabeth Kyle

Wayne secures $1.4M to expand rural transportation

WOOSTER Wayne County will pilot a transportation program early next year to extend ride-sharing and other transit services outside the city of Wooster.
Canton Repository - 9/28/2020Reporter Emily Morgan

TARTA survey collects opinions, offers prizes

A Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority consultant is conducting a new survey to assess bus riders’ opinions about a variety of issues and holding weekly drawings the next two Fridays to award $100 to lucky survey participants.
Toledo Blade - 10/1/2020 Reporter The Blade
Laketran resumes fare collection Oct. 1 with new safe way to pay
A year after launching the EZfare app allowing riders to buy and store bus passes on their smartphones, Laketran is now adding electronic validators on board to create a safe, contactless way for riders to pay their fares.
Willoughby News Herald - 10/1/2020 Reporter Chad Felton
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