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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

October 17, 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

Business & Corporate

Cuyahoga County poised to complete a third round of massive bond refinancing
As the COVID-19 pandemic guts state and local government revenue sources, Cuyahoga County is taking advantage of a historically low U.S. treasury market to fill budget gaps.
Crains Cleveland Business - 10/12/2020 Reporter Kim Palmer
Huntington Bank once again reigns as the nation's top SBA lender
For the third year in a row, Huntington Bank is the nation's largest originator of SBA 7(a) small business loans.
Cleveland Business Journal - 10/12/2020 Reporter Tristan Navera


Ohio far surpasses 2010's census response rate, despite coronavirus, other challenges
The occupants of about 30% more Ohio households responded to the 2020 census than did in the 2010 census.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/5/2020 Reporter Danae King

Supreme Court rules Trump administration can halt census work early

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled for the Trump administration on Tuesday, upholding its decision to halt the collection of census data now rather than continue until the end of this month as originally planned.
LA Times - 10/14/2020 Reporter David Savage

Low Census self-response rates in Portsmouth, Scioto County

PORTSMOUTH — A ruling by the Supreme Court Tuesday could have immediate and lasting impact on Portsmouth and Scioto County in terms of federal funding for schools, public safety and infrastructure.
Portsmouth Daily Times - 10/15/2020


Central Ohio agency continues to see strong population growth in coming decades
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, an economic downturn and a cloud hanging over national immigration policy, a central Ohio planning agency is sticking to its 2018 population forecast for central Ohio and reaffirming that the 15-county area will grow to 3 million residents by 2050.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/3/2020 Reporter Bill Bush

Greater downtown Dayton projects plan millions in new investments

Four projects in and around downtown Dayton have applied for more than $5.8 million worth of state historic preservation tax credits.
Dayton Daily News - 10/7/2020 Reporter Cornelius Frolik

How does a former coal-mining town reinvent itself?

SHAWNEE — Standing inside the second floor of the Tecumseh Theater, you can close your eyes and imagine how the once ornate opera house attracted thousands of visitors to Shawnee, a former coal-mining town 67 miles southeast of Columbus, in the early 20th century.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/11/2020 Reporter Ceili Doyle

Economic & Workforce Development

Dayton developer explains why downtown's resurgence is different this time around
Woodard also discussed how Covid-19 is impacting development, and provided an update on his current downtown projects.
Dayton Business Journal - 10/12/2020 Reporter John Bush

Ohio To Work in Cuyahoga County shows how radical collaborations can seed change: Ethan Karp
CLEVELAND -- In seven years of working in economic development in Cleveland, I’ve heard a lot of complaints. Most often, people say, “Yeah, well that’s Cleveland being Cleveland.” They’re referring to the messiness and duplication of having many organizations, many missions, and sometimes wasteful competition for limited funding. At times, these criticisms are all true.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/11/2020 Reporter Ethan Karp

Cleveland Innovation Project’s vision for region’s future focuses on key sectors to reach economic, inclusion goals by 2030

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Earlier this year, the Cleveland Innovation Project was in the final stages of devising its recommendations to transform the city into a Midwest hub for innovation when the coronavirus ground the economy to a halt.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/15/2020 Reporter Evan MacDonald


The pandemic depression is over. The pandemic recession has just begun.
There is a straightforward narrative of the economy in 2020: The world shut down in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, causing an economic collapse without modern precedent. A sharp recovery began in May as businesses reopened.
Columbus Business First - 10/5/2020 Reporter New York Times

Housing & Urban Development 

Investor interest in Cleveland’s industrial real estate market may be growing, reports say
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Growth in the industrial real estate market in Greater Cleveland continues to be the silver lining during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to reports released Monday by competing service providers.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/14/2020 Reporter Mary Vanac

Transportation & Infrastructure

Cincinnati Metro opens new Northside Transit Center
After nearly a year of construction, Cincinnati Metro is opening the new Northside Transit Center to passengers.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 10/6/2020 Reporter Hannah Sparling

Laketran expands voting access, offering free rides to vote early or on Election Day

Laketran is continuing its traditional Vote and Ride program for the 2020 General Election, allowing riders to take the bus for free to go and vote.
Willoughby News Herald - 10/8/2020 Reporter Chad Felton

Hamilton project receives $720K, called ‘huge win’ for city’s development

HAMILTON — A new path helping residents and tourists get from the West Side to High and Main streets and likely generating economic opportunities for those downtown businesses recently got a financial boost.
Hamilton Journal News - 10/12/2020Reporter Rick McCrabb

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 - 10/15/2020 Reporter Emily Morgan
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