On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

October 31, 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 jwarner@greaterohio.org

Thank you,
The Greater Ohio Policy Center Staff

GOPC In the News

Calls for Emergency Housing Assistance Answered in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Policy groups and housing advocates are applauding the approval of emergency rental assistance in Ohio, while cautioning additional dollars are needed by the end of the year.
Public News Service - 10/28/2020 Reporter Mary Schuermann Kuhlman

Administration - Governor

DeWine, state leaders announce $430M in coronavirus relief
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state’s legislative leaders on Friday announced how they’d allocate almost half of what the state has left in federal coronavirus-relief dollars.
Ohio Capital Journal - 10/26/2020 Reporter Marty Schladen

Business & Corporate

Small Business Administration loans decrease 84% to Black-owned businesses since Great Recession, Cleveland Business Journal reports
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Small Business Administration has decreased its loans given to Black-owned businesses 84% since peaking before the Great Recession, according to research by the Cleveland Business Journal.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/17/2020 Reporter Cameron Fields

Main Street Lorain pushes on despite coronavirus pandemic

Main Street Lorain has created a new holiday ornament for sale for this fall as a fundraiser for the organization, which aims to promote businesses in downtown Lorain. The inaugural ornament is one of the accomplishments of the organization since starting in October 2019 and dealing with health and economic consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Lorain Morning Journal - 10/23/2020 Reporter Richard Payerchin

Economic & Workforce Development

COVID slams the brakes on Columbus job growth, hurting city revenue growth
After growing annually since 2009, income-tax revenue in Columbus will remain below 2019 levels through 2021, and total city revenue will drop almost 3% over 2019, City Auditor Megan Kilgore says in a report released Monday.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/20/2020 Reporter Bill Bush

City offering second round of small business grants

Sales have crumbled at Jera Stewart's downtown bakery, but the city of Toledo's Emergency Microenterprise Recovery Grant program is providing relief for small businesses like hers.
Toledo Blade - 10/21/2020 Reporter Jay Skebba
 
City, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber unveil multimillion-dollar stimulus for restaurants
Amid a pandemic that shows no signs of subsiding, the city of Cincinnati and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber announced a $4 million program aimed at helping restaurants and bars get through the winter.
Cincinnati Business Courier - 10/21/2020 Reporter Chris Wetterich

Made in Marion Expo 2020 goes virtual due to coronavirus pandemic
The inaugural Made in Marion Expo gave about 1,400 seventh and ninth grade students a close-up look at the impact local manufacturers are producing and distributing.
Marion Star - 10/23/2020 Reporter Andrew Carter

Parma Heights hoping zoning code update spurs economic development

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio -- CT Consultants recently presented Parma Heights City Council and Planning Commission with its recommendations for updating the city’s zoning codes as it relates to future economic development.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/28/2020

Economy

Faces of the Coronavirus Recession: How the downturn is affecting lives and votes in Ohio
How do we begin to understand the impact of the “Coronavirus Recession?”
Cincinnati Enquirer - 10/19/2020 Reporter Alexander Coolidge

ECDI offering lending advice, virtual tours, more through programs this week

The Economic Community Development Institute is celebrating the anniversary of its expanded Food Fort incubator the best way it knows how: reaching out to restaurants to help.
Columbus Business First - 10/21/2020 Reporter Dan Eaton

Housing & Urban Development 

New task force handed housing issues
LIMA — After recognizing the size of the effort needed to improve Lima’s housing stock, Lima City Council is now looking at establishing a dedicated task force to pull apart the issue in order to find a workable solution.
Lima News - 10/20/2020 Reporter Josh Ellerbrock
 
New Bexley rent rule makes a statement about diversity and inclusion
As central Ohio struggles with a persistent shortage of affordable housing, it’s good to note how far we’ve come from high-rise government projects of decades past that too often weren’t good places to live and only perpetuated poverty.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/20/2020

Landlords with Akron, Stark County properties sue CDC over moratorium on evictions
The owners of several rental properties in the Akron-Canton area filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, challenging a nationwide ban on evictions.
Akron Beacon Journal - 10/25/2020 Reporter Alan Ashworth
 
Editorial: Aid to stop evictions welcome but inadequate
The $429.5 million in federal coronavirus relief assistance announced by Gov. Mike DeWine Friday can’t come too soon for the hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio who can’t pay their rent and face the threat of eviction.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/27/2020

Land Use

Lorain County applying for $500K EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grant
Lorain County will be applying for a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Lorain Morning Journal - 10/19/2020 Reporter Staff Report

New partnership allows companies to clean up blight

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Land Bank transfered blighted properties to a company in Sebring and a company in Goshen Township on Thursday so that cleanups can begin.
Youngstown Vindicator - 10/23/2020 Reporter Ed Runyan

Local Government

How area cities are spending CARES Act funds
A new program to help people with their rent, mortgages and utility payments. Touchless bathroom fixtures. And laptops for city employees who are working from home.
Canton Repository - 10/18/2020 Reporter Kelly Byer

Transportation & Infrastructure

TARTA expands Rossford route to include Amazon
Employees at the Amazon fulfillment center in Rossford will soon have another option for getting to work.
Toledo Blade - 10/28/2020 Reporter The Blade
 
Dayton region could see major economic benefits from $6B U.S.-Canada bridge expansion
The nearly $6 billion expansion of a bridge connecting the United States and Canada could present some major opportunities for Dayton-area businesses and the local economy.
Dayton Business Journal - 10/28/2020 Reporter John Bush

Ohio Turnpike to be part of autonomous truck route from Pittsburgh to Detroit

Locomation, a trucking company that uses robotics technology and artificial intelligence, tested deliveries earlier this month.
Cleveland Business Journal - 10/29/2020Reporter I-Chun Chen
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