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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

November 16, 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

Even with moratoriums and some financial relief, evictions remain a threat in Central Ohio 
Even as an eviction moratorium promises to blunt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of eviction filings are being filed in Franklin County each month.
Columbus Business First - 11/9/2020 Reporter Tristian Navera 

Fairfield opposes bills that could change tax laws for stays-at-home workers
FAIRFIELD — City Council is opposing a pair of Statehouse bills that could impact the city’s ability to provide basic services, according to the city manager.
Hamilton News Journal - 11/10/2020 Reporter Michael Pitman

Administration - Governor

COVID in Ohio: DeWine says restaurants, bars could close; businesses must enforce mask wearing
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine took action to curtail the exploding COVID-19 epidemic on Wednesday, threatening to close restaurants, bars and fitness centers, imposing a revised mask order that could briefly close businesses for violations and cracking down on post-event gatherings.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/12/2020 Reporter Randy Ludlow


'Every day, we're falling behind in Appalachian Ohio': Lack of broadband hurts rural areas
AMESVILLE — Heather Mitchell is overwhelmed.
Columbus Dispatch - 10/31/2020 Reporter Ceili Doyle

Business & Corporate

Ohio sees 17,000 applications for coronavirus relief, acknowledges ‘delays’
The state says more than 17,000 applicants have filed for its $125 million Small Business Relief Grant program, while acknowledging some issues with the process.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/5/2020

Cleveland offering new round of aid to help small businesses stay afloat during coronavirus crisis
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration has launched additional financial-relief programs for small-business owners hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/11/2020 Reporter Robert Higgs

Campaigns & Elections

Key takeaways from the 2020 Ohio Statehouse elections
By all indications, the Ohio Republican Party appears to have maintained its supermajorities in both state legislative chambers as they head into a new term next year.
Ohio Capital Journal - 11/4/2020 Reporter Tyler Buchanan

Election highlights Ohio’s urban-rural divide: Capitol Letter

Ohio’s big split: Within the results of Donald Trump’s victory statewide, the election illustrated differences between Ohio’s big urban counties and the smaller ones. 
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/5/2020 Reporter Laura Hancock

Economic & Workforce Development

Delaware County's vision for Rt. 23: Denser, mixed-use projects to expand tax base
As Central Ohio's population continues to increase, Rt. 23 in Delaware County will serve as one of the major avenues of that growth.
Columbus Business First - 11/2/2020 Reporter Tristan Navera

Broadview Heights rejects townhome development, establishes moratorium on new subdivisions

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS -- City Council has unanimously rejected a townhome subdivision, proposed for Ohio 82 just west of Broadview Road, and placed a six-month moratorium on any new residential developments.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/3/2020 Reporter Bob Sandrick

Groups want to 'change narrative’ about West Dayton

Multiple economic development officials and local residents say they want to change a false narrative about West Dayton that suggests the area is in hopeless decline.
Dayton Daily News - 11/12/2020 Reporter Cornelius Frolik

General Assembly

What Ohio's Statehouse leaders hope to accomplish before the end of this unusual year
As the ink on Ohio's election results continues to dry, state lawmakers are getting ready to head back to Columbus for a few, potentially jam-packed, weeks.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/6/2020 Reporter Anna Staver

Housing & Urban Development 

As Franklinton experiences rebirth, some worry about being left behind
It was approaching 5 p.m. on this hot August afternoon, and the 62-year-old was enjoying some well-earned relaxation after a long day at work doing traffic control for a utility company.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/3/2020Reporter Eric Lagatta

City leaders look to ban source of income discrimination
Several Toledo City Council members and fair housing advocates want to make sure Toledoans cannot be denied housing based on their participation in rental assistance or housing choice voucher programs, sometimes referred to as Section 8.
Toledo Blade - 11/9/2020 Reporter Sarah Elms

Ohioans falling behind on mortgages during COVID pandemic as foreclosures loom
Two new reports suggest that a wave of foreclosures is threatening to land on homeowners in Ohio and throughout the U.S.
Columbus Dispatch - 11/11/2020 Reporter Jim Weiker
Columbus startup that turns renters into owners selects Dayton for market expansion
A Columbus startup owned by an entrepreneur with roots in Dayton has selected the Gem City for its first market expansion.
Dayton Business Journal - 11/11/2020 Reporter John Bush

Local Government

Mow-to-own law OK’d by Warren City Council
WARREN — City council Tuesday OK’d a program that allows property owners to acquire city-owned vacant land adjacent to theirs simply by caring for the property and paying a small fee.
Warren Tribune Chronicle - 11/11/2020 Reporter Raymond L. Smith

State Government

Ohio Capital Fund to refund some of its bond debt at lower interest rates, saving $6M
The Ohio Capital Fund plans to refund $34.2 million of its bond debt, taking advantage of interest rates that have fallen since 2013 when the bonds were sold.
Cleveland Business Journal - 11/4/2020 Reporter Mary Vanac

Transportation & Infrastructure

Officials, riders debate the safety of riding the RTA during the pandemic
On a sunny morning in September, Tremont resident Gail Cox gets ready for work, puts on her mask, and walks past a busy construction site to get to her bus stop on West 25th Street.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 10/31/2020 Reporter Conor Morris

Ohio Traffic Safety Council to hold first meeting

COLUMBUS — A new Ohio Traffic Safety Council for which Gov. Mike DeWine announced 30 appointments will convent its first meeting Wednesday.
Toledo Blade - 11/4/2020Reporter The Blade

NOACA to hold online webinar Monday, November 9 to discuss new draft policy on highway interchanges

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, NOACA, will hold a public meeting online on Monday Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. to discuss its new draft policy on evaluating whether to approve requests for highway interchanges in the region.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/5/2020 Reporter Steven Litt

Greater Cleveland RTA plans no service cuts, fare hikes, or proposed tax increases in 2021
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority on Tuesday unveiled its 2021 budget, which calls for no service cuts, fare hikes, or new taxes.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 11/11/2020 Reporter Courtney Astolfi

Brent Spence, Roebling closed, detours, damage, reopening timeline - updates

Two bridges connecting Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are closed after a fiery crash on the Brent Spence Bridge on Wednesday morning, creating a traffic nightmare in both states that could last weeks.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 11/12/2020 Reporter Sarah Brookbank
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