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On Our Radar: News Clips from Greater Ohio Policy Center

January 11, 2021
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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 

Ohio models a federal-city partnership for pandemic times: Alison Goebel and Tanisha Briley
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Biden administration has an opportunity to create a new partnership with America’s economically challenged places based on a model at work here in Ohio. Doing so could begin to bridge the seemingly insurmountable political divide between big cities and the rest of the nation and help U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Marcia Fudge fulfill her goal of putting the “UD” – urban development – back into HUD.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1/3/2021 Reporter Alison Goebel and Tanisha Briley

Budget & Appropriations 

Southeast Ohio counties to receive funding from capital bill
Local organizations are set to receive around $2.2 million in allocations from the state government after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state's capital budget bill into law last week.
Athens Messenger - 1/5/2021 Reporter Cole Behrens

Economic & Workforce Development 

Sherwin-Williams gets $70 million in interest-free state loans for new Cleveland headquarters, Brecksville R&D facility
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A state legislative panel approved $70 million in no-interest, incrementally-forgivable loans for The Sherwin-Williams Co. to build its new headquarters in downtown Cleveland, as well as a new research and development facility in Brecksville.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1/5/2021 Reporter Eric Heisig
 
CityWide launches new investment fund to spur job growth in downtown Dayton
Prospective businesses, developers and entrepreneurs now have a new set of financial tools to help grow jobs in downtown Dayton and surrounding low- to moderate-income communities.
Dayton Business Journal - 1/5/2021 Reporter Jacob Fisher

Housing & Urban Development 

Rental help kept many out of the cold
More than 200 families in danger of eviction received help from Hope House’s COVID-19-related emergency rental assistance last year. And, although that particular program was available only in 2020, the agency's CEO says other types of help are available in 2021.
The Findlay Courier - 1/4/2021 Reporter Sara Arthurs
 
Dayton area has not seen eviction crisis; here’s why advocates believe it’s been delayed.
Dire predictions about the pandemic causing a massive wave of new local eviction filings have not come true ? at least not yet.
Dayton Daily News - 1/4/2021 Reporter Cornelius Frolik


Study shows more people continue to move out of Ohio than into the state
Ohio continues to lose more people each year than it attracts, according to the latest migration study by Atlas Van Lines.
Columbus Business First - 1/5/2021Reporter Mark Somerson

LMH to evaluate eviction moratorium on a rolling monthly basis

Lucas Metropolitan Housing’s pandemic-driven eviction moratorium, currently scheduled to expire Feb. 28, will be reviewed on a month-to-month basis for extensions, the agency’s leadership announced during a board meeting Tuesday.
Toledo Blade - 1/6/2021 Reporter Brooks Sutherland
 
Lima Housing Task Force starts conversation
LIMA — The Lima Housing Task Force is gaining momentum.
Lima News - 1/6/2021 Reporter Josh Ellerbrock

Land Use

Pataskala eyes future of mall site after demolition
The eyesore of the Pataskala Square Mall is gone and more progress is on the horizon.
Newark Advocate - 1/7/2021 Reporter Craig McDonald

Local Government

Akron lawmakers reject moratorium on water shutoffs during COVID-19 pandemic
Akron City Council has rejected a proposal to ask Mayor Dan Horrigan to pause water shutoffs in Akron until March 1 to allow time for vaccinations to tame the pandemic.
Canton Repository - 1/6/2021Reporter Doug Livingston
 
Cincinnati City Council set to slash property tax to lowest rate in two decades
Cincinnati City Council is set to cut the city’s property tax rate for operations to its lowest level since 2000, even as it faces a major deficit for the next fiscal year.
Cincinnati Business Courier - 1/6/2021Reporter Chris Wetterich

State Government

BWC extends deadline for $28M indoor air quality assistance program
COLUMBUS – Nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult day centers have until March 31, 2021, to seek reimbursement for investments in indoor air quality that weaken COVID-19’s spread, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced today.
Athens Messenger - 1/5/2021 Reporter Staff
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