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Friday, April 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio’s unemployment rate was 6.1% in March, down nearly half a percentage point from February’s 6.5% and more than a full point from March 2013’s 7.3%. Nonfarm wage and salary employment increased by 600 over the month, to 5,282,900 in March, and the number of workers unemployed last month was 353,000, down from 377,000 in February. The number of unemployed in Ohio has decreased by 68,000 over the past 12 months from 421,000. The national unemployment rate in March was 6.7%, unchanged from the month prior but down from 7.5% a year earlier. Goods-...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The $3 million purchase of the downtown Plaza Parking garage by Higher Education Partners is an integral part of Eastern Gateway Community College's expansion in the region, officials say. "It puts an exclamation mark on our business plans," says Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway. Higher Education Partners, based in Providence, R.I., is the development partner with EGCC. The company has a 20-year agreement with the college, and the deal insures that EGCC has a presence downtown for at...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The upcoming removal of the First Street dam in Lowellville could serve as a model for other communities along the Mahoning River to follow. Lowellville’s success in securing funds for the dam removal was among the items discussed at Thursday’s annual meeting of the Mahoning River Corridor Mayors’ Association. The association is collaborating with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to pull together a restoration plan that addresses dam issues along the Mahoning River by employing...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Author:  George Nelson CANFIELD, Ohio -- Additive manufacturing might seem as if it’s getting everywhere. Now it’s even in people’s teeth. 3-D printers such as the 3Z Lab wax printer made by Solidscape Inc., a New Hampshire manufacturer of high-precision units, are being used in dental labs to make wax-ups for casting and pressing to produce crowns, bridges and copings. The 3Z Lab is “a wonderful technology enhancement” for the dental laboratory that’s making crowns and bridges, says Kathryn Scheel, president of Silcox Dental Supply,...

Friday, April 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- AltaSim Technologies has been awarded nearly $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop the technologies that drive additive manufacturing. This adds momentum to a public-private initiative based in Ohio to boost industrial use of modeling and simulation, says Jeff Crompton, a principal of AltaSim. AltaSim’s award of $149,844 comes through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research program that encourages small enterprises to develop and commercialize new technologies. Additive manufacturing features the use of 3-D printing to make...

Friday, April 18, 2014

 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- This year’s  Fellows Riverside Gardens Daffodil Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, says Leslie Cusano, Mill Creek Park marketing manager. The American Daffodil Society Midwest regional show, presented by Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens, is one of more than 40 American Daffodil Society shows held this spring throughout the United States. This weekend will mark the sixth year that a special class features entries of Narcissus “Fellows Favorite,” a daffodil cultivar named for Fellows Riverside Gardens. Brent and Becky Heath of...

Friday, April 18, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Local students have dedicated more than 5,640 hours this year to the Farmers National Bank Financial Scholars Program using the EverFi-Financial Literacy learning course, the bank reports. It's the third consecutive year that Farmers has sponsored students’ access to this web-based program, which uses new media technology -- simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive pathing -- to explain complex financial concepts. EverFi Inc. is an education technology company focused on teaching, assessing and certifying K-12 and college students in critical life...

Friday, April 18, 2014

CHICAGO -- Don't skimp on soft skills when you write your resume. Fully 77% of employers believe those skills are just as important as hard skills and 16% say they're more important when they evaluate candidates for a job, a survey by CareerBuilder finds. "Soft skills" are those intangible attributes associated with personality, such as a positive attitude, while "hard skills" are those learned to perform a specific job function and can be measured, such as operating a computer program. "When companies are assessing job candidates, they're looking for the best of...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Demolition underway or to begin in the coming months will leave two sites along the city’s key Market Street corridor -- the former General Electric and Wean United buildings -- prime for redevelopment and remove two eyesores at downtown's gateway. Deconstruction continues on the former General Electric plant at Market Street and Hughes Street. Constructed in 1909, the 172,000-square-foot plant building has been idled since the 1980s and used for storage by GE in recent years.   “...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Huntington Bank has been ranked the No. 1 lender to small businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the first half of the agency’s fiscal year, Oct. 1 to March 31, Huntington Bank announced Wednesday. The No. 1 ranking refers to the number of 7(a) loans outstanding Huntington has extended to small businesses, 1,805, all to enterprises in its Midwest footprint of six states. It ranks fourth in dollars lent, $230.1 million. In its first-quarter earnings release, issued Wednesday, Huntington reported it has $22.5 billion outstanding in...

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