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Friday, September 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.7% in August, unchanged from the July rate, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. Last month’s rate was down from 7.5% a year earlier.  The number of workers unemployed in Ohio last month was 234,000, up 1,000 from the month before. The number of unemployed has decreased by 109,000 over the past year, from 433,000.  Employment in goods-producing industries, at 873,000, decreased 2,400 from July as a 3,500-job loss in construction surpassed a 1,100-job gain in manufacturing. Employment in...

Friday, September 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Beginning today, companies in Ohio will be able to register trade and fictitious names and update statutory agents online. The expanded services build upon the existing offerings of Ohio Business Central, which was established in October 2013. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the expanded online services during a speech Thursday to the National Association of Women Business Owners of Columbus. “When I arrived in office four years ago, it was a paper process that took four days; now 80% of what we do can be done online and turned around...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The man who founded OfficeMax and led it 16 years, Michael Feuer, repeated the eternal verities on how to succeed in business Thursday afternoon to 100 students at Youngstown State University. But he did so in a way those students found fresh and entertaining as they listened in rapt attention. Since stepping down as CEO in 2004, Feuer has set up Max-Ventures, a private investment retail and insurance firm, taken to the lecture circuit and written a book, The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien NILES, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has lifted its suspension on one of the two American Water Management Services injection wells in Weathersfield Township, the agency announced Thursday. In a prepared statement, ODNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said that after analyzing data in the wake of a 2.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in late August, the agency determined that the shallower well – AWMS #1 -- was not related to any seismic activity. "ODNR concluded that with reasonable scientific...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Communities with a strong background in traditional manufacturing need support to adopt new technologies, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s chief operating officer told a Department of Commerce panel Thursday in Washington.  Barb Ewing urged support for the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, which she said is “crucial” for such communities. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker hosted the panel discussion. YBI, this week was named the top university-affiliated incubator in...

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Jack Savage has been named assistant executive director of the Mahoning Valley chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He will succeed Thomas Travers as executive director upon Travers' retirement at the end of this year. Savage, an attorney, was with Manchester, Bennett, Powers & Ullman LPA (now Manchester Newman & Bennett) in Youngstown and also owned and operated Tag Media, a corporate video production agency. He earned his baccalaureate at Youngstown State University and a juris doctorate at the University of Akron...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The first U.S. patent awarded to Youngstown State University should draw additional funding for future research projects, secure more support from the administration, and encourage other researchers and academics to pursue new and exciting ideas that can also be patented. "I hope that this will actually inspire my colleagues who are involved in research to aim for that kind of target -- to get a patent," said Tom Oder, an assistant professor of physics whose decade of work has resulted the...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it has signed a wide-ranging consent order and agreement with Range Resources Corp. for violations at six of its Washington County impoundments. The consent order requires the company to pay a $4.15 million fine, the largest against an oil and gas operator in the state's shale drilling era, close five impoundments and upgrade two other impoundments to meet heightened "next generation" standards under development at DEP. "This action reaffirms the administration's unwavering commitment to...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gross revenues from table games at the 12 casinos in Pennsylvania were $66.4 million in August, the state Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday, a 4.6% increase over August 2013. Net revenues that resulted -- taxes paid the state -- were $9.6 million, the board said. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, with 113 tables, reported revenues of $6,2241,370. The same number of tables in August 2013 produced $6,116,554. Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Erie, reported $1,176,652 from 46 tables compared with $1,037,769 in August 2013, also 46 tables reporting....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With more than 80,000 employees in the state trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, reports David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, the state is making a third round of funding, $29.4 million, available to businesses. The paperwork required upfront has been reduced from previous funding rounds, Goodman says, and companies will have five additional months to complete the training. Funds for training in the following high-demand fields are available: advanced manufacturing, aerospace and...

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