The Economy & Business

Election 2014
6:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Why You Might Care Who Your County Auditor Is

Harry Bossey, shown here inside his export business in Miamisburg, is running for the second time as a Republican against Democratic Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Many Miami Valley voters will be asked to choose a county auditor on the ballot on Tuesday—but some might not be clear on why the office matters.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Dayton’s Black-Owned Funeral Homes Struggle To Stay In Business

Dwayne Bickham has worked at Bowman and Young Funeral Chapel since 1979. It was his first job at age 17.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The funeral or “death-care” industry brings in an estimated $20 billion a year in the U.S., but the industry is changing. There’s been a shift towards chain funeral homes, and more people are choosing cremation, and that has black-owned funeral homes particularly worried about staying above ground in Dayton and beyond.

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The Economy & Business
7:30 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Columbus Area Agency Fails To Make Nationwide Loan Payments

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority bought Nationwide Arena in 2012 and gave the Blue Jackets free rent to keep the team from leaving town.
Credit Mike Small / Flickr Creative Commons

The complex deal to use casino-tax money to buy Nationwide Arena has hit a snag: there’s not enough money to make loan payments. Officials expected to pay off the loans with taxes from the new Columbus casino. But casino tax revenues are below projections. The city and county have not made a single loan payment for the arena.

A little history

To keep the Blue Jackets from leaving town, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority bought Nationwide Arena and gave the team free rent.

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The Economy & Business
2:09 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Yellow Springs To Vote On Business Park Referendum

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Yellow Springs residents will weigh in Nov. 4 on whether the village should fund infrastructure for a new business park at the edge of town. The proposal, called the Center for Business and Education or CBE, would open up new land to development by funding infrastructure, but the village is divided over whether it should borrow money to make the site “shovel ready” for developers.

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Jobs
2:14 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Federal, City Lawmakers Push To Raise Wages On National Minimum Wage Day

Minimum wage activists demonstrated in Dayton in December 2013.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Today is October 10, 10/10—and it’s been declared National Minimum Wage Day. $10.10 is the new minimum wage many advocates are calling for. Right now Ohio’s minimum wage is $7.95, and it will automatically go up to $8.10 on January 1, 2015.

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