Ohio is getting some national recognition for business development and job creation.
The Buckeye State ranked second in the country behind Texas last year for attracting new companies and business expansion. That's according to the annual list compiled by the business trade magazine Site Selection.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that several Ohio cities were recognized, too.
Columbus finished 10th among metropolitan areas with a population of at least 1 million people, and Cincinnati finished eighth.
Dayton finished first among metro areas with a population of 200,000 to 1 million, and Akron was eighth.
Findlay, Wooster and Ashtabula finished in the top 10 among cities in the smallest population category.
A new monitor's report released this week shows that more than 7,000 Ohioans have gotten more than $280 million from the national mortgage settlement a year ago.
The report released this week by the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight summarizes data provided by the five mortgage servicers involved in the settlement: Ally, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorganChase, and Wells Fargo.
Settlement benefits included loan modifications, forgiveness and deficiency waivers.
The report says 2,528 Ohioans completed mortgage refinances, with an average rate reduction of just over 3 percent. The providers sent refinancing solicitations to more than 4,700 Ohioans.