The Economy & Business

Housing Crisis
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Is Racial Discrimination Blocking Recovery In Dayton? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Jim McCarthy

It’s been five years since the housing bubble burst. Lots of people in the Dayton area lost their homes to foreclosure, and many of those homes are still sitting vacant.

Before the housing bust, McCarthy says his work at the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center often focused on discriminatory lending and rental practices; they were trying to get people of color into homes. But since the housing bust, he says the center has shifted focus towards keeping people in the greater Dayton area in their homes, through fighting foreclosures and seeking refinancing.

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November 2013 Elections
10:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Electric Aggregation Passes in Dayton, Xenia; Dayton Passage Very Close

 Voters passed electric aggregation in Xenia Tuesday by a margin of around 9 percent, and Dayton's ballot issue squeezed through with just a .51 percent margin in favor.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says a final count will be complete Nov. 26, and official results including any recounts will be issued Dec. 6. Because the Dayton's aggregation proposal won by just 75 votes in the "official unofficial" tally (7,318 in favor and 7,243 against), it's still possible the final count could go the other way.

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November 2013 Elections
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Dayton Residents To Vote On Electric Aggregation

Conventional power plant. Electric choice in Ohio allows consumers to decide which power producer they'll use.
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City of Dayton residents will vote Tuesday on whether to allow electric aggregation. If passed, the ballot issue would allow the city to choose who supplies electricity to Dayton residents—a move the city says will save people money.

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Poverty
9:47 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Assistance Cuts Affect Millions Of Ohioans

A cut to food assistance goes into effect across the country today, Nov. 1. The end of federal stimulus funds will affect close to 2 million people in Ohio who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for food.

After the economy crashed, the 2009 Recovery Act propped up food assistance with  billions in additional funds. That money expired on Halloween, which means reduced benefits for almost all SNAP recipients.

Leslie Bates of Greene County Job and Family Services says the average cut in Greene County is $26 per family.

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The Economy & Business
4:39 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

New Bike Trail Branches Open Near Austin Landing

The ribbon has been cut at Medlar Bikeway in Miami Township.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A new branch of southwest Ohio’s bikeway system has opened in Miami Township, linking the Great Miami River Bikeway to Austin Boulevard near I-75. The bike trails are part of a regional vision for economic development.

At the blustery ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Medlar Bikeway, officials from Montgomery County, Miamisburg, Miami Township and Five Rivers Metroparks cheered and posed for pictures.

Steve Stanley, head of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, said cycling options support economic growth.

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