The Economy & Business

The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Obama Pitches Economic Agenda at Ohio Steel Plant

President Obama was in Ohio yesterday,  touting increased automobile fuel efficiency for helping reduce reliance on foreign oil.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the U.S. produced more oil at home in October than it imported from abroad. Obama called the shift "a huge competitive advantage" for the United States.

The president made the remarks  at a Cleveland plant that makes steel used for higher fuel-efficient cars.

The Economy & Business
7:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

State Lawmaker Wants Retailers To Pay More To Employees Working On Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been the start of the holiday shopping season. But this year, many retailers plan to open their doors with special sales on Thanksgiving itself. One Democratic State lawmaker says mandating employees work on that day is not right. Democrat Mike Foley explains he is introducing a bill that would require employers to pay much more to workers who work during that time.

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The Economy & Business
2:51 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Montgomery County To Hold Forum On The “Talent Pipeline” Tuesday

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Trade Show in October showcased new technologies driving the manufacturing sector.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Montgomery County will hold a forum on workforce development Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Sinclair Community College. Area employers and educators will discuss the need for a “talent pipeline” to address a perceived gap between workforce training for young people and available jobs in a changing market.

Local officials want talented young people to be channeled from school, to internships and apprenticeships, to jobs and careers.

Katie McNeil with Miami Machine Corporation is one of many employers who see a growing skills gap as older workers retire.

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The Economy & Business
5:15 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

3D Printer Retail Store Opens in Dayton

Vandalia Vice-Mayor Mike Blakesly next to a 3D scan of himself. The scan will be turned into a digital model for a 3D printer that creates tiny, full-color replicas.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

GetPrinting3D, a retail store for three-dimensional printers, opened for business on the north side of Dayton Thursday. It’s one of just a handful in the country, but the potential uses of 3D printers are growing fast.

In the center of a cube-shaped 3D printer about the size of a hotel mini-fridge, a little mechanical arm squirts out thin jets of white liquid plastic, slowly building a chess piece.

Meanwhile, Brent Cox, of GetPrinting3D, holds up the future in his hands.

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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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