The Economy & Business

Agriculture
11:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

U.S. Sen. Portman to Meet with Miami Valley Farmers

U.S. Senator Rob Portman will meet with farmers in the Dayton area today to answer questions about the farm bill.

For most farmers, the first concern about the farm bill is making sure there is a farm bill. The bill expires every five years, and the U.S. House and Senate have until October to agree on a new version or extend the old one.

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Jobs
9:08 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Statewide Report on Jobs Stresses Stagnancy

 A report out Sunday says the labor market in Ohio is tough—and not improving as fast as the rest of the country. But some Dayton-area officials have a brighter outlook.

The report, from left-leaning organization Policy Matters Ohio, says jobs, especially well-paying ones, are slow to return to the state. Unemployment has leveled out around 7 percent, but many people continue to leave the labor force completely.

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Music
4:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Mumford And Sons Hits Troy With Economic Benefits And Mustaches

A mustache sculpture graces the front of a downtown Troy business. The town is bustling with activity in preparation for the Mumford and Sons tour.
Credit (WYSO/Lewis Wallace)

Miami County is preparing for a major tour stop by UK folk stars Mumford and Sons this weekend. The city of Troy, population 25,000, is anticipating an influx of 40,000 people and at least $12 million in new revenues for the region.

By Wednesday, downtown Troy was already overrun with semi trucks, workers, and, believe it or not, mustaches. Inside Hittle’s Jewelry, owner Jenny Nimer showed off her display of mustachioed jewelry, complete with what she called “bling.”

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The Economy & Business
8:04 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Dayton Racino Reports Problems Amid Site Cleanup

The company behind a southwest Ohio racino says the project should be finished by its target date next year, though demolition and cleanup work at the Dayton site is taking longer than expected.

An official from Penn National Gaming tells the Ohio State Racing Commission workers are taking extra time to clean up concrete slabs at the site, which is a former manufacturing plant. He says the project is lagging behind construction of another Penn National racino near Youngstown that doesn't involve industrial cleanup.

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The Economy & Business
12:04 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Ohio Manufacturers Upbeat

Ohio manufacturers are largely feeling upbeat about their future, according to a couple signs.

This week, the Small Business Administration announced that it’s made nearly 130 loans to northern Ohio manufacturers in this most current fiscal year, which looks to be on par with 2012.  The total loans come to nearly 55-million dollars, well over twice the amount handed out in 2009 when the brunt of the recession came down on many regional companies and vendors.

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