The relative boom in manufacturing in Northeast Ohio over the last two years has had a lot to do with natural gas prices and infrastructure. according to a new report on manufacturing that looks at what’s happened to Northeast Ohio jobs over the last two years and what’s likely to continue.
The report by Cleveland State University for the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network says manufacturing jobs, wages, exports and regional product all grew – with the jobs at better than double the national rate.
(From left) Yellow Springs Village Council leader Karen Wintrow, Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis, U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (10th) and Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church at a roundtable convened by the congressman.
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U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-10th) met with area leaders Monday to talk about economic development and federal policy. Roads, wages and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base were all on the agenda in the meeting with 15 mayors and city officials.
Democrats mentioned President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a point he pushed during his State of the Union address last week.
Rep. Turner wasn’t clear on whether he’d consider supporting the president’s proposal, but said his focus is elsewhere.