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6:52 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Columbus Area Plans Upgrade for Emergency Texting

Ranny D.

The county that includes Columbus plans technology upgrades that would allow residents to text authorities
about emergencies if they can't call 911.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Franklin County residents would likely be the first in Ohio to have that option.

David Ziegler is overseeing the $2.3 million upgrade and says the texting option would be useful for people with impaired hearing and in cases in which someone is hiding and can't speak up.

He says the contract for the technology upgrade still must be approved.

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Business & Technology
8:46 am
Tue January 24, 2012

91-Turbine Wind Farm Approved for Ohio

Lucas County Choppers

The state board that certifies construction plans for new energy facilities has approved an agreement that authorizes a 91-turbine wind farm in north-central Ohio.

The agreement approved Monday by the Ohio Power Siting Board allows Black Fork Wind Energy to construct the farm on 14,800 acres along the Crawford and Richland county line. The board says the company plans to begin construction in March and be operating by December.

Officials say the farm will be capable of generating 200 megawatts of electricity, enough to power tens of thousands of homes.

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Business & Technology
8:38 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Ohio Teams with Monster for Jobseekers' App

Sean MacEntee

A new mobile application from the state of Ohio allows jobseekers to search and apply for jobs using an iPhone, iPad or Android.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the free OhioMeansJobs app on Monday, saying it allows users to search tens of thousands of job openings and internships using a job title, keyword or location.

The app combines state of Ohio data with search and filter tools from Monster.

Business & Technology
12:54 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Kodak Files Chapter 11 Bankruptsy Protection

Eastman Kodak Co. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  According to the company’s web-site, “the business reorganization is intended to bolster liquidity in the U.S. and abroad.”  That means turning intellectual property into cash and focusing on its more valuable business lines.

Kodak did not announce job cuts as part of the bankruptcy protection filing. Roughly 600 employees and contractors work at Kodak’s Kettering facility on Research Park.

Business & Technology
7:18 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Toledo Casino Holds Job Fairs to Fill Openings

Adam Tinworth

One of Ohio's four new casinos is ready to interview candidates as it looks to fill hundreds of jobs.

The casino coming to Toledo holds the first of three job fairs on Tuesday to talk with people who applied for work online. Multiple media outlets report the openings are in food and beverage service, maintenance and janitorial work, security, gaming operations and cashiering.

The Toledo casino had hoped to open in the spring with 1,200 employees. However, a consultant has recommended a delay to allow more time for a licensing investigation.

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