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Wright State University and the University of Dayton are among six universities recognized as "Centers of Excellence" by the state.  It's part of its plan to promote innovation and develop Ohio's economy.

Take an already successful college internship program, multiply its funding by 4, and throw in the research taking place at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and what do you get?

"When you think about it we're bringing in $14 million in new revenue to our region through this program," says Sean Creighton, executive director of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Education.

Fairhaven's Job Seekers Group

Jun 25, 2010

Networking is oldest and best way to find a job. And these days, when there's about one position for every 5 people looking for work, the need for that skill is more important than ever. But, for some, that process can be daunting. An area church is helping to demystify the idea. As part of our series What's Working, Emily McCord visits Fairhaven Church for their bimonthly jobseekers group.

GreeneWorks

Jun 24, 2010

Earlier this week, we reported on how local agencies are rising to the challenge of helping the unemployed, despite their limited resources. Today, in our series, "What's Working," Mike Frazier visits a non-profit Greene County organization that has put 75% of its clients back to work.

The recent unemployment figure for military veterans is just under 11 percent - close to the rate for non-vets. But, for some service men and women - especially those who have experienced combat - there are other challenges in finding employment.

Wind Power at the JVS

Jun 22, 2010

The Dayton area has lost almost 40,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade. Across the Miami Valley, people are going back to school to train for that they hope will be a wave of new, green jobs. In Piqua enrollment at the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School has doubled in the last year - in part because of an innovative new program at the school's adult division. It's called Alternative Energy and Green Systems Management, and it's the first program of its kind in the state.

There are some signs that the job market is improving, but longer periods of unemployment mean that many people are replying on support from local agencies. Last fiscal year The Clark County Department of Job and Family Services faced a $3 million deficit and a 10% increase in cases.

DHL Transfers Wilmington Air Park Back To Community

Jun 3, 2010

City, county and state officials gathered in Wilmington yesterday to complete the transfer of Wilmington Airpark from the international shipping company DHL to the Clinton County Port Authority . As WYSO's Emily McCord reports, the transfer of the asset couldn't come at a better time, as the county has the worst unemployment rate in Ohio.

The Greater Downtown Dayton Plan was unveiled yesterday. It expands the area traditionally thought of as downtown in an effort to create a larger more sustainable community.

Mike Ervin says that making downtown Dayton larger just makes sense.

"Downtown is a much bigger place extending down to the Oakwood border and the University of Dayton to Miami Valley hospital and a number of neighborhoods, spilling across the river and down alongside it. That's really our downtown when you think about," says Ervin.

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 5

May 14, 2010
Photo by Briana Brough

Wilmington's future remains uncertain. Even if the recession is showing signs of ending, the town still needs to provide jobs for the many unemployed living there. But there's hope for a green economy, and Energize Clinton County has been working towards that goal for over a year now. In the final piece of her series, Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, Emily McCord explores what this year has meant for the young men who started it all.

"We Are Integrated Into The Community"

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