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Executive Order Fast Tracks Autonomous Vehicle Testing

May 30, 2018 | 1

As autonomous vehicles continue to change the way we view transportation, Governor John Kasich issued a timely executive order to ensure Ohio remains at the forefront of this growing industry.  On May 9,  Kasich issued Executive Order 2018-04K to permit the testing of autonomous vehicles on all roads and highways in Ohio.  The order also provides…

Opportunity Zones: A New Economic Development Tool for Ohio

May 29, 2018 | 0

A new economic development tool called Opportunity Zones, could bring new, private investments to economically distressed communities in Ohio and across the country. In December of last year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which overhauled and reformed the United States’ mammoth federal tax code.  Within this complex piece of legislation,…

Legislature Weighs in on College Affordability

May 23, 2018 | 0

At the first hearing of the Joint Committee on College Affordability, Chancellor of High Education John Carey testified that Ohio’s efforts to make college more affordable have made a difference.   In his testimony, Carey credited the administration and legislature’s efforts for improving the affordability of Ohio’s public universities and community colleges. Carey noted that tuition…

Changes in Akron Leadership Usher in New Age for Economic Development

May 21, 2018 | 0

At the 2017 Impact Ohio Akron Regional Conference, we saw an overarching theme of change. Akron is seeing new public and private leadership implemented city-wide as some of the region’s largest institutions welcome newcomers to the top of their ranks.  Amongst these entities are the Akron-Canton Airport, University of Akron, Leadership Akron, Akron-Summit County Public…

Smart Transportation Could Reduce Infant Mortality

May 17, 2018 | 0

After winning The Smart City Challenge and receiving a $50 million grant to transform Columbus into a Smart City, community leaders hope to use some of this money on an initiative to reduce infant mortality rates.  The infant mortality rate in Franklin County is high above the national average.  Having a child in an urban environment…

Primary Answers Some Questions, Leaves Many for November

May 10, 2018 | 0

After an ugly runup that brought intraparty fights into the open, Ohio’s voters mostly stuck with establishment candidates in Ohio’s primary election on May 7. Attorney General Mike DeWine bested Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor by almost 20 percentage points in a Republican gubernatorial primary in which both candidates spent millions on attack ads. DeWine now…

What’s the Future of Medicaid under Ohio’s Next Governor?

May 1, 2018 | 0

The political fights over Medicaid will likely continue as the costs of healthcare continue to rise and Medicaid takes up a larger and larger chunk of the state and federal spending. That said, the program has demonstrated considerable durability against political challenges and is certain to remain in some form for the foreseeable future.  That means…

Syringe Exchange Programs: from Controversial to Mainstream

April 24, 2018 | 0

At the 2017 Impact Ohio Regional Conferences, the opiate crisis was one of the big issues discussed.  In Akron, Cincinnati, and Dayton we heard from numerous experts about the seriousness of the crisis and how it affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.  Our experts shared what their communities were doing to…

Group Wants Ohio’s Next Governor to Focus on Early-Childhood

April 20, 2018 | 0

As evidence demonstrates that investments in early-childhood produce better outcomes in adulthood, one Ohio group wants to make sure that Ohio’s next governor prioritizes programs aimed at young children.  Groundwork Ohio, headed by former State Senator Shannon Jones is doing just that. Jones was part of the Impact Ohio Cincinnati Regional Conference in 2017 where she shared her…