Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
The recession has taken a huge toll on the job market – hundreds of thousands of Ohioans became unemployed. A local agency is using stimulus dollars to help those out of work gain new skills to help them find jobs in the community. WOSU has this report in its series called Following the Stimulus Money.
Millions of stimulus dollars are flowing into Central Ohio, and WOSU looks at how they’re being spent.
The U.S. Secretary of Energy has announced the awarding of $75 million in federal stimulus money to American Electric Power’s Ohio subsidiary. Steven Chu says the money is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to update the country’s power grid.
Ohio submitted its request for federal stimulus money for a passenger rail system Thursday. WOSU reports state leaders say chances are good Ohio will secure the funds.
Run your dish washer at midnight instead of at noon and pay less for your electricity. That’s the kind of choice Ohio consumers may soon have, after special new high-tech electricity meters are installed. In fact, American Electric Power has just announced it’s going after federal stimulus money to help pay for the pilot project.
President of the Franklin County Commission Paula Brooks says commissioners have not taken a position on a proposal initiated by the owners of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
A judge in Ohio is extending a freeze on $230 million the state took from an anti-tobacco fund to spur the economy.
With Ohio’s economy crumbling, charities and non-profit groups are being asked to do more than ever. But, ironically, they may have less money to do their work. That’s because some of the charities’ biggest contributors – giant charitable foundations- are also feeling a financial pinch. There are 3100 charitable foundations across Ohio. George Espy is President of their trade organization – the Ohio Grantmakers Forum. He talked with Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen.
The U.S. Department of transportation says people have really cut back on driving due to high gas prices – and that’s hacking into federal and state funds to repair roads. At least one area employer is helping its worker be among the millions of Americans driving less. WOSU found a company in Hilliard that adjusted its workers’ hours to help them save on gas.
An anti-smoking group wants to stop thestate treasurer from putting $230 million of its funding in a job-creation program controlled by Governor Strickland andlegislative leaders.