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Wilmington resident Charles Wells lost his job at DHL when the company closed its Wilmington operation in 2009.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Online retail giant Amazon is hosting employment information sessions across the Miami Valley this week. The first was held Monday morning in Wilmington, where Amazon officials say they’re looking to hire hundreds of new workers at the company's new facility at Wilmington Air Park.

The jobs sorting packages and moving cargo are expected to start at $15 an hour -- a prospect that had attracted more than two dozen job seekers by 8 a.m. 

I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
Travis Estell / Flickr/Creative Commons

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is vowing to fight a provision in the new two-year state transportation budget that would penalize cities for the use of red-light traffic cameras. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine Wednesday signed the bill, which also raises Ohio’s gas tax to fund road and bridge infrastructure repairs.

The transportation budget requires cities that operate red-light cameras to report any fines the cameras generate, and for the state to deduct that income from their state aid allocations.

The city reported roughly $1.9 million in revenue from its camera program 2018.

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

The first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

Cox Enterprises Inc. today announced an agreement with a company called Apollo Global Management to buy a majority stake in Cox Media Group’s broadcast operations in Ohio. The deal includes television and radio stations, and newspapers, such as the Dayton Daily News.

A spokesperson for Cox Enterprises declined to provide WYSO with a comment on the announcement.

Daytonians Weigh In On How To Make The City More Vibrant

Oct 30, 2018
The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

This year, WYSO's partner project, Your Voice Ohio, has been examining how Ohio communities are thriving amid job loss, poverty, addiction, automation and other serious economic challenges.

"Almost universally – except for the Columbus metro area – counties across Ohio have experienced precipitous economic decline for two decades – some for 30 or 40 years,"  leading to steep job losses and a significant drop in quality of life, writes Your Voice Ohio's Doug Oplinger.  

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

One of the state's first-to-open, and largest, cultivation facilities is located in Yellow Springs. The Cresco Labs facility Monday celebrated its grand opening.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, WYSO’s April Laissle went along for a tour. 

The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

The numbers just aren’t good for Ohio: 152,000 fewer jobs than in 2000, lower household income, high student debt, falling behind in education – almost every measure used to define quality of life is going in the wrong direction.

People don’t have to see the numbers – they see it in neighborhoods.

Auto parts stores, payday lenders and deep-discount stores in almost every town are evidence of cash-strapped households.

A pallet of Pampers at the Dayton Mixing Center.
Marci Rhodes / Procter & Gamble

Ohio is located within one day’s drive of more than half the country’s population. This fact is often touted by development officials looking to boost the state’s economic profile.

It’s also a favorite talking point among many Miami Valley business leaders, who say the proximity to interstate highways gives Dayton an edge in attracting new investment.

Downtown Dayton's Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar hosts an event called the Perk-E-Lator to help would-be entrepreneurs hone their business ideas.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A century ago, Dayton helped drive the global economy with inventions that changed the world – think, the airplane, the cash register, pop-top cans, the self-starting engine. In our series Scratch, WYSO explores some of the people and ideas that could impact life and the economy in the Miami Valley and beyond. 

The series was inspired by a simple question: where is Dayton’s famous spirit of invention still alive and well in the Miami Valley? And, who benefits? 

Springfield Hosts Presidential Advisors Debate

Oct 6, 2016
Daniel Gummel

This past weekend Springfield played host to a debate between economic advisors for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The debate featured Peter Navarro, a Trump campaign economic advisor and Austan Goolsbee, former senior economic policy advisor for Barack Obama and current Clinton campaign consultant.   Both men presented their candidate’s economic platforms including plans to bring jobs and prosperity back to the region.

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