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Akron is "hidden gem" for rental property market

The Akron area is among 25 “hidden gem” markets when it comes to investing in single-family rental property.

So says a report with Summit County ranked No. 11 nationwide. The report was released Thursday by housing industry research company RealtyTrac.

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International medical camera company comes to Akron

A company from the Netherlands, Quest Medical Imaging, that makes a camera system used to locate lymph nodes and make cancer tumors visible during surgery is setting up a base in downtown Akron to expand further into the U.S. market.

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Austen BioInnovation Institute executive honored at White House

Dr. Janine E. Janosky, vice president of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron’s Center for Community Health Improvement, was one of eight national “Champions for Change” for prevention and public health. She was recognized during a ceremony at the White House earlier this week for her efforts to improve the health of Akron-area residents.

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New projects to create 591 Ohio jobs

Governor Kasich today announced the approval of assistance for nine projects set to create more than 591 jobs and retain 943 jobs statewide. During the Ohio Tax Credit Authority’s monthly meeting, it reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Together the projects are expected to result in more than $29 million in new payroll and $40 million in investment across Ohio.

Get a list of the projects approved here.

More than 500 businesses headquartered in northeast Ohio

More than 500 businesses are headquartered in the 18-county region that makes up northeast Ohio, adding up to 49,000 jobs, says Tom Waltermire, CEO for Team NEO, which works with several development and chamber groups to promote and market the region.

“There’s a strong concentration of headquarters operations in our area,” notes Waltermire.

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Forty-seven students get full University of Akron scholarships

Forty-seven Akron Public School graduates will receive the University of Akron’s (UA) first Innovation Generation Scholarships this fall. UA is awarding the full-tuition scholarships to high-achieving Akron students in exchange for the district’s oldest high school building.

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Collaborative efforts fuel northeast Ohio growth for second quarter 2013

Regional economic development efforts across Northeast Ohio continued to spur growth for the region’s economy in the second quarter of 2013 by attracting five organizations into the region – including Daisy Brand LLC and GE Oil and Gas, Inc. – and facilitating the expansion and/or retention of eight others, reports the Q2 2013 Regional Economic Development Report released by Team NEO.

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Governorís plan will invest $3b in Ohioís transportation system

Governor John R. Kasich on Monday unveiled a robust plan for improving Ohio’s transportation system with a $3 billion investment in infrastructure over the next several years. Kasich’s Jobs and Transportation plan will allow the state to eliminate decades long delays on some 41 new construction projects now slated to begin construction as soon as next year in some cases.

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Ohio firms reel in $94m in venture capital for 2013's second quarter

Venture capital investing in Ohio was up in the second quarter, even as numbers dipped nationally, according to a new report.

Nationally, $6.7 billion went to 913 deals. That’s down from $7.3 billion and 970 deals in the same quarter a year ago, according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report, which is based on data from Thomson Reuters. In Ohio, 20 deals accounted for $94 million of investment, up from 17 deals and $52 million a year earlier.

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PNC official succeeds Timken as Team NEO chairman

Paul Clark, regional president for PNC Bank in Cleveland, is taking over for Timken Co. chairman Ward J. “Tim” Timken Jr. as chair of area economic development group Team NEO.

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ODSA accepting applications for IMAGE grant

The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program is now accepting applications. All activities must be pre-approved in advance and executed no later than September 30, 2013.

IMAGE is a 50 percent reimbursement program designed to offset the costs associated with certain exporting initiatives. IMAGE is funded by the State of Ohio and the United States Small Business Administration as part of the National Export Initiative to double U.S. exports by 2015. The purpose of IMAGE is to increase exports and create jobs in Ohio by helping small businesses expand into new international markets.

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Hudson-based COMS Interactive nets $21m in private equity

A young Hudson software company has received a $21 million investment from Summit Partners of Boston. The company, COMS Interactive, will use some of the money to add staff and tailor its software -- which is popular among nursing homes -- for other long-term care providers.

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Entrepreneurial boom expected in Ohio as a result of health care reform, study finds

Ohio could add as many as 67,000 new entrepreneurs as a result of the federal government subsidies made available to aspiring business owners through the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.

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Ohio to showcase aerospace products and services at Paris Air Show

Ohio will be represented in the 50th International Paris Air Show from June 17 to 23 by a delegation of aerospace manufacturers, universities, and aerospace advocacy organizations, as organized by The Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council and JobsOhio. The State of Ohio’s booth will showcase the products and services of Precision Alloy Services, The Ohio State University, Renegade Materials, Maverick Corporation, SIFCO Industries, Inc., Tesla NanoCoatings Inc. and The University of Akron.

Read all about the 2013 Paris Show here.


Kent State taps Robert Sines as dean of its STEM college

The dean and chief administrative officer of the Trumbull campus of Kent State University, Robert Sines, has been named interim dean of the university’s college of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). He will serve in that post through June 2015.

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