Restoring Prosperity: Greater Ohio’s Report

Greater Ohio and the Brookings Institutional have released their long-awaited report, Restoring Prosperity: Transforming Ohio’s Communities for the Next Economy.

Among the findings, Ohio should consolidate local governments and school districts to reduce the local tax burden. The state should redirect manufacturing strength toward new technologies and maximize federal investment.

To compete, Ohio will need to reinvest in its metropolitan regions, which account for 81 percent of the state’s population and 87 percent of its GDP, the report states.

“Ohio’s seven largest metro areas concentrate slightly more than 75 percent of the state’s patenting activity, and 82 percent of the state’s knowledge jobs.”

“Ohio’s metros in the nation’s top 100 contain 81 percent of the state’s adults aged 25 or older with at least a bachelor’s degree.”

The report also calls for reinvestment in the state’s taxpayer financed Third Frontier Program, which is designed to incubate high-tech companies. Report authors  recommend eliminating a third of the state’s school districts, as well.



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One response to “Restoring Prosperity: Greater Ohio’s Report

  1. tonyg

    this theme of regionalism/consotidation of resourses keeps re-occurring as one of the both best ideas and an idea which addresses the actual demography to which our regions are seeing and will see in the forseeable future. And of course no real discussion of these ideas is occurring at the right levels of local government. As we de-populate our region thru job loss, aging populations, and people exiting to find work, those who remain need to face up to the real need to identify interests as regional and not local. That’s hard. people love to identify with a smaller unit of govenment, a town, a village, a local school district, a local high school sports team. We got to let go of that, and understand that some of our historical boundaries will not be what works in the future. We can’t affort to deliver goverment services that way in the future and the need for those sevices is only expanding.

    Regionlism does offer an alternate method of structuring goverment within saying we don’t need goverment. Think about some of the basics; water and sewer. Think about the number of 911 calls to get older people the emergency services they need. We still need basic sevices which are increasingly costly. The need to think regionally about thes matters can’t be dismissed.

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