Business & Economy

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Macy's says it plans to close about 100 stores next year as the department store operator aims to become more nimble in a competitive market. That represents close to 14 percent of its store base.

Gov. John Kasich hasn’t made many public appearances since leaving the Republican race for president in May. He was at a ribbon cutting for an expansion of the food company Nestle in suburban Columbus, and he covered a lot of ground.

Ohio is rolling out a new response system in the case of oil and gas drilling emergencies. Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order creating a 24/7 emergency hotline for oil and gas companies.

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This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, and WOSU investigates to get the answers.

Every summer, the question inevitably arises: "What happens to all the butter from the butter cow and the butter sculptures at the Ohio State Fair when the fair is over?"

Shoppers get ready for the new school year.
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As many parents head to the checkout lane to take advantage of Ohio's three-day sales tax holiday that starts Friday, some researchers say the tax breaks are mostly a smoke screen.


Since 2012, the city of Columbus has torn down more than 1,000 vacant houses to improve neighborhoods. 

But the city is having trouble developing the lots.

One goal was to rebuild single family homes, but that’s only happened a few dozen times. One reason is the process is tough for average home buyers to navigate.

Columbus Real Estate Group Reports Hot Housing Market

Jul 21, 2016

Columbus Realtors say the cost of buying a house in Central Ohio rose to a new record high in June.

Debbie Holmes

Businesses along State Route 161 in North Columbus have struggled over the past decade but things may be improving. A key factor was the closure of some crime-ridden hotels.  Area leaders welcome the clean-up but vow to press on for better businesses and safer access for shoppers.

Lineage Brewing

Craft beer seems to be booming in Central Ohio, with breweries opening all over the place. As part of WOSU’s Curious Cbus Project, one listener wanted to know what was going on with craft brewing. So it was time to hit the streets to find out.


It took years of negotiations with neighbors and local governments, but Central Ohio’s first outlet mall opens Friday morning.


Columbus Commons is five years old. The downtown development includes a six-acre park surrounded by residential and commercial space. It opened with high expectations, and we tried to find out if it’s lived up to the hype.

Central Ohio Home Sale Climb; Prices Rise

Jun 22, 2016

Nearly 31-hundred houses and condos were sold in Central Ohio in May.


Nationwide Children's Hospital today announced an ambitious building plan that it says will transform its main campus in Columbus. 

Curious Cbus: Why Is The Airport Called Port Columbus?

May 27, 2016
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The Port Columbus Airport has witnessed the evolution of aviation throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, and soon it could see another change honoring Ohio’s historical connection to air travel.

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State officials on Thursday announced that life for Buckeye Lake residents and business owners can finally get back to normal.

Central Ohio Housing Market Up Marginally

May 20, 2016

According to a Central Ohio real estate group, the inventory of houses for sale in central Ohio was up slightly from March.

Columbus Awards Tax Breaks In Thriving Short North

May 16, 2016
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The City of Columbus has long used property tax breaks to encourage economic development and revitalize struggling areas. But the city continues to hand out tax breaks to developers and owners of expensive homes in some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods - like the Short North.

Ohio Supreme Court
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A fight over whether Ohio can impose business taxes on companies that do millions of dollars of business in the state but have no stores or buildings on the ground has reached the state's Supreme Court.

Columbus Housing Inventory Hits Record Low

Apr 20, 2016

A Columbus Realtor's group says there were nearly 50 percent more homes sold in March than in the month before.

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Regulators have approved a pair of deals that allow FirstEnergy and AEP to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers in Ohio to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

Jeni's Announces Private-Equity Investment

Mar 29, 2016
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will get some financial help. The ice cream maker reports a private-equity firm will invest in the central Ohio company. 

Very few companies make "supercars" that can rocket you from zero to 60 mph in a blink and then propel you to nearly 200 mph.

Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bugatti — and of course, Honda.


Honda To Build Supercar In Marysville

Mar 17, 2016
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Honda will build its second generation top-of-the-line car in Ohio instead of Japan. So-called supercars generally are built in a manufacturer's home country, but Honda said the U.S. is the 2017 NSX home.  

Officials say Ohio's unemployment rate rose again in January to match the national rate, which dropped compared with the previous month.

The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for decades has sold the classic toy to a toy firm in Toronto.

Air Force economic analysts say Ohio's largest military base had an estimated $4.3 billion impact in fiscal year 2014.

Columbus Realtors says 2015 was a record year for Central Ohio home sales. 

The industry group says more than 29-thousand single family homes and condominiums sold during the year. That's up by 9 percent over the previous year.

Economic Impact of Immigrants and Refugees

Jan 18, 2016
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According to the U.S Census Bureau, the number of foreign-born residents of Franklin County has increased from three and a half percent from 1990 to almost ten percent in 2013. Join us this hour to discuss the economic impact of a more diverse city. 

Honda Civic Wins 'Car Of The Year' Award

Jan 11, 2016

The Honda Civic has been named North American Car of the Year.

Downtown Columbus
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Local economic experts predict strong job growth in central Ohio this year.

Economist Bill Lafayette predicts 2.2 percent job growth for central Ohio in 2016, which would mean about 22,000 jobs.  Columbus has exceeded the state and nation for job creation.  Lafayette says central Ohio employment is up nearly 14 percent from 2010.