Business & Economy

10:00 Last year, residents of Franklin County made over 18,000 babies-- far more than any other county in Ohio. Is it something in the water? Probably not. This hour we’ll talk about what an influx of youth means for the economics of the region. Plus we’ll learn why migration away from a city does not signal its demise, and why talent might be the new oil. Guests

Job Creation and Higher Ed

Jan 28, 2014

10:00 Time was when a high school education could get an Ohioan a pretty good job in a factory, or working in a mine. But some point to the new "knowledge economy" as a sign we need to invest more in colleges and universities. Ohio's job creation numbers are some of the lowest in the nation, and this hour we'll discuss the link between jobs and higher ed. Guests

Public Financing of Sports Arenas

Dec 18, 2013

10:00 If you build it, they will come? Not so fast. Sports arenas like the Staples Center in LA can be enormously lucrative, but there are plenty that lose millions of dollars every year. This hour we'll talk about the financial prospects for  Columbus' Nationwide Arena, who's paying for it, and if sports complexes have the right to play ball with public money. Guests

10:00 The economy's not exactly booming, but saving money's not so hard. To lower food costs, you could learn to photosynthesize. To reduce bank fees, you could bury your money in the backyard. But before you take any drastic cost-saving measures, we'll talk to a finance columnist who managed to slice $1,000 a month from his family's budget without sacrificing their dignity. Guests

This time of year, some Columbus grocery store signs in the produce section tout "locally grown" products like sweet corn or potatoes. But, the "locally grown" label can mean different things to retailers and consumers. 

Irelands Global Economy

Mar 15, 2012

11:00 A green Chicago river, green drinks and a lot of green clothes.... It's almost St. Patrick's Day and Americans will fully celebrate Irish culture this weekend. Ireland, however, could still be reeling from its dramatic financial collapse in 2008. On this hour of "All Sides," we're talking about Ireland's global economy. Guest

Ohios Economic Outlook

Mar 12, 2012

10:00 Signs of economic recovery just keep coming as the U.S. added 227,000 jobs in February. But is the national economy really improving? Or is this just a quick upswing? And what’s the economic outlook for central Ohio? On this hour of "All Sides," we're covering the economic outlook. Guests

11:00 Do you know what your finances will look like in 10 years? Do you have questions about your investments, 401k or retirement finances? Tune in on this hour of "All Sides" as we talk to Financial Adviser Jonathon Pond about all things money. Guests:

Small Business and the Economy

Sep 13, 2011

This hour on All Sides we're talking about small businesses in central Ohio. Today, President Barack Obama is visiting Columbus to talk about jobs and his American Jobs Act. How will this bill change central Ohio? Guests:

  • Doug Buchanan, Editor, Columbus Business First
  • Terri Williams Davy, COO, The Computer Workshop, Inc.

 

11:00-11:40 This hour we'll spend the first two segments talking about President Obama's Jobs Speech and how it specifically pertains to Ohio's economy, with former Columbus Chamber of Commerce economic analyst, Bill Lafayette, and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State, Joel Elvery. Guests:

Economics of marijuana legal and illegal in the U.S. We will talk with the author of Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry, about the economic advantages and disadvantages of the legalization of marijuana. Guests:

  • Trish Regan, author and broadcast journalist
  • Michael Komorn, President, Michigan Medical Marijuana Association
  • Howard Rahtz, retired Cincinnati Police Captain/Law Enforcement Against Prohibition member

Women CEOs in Central Ohio

May 31, 2011

Are there too few women CEOs in Central Ohio? A new study just came out suggests that the numbers are too low. We'll discuss what companies can gain from having more women employed, and what the current statistics are here in Ohio as far as women's employment is concerned. Guests:

Financial stability can be tough, but answers are available out there, and today is a great opportunity to get the materials you need to succeed. Jonathan Pond, a financial adviser for PBS, joined All Sides with Ann Fisher for another hour to continue to talk about securing your financial future. Pond talked about how to wisely manage your wallet and bank account, and how his materials will improve your financial situation. “I look at your debt, the objective is to give you a guideline, a plan, to reduce your debt realistically,â€? Pond said.

Planning for a Secure Financial Future

May 6, 2011

How can you move to plan for a financially secure future? Jonathan Pond, a financial adviser for PBS, joined All Sides with Ann Fisher to talk about practical advice for dealing with the economic downturn, and planning for a secure financial future. Pond also talked about financial stability for everyone. "We've had people range from 18 through their late 90's," Pond said.

In April, more than 37,000 jobs were created in Ohio - which led the nation. But Ohio's unemployment rate is still at a 25 year high. And a recent report by the Ohio Supreme Court showed new foreclosures were nine percent higher than the same period last year. Reporters from public radio stations around the state hit the streets to ask Ohioans to describe their feelings about the economy now and looking forward. Click on the listen bar to hear the report.

Ohio Third Frontier Program

Apr 14, 2010

Special coverage of the 2010 May 4 primary election; two points of view about State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment to renew the Ohio Third Frontier Program to promote economic growth through high-tech research and business innovation by issuing an additional $700 billion in state general obligation bonds over four years, with TechColumbus president/CEO Ted Ford and Maryland Public Policy Institute senior fellow Marc Kilmer.

U.S. Financial System

Jan 11, 2010

The condition of the U.S. financial system, with The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business finance professor emeritus Stephen Buser.

Central Ohio's Economy

Jan 5, 2010

Central Ohio's economy - the good, the bad, and the ugly - with a panel of local economic experts: Columbus Chamber of Commerce vice president of economic analysis Bill LaFayette, Huntington Bancshares vice president George Mokrzan and Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton.

Ohioans Sound Off On Economy.

May 26, 2009

Economic leaders such as former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan say the economy is improving. But other experts, including super-investor Warren Buffett, say tough times are ahead before the real recovery gets underway. Reporters from public radio stations around the state hit the streets to ask Ohioans how they think the economy is doing now.

Governor Ted Strickland's proposed two-year state budget for Ohio includes more than one billion dollars in new fees. Some groups that would have to pay more are complaining, but not all of them. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

As talk of bailouts, budget deficits and job cuts continues to make news, some of the state's top money watchers say that the economic crisis that's gripping Ohio won't let loose anytime soon. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Strickland Says "Depression" Possible

Dec 11, 2008

Governor Strickland says the state's current recession could worsen to a depression without federal assistance.

To underscore the state's need for a federal loan, Strickland asked agency directors to figure out what their departments would look like with 25 percent less money. The Department of Education said per pupil spending would have to be slashed.

But David Hansen of the Buckeye Institute suggests cutting the entire department since, he notes, the Department of Education does not educate any students.

Layaway Makes a Comeback in Sagging Economy

Nov 24, 2008

The holiday shopping season is almost in full swing. But this year consumers may not be spending as much on gifts as the economy continues to slide south. In an effort to help customers and secure sales, retailers are pushing an old tradition - The layaway. Some retailers are aggressively pushing their plans, and at least one which had discontinued layaways, is bringing them back.

Gov. Ted Strickland says Ohio needs to target nine industries over the next decade to grow the state's economy.

Strickland released a strategic plan Wednesday that identifies key industries needed to improve the economy. They include advanced energy, polymers, bioscience and aerospace.

The plan, presented to hundreds of business leaders, aims to change the often-negative perception of Ohio's economy.

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce says the region's economy is still struggling. Chamber economist Bill Lafayette predicts less growth than in 2007.

"This year our average forecast is for growth of .4 percent. So, a touch less than last year." Lafayette says nearly all sectors, save transportation and warehousing have "underperformed." Housing is weak. Manufacturing is declining and Lafayette says retail employment will drop sharply this year.

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