Business & Economy


The Casino Control Commission released the monthly revenue report for Ohio’s casinos, but figures are mixed.

Three of the state’s four casinos saw revenue gains in March over February.

building rendering
Kaufman Development

A 17-story building known as Two25 Commons will be the final addition to the Columbus Commons downtown park. The tower will be a mix of retail, office and residential space says Bret Kaufman of Kaufman Development.

Manufacturers Seek Young Workers

Mar 25, 2015
Honda VP
Tom Borgerding / WOSU News

Some manufacturers in Central Ohio see workforce trouble ahead. It has nothing to do with labor strife. Rather, the trouble has more to do with demographics and perceptions of factory work.

Brian Bull, WCPN

When Mr. Obama took the mic and worked the stage, dozens of hands shot up, from audience members eager to catch the president’s attention. He only had one ground rule…

Home Remodeling: What You Get Back In Columbus

Mar 9, 2015
Mandie Trimble / WOSU News

As styles and living circumstances change, homeowners have a key question: should we move or remodel?

Ohio Governor Touts Post-Recession Job Recovery

Mar 6, 2015
J. Stephen Conn (Flickr)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the state has fully recovered the jobs lost during the national recession as of January’s unemployment report.

In a news conference Friday, the Republican governor highlighted the fact Ohio has now regained both the 350,000 jobs lost during the recession-era governorship of his predecessor and more than the 406,000 jobs lost during the entire recession.

Heroin Antidote Maker To Give Rebates To Ohio Agencies

Mar 4, 2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the manufacturer of a drug overdose antidote will provide rebates for public agencies buying the drug over the next year.

California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. manufactures naloxone. DeWine had asked Amphastar for the rebates after the cost of supplies of the drug nearly doubled.

AARP Helps Seniors Find Jobs

Mar 2, 2015
Marilyn Smith / WOSU News

If you’re over 55 and having trouble finding a job, there is one place that can help. AARP’s Senior Employment Program in Whitehall served more than 16-thousand people last year.

Foreign Investment in Ohio

Jun 26, 2014

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Among Ohio's metro areas, Columbus lags behind in terms of foreign-investment jobs. Without a strong manufacturing history, the region has had trouble garnering international interest. This hour we'll talk about how area groups are attracting foreign-based, higher-paying jobs, and how international investment is critical for the health of a local economy.


Gratuities: Why Tips Matter

Jun 9, 2014

11:00 Great service in a restaurant might warrant a big tip, but that money is often split among the whole staff--even management. Ohio's Tip Fairness Act would ban the practice of "tip pooling," but opponents say it would prevent wait staff from working as a team. We'll talk about the Act, and about whether tipping should be banned altogether. Guests

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Senator Rob Portman recently spoke about the gap between rich and poor, and called on Republicans to embrace a "constructive conservative" stance to address it. Everyone agrees that poverty is a growing problem, but solutions are contentious. This hour we'll look at the history and possible cures to economic inequality.


Ohio's Energy Present and Future

May 29, 2014

10 am New legislation in Ohio has put a "freeze" on the state's green energy standards. Today on the show we talk about that legislation and what it means for Ohio's energy future. Guests:

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