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Trumbull County has Missed Out on the Economic Recovery

The collapse of traditional manufacturing has hit Trumbull County as hard as any place in Ohio. Drastic cuts at the GM plant in Lordstown have many trying to figure out if the economic pummeling will continue -- and if there are alternatives.

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This month, both the University of Akron and Kent State University announced partnerships with 2-year colleges.  It’s part of a growing trend in higher education.

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The collapse of traditional manufacturing has hit Trumbull County as hard as any place in Ohio. Drastic cuts at the GM plant in Lordstown have many trying to figure out if the economic pummeling will continue -- and if there are alternatives.

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Immigrants make up about four percent of Ohio’s population, but contribute more than five percent of the state’s taxes and start businesses more than twice as frequently as native citizens. This motivation comes from the need many immigrants feel to not only survive, but to thrive. 

Radhika Reddy always wanted more. The Cleveland businesswoman was never really satisfied with the life India had to offer.

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One of the possible contenders in the 2020 presidential race was in Northeast Ohio over the weekend to drum up support for Rich Cordray in the race for governor.

“This is not actually about blue or red or right or left right now: we are at a point in America where this is about right or wrong.”

M.L. SCHULTZE

As you drive into southwestern Trumbull County, a few yard signs still mark the battle lines over TJX -- a battle that centers on the question of whether any job is a good job.

Trumbull has lots of highways. Interstates 80 and 76 cut from the Pennsylvania line west; Route 11 ties north and south together. That’s attractive to companies like FedX, UPS and Macy’s, who have distribution centers here.

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Trumbull County used to be one big story: steel. Its rise in the first half of the 20th Century, and its collapse in the second.

Today, Trumbull is many stories. Some focus on continued economic decline, others on rebirth. Those stories often share the same moral repeated in communities across rural Ohio: There is no silver bullet.

Behind the stories there is grit and resilience and efforts, especially among younger people, to move on from the past.

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The University of Akron and Stark State College have announced a partnership to allow students to proceed from a 2-year program to a 4-year degree with much greater ease.

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