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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, October 29, 2004

    Saving economic face 

    Beyond the good economic news that Akron will retain jobs in the rubber industry, the diligence of the city's economic team has saved its face. Akron is the heart of polymer knowledge, of which rubber is just one. That heart has become centered at the University of Akron and its colleges of colleges of polymer science and polymer engineering. Beyond that, however, there are scores of operations in this area with polymer knowledge applied practically each day. RCA Co., maker of transit and commercial floring products, is one and it has decided to remain so, retaining 200 jobs in Akron and adding 26 more as it consolidates its operations here. What would it have said about Akron's claim as a place where polymers are a happening to have lost RCA to Pulaski, Tenn., the company's other consideration? Ohio's economy is an election issue. Federal recognition of Ohio's problems is important. State involvement in creation of a friendly business atmosphere is also important. But what is critical is local initiative such as that of Bob Bowman, Akron deputy mayor of economic development, and his staff. They kept Akron from having egg - or is it rubber? - on its face.

    Better there than here in Ohio

    ``If you really wanted to bring Iraq to its knees, all you really had to do is send the Bush economic team over there.'' - Sen. John Kerry.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 8:11 AM

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