Ohio’s unemployment rate holds steady in March at 5.1 percent

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

            New York Times
New York Times

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, unchanged from the previous month, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported today.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, unchanged from February. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in March 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 4.5 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than in February, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2016.

Warren County’s most expensive home valued at more than $2.1 million

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

5 of Warren County's most valuable homes are in the same neighborhood.

Warren County’s most valuable home features more than 8,500 square feet of living space on just under 0.8 acres in the Long Cove development in Deerfield Twp., where five of the county’s highest valued homes are located, according to the Warren County Auditor’s Office.

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There were 95 homes valued at $1 million or more listed by the auditor in response to a public-records request. The list does not include properties worth more than $1 million, when most of the value is in the land, rather than the home, according to County Auditor Matt Nolan.

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The five-bedroom masonry home is valued at more than $2.1 million, about $400,000 less than the most highly valued home in Montgomery County.

The building is valued at nearly $1.9 million. The property and house sold for $1.5 million in January.

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The home, built in 2008, includes a 3,679 square foot finished basement and a 650-square foot rear porch valued at $13,000. There are five full baths, four gas fireplaces and two half baths.

The outdoor pool is 25 by 49 feet and valued at $44,100. A 16-by-16-foot covered patio is worth another $6,200, according to the latest property valuation.

Miamisburg company creates technology to enhance college recruitment

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 3:51 PM


Miamisburg company Think Patented is expanding to add a new division focused on the higher education marketplace.

The graphic communication and printing company has established a new division called Quanta, which will be an automated communications platform developed for admissions recruitment and alumni fundraising and event promotion.

Quanta’s communications platform helps clients reach the target audience using a combination of email, direct mail, SMS messages, social media, and retargeting ads, each developed using predefined rules and automatically released at predetermined time intervals, the company said in a statement.

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“Quanta is a logical move for us and one I am extremely excited about. We’ve been supplying solutions to higher education clients for years. Now, we are taking it to another level with a proprietary solution that has been proven effective in the marketplace,” said David McNerney, vice president of sales and marketing at Think Patented. “Our Quanta higher education enrollment and alumni programs have been producing amazing results for our clients.”

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Universities and colleges can use Quanta to respond to individuals with a message with the ultimate goal of enhancing engagement. Think Patented leaders said Quanta’s methods yield higher response rates than other methods of engaging with and recruiting students.

Think Patented is headquartered in Miamisburg at 2490 Cross Pointe Drive. The company offers: marketing automation, purls, web development, video, web-to-print solutions, fulfillment services, direct mail, wide-format printing, design services and promotional products.


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Regulators weigh new air pollution fees for Dayton-area companies

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:50 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

            DP&L’s battery storage facility is at Tait Station, a combustion turbine and diesel generator facility located in Dayton.
DP&L’s battery storage facility is at Tait Station, a combustion turbine and diesel generator facility located in Dayton.

Public health and clean-air regulars are considering new fees for local manufacturers and utilities they oversee.

One proposed fee would impose up to a total of $27,250 in new annual charges to Dayton Power and Light, according to numbers provided by Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County.

This summer, the Public Health department began notifying companies of the new fees.

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One highlight: A new fee of $125 for each permitted air pollution emissions unit, according to a letter written in July by Jennifer Marsee, who oversees the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency, also known as “RAPCA.”

“The proposed changes will bring PHDMC’s (Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County’s) RAPCA funding more in line with other local air agencies in the state and country,” Marsee’s letter to one local manufacturer said.

The anticipated revenue to the department from the new fees is $200,000 to $240,000 a year, said Dan Suffoletto, a spokesman for Public Health.

Some business leaders are skeptical.

Jim Bowman, chairman of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, said the fee increase would particularly impact small manufacturers, which feel fee increases in their small budgets.

“To a 30-person manufacturing organization, it’s difficult to absorb that impact,” he said.

Bowman, also chief operating officer at Rack Processing Co. in Moraine, said another challenge is that if fees increase in Montgomery County, that can make it more difficult for industry to compete with outside communities with lower fees.

A Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce officer, Stephanie Precht, the chamber’s director of public policy and economic development, expressed misgivings about the proposal in an Aug. 2 meeting.

“There are numerous businesses that will struggle with these unanticipated costs,” Precht testified.

“The bottom line is that RAPCA needs to more strategically engage the business community in these discussions,” said Chris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development for the chamber “Their proposed fee increases would significantly impact a number of businesses. It would be wise to delay the consideration of these increases and engage the business community.”

RAPCA and Public Health oversee 631 facilities in the county, Suffoletto said. Generally, the larger and more complex the facility, the higher the possible fee, he said.

Suffoletto could not immediately say how much the new fee would cost other large local industrial sources, such as Fuyao Glass America or Cargill in Harrison Twp.

He said the Board of Health has reviewed the fee structure twice, and the proposal may get a final reading in October.

First, an information session for business owners likely to be affected by the fee is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 18, at the county’s Business Solutions Center, 1435 Cincinnati St., Dayton.

Suffoletto said the proposal does not directly affect the public. “Right now, we’re also accepting comments from the public, but it’s basically businesses,” he said.

A spokeswoman for DP&L did not immediately respond to questions about the proposed fees.

5 things you need to know about Walmart’s new partnership with Uber

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:53 PM


Walmart and ride-sharing powerhouse Uber are teaming up to bring customers a new kind of grocery home delivery service.

Walmart began testing grocery delivery through crowd-sourced services like Uber last year. Now, the chain retailer is expanding its grocery delivery pilot in two more markets — Orlando, Fla. and Dallas, Texas. Here’s what to know about the expanding services:


To order, customers shop online at walmart.com/grocery and place an order — choosing a good time for the order to be delivered to their home. Personal shoppers pick up the items based on the delivery time, scan them as they go to ensure an accurate and complete order, Walmart said in a statement.

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After the personal shoppers get the order together, they request an Uber delivery partner to come to the store, pick up the customer’s order and take it directly to their home.


“We’ve been testing delivery in a number of ways for a while now in key markets across the country. In some areas, we’re trying general merchandise deliveries led by associates. In others, we’re testing grocery delivery using Walmart trucks and drivers. We’re working hard to find a way to get you fresh, quality groceries all while keeping a little more time on your calendar,” the company said in a statement.

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Walmart began grocery delivery in Denver and in San Jose, California, in 2013. In June 2016, it started its partnership with Uber to offer delivery in Phoenix — and then expanded to Tampa in March. Walmart has also been testing a different kind of delivery service — learn more here.

5. What other stores are offering online grocery shopping and home delivery?

Whole Foods, Costco and Kroger have teamed with online delivery service Instacart. Aldi is also partnering with Instacart. Kroger offers ClickList services — where consumers can order their groceries online and pick up their order outside of local stores.


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