Ohio cities subsidize sprawl through business relocation incentives: study

Lucrative property tax breaks to relocate businesses have helped fuel suburban sprawl in Cleveland and Cincinnati, according to a new report from Good Jobs First. The subsidized relocation has pushed jobs out of the urban core and has affected an estimated 14,500 workers, while contributing to widening gaps in wealth and opportunity in the cities.

These findings are outlined in the new study, “Paid to Sprawl: Subsidized Job Flight from Cleveland and Cincinnati.” Funded by the Ford Foundation, it’s the largest study of subsidized relocation ever conduction in the United States.

The examined tax incentives and business relocations in the Cleveland and Cincinnati metro areas – and the findings are striking. In Cleveland, four-fifths of the business relocations were outbound and moved jobs an average of five miles outside the city center. Pushing jobs further from the city center makes them less accessible or inaccessible by transit, thereby decreasing job opportunities for workers who rely on public transportation to get to work.

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Smart growth news – June 20, 2011

S.D. gets high marks for spending priorities on roads
The Argus Leader (South Dakota), June 20, 2011
South Dakota received a thumbs up from a national study for having its priorities straight on road funding, but officials are concerned about how much Congress is going to spend in the future.
From 2004 to 2008, South Dakota spent 78 percent of its highway capital funds on road repair and maintenance – the highest such rate in the nation, according to a joint study by Transportation for America and Smart Growth America.

Senate Introduces Fix-It-First Bill to Save Crumbling U.S. Roads
Infrastructurist.com, June 17, 2011
Broadly speaking, the plan pushes for statewide implementation of the fix-it-first road spending strategy favored by the Obama administration. Brookings recently extolled the virtues of fix-it-first, and Smart Growth America found that road maintenance work produces more jobs than road building projects do.

Trending: Businesses Moving Downtown

The Rebirth of Downtown Las Vegas
News 8 Now (Las Vegas), June 16, 2011
Downtown Las Vegas is seeing a new crop of residents and businesses moving into its refurbished buildings. No move will be more important than Zappos in 2014. The online retail giant is proving to be a catalyst for new development and new residents. Downtown’s are the heart of most cities but downtown Las Vegas hasn’t had the best luck. As the Las Vegas Strip grew, many older casinos failed, businesses vacated and the homeless invaded. In 1994, that luck started to change when construction on the Fremont Street Experience began.

CFA to take over old Martha Jefferson building
The Daily Progress, June 16, 2011
There is a new tenant in line for the soon-to-be-vacant Martha Jefferson Hospital. CFA Institute, the global association for investment professionals based in Albemarle County, plans to spend $24.5 million to move its operations into the completely renovated Locust Avenue building in Spring 2013, company officials said Thursday.

Jones Soda relocating its headquarters
Associated Press via BusinessWeek, June 17, 2011
Jones Soda Co. is relocating its headquarters from Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood to a bigger office space in city’s Pioneer Square historical district…The headquarters will be housed on the entire first floor of the Palmer Court building, taking up 9,500 square feet. Jones Soda said Friday that the building is adjacent to Qwest Field and the Event Center, giving it the opportunity to take advantage of pedestrian traffic for sample taste tests.

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