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Holiday Sales Forecast Predicts Mansfield To Have Second Highest Increase In Ohio

27 Nov , 2016  

The University of Cincinnati Economics Center has released its annual Holiday Forecast of Ohio Retail Spending, and the numbers look positive indeed for north central Ohio.

Overall findings included the following: More…

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Unemployment Figures Change Little In October

26 Nov , 2016  

When October unemployment rate figures were recently released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Richland County numbers remained relatively constant.

October’s 5.2 percent can be compared to 5.4 percent the previous month, and to 4.9 percent in August. The rate for the City of Mansfield showed a corresponding small decline, going from 6.3 percent to 6.0 percent. More…

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How Are Mansfield And Other Ohio Legacy Cities Doing?

15 Oct , 2016  

It’s an intriguing question with what might be a surprising answer – or answers. How does Mansfield compare to cities of comparable size, and larger, in the arena of early 21st century community development?

This summer, Greater Ohio, the state’s self-styled champion for policies and practices that value urban cores and metropolitan regions as economic drivers, while at the same time preserving Ohio’s open space and farmland, issued a 28 page report entitled, “From Akron to Zanesville: How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Cities Faring?” In particular, the study looked at what are referred to as “legacy cities,” that is, cities with an industrial past, which have lost population over the last several decades, and is not a college town or near-metro suburb (this would include all Ohio metropolitan areas with the exception of Columbus). More…

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Macy’s May Not Be Only Mansfield Area Retail Location In Question

27 Sep , 2016  

We recently shared a story from Advertising Age looking at the factors which may be used in determining which Macy’s are among the 100 locations to be closed in 2017.

As it turns out, many national retailers are planning to deal with changes in consumer behavior – particularly the rise of online shopping – by shuttering some of their physical locations. As this story on the blog of self-styled consumer expert Clark Howard shares, however, chains that are making similar plans include some with Mansfield area locations. More…


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Released Figures Show Mansfield Economy Had Most Difficult 2015 In Ohio

22 Sep , 2016  

In an article trumpeting Central Ohio and the Columbus region’s strong economic performance in 2015, this morning the Columbus Dispatch reviewed just-released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The news for the Mansfield region was stark, as the local economy fared worst among the state’s metropolitan areas.

Click here for the Dispatch story.