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Patch's Northeast Ohio Recession Recovery Gauge

This summer, Patch examined income tax data from 18 Northeast Ohio communities to gauge their recovery from the recession

The "Great Recession" ended in June 2009 by most accounts.

Yet many Northeast Ohio communities battle its effects today.

For most municipalities, how the needle reads on their "recovery gauge" depends in large part on income tax revenue — the primary cash source for streets, police and other city services.

This summer, Patch requested income tax data from 18 Northeast Ohio communities to see where the needle stands on their recovery gauge.

spent seven weeks culling the data and conducting interviews with finance directors, mayors and economic development directors. Her goal was to try and determine the health of your Patch town's economy three years out of the Great Recession.

Some are college towns. Others are bedroom communities. More are blue-collar cities filled with manufacturing. They all tell their own story.

Scroll down to see how other Northeast Ohio communities are faring:

Let's not stop there. Share with us your stories of recovery and how the recession effected your lives. Is your story a job lost at an automotive plant? Did unemployment force a return to higher education? Did you launch a new business?

Tell us your story by commenting on our series.

Ed Fisher August 27, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I think those who think the sky is falling are funny. I think conspiracy theorists are funny. And I think most serious Republicans are funny. And dangerous.
Winston Smith August 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Hi Ed Fisher I think I understand you now. Please go to usdebtclock.org . After reading the facts, my guess is that you will be rolling on the floor in uncontrollable laughter.
Ed Fisher August 28, 2012 at 02:35 PM
OK. Went there. Just what do you think I can do about all this ? Vote for Rom/Ry ? Is that the ultimate answer ? Is that the point of your original post ? I'm just a guy on the take.......I am retired and collecting SS. Soon to need Medicare. Is it in my best interest to vote for the attackers of these programs ? Vote for the rich guys who haven't a clue what is important to regular people ? So you understand me now ? How insightful of you. And self righteous..
Winston Smith August 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Hi Ed Fisher Thank you for going to usdebtclock.org. How long before you stopped laughing? I hope you scrolled down to "US unfunded liabilities". I will answer your questions in the order you asked them. 1). Nothing.The damage is done. All you,me,and every other American can do is prepare for a "Weimar Republic" style currancy collapse. After the Dollar fails, there will be no SS,Medicare,Medicaid,Federal Pensions, or Welfare.The best quick explanation of what financial woes our country faces can be found at: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/EW5IdwltaAc?rel=0 2,3,4,5&6). Do not vote for Romney or Obama. They are exactly the same,IMO. I am voting for a 3rd party candidate for president. 7). Completely. I'm glad you seem to be taking this seriously now, and not as a joke. I wish you luck.
Bob Beck August 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Winston, the Federal Reserve Bank does NOT print money; it simply distributes the money according to its policy of economic stability and the various strategies is uses to implement that plan. . RE: the sky is falling...have you built a survival outpost out in the wild and be living off the land... soon?

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