Greater Greater Pittsburgh watch and random things
But not all recent economic news is bad in WV: Morgantown MSA Continues to Show Strong Employment Numbers
From farther afield, but Pittsburgh loses a lot of folks who move to Florida. A lot are folks moving as they retire, but note the NYT story running now: After Century of Big Growth, Tide Turns in Florida. Where are the folks who would normally be moving to Florida going to, or where are they not leaving?
also in NYT, the Fifth Down blog covers: Smart Football With Chris Brown: A Look at Steelers Strategy
and Cleveland. For those who think there is a mayoral race going on here, I'm not quite sure about that, but there is a rumor going around to that effect.... check out this story on the mayoral race for the Mayor of Cleveland. If I understand the math in the article, the incumbent mayor there has 100 times more money on hand than both of his fall challengers combined. In fact I really wonder if Acklin and Harris are really fighing for the title of who will have spent the most money per vote yet still losing in the history of city politics.
An update on the future of Lordstown.
A week ago is like an eternity in the whole pension issue here, but I didn't catch that the Philly Inquirer's Joe DiStefeno had some comments on the pension problems in PA, including ours in his column last Sunday.
Random thought for today on the pension situation... I just wonder if the folks at Fitch are at least feeling silly after their January ratings review. I just realized that story was not just positive on the city, but also was looking to upgrade ratings on some city water and sewer debt. This was before the revelations of the variable rate debt fiasco with the PWSA debt. What's up with that btw? But the pension news is going to get on people's radar when it comes to things like bond ratings among other things.
It's the last day in August I do believe. Is the state gaming board going to jump into the spat between the casino and the Sports and Exhibition Authority as reported last month?
and did anyone else notice that once again, the press release telling people about a public hearing on Port Authority changes went out to make Saturday's news. Exactly as the public relations people tell you to do when you want to minimize coverage. I thought the whole plan was to approve this at the Port Authority's September meeting, at least that is what I was told. Did things get moved up?
and finally... latest local unemployment rate numbers will be made publicly available tomorrow... keep an eye out.