Ohio Ranks in Top 10 States for Business – Earlier this year, Chief Executive asked 513 CEOs to rank states based on the friendliness of their tax and regulatory regime, workforce quality and living environment. Ohio earned the number 10 spot on this year’s list, a big jump from last year’s number 22 rank. Read more.

Century old business expanding in Massillon; new jobs coming – Mike Knight has been an active part of his father’s business, Stark Glass Enterprises, since grade school. His older brother Steve taught him how to cut glass a few years later. After college, Knight returned home to continue working for the family business. Stark Glass has been in business for more than a century, and has been owned by the Knights since 1975. For more than 40 years, 409 Erie St. N has been home to Stark Glass; with increased growth, the company is planning to move in early 2017 to Nova Industrial Park. On Wednesday, May 18, the company broke ground for a new 20,000 square-foot facility in the 1100 block of Nova Drive SE. Read more.

Allegiant starts new service to Orlando Sanford from Akron-Canton Airport – Allegiant Air continues to grow, adding dozens of new routes across the country in 2016, and has added its sixth destination from CAK—a nonstop flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport departing at 7 p.m. The year-round route is offered on Sundays and Thursdays, with one-way fares as low as $44. Allegiant, like other low-cost carriers, charges fees for checked and carry-on bags, and seat assignments. Allegiant also frequently flies into smaller, secondary airports. Orlando Sanford, for example, is about 25 miles north of downtown Orlando and 45 miles northeast of Disney's Magic Kingdom. Other destinations Allegiant serves from Akron-Canton are Myrtle Beach, SC; Savannah-Hilton Head; St. Petersburg-Clearwater; Punta Gorda-Fort Myers; and Fort Lauderdale. Read more.

Stark State College to build Akron campus at Perkins Street & Route 8 – Stark State College will build its new Akron campus on 11 acres of vacant, city-owned property along Perkins Street near Route 8 just northeast of downtown. The Jackson Township-based school, along with city, Summit County, state and business leaders announced the campus will be called Stark State College Akron. Stark State, which offers two-year associate degrees and certification programs, plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility to attract as many as 5,000 students in five years. Read more.

Degree Progress in Canton-Massillon Area – According to a Pew Research Center study, the middle class is shrinking in about 80% of metropolitan areas around the country, including the Canton-Massillon area. Education is imperative as a means to better jobs and quality of life for Stark residents. But 2010-2014 ACS data also points to growth: more Canton-Massillon residents graduated from high school; area residents who have less than a high school diploma decreased from 17% to 11%; earned bachelor's degrees increased for residents 18 years or older to 19%; associate degrees increased across Stark County by 3.6%. Years of research show that education positively impacts people in poverty. Read more.

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