Multi-million dollar land deal could bring business, industry to Stark County – Several local foundations have joined forces to draw business to our area and stimulate the economy by purchasing 237 acres of the Stark County Farm property. The public-private partnership is funded by Stark Board of Trade (a non-profit created by Stark Community Foundation), Hoover Foundation, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Massillon Development Foundation, DeHoff Family Foundation and the Gessner Family Foundation. The group hopes to spur growth by turning the site into a Class A industrial park. To read the entire Canton Repository article, click here:

SARTA readying hydrogen pumping station – The federal government is making a $25 million bet on hydrogen fuel cell technology in Canton. As part of that investment, the largest public transit hydrogen pumping station outside of California is scheduled to open late next month. After a ground breaking in January, local contractors earlier this week at SARTA's headquarters installed a 9,000-gallon tank that will hold liquid hydrogen at a temperature of 273 degrees below zero before vaporizers convert it into gas. Last week they were installing underground power lines and gas lines that will carry hydrogen gas to a dispensing unit. To read the entire Canton Repository article, click here:.

Diebold finalizes Wincor Nixdorf merger – Diebold has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wincor Nixdorf. The $1.8 billion deal creates the world's largest financial self-services and automatic teller machine company. It began operating as Diebold Nixdorf on Aug. 16. Employees are on board for the creation of a company that has doubled in size and become a truly global operation. The company also operates in the retail sector with hundreds of thousands of point-of-sale terminals. Diebold Nixdorf will have headquarters at Diebold's facility on Mayfair Road in Green, while maintaining a large presence in Paderborn, Germany. Diebold has about 1,000 employees in its local operations. To read the entire Canton Repository article, click here:

$500,000 grant allows Stark State to share programming with two other schools – Ohio is giving Stark State College half a million dollars to make its oil and gas program available to students at two other schools. The partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville and Hocking College in Nelsonville will include a 10-week summer “boot camp” at Stark State’s downtown Well Site Training Center beginning next year. The grant expands on Stark State’s membership in ShaleNET, a consortium of colleges that train students for oil and gas jobs. When students finish the program, they’ll have skills they can use in the oil and gas industry, as well as in manufacturing, power generation and other sectors. The program is open to students from all three schools. To read the entire Canton Repository article, please click here:

Mount Union Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program Receives CAPTE Candidate for Accreditation Status – The University of Mount Union’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy (PT) program has received candidate for accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE) effective August 5, 2016. To date, the PT program has 25 students currently committed in its inaugural class, which will begin coursework in the fall of 2016. Mount Union has also secured approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. To read the entire press release, click here:

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