Theme: Continuing Challenges - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends

Northeast Ohio has work to finish and emerging challenges to meet

Finding: The number of jobs in Northeast Ohio has been declining, but appears to be stabilizing recently within some key driver industries.

Finding: The funds available for transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance are declining. Northeast Ohio is unlikely to see additional freeway or rail transit network development in the foreseeable future and will need to maintain the infrastructure it has in place.

Public entities at the local, state and federal levels that are responsible for infrastructure investment are facing long term constraints as a result of economic investment trends. Infrastructure cost increases have far outpaced resources from employment growth, per capita wage growth, and property value increases that are generated for capital investment.

Finding: Northeast Ohio has experienced some improvement in surface water quality in specific areas, but data suggests that other water sources throughout the region continue to need remediation.

Finding: Most Northeast Ohio counties fail to meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone and fine particulates.

Finding: While the region has made progress in addressing systemic issues of race, at the county level, the National Segregation Dissimilarity Index indicates that certain areas of Northeast Ohio remain highly segregated.

Finding: Northeast Ohio residents in select urban and exurban communities have shorter overall life expectancies and suffer disproportionately from chronic illness than their suburban and exurban counterparts.

These disparities are shaped by social, environmental, and economic conditions that affect both the choices available to them and their health outcomes.

Finding: Northeast Ohio has a relatively high level of carbon emissions.