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20110919-NEWS--1-NAT-CCI-CL_-- 9/16/2011 3:53 PM Page 1 $2.00/SEPTEMBER 19 - 25, 2011 VOL. 32, No. 38 IT companies report more robust hiring Though fewer NEOSA survey respondents cite ‘very good’ performance in current quarter THE NUMBERS DON’T BYTE By CHUCK SODER RUGGERO FATICA Jack Diamond, a partner at Akron law firm Brennan, Manna & Diamond, is leading the development of a luxurious medical institute at the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. A MEDICAL INSTITUTE’S SPECIAL TREATMENT Akron lawyers spearheading development of $250M Greenbrier health care resort in W. Va. By TIMOTHY MAGAW A kron attorney Jack Diamond has developed hundreds of millions of dollars of health care projects, but his latest venture is unlike anything he’s touched before. Indeed, it has been dubbed a “medical Disneyland.” Mr. Diamond and Mark Krohn, both partners at the corporate law firm Brennan, Manna & Diamond in Akron, are leading the development of a “medical institute” at the historic, 6,750-acre Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., with the first phase of the project set to cost $250 million. Other projects Messrs. Diamond and Krohn have helped develop include a multimillion dollar medical center near Michael Fischer is somewhat concerned about where the economy is headed, but you wouldn’t guess it, given that he just hired five people. The percentage of area information technology companies that are hiring hit “a high watermark” in the second quarter, according to a survey conducted by the Northeast Ohio Software Association. Just 18% of the 85 respondents said they are “not hiring” — by far the lowest percentage recorded since NEOSA began regularly conducting the survey four years ago. Among the companies undergoing See IT Page 8 Even as unemployment remains a stubborn drag on the economy as a whole, the technology sector’s hiring environment remains relatively strong, according to NEOSA’s second-quarter survey. Only 18% of the survey’s respondents plan on not boosting staff, compared with 37% during the like quarter a year ago. Quarter Not hiring 2011 2Q 18% 2011 1Q 27 2010 Q4 26 2010 Q3 40 2010 Q2 37 INSIDE A wealth of health care information This week we publish our annual comprehensive listing of providers — which covers 18 categories in nine counties. See Page H-1 for the Health Care Directory. For more detailed listings, visit FitzGerald likely to cut county employees’ pay See RESORT Page 5 By JAY MILLER NEWSPAPER 74470 01032 6 38 RENDERING PROVIDED it’s likely that an as-yetundetermined number of county employees with Cuyahoga County Execusalaries out of sync with tive Ed FitzGerald is about their job duties will learn to close the door on the they will have to take a pay capricious pay and hiring cut if they want to continue practices he inherited, and working for the county. he expects to save the FitzGerald Mr. FitzGerald — who county a half-million doltook office in January as lars in the process. part of the shift from the county Within the next several months, See COUNTY Page 6 Looking to save money on your health insurance? 0 Look inside for more details...

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