Lorain County: Preps for Obama's 'instant replay' visit

6:10 PM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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ELYRIA -- College officials, city leaders and Democratic supporters are all looking forward to President Barack Obama's Wednesday visit to Lorain County Community College.

It's his second trip to that campus. He visited in January 2010 as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour.

On Wednesday he will meet with a small group of college students and then make remarks about the economy at a closed-to-the-public event.

Two years ago, he stopped at Smitty's restaurant in Elyria. Framed newspaper headlines, a cardboard Obama cutout and a plaque on the chair he sat in commemorate his visit.

On Tuesday, many of Smitty's customers think Lorain County's economy is improving but not fast enough.

The county's unemployment rate is 8.7 percent, down from 9 percent a year ago.

Big auto and steel industries are re-inventing themselves. Many former workers are retraining at LCCC programs.

Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda is hoping for an opportunity to talk with the President and highlight the area's small business projects.

"His visit speaks to the important role we have in Ohio's economic turnaround," Brinda said.

In 2008, Obama carried Lorain County over Republican John McCain 58 percent to 40 percent. Political observers think he needs to restablish that solid support.


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