After leaving Arizona a year ago to run the Regional Growth Partnership, Steven Weathers asked community leaders about Toledo's economic track record.
When nobody could really answer his questions, Mr. Weathers thought about what most Buckeyes obsess over: college sports.
Even in Mid-American Conference football, teams compile endless ledgers of statistics. To explain a Saturday afternoon bruiser, there are passing yards, rushing yards, turnovers, times of possession, and third-down conversions.
Similar measures were never culled for metropolitan Toledo, a $20 billion economy where wins and losses have depended on assembly lines instead of defensive and offensive lines.