The current economic downturn is the worst since the Great Depression in the 1930s. Recent reports have hinted on the current recession hitting its bottom, leading to the expectation that the economy is finally turning around. It is thus of interest to see what an economic recovery will look like. What does it mean for Ohio’s communities, families, and governments trying to provide services? How will Ohio’s recovery compare to the nation? Will economic recovery be vigorous, or will it drag on in a manner that will not feel much different than recession. To carry out our assessment, we will examine past economic recoveries and draw some clues from how Ohio and the nation have performed in the past.