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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is still hiring for racetrack positions as it prepares to begin thoroughbred racing Nov. 24.  The racino, which opened its video lottery terminal operation Sept. 17, is looking to fill 20 to 24 open positions on the starting gate crew, track maintenance (including tractor and vehicle drivers), skilled trade positions (mechanics, plumbers and carpenters) jockey valets and general laborers. “We are quickly gearing up for our first thoroughbred race meet, and there are still plenty of opportunities for...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University has signed an agreement establishing a joint project with the U.S. Commercial Service to promote U.S. exports by locating a U.S. Export Assistance Center at the university. The U.S. Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  KSU’s College of Business Administration will work with Todd Hiser, international trade specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service, to identify export-ready companies in Northeast Ohio, providing businesses with enhanced benefits such as client...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Author:  George Nelson NILES, Ohio – Anthony Cafaro Sr. made clear Tuesday he is ready to leave Mahoning County. “We have belonged here [Niles] for a long time. We should have been here years ago,” he said at a press event announcing the relocation of the Cafaro Co.’s headquarters to the Eastwood Mall Complex and construction of a new hotel on the mall property (READ COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT). Cafaro’s comments appeared aimed at Mahoning County officials, with whom he clashed over plans to relocate the county Department of Job and Family...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Leaders involved in the redevelopment and future of downtown agree that the best years are still ahead for the city's central business district. "For as far as we’ve come in such a short amount of time, I don't think we're even close to what our potential or peak upside will be," said Dominic Gatta, whose company, the Gatta Company, owns the Federal and Gallagher buildings downtown. Gatta joined other developers and stakeholders Tuesday at the Youngstown Business Incubator in delivering a...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- American Energy Utica LLC, a division of Oklahoma City-based American Energy Partners LP, was awarded six new permits to drill horizontal wells in eastern Ohio's Utica shale play last week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The company, founded last year by former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, secured all six permits for sites in Harrison County, records show. Four of the wells are slated for the Cravat Coal pad, while two others are targeted for the Triplett FRK pad. ODNR issued 12 horizontal permits for the week...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Home Savings and Loan Co. has named Nancy Tabor area manager for Trumbull County, Gary M. Small, president and CEO, announced Tuesday. Tabor served as senior branch manager of both the Kirk Road and Newport Glen offices. She joined Home Savings in 2012 and has served on the committee of Buy Into Youngstown and the Relay For Life of Niles, where she lives. Home Savings is a subsidiary of United Community Financial Corp., which has assets of $1.7 billion and operates 33 banking offices and seven loan production offices throughout Ohio and...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK -- The majority of small business owners -- 58% -- expect to see their companies grow within the next 12 months. Increasingly, they're realizing the importance of new forms of marketing and advertising, a study conducted in behalf of CAN Capital finds. "While a majority of small-business owners are optimistic about growth, we are seeing concerns about being able to access needed capital, keeping up with new trends in mobile and digital advertising, meeting new regulatory requirements, and winning the war for talent with larger competitors," said Daniel DeMeo...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- No one enjoys inflicting pain or discomfort upon himself, such as dumping a bucket of ice water over his head -- unless it's for a good cause, new research from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University has found. Christopher Olivola, assistant professor of marketing at the school, conducted experiments to examine charitable giving. His findings help explain the fundraising successes of campaigns linked to physical activities that require discomfort or physical exertion, such walking a 5-kilometer course, running a marathon -- even the increasingly common ALS...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NILES, Ohio -- The Cafaro Co. today announced $30 million worth of construction and investments at its Eastwood Mall Complex here. The company confirmed that it's moving its headquarters from Youngstown to a 50,000-square-foot building under construction at the complex, that it's moving forward on an adjacent conference center, and that a second hotel will be built at the mall complex by TMI Hospitality of Fargo, N.D. "Our new office will be but one component of a larger strategic plan that will further bolster the Eastwood Mall Complex as the region’s premier retail...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- General Motors Co.’s installation of its new 2.2-megawatt ground-mounted solar array at its plant here will be complete by the January, the automaker announced this morning. When the last of the more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere, the company said. This announcement comes nearly one year after GM announced completion of  the 1.8-megawatt solar array on the roof of its Toledo transmission plant (pictured). To date, that array is the largest rooftop array in the state,...

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