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Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Gatta Group expects to begin work next spring, perhaps sooner, on the rehabilitation of the Gallagher Building with a goal of completing the work by the end of 2015, its president said Thursday. The $5.9 million project got a boost Thursday with the award of a state historic preservation tax credit of $1.325 million. The downtown project is among 35 historic buildings statewide the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $41.8 million in tax credits. Together, the projects are expected...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Board of Control Thursday approved accepting a $300,000 grant from JobsOhio to help VAM USA with its project on Ohio Works Drive. The grant is part of the incentive package the state put together earlier this year to encourage VAM to move forward with the project. “We had anticipated this,” said David Bozanich, city finance director. The state has just begun circulating the documents related to the grant, he said.  Earlier this month, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 75%, seven-...

Friday, December 19, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The merger of River Valley Health Partners, operators of East Liverpool City Hospital, and Mercy Health, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is back on, officials announced Thursday. The intent to merge was first announced last February but was halted in June when nurses at the hospital here failed to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (READ STORY). In announcing a new "letter of intent to fully integrate with one another," hospital officials said they "worked extensively with Mercy Health to...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- It was especially fitting for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3 Pa., owner of a Cadillac-Chevrolet dealership in Butler before he was elected to Congress in 2010, to praise Bryce Veon Wednesday and all that he’s accomplished at Autosoft Inc. Veon is president and CEO of Autosoft, the third-largest software and related-services company to serve auto, motorcycle and watercraft dealerships in the United States. It also serves dealerships in Canada. Autosoft serves 2,000 car dealerships, including Phil...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, the Trumbull County Land Bank and Gregg’s Gardens say the sale of their first renovated house in Warren’s Garden District closed this week. The sale results from the newly formed Adopt-a-Home partnership between TNP, the county land bank, Gregg’s Gardens, Trumbull 100 and Bill Casey, owner of Warren Paint and Glass (READ STORY). Huntington Bank is providing financing for the property at 453 Vine Ave. N.E., which is being sold to first-time homebuyers and longtime residents of Trumbull County. “Buying this house was...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With concerns raised over the health of Youngstown State University's budget and resources allocated to the athletics department, the financial impact of the hiring of new football head coach Bo Pelini is already audible. Within hours of the first news outlets reporting that Pelini would be named coach, the phones in the athletics department rang almost incessantly. “I've already received an influx of phone calls on ticket sales and things like that, which will help our bottom line,” said YSU's...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hilcorp Energy Co. received two new permits for horizontal wells in Columbiana County, as that company continues to develop acreage in the northern Utica shale that it acquired more than a year ago in a lease assignment deal with Chesapeake Energy Corp. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded Hilcorp two permits to drill at the Nolker site in Fairfield Township, the agency reported. Last month, Hilcorp secured six permits to drill at the McNicol farm in Fairfield Township, which is part of the Brinker Storage Field. ODNR issued 15 new...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of single-family in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties during the first 11 months of 2014 are on pace with those reported for the same period last year, the latest monthly reports show. Through November, 4,555 houses were sold in the three counties, just ahead of the 4,548 sold in the three counties during the first 11 months of 2013, according to the Centralized Real Estate Information Services Multiple Listing Service. Members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors report their...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown led a bipartisan group of eight senators Wednesday in a letter urging the U.S. Commerce Department to stand up for Mahoning Valley jobs in the aluminum extrusion industry that are threatened by unfair Chinese trade practices. In a letter to Paul Piquado, assistant secretary for enforcement and compliance, Brown, D-Ohio, called on the Obama Administration to ensure a level playing field for aluminum extrusion manufacturers such as Aerolite Extrusion Co. and General Extrusions Inc. in Youngstown, Astro Shapes Inc. in Struthers, and...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio Medical University and Mercy Health today announced what they say is the first-of-its-kind partnership to address the region’s primary care needs while developing a diverse health care workforce dedicated to serving local communities. Through the new partnership, Mercy Health will provide full tuition scholarships to qualifying Neomed students who are pursuing a doctor of medicine degree in exchange for their future service commitments to Mercy Health following residency training. Applications will be available in the spring and...

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