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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,...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown’s unemployment rate last month was down three full percentage points from a year earlier, the latest state data show. The city’s unemployment rate in September was 7.0%, down form 10% in September 2013 and from 7.7% in August, according to data released this morning but the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Warren’s unemployment drop was nearly as dramatic. Its unemployment rate in September was 6.0%, down 8.6% form a year earlier and down from 6.7% in August. Unemployment rates in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The Columbiana County Port Authority engaged the investment banking firm of Stern Brothers & Co. Monday night to find a buyer of the taxable adjustable-rate bonds it sold in 2006 to finance construction of the Network Operations Center building outside Leetonia. The authority has $2.1 million in principal to repay the owner of the bonds, Fifth Third Bank. The original sum financed was $2.4 million. The board entered into “a success-based agreement,” as the CEO of the port authority,...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- When his boss shared his plans to retire in 1989, Boardman accountant Nick Moga decided to start his own accounting business -- even though he had lived in the Youngstown area for only three years. This month, Moga is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his firm, Small Business Accounting LLC, which he still operates from his home on Hitchcock Road.  “The first several years were tough because I spent a lot of time cold-calling local businesses,” Moga recalled. “But eventually I came to realize there was plenty of opportunity here locally and plenty...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The traditional rules governing wine and food are simple: Red wine should be served with red meat, white wine with poultry and fish. But those rules are obsolete, agree Vernon Cesta and Bill D’Amico. Nowadays, it comes down to personal preference. “Any more, it’s anything goes. If you like white wine, you like white wine. There’s no one going to talk you out of it. There are white wines that go great with meat and the same thing with red wines and fish,” says Cesta, owner of Vernon’s Cafe in...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Lecturing children on the benefits of regular exercise won't necessarily change their sedentary habits, but creating pedestrian-friendly environments that support walking and other physical activity will. That’s the message Mark Fenton, a public health consultant and associate professor at Tufts University in Boston, will bring to the Mahoning Valley next month. Fenton will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Innovations Conference, set for Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. His topic is “What Ever Happened to Free Range Children?” The...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHICAGO -- The majority of Class of 2014 college graduates are working. But 51% of that group are in jobs that don't require a degree, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. This total includes 45% of four-year degree graduates and 57% of associate degree graduates.  Some 65% of recent college grads are employed, 4% are in internships, and 31% are not working at all, although many in the latter group simply haven't started their job search or are already back in school to pursue a higher degree, the survey found. Some 36% are in full-time, permanent positions,...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Eastern Ohio Education Partnership will recognize school districts in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties for their efforts at a Nov. 6 event. Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University, is the keynote speaker. Districts that have received an A in Performance Index, Value Add, and/or Indicators Met on the 2013-2014 Ohio Department of Education Report Card will receive special recognition at the Excellence in Education event.    It will be held at Leo's Ristorante in Howland Township, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The...

Monday, October 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber this morning announced attorney John Rossi of Cortland as its foundation president. Rossi will concentrate on support and growth for the foundation, which was formed in 1993 as one of the funding arms of the Regional Chamber’s economic development division. He has served as a consultant to the chamber for the past two years, initiating the Route 422 Corridor Master Plan and leading the Youngstown Air Reserve Station’s enhancement efforts for the chamber. He will continue to lead these efforts in his new role...

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