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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The chairman of the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors says he anticipates meeting in the next few weeks to hire an interim executive director.  The port authority board took no action on the vacancy during its meeting Wednesday, the bulk of which was spent in a pair of executive sessions to discuss personnel issues. “Everyone wants it to be done as soon as possible,” and a meeting to hire for the post ideally will be held in the next two to three weeks, said Ron Klingle...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Mobile banking -- using a tablet, Blackberry, personal digital assistant (PDA) or cell phone to manage one’s bank accounts -- is gaining momentum although Americans still prefer the Internet, the American Bankers Association said Wednesday. Use of mobile devices has grown to 10% today from 8% in 2013, the ABA said of the survey of 1,000 adults conducted in its behalf by Ipsos Public Affairs, an independent market research firm. Those whose first preference is to manage their accounts online with a laptop or personal computer remained a plurality, 31%...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN -- The community’s first regional science and technology festival, 7 Days of STEM, takes place the week of Sept. 15 with a full range of events now posted online at OHWOWKids.org/7-days-of-stem. The seven-day celebration of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathmatics -- education will be hosted at numerous venues, with various participating institutions, organizations and businesses. Among the newly scheduled events is a lecture at Sept. 16 by Tom Serienko, chief of Ohio’s Geological Survey and Ohio’s 13 state geologist. Serenko will appear at...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Foreclosure rates in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman decreased for the month of June over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, Irvine, Calif. The CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.44% for the month of June 2014, a decrease of 1.15 percentage points compared to June o2013 when the rate was 3.59%. Foreclosure activity in Youngstown-Warren-Boardman still remained higher than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.70% for...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ASHTABULA, Ohio -- The Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County will host the 26th Annual Best of the County Awards at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Sprire Institute in Geneva. The event will recognize finalists in five categories and one winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Businesses were nominated and evaluated based on criteria such as employment growth, capital investment, product development, system/process innovation and overall economic impact. Award categories and the finalists in each category follows: Lifetime Achievement Award winner: James Jones of Orwell...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Covelli Enterprises will mark the opening of its second Panera Bread Bakery-Café in the township next week, with one promotion benefitting the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Covelli Enterprises, headquartered in Warren, is Panera's largest franchisee, with more than 250 cafes in the United States and Canada. Covelli opened its first Panera in Boardman in 1997. Like the Panera café in Niles, the new café, 7685 Market St. in the Southwoods Commons development, will feature a drive-thru window. On Aug. 26, beginning at 5:30 a.m., the...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Across the Youngstown State University campus, several individuals remain confident that YSU will rebound from its most recent drop in enrollment. YSU reported this morning, the first day of the fall semester, that enrollment declined for the fourth consecutive year, by 6.5%. In June, the university said the loss from lower tuition revenue and decreased state funding over the past three years was $19.5 million. That number could reach $22 million this year, the same report said. First-day...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien SALEM, Ohio -- More than 25 years after it was constructed, the Salem Industrial Park is nearly filled, packed with small companies carving their own niches in local and international markets. Meanwhile, activity on the east and north sides of this city points to future growth in commercial development, helped along by new infrastructure and a menu of incentives programs intended to boost business attraction, officials say. “A lot more is coming,” says Mayor John Berlin, referring to work ongoing on the east side...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Classes begin today at Youngstown State University with first-day enrollment down 6.5% from the fall 2013 semester. YSU reported this morning that 12,337 students are registered for classes. By comparison, in the fall 2010 semester, 15,194 students enrolled in YSU. Enrollment numbers are not official until the 15th day of the semester. Fewer students means less revenue to fund school operations. State allocations and tuition revenue have decreased by a combined $19.5 million over the last three years, and those losses could increase to $22 million...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Friday marks the last day of work at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for 34 licensed practical nurses whose jobs will be lost in what the hospital says is a “transition to a nurse staffing model that uses registered nurses and nursing assistants.” The Service Employees International Union, which represents 250 workers at TMH, says it filed a grievance against the hospital for violating the contract. SEIU District 11 has also filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against ValleyCare of Ohio, which operates TMH. “This...

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