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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- A 57-acre plot in this village is the perfect place to construct an $800 million power generation plant because it sits near an "electrical highway" of power lines that connect Cleveland and Pittsburgh, says the executive of a Boston-area energy company. Clean Energy Future LLC, formed in 2011 and based in Manchester, Mass., is looking to build a natural-gas-fueled power plant at 1107 Carson Salt Springs Road, reports its president, Bill Siderewicz. "We're hoping to begin construction by the end...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The Mahoning County Educational Service Center has obtained official approval to open a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, academy that would serve the region. The center obtained one of seven STEM academy designations awarded by the Ohio STEM Commission this week, says its superintendent, Ron Iarussi. "We're a year away, so we have a full year to plan," he says. The goal is to develop an academy devoted to STEM-related curricula for ninth and 10th graders, Iarussi says. A...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DETROIT -- General Motors Co. says the 2015 updated Chevrolet Cruze will make its debut during the New York International Auto Show this week in Manhattan. The Cruze, which is manufactured at GM's Lordstown Complex, is among the automaker's hottest-selling vehicles. Last month, the Cruze witnessed strong sales, and last year, saw sales rise nearly 23%. "We are continuing to transform our product lineup to ensure we offer our customers the best designed, most technologically advanced and safest vehicles in Chevrolet's history," said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author:  Michael Moliterno BROOKFIELD, Ohio -- The Strimbu Memorial BBQ celebrates 25 of giving a hand up, not a hand out, May 7 at the Yankee Lake Ballroom here. The barbecue is part of a fundraising effort for the Strimbu Memorial Fund. As typically happens when an enterprise celebrates a milestone, this year’s event looks to be the biggest and best so far, organizers say. In addition to the food and drink, live and silent auctions and free bag of vidalia onions, the barbecue will have live entertainment from up-and-coming country...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Directors of The Raymond John Wean Foundation have elected Jennifer Roller as the next president effective immediately, the foundation announced Tuesday. She has been with the foundation since 2007, serving most recently as vice president and acting president. Since joining the foundation, Roller has worked with two presidents as well as strategic partners to ensure alignment of the foundation’s shared vision and strategic initiatives, the foundation says. “Being inclusive, encouraging authentic community engagement and building strong partnerships is...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A total of  9,271 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in March, up from 8,808 in March 2013, the office of the Ohio secretary of state reports.  From January through March, the office handled 24,804 new business filings, up from 23,965 for the first quarter of last year. New business filings are classified as forms submitted to the Ohio secretary of state that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, nonprofit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Talmer Bank and Trust, a subsidiary of Talmer Bancorp Inc., announced today that Mark Wenick is its regional president of the Mahoning Valley and that he is executive managing director/group manager private client services-Ohio. Wenick was executive vice president of wealth management at First Place Bank before Talmer Bancorp acquired it. Most recently he was a vice president for wealth management at First National Bank of Pennsylvania, based in its Youngstown office. “The Mahoning Valley region is a very important market for Talmer Bank and Trust,”...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown State University Foundation, which annually provides millions of dollars in scholarships to thousands of YSU students, has surpassed the $225 million mark in assets and is now among the top third of university endowments in the nation, the university reported. The foundation reported $226.3 million in assets in fiscal year 2013, according to the annual endowment survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Commonfund Institute. That makes the YSU Foundation the largest endowment among public...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wants to get a “better feel” for how America Makes works before deciding on whether to support President Obama’s call to establish other manufacturing sites across the country. America Makes, formerly known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, was among Portman’s stops during a visit here Monday. The trip to America Makes, closed to the press, was sandwiched between two open events, a noon trip to City Machine Technologies and a 3 p.m....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says the country needs to do a better job managing how its workforce training dollars are spent to ensure that those enrolled in these programs today are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. "We need to reform the federal worker retraining programs," Portman said after participating in a roundtable discussion with representatives from the business and education communities at Choffin Career Center Monday. "It's one piece of this, it's not the only piece." Portman...

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