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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Since its founding in 1974, the Better Business Bureau of Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull Counties has grown to 1,200 members in the three counties, the 14 newest presented at its annual meeting Wednesday. Those 1,200 constitute 10% of the firms doing business in the Mahoning Valley, Carol Potter, president and CEO of the chapter, reported as she laid out the chapter’s ambitious agenda at the first annual meeting open to the entire membership. The chapter has become one of the strongest of...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority may already have a project lined up for a Mahoning County site it wants to seek federal funds to remediate. The port authority’s board of directors, at its regular meeting Wednesday, authorized its economic development division to apply to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for two $600,000 grants, one for remediation funds and one for assessment funds.  The assessment grant would focus on Trumbull County, where the port authority is the lead agency on...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two environmental watchdog groups, Fresh Water Accountability Project and Food & Water Watch, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. John R. Kasich and the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, claiming 23 frack waste operations were illegally authorized to operate. The litigation, filed in Franklin County, is a declaratory action requesting that the ODNR be forced to implement necessary regulations before the facilities given “Chief’s Orders” are allowed to operate. The filing can be found online at http://fwap.org/kasich-odnr-...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SALEM, Ohio -- The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 68th annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Salem Golf Club. Awards will be presented to attorney Larry Cecil as Citizen of the Year, Fresh Mark Inc. as Large Business of the Year and Simmers Crane Design & Services as Small Business of the Year. Cost to chamber members is $30, $35 to those who are not members. For reservations, call 330 337 3473 before Dec. 1. Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio. CLICK HERE to subscribe to our twice-monthly print edition and to our free daily...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Development Services Agency is accepting applications for the 2015 Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program. The IMAGE program is a 50% reimbursement program designed to offset the costs associated with international marketing initiatives, including trade shows and missions, marketing materials, website translation and export education programs. “The high cost associated with entering new markets makes it difficult for small companies to consider exporting,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio, was reappointed Tuesday to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. The leadership committee is tasked with assigning party members to House committees and advising the caucus on policy. Ryan, of Howland, was elected to his eighth term in Congress on Election Day two weeks ago. “I am proud to once again be appointed to this influential committee tasked with advising the Democratic Party on policy matters and assigning party members to House committees,” Ryan said in a statement released by his office. Ryan sits...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hilcorp Energy Co., the most active driller in the northern tier of the Utica shale in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, is poised to begin aggressive development of its leasehold acreage in the Brinker storage field of Columbiana County. Data provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources show that Hilcorp recently applied for 25 new horizontal well permits that target three sites in Fairfield Township in the northern section of the county. ODNR approved six of those permits Nov. 13...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- A company that started in business insuring horses and buggies the same year that Charles Dickens published Hard Times is today navigating issues that back then were unfathomable. Gilbert’s Risk Solutions Inc.’s roots run deep in the Shenango Valley, say its executives. But the gas-lit world of 1854 is far removed from the lightning-paced business environment of 2014 as the insurance company tackles the concerns and complexities of the modern age such as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, safety in the workplace and risks related to cyber theft. “The ACA...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees last night unanimously ratified a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with the YSU-Ohio Education Association, the union representing university faculty. The agreement must now be ratified by the union membership in order to create a new collective bargaining agreement. As of this posting, the faculty union has not set a date for the ratification vote. “This tentative agreement is the outcome of months of deliberate and thoughtful discussion that has resulted in a negotiated, accepted...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SALINEVILLE, Ohio -- Board members from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center, Southern Local Schools and the Utica Shale Academy got a first-hand look Tuesday at the new conversion school that's preparing students for a future in the oil and gas industry. Officials met at Southern Local High School in Salineville, which houses the Utica Shale Academy, to view how the program operates. Since it began in September, the academy is instructing 42 students in grades 9-12 on concepts used in the industry. The Utica Shale Academy uses blended learning and gives...

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