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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...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GIRARD, Ohio -- Rex Ferry, owner and CEO of VEC Inc., was presented the National Electrical Contractors Association’s James Robert “Bob” Pritchard Electrical Industry Award at a recent recognition ceremony in Youngstown. The award recognizes an individual in District 2 who has advanced the electrical contracting industry in an extraordinary manner. A delegation of officials from NECA headquarters in Washington, D.C., including CEO John Grau, presented the award. District 2 is composed of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware and the District...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON -- American businesses paid $671 billion in state and local taxes in U.S. fiscal 2013, accounting for 44.9% of all state and local taxes, based on the Council on Srtate Taxation data analyzed by Ernst & Young LLP. State business taxes grew 4.7% compared to local tax growth of 3.7%, the third consecutive year of increases in both categories. While this is the lowest share of total state and local taxes since fiscal 2006, the share businesses pay has remained relatively stable, peaking at 45.7% in fiscal 2007, less than one percentage point different...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Revenue from table games play at Pennsylvania casinos was $61.1 million in July. This represents a 1.93% increase in revenue from play compared with July 2013. There was a slight decrease in the combined overall gaming revenue at the 12 casinos this July compared to last year. Total revenue from slot machines and table games was $262,525,675 compared with $264,860,050 in July 2013, a difference of 0.88%. The 12 casinos in operation in Pennsylvania all offer both slot machine and table game gambling, employ over 16,000 and collectively generate an...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- For Enertech Electrical Inc. in Lowellville, dealing with quarterly income taxes can be a time-consuming process, CEO Greg Haren laments. The company, which does business in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, has to send paperwork out to some 20 to 30 municipalities, he said. “You have to know all the different rules and regulations. It’s very time-consuming for people to put that together,” Haren explained. Legislation moving through the Ohio Legislature that would simplify that process...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Unemployment in each of the Mahoning Valley’s two largest cities rose by nearly a full percentage point in July from the month before, the latest data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows. County and metropolitan area data for the region released this morning by the state agency also showed unemployment rates last month were up from June, although the unemployment rate was down from July 2013 for the local cities, counties and metros. Unemployment in Youngstown was 9.0% during July, up from 9.1% in June although down from 10.4...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BALTIMORE -- More boys than girls say their parents talk to them about setting financial goals, a new report has found. Having financial conversations with kids can have a positive impact on their habits and confidence with money. T. Rowe Price’s 2014 Parents, Kids & Money Survey revealed that boys and girls ages 8 to 14 are not equally prepared when it comes to learning about money matters at home. But when such conversations occur, the children tend to develop positive financial behaviors such as identifying themselves as a saver rather than a spender, feeling...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- From faculty bringing worldwide attention to Youngstown State University to students and graduates making achievements in their fields, YSU displays “extraordinary excellence,” says newly installed President Jim Tressel. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the excellence of our students, our faculty, our staff, our graduates and so forth,” Tressel said in his address following his formal installation as YSU president. “But we also have to remind ourselves that even though we’ve been...

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