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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...

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...

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