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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NEW YORK -- The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in May, now stands at its highest level since January 2008. The index as of June 13 is 85.2, up from 82.2 in May. The present aituation index rose to 85.1 from 80.3, while the expectations index went to 85.2 from 83.5 in May.  Both are components of the Consumer Confidence Index. "Consumer confidence continues to advance and the index is now at its highest level since January 2008, 87.3," said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators, in a prepared statement. "June's increase was...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Projects to redevelop downtown’s historic Stambaugh Building as a hotel and to convert the Ogilvie block in East Liverpool for use by the New Castle School of Trades are among initiatives in 13 communities receiving support this morning with the award of $37.7 million in tax credits. Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits, awarded by the Ohio Development Services Agency, will assist private developers in rehabilitating 35 historic buildings in downtowns and neighborhoods across Ohio, the agency announced. The projects are expected to leverage...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Area unemployment rates varied slightly in May, dropping by at least a tenth of a percentage point in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties although rising by a tenth of a point in the region’s largest city, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports From a 6.0% rate in April for all three counties, unemployment fell to 5.9% in Columbiana and Trumbull counties and by two tenths of a point in Mahoning County to 5.8%, according to the state data, which was released this morning. In May 2013, both Mahoning and Trumbull counties...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini says he has dreamed for 25 years of bringing television and film production to his hometown here. Now his dream is at the heart of a proposed reality show he is working on with the director of the biopic based on the boxing champ’s life. “Boom Boom Goes Home” is the tentative title of the reality show, which would chronicle the former World Boxing Association lightweight champion and his efforts to develop TV and film production locally. Mancini, whose Boom Boom...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Home sales declined during May in Mahoning and Trumbull counties compared to May 2013, while Columbiana County sales were up, monthly data released by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors shows. Sales totaled 202 single-family units in May in Mahoning County, down from 239 a year earlier and on par with April’s 201 sold. In Trumbull County, the 138 houses sold in May is down from 161 a year earlier and down from the 151 sold in April. In Columbiana County, May’s 73 units sold surpassed the 60 sold a year earlier and the 61 sold in...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore WARREN, Ohio -- Youngstown Design Works is hosting its inaugural Pop-Up Shop this week at 124 N. Park Ave., providing graphic design consultation to nearby businesses and nonprofit organizations for a nominal fee. Design Works, which began operations in April, is an agency operated by Youngstown State University art students. For the Pop-Up Shop, 11 students are working with clients such as the Warren Business Exchange and the Associated School Employees Credit Union. “We want to support small businesses,...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DALLAS -- U.S. metropolitan regions will continue to lead the way in stimulating the economy, propelling it to achieve its growth potential of more than 3%, a rate not reached since 2004, a new report has found. By 2016, nearly three-quarters of all metros included in the study (269) will have unemployment rates lower than 6%. The projected growth rate of the Youngstown-Warren Ohio-Pennsylvania metro region, however, is among the lowest, with a rate of a negative 0.4%. The report, released during the 82nd annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, also...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Eastern Ohio Education Partnership has been awarded grants from four foundations to support its collective impact model. The model analyzes data to identify education programs doing “great work” and organizes the individuals doing such work to create and measure a shared set of goals, says Nicole Ferraro, chairman of the partnership board. The partnership has received $165,000 from The Raymond John Wean Foundation, $25,000 from the Youngstown Foundation, $10,000 from the Frank & Pearl Gelbman Foundation and  $5,000 from the Ward Beecher...

Monday, June 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sales of houses statewide were down 3.2% in May from a year earlier, the Ohio Association of Realtors reported today. May’s unit sales itotaled 12,406, down from 12,814, according to the monthly report. May’s sales were up 17.7% in Ohio from the 10,538 in April. Year-to-date, 45,914 houses have been sold statewide, compared with 48,764 during the first five months of 2013. A total of 3,765 units were sold during May in the area covered by the Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange, which includes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, the...

Monday, June 23, 2014

NILES, Ohio -- West Corp. plans to hire 150 workers at its call center here as the company continues to expand into the health-care market. A job fair will be held July 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its offices, 5185 Youngstown Warren Road. West, based in Omaha, said the positions focus on providing inbound customer service related to billing, payments, order fulfillment, and general customer inquiries for a mail-order prescription drug provider. Applicants are required to have intermediate level computer, typing and grammar skills. A high-school diploma or GED and...

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