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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...

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...

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