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Friday, June 6, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A city resident will get the chance to realize her longtime dream of starting her own landscaping business. Lisa Robinson plans to start securing the necessary permits next week to begin rehabilitating the building at 3514 Market St., formerly occupied by Burkland Flowers. The city Board of Control voted Thursday to approve a lease agreement with an option for Robinson’s company, Show Stopper Landscaping LLC, to purchase the vacant property. Robinson will pay the city $1 per month rent for...

Friday, June 6, 2014

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The eCenter@Lindenpointe will hold a free series of educational camps for high school students beginning this month. The Millennial Spark Summer Series is made possible through an eCenter partnership with Community Connections as well as the city of Hermitage and the A.J. & Sigusmunda Palumbo Charitable Trust. Registration is required, and space is limited. Students can register at this website. The schedule: #webweek: June 23 to 27, 9 a.m. to noon: Gray Mackenzie and Andrew Dymski, founders of eCenter startup, GuavaBox, will teach students how...

Friday, June 6, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The PNC Financial Services Group has promoted two employees in its Youngstown region, Ted Brennan and Myra Vitto, and hired a third, Gina Strickland, Ted Schmidt, regional president, has announced. Brennan has been promoted to senior vice president and relationship manager for corporate and institutional banking. As such, he is responsible for portfolio management and new business development for mid-sized to large companies. Brennan earned his baccalaureate at Youngstown State University and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown....

Friday, June 6, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- The SharonSteel Foundation has committed to giving $1 million to Penn State Shenango to create the SharonSteel Foundation Trustee Scholarship, Jo Anne Carrick, director of the campus, announced Thursday. Students with financial need who attend the campus will be given first preference. “The SharonSteel Foundation has been a longtime donor and partner with Penn State Shenango, and we are thrilled to see this relationship culminate in one of the largest gifts in our campus history,” Carrick said in a prepared statement. “Nearly 40% of Penn State Shenango...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore WARREN, Ohio -- The city of Warren will spend $20 million through 2019 on resurfacing roads, renovating city hall, replacing sidewalks and other improvements essential to attract more companies to the city, says Mayor Doug Franklin. “Your image is a first impression. So it's important that you put on your best face, so to speak, as a community,” he told members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber gathered Thursday at the Hippodrome for a breakfast event. “Ultimately you want these companies and their...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

DETROIT – General Motors CEO Mary Barra said today that GM has received the findings of an investigation by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas into the Cobalt ignition switch recall and plans to act on all of its recommendations. Barra again expressed deep sympathy for the victims of accidents related to the ignition switch defect and their families. In addition, Barra announced that Kenneth Feinberg will administer a compensation program for those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered serious physical injuries as the result of an ignition switch failure in...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Fifteen staff employees will be laid off and 43 vacant positions will be eliminated under a $3.8 million budget reduction plan announced today by Youngstown State University. “Three years of enrollment decline and the continued loss of state funding support represent permanent challenges that have resulted in a structural deficit in the university’s operating budget,” said Ikram Khawaja, interim president, in a prepared statement. “While these actions alone do not resolve our fiscal problems, we believe that they are yet another crucial step...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien PITTSBURGH -- The ability to drill in not just one shale play but in multiple levels of shale rock from a single well pad stands to increase oil and gas production across Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, executives say. "There's several advantages to the stacked plays," reported Tim Dugan, chief operating officer at Consol Energy Inc., here. "It enhances the economics and improves the rate of return." Dugan was among a host of speakers Wednesday at the 2014 DUG East Conference, sponsored by Hart Energy, at...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Toys “R” Us distribution center will close this summer, costing the jobs of 70 workers, but the city’s economic development director is confident the space won’t remain empty for long. The retail chain’s corporate communications manager, Linda Connors, confirmed that it would cease its operations at the Youngstown Distribution Center, completing outbound shipments Aug. 1. “As an organization, Toys R Us continuously assesses the ongoing changing dynamics of our business. Over the past few...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The city will provide a $500,000 water/wastewater grant to support development of a fifth building for the Youngstown Business Incubator campus downtown. Council is expected to take up legislation approving the funding for the project at its next meeting, said T. Sharon Woodberry, city economic development director. Council members received an update on the project from Barb Ewing, YBI’s chief operating officer, during a finance committee meeting last night. YBI officials spoke previously...

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