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Monday, May 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In this year’s Streetscape, "We Canna, Canna You?," volunteers will beautify the downtown landscape by removing debris, trimming trees, planting flowers and shrubs and mulching planted areas from 8 a.m. to noon May 31. Focus areas are the West Federal Street median, John Young memorials, the southwestern corner of Front Street and South Avenue, City Hall and Wick Park. New projects are a joint effort with Treez Please on West Federal Street for a native habitat planting to include pollinators and a work project with Grow Youngstown to assemble an...

Monday, May 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Undergraduate students majoring in economics or business economics at Youngstown State University can apply for a Joseph G. Carson Internship Scholarshipy. Tod Porter, chairman of the economics department ay YSU, says the program was designed to support students who pursue internships outside of the region or unpaid internships. The intent of the scholarship is to provide students with financial aid so they can hold internships that they otherwise might not consider. For example, the scholarship could help defray the living expenses of an intern...

Friday, May 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The $50 million investment General Motors is making to its Lordstown Complex means greater job security for members of the United Auto Workers Union and greater flexibility for future products to be manufactured at the plant, a union leader at the plant says. The funds will be spent for a new flexible trim shop to support production of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, the company announced. The investment “will give us a lot of flexibility and make us very versatile for...

Friday, May 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.3% in April, down from 6.7% in for the prior two months, as nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 during the month, the U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning. Unemployment was 7.5 percent in April 2013. Monthly job gains have averaged 238,000 over the past three months, taking into account revisions for February and March, which increased total nonfarm employment by 36,000 on net. In the 12 months prior to April, employment growth averaged 190,000 per month. Job gains in April were widespread, sled by...

Friday, May 2, 2014

 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jim Tressel, executive vice president for student success at the University of Akron, delivered a meticulous and thorough presentation Thursday on why he should succeed Luis Proenza as president. The former head football coach at Youngstown State and Ohio State universities demonstrated a command of what faces the institution where he earned his master’s degree in education as when he drew up game plans in Youngstown and Columbus.  Tressel, one of three finalists for the presidency at Akron -- and the presidency of Youngstown State -- sees the...

Friday, May 2, 2014

LORDSTOWN,, Ohio -- General Motors is investing $50 million for a new flexible trim shop and upgrades to the press room at the Lordstown Complex to support production of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan. Some construction work has begun at the complex, the company said in its announcement. Chevrolet will announce timing of the next generation Cruze later. “This investment will enhance our customer responsiveness while providing our team with the tools and processes needed to be the best at building the next generation Cruze,” said Bob Parcell,...

Friday, May 2, 2014

DETROIT -- Sales of the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze dipped 1.3% during April compared to the same month last year, General Motors Co. announced Thursday. The automaker reported 21,752 new Cruze models were delivered during the month, compared to 22,032 delivered in April 2013. Still, the Cruze was the highest-selling passenger car in GM's portfolio during the month, and the second best-selling vehicle overall behind the Chevrolet Silverado pickup. GM closed the month with sales of 254,076 vehicles, a 7% increase from last year, the company said. Fleet sales were...

Friday, May 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Stacey Razonsa, executive event coordinator for Blue Wolf Events & Catering, is upbeat about her company’s business since recently moving into the Maronite Center on the West Side of Youngstown. “It’s going really well,” she remarked. “With the move to the new venue, the Maronite Center, we have been able to do a lot of the bigger weddings and all of that kind of stuff.” With the economy picking, people are starting to spend money again. “This season is always the most busy time for...

Friday, May 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Rotary Club of Youngtown is the host club for the Rotary District 6650 annual conference that begins here today.  Representatives from the 47 clubs in northeastern Ohio will take part in the three-day workshops and activities that conclude Sunday. The conference kicks off with lunch at the D.D. & Velma Davis Visitor Center at Mill Creek MetroParks Fellows Riverside Gardens, where Mayor John McNally and Scott Schulick, president of the Rotary Club of Youngstown, will welcome guests. Featured speaker is Karen Swaim Babin, a representative of...

Friday, May 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Huntington Bank and First National Bank of Pennsylvania have been recognized for providing excellent customer service, they announced separately Thursday. For a second consecutive year, Huntington received J.D. Power’s highest ranking for retail banking satisfaction in the marketing information services company’s North Central Region. Those surveyed accorded Huntington, based in Columbus, a score of 828 on a 1,000-point scale in Power’s annual review, up from 813 in 2013. The average score for large banks in Power’s Midwest region was 796; 24 banks were surveyed. The bank...

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