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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wants to get a “better feel” for how America Makes works before deciding on whether to support President Obama’s call to establish other manufacturing sites across the country. America Makes, formerly known as the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, was among Portman’s stops during a visit here Monday. The trip to America Makes, closed to the press, was sandwiched between two open events, a noon trip to City Machine Technologies and a 3 p.m....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says the country needs to do a better job managing how its workforce training dollars are spent to ensure that those enrolled in these programs today are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. "We need to reform the federal worker retraining programs," Portman said after participating in a roundtable discussion with representatives from the business and education communities at Choffin Career Center Monday. "It's one piece of this, it's not the only piece." Portman...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The editorial published in the MidApril edition of The Business Journal, in subscribers’ mailboxes this week, is drawing rapid response from the person leading the campaign to recruit United Airlines to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Dan Dickten, airport aviation director, rebuts our assertion that United’s demand for a revenue guarantee of $1.75 million “crosses too many lines” by asking local government and local business to contribute to a pledge pool. “We say everyone’s limited funds can be put to better use,” the editorial concludes...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The commercial division of Northwood Realty Services reports two new agreements will bring a grocery store to Craig Beach and a Dollar General to Niles. A new 12,700-square-foot Sparkle Market is under renovation at 1428 Grandview Ave. in Craig Beach, near Lake Milton, site of a former IGA supermarket. Also, Northwood reports that a new 10,000-square-foot Dollar General store is under construction on Robbins Avenue in Niles. Northwood agent John Horvath completed both transactions. Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.CLICK HERE to...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Communities United for Responsible Energy, or Cure, plans to conduct a "listening project" this spring and summer to survey the effects of oil and gas exploration in Columbiana and Carroll counties. The group, in conjunction with FracTracker Alliance, The Ohio Environmental Council, and Locals 809 and 1015 of the Laborers Union, plans to survey more than 1,000 residents of Columbiana and Carroll counties and learn how hydraulic fracturing has affected their lives. The 40 volunteers in the project hope to identify the strengths and weaknesses as...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- TourismOhio is launching its ad campaign, “Too Much Fun for Just One Day” earlier than ever before for the spring-summer travel season, the state tourism department announced Monday. This year’s media campaign. launched yesterday, will run a month longer as well -- through the end of July. TourismOhio has a new pilot funding model based on revenue generated from Ohio tourism industries. With twice the funding as previous years, additional spending can be conducted to help tell the Ohio story, says Mary L. Cusick, chief of TourismOhio. In 2013, the...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK -- The gap in financial health between generations is growing as Generation Y employees -- those between the ages of 21 to 32 -- are struggling more with debt and cash management issues, finds a PriceWaterhouse Coopers survey. Meanwhile, baby boomer and Generation X employees' financial well-being has improved in the past 12 months. Gen Y, or "Millennials," is the only generation to see an uptick in the percentage of employees who consistently carry balances on their credit cards, up 14% year-over-year to 51%, according to the PriceWaterhouse U.S. 2014 Employee Financial Wellness...

Monday, April 14, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --Sales for new cars and trucks improved 4.5% for auto dealers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in March compared to the same period last year, according to the latest report from the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio. ADEAO's monthly survey shows that area showrooms sold 2,694 new vehicles last month compared to 2,577 a year earlier. Combined sales of new and used vehicles were also better in March 2014 than the previous year. Dealers reported they sold 7,332 new and used vehicles during the month, a 7% increase compared to...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Car owners in Youngstown pay the highest rates in Ohio for auto insurance, $936 per year compared the state average of $685, ValuePenguin.com, a consumer finance website reports. The $936, or $57-a-month figure is 36.6% above the state average. ValuePenguin was founded last summer, said the author of the study, Brian Quinn, and is self-financed. It has a staff of three researchers, including Quinn, and analyzes subjects that range from Affordable Care Act exchanges to the best credit cards for...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In her room in the intensive care unit following surgery, Brenda Elsagher knew her husband, Bahgat, would say the right thing to her. Seeing the multitude of tubes and wires hanging to her, he leaned over and told her she looked like the back of his stereo. “It was so goofy and ridiculous, it made me laugh out loud,” she recalls. “So even though I was in the middle of all that pain, I laughed and I felt good for that second. I felt I’ll be OK.” It’s that attitude that defines Elsagher’s...

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