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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The boards of directors of Jameson Health System and UPMC today announced they have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into the UPMC network. Jameson, UPMC, and UPMC Horizon will collaborate to develop a plan that will ensure continued access to quality health care for the region, the hospitals said. “Earlier this year, we shared with our community that Jameson Health System’s board of directors has been exploring affiliation with a larger health care system,” said Steve Warner, Jameson Health System board chairman, in a prepared...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Author:  George Nelson LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- One of the challenges Ohio faces in boosting contract participation by minority-owned companies is finding qualified businesses in specific categories where there are needs, says the state’s minority business chief. During the last fiscal year, 282 minority businesses provided goods and services to Ohio, “but we think that number should be much higher,” said Jackie Williams, chief of the minority business development division within the Ohio Development Services Agency. Williams was...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A weeklong effort intended to encourage young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, kicked off with a bang Monday afternoon – several bangs, really -- replete with exploding watermelons, pingpong guns and other demonstrations that wowed the students. "Who wants to see some things explode?" asked Katie Seminara of more than 250 students in the sixth through 12th grades at the Chaney STEM/VPA Campus. They answered with enthusiastic cheers. With...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of houses in August were on par with a year ago, the latest monthly report shows. The data, reported to the Centralized Real Estate Information Services Multiple Listing Service by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors, showed a combined 474 houses were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties last month, slightly ahead of the 461 sold in August 2013 and the 468 sold in July. In Mahoning County, 219 houses were sold, up from 216 a year earlier although down slightly from the 224...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The board of the Columbiana County Port Authority Monday night retained its CEO, Tracy Drake, through Sept. 30, 2015, by renewing his employment for the third of a three-year contract. Terms remain the same as those agreed to two years ago: Drake will be paid $200,000 a year in salary and he will continue to receive a monthly car allowance of $750. After the meeting, which lasted six minutes, Drake said he has no plans to retire when his contract expires and “hopefully” will continue in his role as chief of the economic development agency...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CLEVELAND -- KeyCorp, parent of KeyBank, extended $2.9 billion in financing to developments in underserved communities in the form of debt and equity, says its just-released 2013 corporate responsibility report. The provider of financial services has some $92 billion in assets. The report seeks to update Key's 2012 report and aligns with data collection guidelines issued by the Global Reporting Initiative. The latest report, which covers calendar 2013, touches on diversity, philanthropy and volunteerism initiatives and operations data such as green building, carbon...

Monday, September 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Business Incubator Tuesday will host two officials from Stockholm, Sweden, who are affiliated with the University Business Incubator Index for an announcement of YBI’s 2014 global ranking. Last July, YBI was ranked 11th worldwide among 150 university-affiliated incubators  The UBII website features a countdown clock to the announcement. The fact that two of the company's top executives are coming here for the event, which will be webcast worldwide, suggests big news is forthccoming. All that YBI officials will say is that its 2014...

Monday, September 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp. will recognize The Business Journal and its publisher, Andrea Wood, as the Mahoning Valley Business and Person of the Year. MVEDC will present the award at its 35th anniversary Salute to Business, Industry and Labor banquet, which will be held Oct. 28 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center in Boardman. Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University, will deliver the keynote address. In August 1984, at the height of the steel industry’s downfall in the Mahoning Valley, Wood joined with Ralph Zerbonia...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As he completes his second month as CEO of Help Hotline Crisis Center, Vince Brancaccio has a feel for what needs to be done to make the organization more successful. “We field 15,000 calls every month. Those are the individuals that know our organization and turn to us for help. Our goal needs to be continuing to get the word out about what we do. There are a lot of people that don't know what we do and are struggling out there,” Brancaccio said. “A lot of people know Help Hotline for our 211...

Monday, September 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Five graduates of the Warren P. Williamson College of Business Administration will be honored Oct. 17 with outstanding alumni awards at Youngstown State University, the dean of the college, Betty Jo Licata, has announced. The event will take place on campus at Williamson Hall. Those to be recognized are Samuel Grooms, B.S. in business administration, 1981, Outstanding Business Alumnus; Larry Moliterno, B.A., 1985, MBA 1999, Outstanding MBA Alumnus; Thaddeus Smith, MBA 2009, Outstanding Recent Alumnus; Tim Petrey, CPA, CGMA, NSSA, B.S. in B.A. 2009...

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