Economic Development

Free Trade Agreements Seen as Good for US, but Concerns Persist

WASHINGTON — As Congress considers a major new trade pact with Asia, there is broad public agreement that international free trade agreements are good for the United States. But fewer Americans express positive views of the impact of trade deals on their personal finances. And, as in the past, far more say free trade agreements […]

Action Group Hears How Downtown Compares to Peers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Even though Youngstown’s downtown placed in the lower end of an analysis of peer communities, the retired Youngstown State University professor who conducted the analysis says he’s encouraged about what the results mean. Dr. Tom Maraffa, who retired last year from YSU’s geography department, presented the results of the analysis at Tuesday’s […]

Tax Abatement Vote Tonight for $800M Power Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Village Council will meet tonight to vote on an incentive package for the $800 million natural gas fueled electricity plant that Clean Energy Future LLC of Boston plans to build at a site off Henn Parkway in the Lordstown Industrial Park. If approved by council, the incentive package “would be forwarded to […]

Tax Abatement Agreement Reached for $800M Power Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Village Council will meet Tuesday evening to vote on an incentive package for the $800 million natural gas fueled electricity plant that Clean Energy Future LLC of Boston plans to build at a site off Henn Parkway in the Lordstown Industrial Park. If approved by council, the incentive package “would be forwarded […]

18th Annual Youngstown Streetscape Set for May 30

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Streetscape 2015, “Bloom or Bust!” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 30 in the downtown, the executive director of CityScape, Sharon Letson, says. It is the 18th annual effort that has transformed the appearance of the downtown. Volunteers will spruce up the downtown landscape by removing debris, trimming and […]

16th Annual Youngstown Streetscape Set for May 30

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Streetscape 2015, “Bloom or Bust!” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 30 in the downtown, the executive director of CityScape, Sharon Letson, says. It is the 16th annual effort that has transformed the appearance of the downtown. Volunteers will spruce up the downtown landscape by removing debris, trimming and […]

Project Developers Look to WRPA for Financing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority may provide financing for an industrial park that could be built near General Motors Co.’s Lordstown Complex. The company, not identified by WRPA officials by presumed to be NorthPoint Development of Kansas City, is one of four entities that approached the port authority this month for financing, […]

YBI Benefits from Mutual Appreciation Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Contributions such as Medical Mutual of Ohio’s $10,000 donation to the Youngstown Business Incubator this morning are crucial as it seeks government funds, YBI’s chief operating officer says. “YBI receives a lot of state and federal funding. In almost all of those instances we are required to have a dollar-for-dollar match. So […]

Women-Owned Businesses Grow to 9.4M in U.S.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Women entrepreneurs now own 30% of all enterprises in the United States and have started, on average, 887 net new firms per day last year, according to the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The report includes detailed analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and […]

Sunrise Inn Razes Building to Make Way for Expansion

WARREN, Ohio — The Sunrise Inn, 510 E. Market St., today began demolishing an abandoned and condemned building next door to its restaurant. When complete, the lot will be used for construction of an outdoor patio attached to the restaurant, reports Ken Haidaris, co-owner. “This will be an exciting new addition to allow our patrons […]

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