Economic Development

CityScape Seeks Donations for ‘Sparkle Youngstown’

YOUNGSTOWN –  CityScape is hoping to raise $10,000 to fund “Sparkle Youngstown,” the annual downtown lighting program that begins in December and runs through February. The nonprofit organization is soliciting donations through GoFundMe and its website. Some 50,000 lights will be installed throughout the Central Square area as part of CityScape’s annual holiday parade and […]

America Makes Partners Tout Benefits During Pritzker’s Visit

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Global corporations and smaller companies closer to home touted the benefits they are reaping from America Makes following a round table at the additive manufacturing center Thursday with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Partners who represent a cross-section of America Makes’ 146 members participated in the discussion, which as closed to […]

Commerce Secretary Tours America Makes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The return on investment for the private sector partners with America Makes ranges from a low of 8 to 1 to a high of 20 to 1, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker informed reporters Thursday morning. She also reported that the number of partners with America Makes has grown in two […]

Commerce Secretary Tours America Makes Headquarters

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The return on investment for the private sector partners with America Makes ranges from a low of 8 to 1 to a high of 20 to 1, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker informed reporters Thursday morning. She also reported that the number of partners with America Makes has grown in two […]

Pritzker at America Makes for Closed Discussion with Members

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, today welcomed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to its headquarters downtown. Pritzker was accompanied by Jay Williams, the city’s former may who now serves as assistant secretary of commerce for economic development and three other top officials from her department. The commerce secretary […]

Meijer Inc. Weighs Former Austintown School Site

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Township Trustee Ken Carano isn’t surprised that Meijer Inc., one of the largest retailers in the United States, is looking at the Austintown Local Schools property on Mahoning Avenue near the Austintown Plaza. “It’s a prime property since Walmart has proven its worth within that big-box circle,” Carano said. Walmart has operated […]

Tax Incentive Council Wants Minorities, Residents Hired

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A database the city human relations commission just implemented aims to increase employment of residents and minorities by companies that get help from the city. The new workforce database, which went live two weeks ago, was among the topics addressed at the annual meeting Friday of the Youngstown Tax Incentive Review Council. […]

Group Wants Youngstown to Hold Vanguard Conference

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With all the growth, community action and technological advances in Youngstown, it’s time to show off. For a city that’s “punching well above its weight class,” according to Mahoning Valley Young Professionals member Jillian Smith, the time has come to attract new ideas. At the meeting of the Economic Action Group Friday, […]

Regional Chamber Pursues Leads at Montreal Convention

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development, North America, met with Canadian site consultant CBRE Group Inc. while in Montreal for this month’s annual convention of the  international Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. During meetings with CBRE representatives, Boyarko discussed the potential for joint ventures with Mahoning Valley companies, expansion opportunities […]

Youngstown OKs Contracts for Amphitheater, Training Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city Board of Control voted Thursday to move forward with contracts to advance the proposed downtown amphitheater and regional manufacturing training center. The mayor, finance director and law director approved paying $141,000 to MKSK, a landscape architecture firm based in Columbus, for work leading up to and including development of a […]

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