Economic Development

Manufacturers Coalition Sees Its Goals Take Shape

CANFIELD, Ohio — As the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition approaches its fifth anniversary, its members are starting to see the group’s strategic plan pan out. Industrial education classes at local vocational schools, teaching primarily machining and welding, are at capacity. Businesses are restarting their apprenticeship programs. And grant dollars for manufacturing initiatives are becoming more […]

Warren Incubator Moves Toward TBEIC 2.0

WARREN, Ohio – The chairman of the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center’s board of directors says he would like to have a chief operating officer/general manager for the incubator in place by the first of the year. Funding that TBEIC has received from the Western Reserve Port Authority, FirstEnergy Corp. and other partners “gives us […]

Study Shows Path to Additive Manufacturing Cluster

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A recently concluded study to determine the feasibility for an additive manufacturing cluster will be discussed Aug. 2 at America Makes. Results of the study, supported by the Fund for Our Economic Future, an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of northeastern Ohio, […]

Cluster Study to Be Discussed at America Makes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A recently concluded study to determine the feasibility for an additive manufacturing cluster will be discussed Aug. 2 at America Makes. Results of the study, supported by the Fund for Our Economic Future, an alliance of funders dedicated to advancing economic growth and equitable access to opportunity for the people of northeastern Ohio, […]

Meijer Seeks Zone Change for Austintown Site

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Austintown Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday to consider a zoning change to accommodate construction of a Meijer store on Mahoning Avenue at the site of the former Austintown Middle School . Woolpert Inc., an architectural and engineering firm in Dayton, submitted the zoning request to Darren Crivelli, […]

Unemployment Rates Rise Slightly Over Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local unemployment rates in June were up slightly from May, but in several instances were unchanged from a year ago. Trumbull County’s unemployment rate was 6.3% in June, the same as a year ago and up from 6.2% in May, the Ohio Department of Job and Family services reported today. Mahoning County’s […]

YBI Project Gets $1 Million in America Makes Funding

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A nearly $1 million award from America Makes will support a project led by the Youngstown Business Incubator to accelerate research and development of a next generation 3-D printer foundries use to cast metals. “We’re using the technology to print sand cores, but the current generation of printers is for low volume,” […]

Editorial: Chamber Scores with ‘Victory for the Valley’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and its business partners in this week’s “Victory for the Valley” campaign deserve praise for seizing the opportunity presented by the Republican National Convention and capitalizing on it. Using the GOP convention as a marketing hook, the chamber sought to bring site consultants – the professionals that […]

RNC Brings Little Traffic to Regional Airport

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Republican National Convention so far has drawn far fewer flights than anticipated at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Winner Aviation, the FBO at the Vienna Township airport, has handled about half a dozen aircraft flying into Cleveland for the GOP convention since it started Monday, said Neil Gallagher, president. “It’s been light, […]

WRPA OKs Project Financing, Great Lakes’ Reimbursement

VIENNA, Ohio — The Western Reserve Port Authority has approved a capital lease deal in which it would issue up to $14 million in bonds for a 62-residential unit complex that would serve the growing residential population at Youngstown State University. LRC Realty, Akron, is developer of the project, known as The Enclave. “They still […]

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