Economic Development

Day One of Convention Traffic Bypasses Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – It was business as usual at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and the area’s hotels during Day One of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, officials said Monday. The airport, and many executives and managers in the local hospitality industry, had hoped to gain some sort of boost from overflow air traffic and […]

Chamber Unveils Bobblehead for Display at RNC

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber today unveiled the life-size bobblehead of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, made using additive manufacturing technology. The 300-lb. bobblehead is being transported this afternoon to Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention will take place next week. Announced by the chamber last month, the bobblehead was […]

Ohio New Business Filings Up 4,300 YTD

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that 8,480 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during the month of. This is an increase over June 2015 when 8,151 entities were formed. Each month of 2016 has surpassed previous records set in 2015, Husted noted. During the first six months of […]

Lawrence Downs Racino Loses Its Last Chance

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The race appears to be over for the Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort project, which after 12 years of false starts failed to harness a gambling license Wednesday from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board, according to published reports. A 250-acre site here was first proposed for a harness track and […]

Mahoning, Trumbull Land Banks Get Demo Funds

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning County Land Bank will receive $6.89 million in reimbursements from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to fund the demolition of more vacant houses over the next three years. The grant, awarded to the Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corp., is among $191 million in funding split by 18 counties under the […]

Will Valley Benefit from Convention in Cleveland?

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Money is the lifeblood of politics and nowhere is this more visible than at the major parties’ quadrennial national conventions. In 2012, the Republicans infused $214 million in direct spending into the economy of Tampa, Florida, where they nominated Mitt Romney as their standard bearer, a University of Tampa study found, and […]

City to Consider $2M Float Loan for Filmmaker

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council will consider a $2 million float loan to support film production work that could begin here as soon as August. The legislation, which would go before council at a special meeting Wednesday, would authorize the Board of Control to negotiate terms and enter into agreements with Odyssey Motion Pictures LLC […]

Ashtabula Gas-to-Liquid Project Put ‘On Hold’

ASHTABULA, Ohio – Velocys plc informed investors Thursday that it has put “on hold” development of its proposed plant here. Velocys, a British company “at the forefront of smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) that turns natural gas or biomass” into products such as diesel, jet fuel, waxes and base oils, told investors that analysis during the […]

YSU to Announce ‘Multimillion-Dollar’ Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University and America Makes will hold a news conference Monday to announce that YSU and the University of Dayton Research Institute have been selected as the awardees of what’s described as a “multimillion-dollar Directed Project Opportunity.” The research is funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, […]

Library to Set Timetable for Main Branch Renovation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Construction projects on and around the Youngstown State University campus could prompt another Mahoning Valley institution to move forward with a long-contemplated renovation of its main branch sooner than anticipated, its executive director says. Renovation of the main library of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County will be discussed Friday […]

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