Economic Development

CCPA Will Administer Drug-Free Workplace Program

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Columbiana County Port Authority agreed Monday to administer a $20,000 drug-free workplace grant on behalf of the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. To that end, it formally became a partner of Working Partners Systems Inc., Columbus, which over 20 years has helped 1,700 companies to establish and run […]

Ohio Unemployment at 4.9% in October

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9% last month, up from 4.8% in September, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported. The rate is also an increase from October 2015, when unemployment was at 4.7%. Nationally, the unemployment rate in October was 4.9%, 0.1% lower than a month prior to October 2015. […]

The Digital Divide Hits Home

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Nearly every day, Antuan Mack of Youngstown makes his way to the Main Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County to grab a seat before one of the 37 computers available to patrons. There, Mack listens to music, reads books, watches DVDs, visits news websites and has applied for […]

New Business Filings Top 8,200 in October

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The number of new businesses filing start-up documents in Ohio last month totaled 8,281, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office announced, an increase of 443 from October 2015. So far this year, the number of new-business filings is on pace to set a record in the state, as 5,638 more filings have […]

City Hires Law Firm to Oversee Hotel Incentives

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city hopes to conclude discussions within the next 30 days about financing for the Stambaugh Building project, Finance Director David Bozanich said Tuesday. At a special meeting of the Board of Control, Mayor John McNally, Law Director Martin Hume and Bozanich voted to engage the law firm of Calfee, Halter & […]

Austintown OKs Tax Break for Nordson Relocation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Nordson Corp. will receive a 60% 10-year Enterprise Zone property tax abatement to help fund its $25 million relocation of three manufacturing operations to the former Tamarkin warehouse at 375 Victoria Road in Austintown. Township trustees voted to approve the property tax break at their meeting Wednesday night. It will help fund […]

City Approves Buying Parcels for Chill Can Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Board of Control approved buying four parcels on North Lane Avenue Thursday in accordance with the East Side Urban Renewal Plan and the Joseph Co. International’s proposed $20 million chill-can complex. The city will pay $170,000 plus moving and closing expenses for the properties, according to  documents. The properties represent […]

YSU Salutes Successful Research Grant Applicants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University Thursday saluted those on its faculty who applied for research grants and last year secured $7.5 million in funding across diverse disciplines: STEM, education, business administration, the humanities, and health and human services. It was, as YSU President Jim Tressel noted at the annual Research Recognition Luncheon, the largest […]

Warren-Trumbull CIC Considers Shift in Status

WARREN, Ohio – A potential shift to a 501 (c) (3) organization is among the subjects the recently reactivated Community Improvement Corporation of Warren and Trumbull County will explore in the coming months, Tom Humphries said. Humphries is president and CEO of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, which manages the CIC under a contract with […]

Expansion Already Envisioned for Chill-Can Plant

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The CEO of Joseph Co. International says the approximately 21 acres the company has acquired on the East Side to build a $20 million chill-can beverage and technology center is just the beginning. “We’re already looking at other properties for expansion in the city of Youngstown,” said Mitchell Joseph, who owns the […]

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