Economic Development

eCenter Links Entrepreneurs with Startup Resources

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Lack of innovation doesn’t afflict the Shenango Valley, but too many entrepreneurs are unaware of the resources available to support them. That’s a situation the new executive director of the eCenter@LindenPointe in Hermitage, Pa. wants to change. “The great thing is there is a lot of innovation,” says Ketaki Desai, who became […]

City Looks to Finalize Aid for Hotel Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city is still finalizing details of a development package to assist NYO Property Group’s conversion of the Stambaugh Building into a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, community and economic development director T. Sharon Woodberry said Wednesday. The city is requesting a 100% tax abatement for the project, which requires approval from the […]

Board of Control Approves Urban Renewal Purchases

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Board of Control Thursday approved two purchase agreements with residents as part of the Near East Urban Renewal Plan. The board – which consists of Mayor John McNally, Finance Director David Bozanich, and Law Director Martin Hume – approved the city spending $25,000 and $1,000 in closing costs to purchase […]

Howland Farmers Market Launches Video Series

HOWLAND, Ohio – The Howland Farmers Market has launched a new web series, Farm Fresh Express, highlighting the market’s vendors and examining where and how their products are made. The eight-part series is funded by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farm Fresh Express is filmed and produced by 2 Ticks & […]

Oak Hill Collaborative Gets New 3-D Printers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With a donation from the Thomases Family Endowment, the Oak Hill Collaborative has purchased four 3-D printers, the organization announced Wednesday. The printers, purchased from Youngstown-based Applied Systems and Technology Transfer, will be installed in Oak Hill Collaborative’s MakerSpace. The space offers free classes, access to building tools including 3-D printers and […]

5 Lawrence County Businesses to Be Honored Sept. 29

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The Lawrence County Economic Development Corp. will honor five local companies who have recently made a significant monetary investment in Lawrence County. The Impact Award Luncheon will be held Sept. 29 at New Castle Country Club. Companies to be honored include Castle Mold and Tool, Dairy Farmers of America, Nick’s Auto […]

Penn-Northwest Brings 2 Manufacturers to Mercer County

MERCER, Pa. — The Shenango Valley is increasingly tracking as more than mere blips on the radar screens of out-of-state and international companies seeking to relocate or expand their production and distribution operations, development officials say. “We have four new companies committed to Mercer County,” says Randy Seitz, CEO of Penn-Northwest Development Corp., based in […]

WRPA Considers Legal Options in Closed Session

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority has not initiated legal action against Aerodynamics Inc. nor is it the subject of action by the carrier, the port authority’s executive director said today. Members of the port authority’s board of directors conferred behind closed doors for about two hours Friday morning. Last week, the […]

Port Authority Considers Options in Closed Session

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority has not initiated legal action against Aerodynamics Inc. nor been the subject of action by the carrier, the port authority’s executive director said today. Members of the port authority’s board of directors conferred behind closed doors for about two hours this morning. Last week, the board […]

Shenango Chamber Chief Promotes the ‘Good Things’

SHARON, Pa. — On one of the walls in Sherris Moreira’s office at the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce hangs a sign with the proclamation, “Good Things are Going to Happen.” “I’m a big believer in posting positive mantras,” Moreira says. She started about two months ago as the chamber’s executive director. As far as […]

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