Economic Development

Cuban Diplomats Visit Valley to Discuss Trade Opportunities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Two Cuban diplomats are visiting the Mahoning Valley this week to discuss potential trade opportunities as Cuba and the United States begin the process to normalize relations between the countries. Juan Lamigueiro Leon, deputy chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., and Sergio Vazquez del Rio, first secretary of the […]

Chamber Issues 2014 Economic Development Report Card

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Regional economic development agencies assisted projects that resulted in more than $225 million in investment in 2014 and the creation of more than 800 jobs by private companies, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber reported Wednesday. According to data compiled by the chamber and its economic development partners, 79 projects resulted in $225,888,723 […]

McNally Names Committee to Review Amphitheater

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Four city department heads and a member of City Council will be among the members of a committee to evaluate responses to the city’s request for qualifications from firms interested in designing an amphitheater and greenspace between the Market Street and South Avenue bridges. Sean McKinney, building and grounds commissioner, will head […]

South Avenue Merchants Realize It’s Up to Them

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The merchants who make up the South Avenue Business Association realize they must supplement police department efforts to reduce crime by improving the environment on the artery that runs by their shops. Improving the appearance of their storefronts, not allowing trash to collect in vacant lots near their businesses and working with […]

VXI to Add 260 Positions at Downtown Call Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – VXI Global Solutions LLC will hold a job fair Tuesday and Wednesday. The company wants to fill 260 positions starting April 6 for its Youngstown call center in 20 Federal Place downtown. The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, with on-the-spot interviews and hiring, according […]

Regional Chamber Reports 1Q Development Results

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber today issued its economic development update for the first quarter, reporting $1.62 million in total investment during the period. The chamber did not specify projects accounting for that total, and indicated the new investment did not include new or retained jobs or new payroll, only that 96,607 […]

McNally to Name Amphitheater Review Committee

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Mayor John McNally could finalize a committee later today to review the six responses to the city’s request for proposals for an amphitheater and greenspace on the former Wean property. “My best intention is to do it by the end of the day,” McNally said, but added he didn’t guarantee it. The […]

Austintown Officials React to Press Frenzy Over Project

AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Township officials stressed they have nothing official to say regarding a proposed development project but that the media scrutiny has created “a bit of hysteria.” News outlets this week have pursued information regarding the proposed $125 million project (at first reported at $100 million), which an email identified at state Route […]

$100M Commercial, Residential Project in Early Stages

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — A proposed hotel, retail and residential development near Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is in its early stages, leaving Trustee Jim Davis encouraged by what township officials have seen so far. A developer approached the township zoning office with a project made up of two hotels, restaurants and retail establishments, […]

February Jobless Rates Decline in Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The combined unemployment rate in Mahoning and Trumbull counties fell to 6.8% in February, down from 7.3% in January and from 8.5% in February 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. When Mercer County is factored in, the Youngstown Metropolitan Statistical Area’s unemployment rate was 6.5% in February compared […]


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