Economic Development

Columbiana County Port Authority Re-elects Board

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The board of the Columbiana County Port Authority re-elected Charley Presley of Salem to another one-year term as chairman Tuesday night. The five-man board also re-elected Keith Chamberlin of Columbiana as vice chairman and Nick Amato of Wellsville secretary. Tad Herold, chief economic development officer of Columbiana County, was elected to […]

‘Shopping Local Pays’ at Columbiana Merchants

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – On the heels of its November effort to encourage residents to shop at stores here, the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce is launching a monthly program to encourage them to patronize those same businesses. The new “Shopping Local Pays” program is intended to encourage customers to hold on to their receipts – […]

Vivo Brothers to Establish Plant in Columbiana

POLAND, Ohio – Vivo Brothers Inc., a company that specializes in architectural millwork and custom cabinetry, plans to renovate and move into a new manufacturing plant in Columbiana to complement its existing operations at 8420 South Ave., the company says. “We started the process about a year ago,” said Vince Vivo, general manager, who along […]

WRPA Tells Commissioners about Potential Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Mahoning County Commissioners David Ditzler and Carol Rimedio-Righetti met behind closed doors for about an hour Friday with the staff of the Western Reserve Port Authority to discuss a potential economic development project. The commissioners and the WRPA representatives, along with Michael DiPerna, the port authority’s financial adviser, met in executive session […]

City Officials Don’t Know Why Auditor Issued Subpoenas

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mayor John McNally and Finance Director David Bozanich said the Ohio auditor’s office hasn’t contacted them regarding more than $1.7 million in water and wastewater grants for a downtown developer. As part of its 2014 audit of the city, the office of state Auditor David Yost has subpoenaed documents related to the […]

Marchionda Fights Subpoenas for Records of City Grants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The state of Ohio says downtown developer Dominic Marchionda and three affiliated companies are trying to “avoid accountability” by seeking to quash subpoenas for financial records related to how they spent more than $1.7 million in water and wastewater grants funds provided by the city of Youngstown. Marchionda’s attorney counters not so, […]

OH-Penn Apprentice Program Lays Out Reimbursement

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – The advisory council of the Greater OH-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network, which has $3 million to reimburse employers for apprenticeship programs, was long on goals and short on specifics Wednesday. The council met for the first time yesterday on how to disburse its American Apprenticeship Initiative grant over the next five years. […]

AMP Pulls Plug on $100M Columbiana Metals Plant

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – AMP Corp. reportedly has backed out of a plan to purchase 183 acres in Fairfield Township where it had proposed developing a specialty metals manufacturing plant. News outlets including WKBN and the Morning Journal report that AMP, which represents the company that to date has only been identified as “Project Foxtrot,” is […]

Vendors Grow $24,000 at Warren Farmers Markets

WARREN, Ohio – Vendors at the weekly farmers markets sponsored by Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership report sales of $24,162 during the 20-plus weeks the market was held last summer. From early June until the beginning of October, the market was open three hours on Courthouse Square every Tuesday. In the market’s annual report, released Monday, TNP […]

Grassroots Groups Seed Youngstown Neighborhoods

Early on Dec. 5, amid fog and ice and frost, students from Youngstown State University gathered in a parking lot just off campus. After signing their names on a sheet of paper and listing their email addresses, they split into groups, each heading to different neighborhoods near YSU. “We normally have more than this,” said […]

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