Economic Development

Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center Opens in Warren

WARREN, Ohio – Joseph Balest says he’s always had great ideas. Most of the time these ideas remained in the back of his head until he came across a new product in a store that resembled the very idea that he had hatched just few years earlier. This time, though, Balest didn’t let his latest […]

YNDC Seeks Funds for ‘Blight-Fighting’ Center Renovations

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. launched an online fundraising campaign to raise the final $10,000 for construction and rehabilitation work at its construction and flight-fighting center. The 2-acre site will serve as a base of operations for YNDC’s efforts to fight blight by boarding up, cleaning up and rehabilitating vacant properties throughout the […]

Projects Pump Up Investment in Columbiana County

LISBON, Ohio – Critical infrastructure improvements, a growing portfolio of commercial ventures such as the TownCenter project in the city of Columbiana, and the potential to lure new industry attracted by low-cost energy, a highly skilled workforce and tax incentives, are helping to guide development in Columbiana County over the next five years. That’s the […]

Inn at Poland Way to Break Ground this Morning

POLAND, Ohio – EDM Management Inc. and Briarfield Healthcare Centers will break ground today on the new Inn at Poland Way. The invitation-only event will begin with a breakfast reception at the Poland Township Administration Building followed by a groundbreaking at the project site. The 76,000-square-foot assisted living center is being built on a 6.5-acre […]

Architecture Students Offer Design Ideas for Downtown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With students scurrying about and poring over street diagrams, proposing ideas for buildings and consulting with professors in the room next door, some presented their ideas to the Economic Action Group Friday morning. The charrette – a three-day collaborative design session involving graduate students and professors from the architecture colleges at Ball […]

With Water Pacts in Place, Clean Energy Plant Advances

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Agreements in principle between Clean Energy Future LLC and village of Lordstown, the city of Warren, and the city of Niles to provide water and wastewater services to the company’s proposed electrical generation plant here are now in place, overcoming one of the final hurdles before work could begin on the $900 […]

YSU International Trade Center Promotes Exports

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — No longer is international business dominated by cities such as New York, Zurich, Chicago, London, Hong Kong or Tokyo. Joining or increasing their participation in international business are Newton Falls, Girard, Goshen Township, Ashtabula and Youngstown – along with hundreds of other small towns and cities like them – where manufacturers look […]

‘Better Block’ Sets Up Shops Sunday in Brownlee Woods

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – If all goes as planned, this Sunday Midlothian Boulevard will look as it never has before, thanks to Better Block, put on by Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and the Brownlee Woods Neighborhood Association. Better Block, this one on Midlothian between Sheridan Road and Irma Avenue, will feature pop-up businesses selling vegetables, art […]

Prodigal Son Returns, Again, with Plans for Apartments

WARREN, Ohio — A long-awaited development piece for downtown is on the horizon with the announcement Wednesday afternoon that several luxury apartments will be developed. Mark D. Marvin, a Warren native and president of the Marvin Group Inc., says plans are underway to build the apartments in two of the four buildings he recently purchased. […]

Brookings Expert Advises Chamber on Export Efforts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – On the heels of Global Trade Magazine naming Greater Youngstown one of the top areas in the nation for exporting, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber received some timely advice from the Brookings Institution on what can be improved. Marek Gootman, director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives for the think tank based […]


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