Economic Development

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 […]

Regional Chamber, Magnet Join to Offer New Services

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A new partnership between the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber and the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network will bring new consulting services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the Mahoning Valley. The advocacy and growth group, better known as Magnet, will offer sales and marketing, product design, workforce development and logistics consultations to […]

OU Gets $2M to Aid Coal Country Entrepreneurs

ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University has received a $2 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Partnerships for Opportunities and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) program to create a 28-county regional innovation network in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. The goal of the program is to create 125 new businesses and 1,110 jobs and raise […]

Local Unemployment Shows Slight Decrease in July

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – July’s unemployment rates for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties edged down from the month before, data released this morning show. Unemployment last month was 6.2% in both Columbiana and Trumbull counties and 5.8% in Mahoning County, down a tenth of a percentage point from the June rate for each, according to the […]

Layered Approach to Build 3-D Manufacturing Cluster

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Northeastern Ohio is “ideally suited” to emerge as a national leader in additive manufacturing technology and positioned to develop a long-term business and economic culture around it, says a comprehensive study released this morning. “We started working on it in December of last year,” says Barb Ewing, chief operating officer at the […]

Ohio Jobless Rate Falls to 4.8% in July

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state’s unemployment rate was 4.8% in July, down from 5.0% in June, the Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. By comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.9%, unchanged from June and down from 5.3% in July 2015. Nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,400 over the […]

Woodberry Takes Pride in City’s Work to Create Jobs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — When she was in school, T. Sharon Woodberry knew that she was interested in working in some aspect of government, but didn’t know which aspect. Hired by the city of Youngstown nearly two decades ago, Woodberry today is its director of community planning and economic development. After graduating from East High School, […]

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