Economic Development

Girard Will Host Meetings on Comprehensive Plan

GIRARD, Ohio – The city of Girard will host two public meetings to let residents, business owners and community stakeholders to share their thoughts on the future of the city. Girard contracted with the Trumbull County Planning Commission to produce an update to the city’s 2000 comprehensive plan. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 […]

Entrepreneurs Compete for Startup Help at eCenter

HERMITAGE, Pa. – Eight teams of finalists who represent five colleges will compete in the Oh-Penn for Business College Business Plan Competition from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 16 at the eCenter@LindenPointe. A total $3,500 in prizes will be awarded plus assistance and incubation space, says Lisa O’Hara, executive assistant at the eCenter. The […]

Rail Line Upgrades Boost Industrial Development

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Every day we see the ongoing major repairs to highways and interstates that serve the area: bright orange cones and traffic advisory signs, traffic reduced to one lane, the din of jackhammers, cement trucks. These inconveniences all are part of the infrastructure improvements necessary to keep business in the region moving. Less […]

Arts Mean Business Group Schedules 4 Workshops

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — “How to Build Sales through Social Media” is the first in a new series of four Arts Means Business workshops this year, Youngstown State University announces. The first two-hour workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 13, in the McDonough Museum of Art. R.J. Thompson of the College of Creative Arts […]

‘The Youngstown Flea’ Seeks ‘Market for Makers’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Derrick McDowell is a sole proprietor who thinks big. His resume begins with fast-food jobs when he was in high school and attending Youngstown State University. He moved on to selling cell phones and management positions with AT&T before striking out on his own. McDowell founded Wardrobe Brand LLC in 2008 to […]

YBI Expansion Should Be Ready by Year-end, CIC Told

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Work on Tech Block 5 of the Youngstown Business Incubator, the old Vindicator building, should be completed by year-end, the board of the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. learned Tuesday. The U.S. Economic Development Administration, which is granting $3 million toward the repurposing of the old newspaper plant, has signed off […]

JobsOhio Cites Record Metrics in Annual Report

COLUMBUS, Ohio – JobsOhio touts record numbers of job creation and capital investment in its 2015 annual report and strategic plan. The state’s private economic development corporation reports it worked on 330 projects last year that resulted in 23,602 new jobs in Ohio – more than 9,100 during the final quarter — and $6.7 billion […]

Fresh Coast Capital to Reclaim City Park Lands

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown is among six cities nationwide working with a Chicago-based investment fund in a program designed to reclaim and repurpose vacant land. Fresh Coast Capital announced Thursday that the $1 million fund would invest in 60 acres of pilot projects in Youngstown, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Elkhart, Ind., and Battle Creek […]

Port Authority Advances 4 Development Projects

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority is assisting four economic development projects in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, including the proposed Auto Parkit LLC headquarters and plant in Warren. “We’re not having any trouble keeping busy now,” said Anthony Trevena, WRPA’s director of economic development. The port authority’s economic development division recently was rebranded […]

Velfera Auto Design Project Hits Bump in the Road

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The failure of Velfera Auto Design Inc. to secure the land it sought in western Pennsylvania isn’t affecting its plans elsewhere, an East Liverpool city official said Tuesday. The president of Velfera, Antonio Pierce, met Tuesday with East Liverpool officials about the project. “It was a great meeting,” remarked Brian Allen, safety […]


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