Economic Development

YMCA Plans $5 Million Renovation of Central Branch

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A $5 million renovation of the YMCA of Youngstown’s downtown branch is planned for next year, the organization’s development director said at this morning’s Design Review Committee. Marykaye Carlson appeared before the panel to request permission to install a 24-foot-by-16-foot vinyl banner on the back of Central YMCA, replacing a banner that […]

Trumbull Partnership Launches Round 2 of ‘Lots to Love’

WARREN, Ohio — Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is launching the second round of its successful “Lots to Love” program. The first of the new slate of Lots to Love, “Warren Enriched,” allows payment of as much as $6,000 for labor and materials used to install a greening project on a newly vacant lot. Eligible lots are […]

Dickten Urges Speedy DOT Approval for Air Service

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Officials at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport hope meet soon with the carrier that has proposed providing daily flights to Chicago. Airport management and the new owners of Aerodynamics Inc. are awaiting a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation on the airline’s fitness and certification of public convenience and necessity for interstate daily […]

Site Visits Introduce Companies to Communities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Bringing Exterran Energy Solutions to the Mahoning Valley was no simple task, Sarah Boyarko says. But the ultimately successful effort illustrates a key principle in economic development, “understanding how important it is that the company finds exactly what they want” and connecting it with the right site. “It took a while to […]

Siting Board Hears Unanimous Support for Power Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – A total of 14  witnesses made brief statements before representatives of the Ohio Power Siting Board last evening and not a single one spoke out against a proposed project to build an $800 million power plant in the Village. Members of the building trades, elected officials, educators, private business people and area […]

Cargo Containers as Houses? Possibly in Warren

WARREN, Ohio — It was a chance encounter that brought together Jeff Sanders, a counselor at First Step Recovery in Warren, and Edward Wiklinski, principal of Red House Projects in Cleveland. Earlier this year – Sanders says he doesn’t remember exactly when, just that “it was cold and not long after New Year’s” – Sanders […]

City Awards $39K Grant for Former Councilman’s Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Board of Control approved a $39,599 Youngstown Initiative program grant Thursday to a companylaunched by former city councilman Artis Gillam. The grant to Artis’ Tender Love & Care, 2003 McGuffey Road, was recommended last month by the committee that oversees the Initiative program, over the objection of Law Director Marty […]

Warren, Trumbull Planning Partner on Reinvestment

WARREN, Ohio – The city of Warren entered into two contracts Wednesday with the Trumbull County Planning Commission. The contracts call for the commission to update and manage implementation of its Community Reinvestment Area and to update the city’s design standards. “Trumbull County looks forward to helping the city of Warren encourage private sector investment […]

Lowellville Eyes Industrial Park, Business Incentives

LOWELLVILLE, Ohio — Mayor Jim Iudiciani noses his large white pickup truck through McGaffney Avenue and onto a gravel strip that leads into 360 vacant acres along the southern bank of the Mahoning River. Much of the land is covered with brush and trees. But about five, if not more, acres at the entrance are […]

Unemployment Rates Show Slight Rise in June

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local unemployment rates in June were up modestly from the month before, although rates were down from a year earlier, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported today Among Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, Trumbull had the highest unemployment rate for the month of June, 6.2%, up from 5.9% in […]


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