Economic Development

Election Delays Decisions on Manufacturing Projects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is working with companies that collectively are considering some $2 billion worth of  projects, but the presidential election has put many decisions on hold, a chamber official said. “That’s something we run into every time there is a national election where there could potentially be changes in […]

Ceremony Marks Start of Wick Ave. Transformation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The long-awaited upgrade to the Wick Avenue corridor had its origins on a sunny day in 2008 much like yesterday, Sharon Letson mused at the ceremony where dirt was moved to launch the project. As representatives of Wick Neighbors’ design review committee walked Wick, the executive director of Youngstown CityScape recalled, they […]

Warren, Townships Seek JEDD at Former Steel Site

WARREN, Ohio – Standing near the largely razed site of the former Republic Steel Corp. mill, Doug Franklin reflected on how, shortly after getting his driver’s license, he would sometimes drop his father off for work there. His father worked at the mill for 44 years to earn a living, raise a family and send […]

Penn-Northwest to Host ‘Think About Energy’ Forum

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Penn-Northwest Development Corp. will hold a ”Think About Energy” forum from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Sept. 30, at the Avalon Golf & Country Club. The forum is designed to spark discussion about energy development and use, said Tammy Calderwood, Penn-Northwest marketing director. “We’re excited for local businesses to understand the production, transportation and […]

South Ave. Groups Plan Friday Cleanup Event

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — the South Avenue Area Neighborhood Development Initiative, in conjunction with the South Avenue Business Association, will hold Project Clean Sweep for South Avenue this Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives of businesses along the corridor, volunteers from neighborhood block watches, students from Cardinal Mooney High School and Mahoning County Juvenile […]

City to Kick Off Wick Ave. Upgrade Thursday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city will break ground Thursday morning on the long-anticipated upgrade of Wick Avenue. The $5 million-plus Wick Avenue Improvement Project will run along the roadway from Rayen Avenue to the south to the Route 422 service road to the north. As part of the project, utility lines will be moved underground, […]

Renewal Flows with Shenango River

There is a grassy dry channel about 20 feet wide that stretches along the Shenango River near Sharpsville, Pa., its ridges stocked with summer wildflowers and trees. Directly ahead, the shallow gulch bisects two perfectly preserved cut-stone walls that appear oddly out of step with the natural habitat in this segment of the river. Both […]

2 Industries Buck Trends as Their Output Rises

CLEVELAND – Manufacturing in Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky and the northern panhandle of West Virginia accounted for only 13.6% of the U.S. economy, down from 26.3% in 1997, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reported Thursday. But two industries bucked this trend: petroleum and coal products and computers and electronic products. In their article […]

eCenter Links Entrepreneurs with Startup Resources

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Lack of innovation doesn’t afflict the Shenango Valley, but too many entrepreneurs are unaware of the resources available to support them. That’s a situation the new executive director of the eCenter@LindenPointe in Hermitage, Pa. wants to change. “The great thing is there is a lot of innovation,” says Ketaki Desai, who became […]

City Looks to Finalize Aid for Hotel Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city is still finalizing details of a development package to assist NYO Property Group’s conversion of the Stambaugh Building into a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, community and economic development director T. Sharon Woodberry said Wednesday. The city is requesting a 100% tax abatement for the project, which requires approval from the […]


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