Economic Development

Penn-Northwest Engages Farris for Marketing Efforts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Farris Marketing has added Penn-Northwest Development Corp. as a client, the Boardman-based marketing agency announced Friday. Penn-Northwest works with companies to bring them to Mercer County, Pa. The agency connects those firms with government programs such as loans, tax incentives and low-cost land. Farris created a microwebsite that gives details on how […]

Need Startup Cash, Services? Enter YBI Contest

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Last autumn, when officials from the University Business Incubator Index made the trip from Stockholm to Youngstown – naming the Youngstown Business Incubator the No. 1 University Affiliated Incubator in the World – they left the YBI with a few suggestions. Among them was creating initiatives to foster new ideas, and eventually […]

ISLE to Renovate, Retrofit Fifth Avenue Building

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Iron and String Life Enhancement – ISLE — will move several of its administrative offices in the downtown into one building on lower Fifth Avenue this autumn. Plans to renovate the façade of the buildings at 28-32 Fifth Ave. were presented to the Youngstown Design Review Committee Tuesday morning. “We’ve grown so […]

Port Authority Rejects Chamber Takeover Bid

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber pitched a proposal to take over management of the Western Reserve Port Authority as the agency conducted its national search for an executive director. The port authority board of directors discussed the chamber proposal but did not bring it to a formal vote. Had it been approved, […]

Lake-to-River Delivers Fresh Food to Schools

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — When Boardman Local Schools placed its first order with Lake-to-River Food Hub a few years ago, Pat Rosenthal knew she had to be the one to make the delivery. With three cases of fresh romaine lettuce grown nearby and eight bushels of apples in her car, Rosenthal, the co-founder of Common Wealth […]

YNDC Reports $1M in 2Q Grants, Contracts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. received more than $1 million in grants and contracts from existing and new funding partners during the second quarter, the agency reports. More than $702,000 of those funds were from contracts with the city of Youngstown for owner-occupied rehabilitation, painting, planning, grass cutting and strategic acquisition and […]

Lake-to-River Food Hub Plants Seeds for Economy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – When they first started Common Wealth Inc., Pat Rosenthal and Jim Converse had no idea what it would grow into. It began in 1986 as a housing initiative for low-income families around Youngstown’s Wick Park. Four years later, they opened an office on Elm Street just north of Broadway Avenue. Over the […]

Columbus Firm Recommended for Amphitheater Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City officials want to meet by July 15 with MKSK, the Columbus-based landscape architecture firm recommended to design an amphitheater and green space on property east and west of the Market Street bridge into the downtown. The recommendation came from the committee Mayor John McNally appointed in April to review responses to […]

CIC Adopts $1M Budget to Maintain Buildings, Lots

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. Tuesday adopted a budget for fiscal 2016 of $1.02 million and elected each of its officers to another term of one-year. Most of the budget adopted will be spent on maintenance and repair of the buildings, parking lots and vacant properties the CIC owns, said […]

Oh-Penn Videos Promote Manufacturing Jobs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative has released new videos as part of its Industry Needs You campaign to promote manufacturing in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Viewable here, the videos are meant to educate local students, along with their parents and educators, about careers in local industry. Industry Needs You is an outreach […]


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