Economic Development

City OKs More Funds for Oak Hill Green Space

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A long-abandoned church on Oak Hill Avenue should be demolished for use as green space by the end of April, a city official said Thursday. The Board of Control approved increasing its financial commitment to $8,000 for asbestos abatement and demolition of the old Clarence Robinson Church, 1705 Oak Hill Ave. Last […]

CCPA Selects Former Board Member, Commissioner

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Columbiana County Port Authority Board of Directors today voted to offer former county commissioner Penny Traina the position of executive director. Traina, who served three years on the CCPA board and as its fiscal officer, resigning in November, is executive director of CrossRoads at Beaver Creek, a nonprofit based here. […]

City Gets 2 Proposals for Grocery Store Building

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city plans to release information possibly as early as today regarding the two proposals it received for the former Bottom Dollar Food property on the South Side. Neither of the proposals were from established grocers. The city had hoped to attract another full-service grocery store to the site, which had been […]

Salem SOD Center Updates Projects, Honors Leaders

SALEM, Ohio – The Salem Area Sustainable Opportunity Development Center Inc. says it opened 40 new economic development projects, closed six successful projects and continued work on 16 other initiatives in 2015. Meanwhile, the SOD helped create 28 jobs and retain 26 others within the city during 2015. The numbers were released by the nonprofit […]

Council Weighs Borrowing $2M from Brownfield Fund

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council will consider whether to borrow $2 million from the state’s brownfield revolving loan fund for the former Dempsey Steel property. The funds are needed to address recently discovered issues at the property, which the city acquired to support Vallourec operations. The legislation, on the agenda for this week’s meeting, would […]

Port Authority Renames Its Development Division

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority Board of Directors today formally announced the new name of its economic development division: Northeast Ohio Development and Finance Authority. The board took the action Feb. 17 as one aspect of the port authority’s new branding campaign it’s taking with the help of Farris Marketing, Boardman. Forming […]

YNDC to Offer Small-Business Startup Course

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will present a free business-planning course this spring, Bright Idea to Business Plan. It will run 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from April 5 through May 17. The classes, underwritten in part by Cortland Banks, are designed to help entrepreneurs write a business plan and learn about the […]

Gander Mountain, Francesca’s Plan Openings

NILES, Ohio – Two retailers are preparing for openings at the Eastwood Mall Complex here in the coming months, the Cafaro Co. announced Wednesday. Outdoor gear retailer Gander Mountain is moving toward a March 17 grand reopening of its store in the Howland Commons. Last year Gander Mountain opened a temporary store next to Kohl’s […]

Developmentally Disabled Workers Value Their Jobs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Almost every day, Michelle Mills shows up for work at That’s a Wrap Café. She clocks in for her six-hour shift and gets to work, just like the other dozen employees at the restaurant. Every year, the restaurant bakes thousands of pepperoni rolls for local fundraisers. Mills is responsible for filling the […]

Marchionda Drops Subpoena Fight with Auditor

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Attorneys for developer Dominic Marchionda have dropped their fight against subpoenas issued by the state auditor’s office seeking financial records related to grants it received from the city. Last year attorneys for Ohio Auditor David Yost subpoenaed Marchionda and three corporate entities – Erie Terminal Place LLC, US Campus suites and Wick […]

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