Economic Development

YNDC Reports Busy Quarter, $1.3M in New Grants

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. had a busy second quarter as the organization hosted 11 community workdays, sold six rehabilitated houses and launched the Iron Roots Community Supported Agriculture program to provide fresh produce to members. According to its second quarter report released Wednesday, YNDC hosted workdays in Wick park, Fairgreen Community […]

Farms Feed the Local Food Economy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Phil McMaster climbs aboard a large, bright yellow sweet-corn harvester and slowly inches the machine out of a barn toward the rear of a long driveway at McMaster Farms in Columbiana. It’s a short test run. Because in three weeks, the big yellow harvester will be running over a field of 22,000 […]

Columbiana Chambers Host Development Update

LISBON Ohio – Columbiana County needs to be the fourth “C” in Ohio, joining Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, the so-called three C’s, posits Penny Traina, CEO of the Columbiana County Port Authority. Traina was among the local and state officials and representatives of local nonprofit groups and consultants who made presentations Tuesday during the Good […]

Wellsville Intermodal Facility Eyes Markets on Ohio River

WELLSVILLE, Ohio – The Wellsville Intermodal Facility was designed to take in thousands of tons of commodities – minerals and foodstuffs — from barges, then load them onto trucks or freight trains or store them in nearby warehouses, silos and tanks. But on Tuesday an overhead crane loaded 1,800 tons of limestone onto a barge […]

Kmart Demolition Clears Way for Development

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Demolition crews have spent the last several weeks razing the former Kmart department store building along Youngstown-Poland Road, clearing the way for potential development of that site. “It’s an extremely good piece of real estate,” said Bill Kutlick, president of Kutlick Realty LLC in Boardman. “We have people looking, but it’s still […]

Rethink Economic Development, Community Leaders Told

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A paradigm shift is needed regarding economic development in the Mahoning Valley and the nation, says Donald Iannone, a consultant with 40 years in the field. “The shift is that we need to recognize that we have to raise the level of prosperity overall,” he observes. “We have to recognize that prosperity […]

CCPA Administers $20K Drug-Free Workplace Grant

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The Columbiana County Port Authority is administering a $20,000 drug-free workplace grant to three businesses on behalf of the county Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Penny Traina, CEO, told her board Monday. The city of Salem, Humtown Pattern Co. (also known as Humtown Products) and Hot Dog Shoppe were chosen […]

Food, Beverage Manufacturing Employment Outpaces Nation

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Food and beverage manufacturing employment grew 21% in northeastern Ohio from 2007 to 2016, compared to 5% nationwide, reports the quarterly Cleveland Plus Economic Review released today by Team Northeast Ohio. This growth is expected to continue over the next decade, with projections of 14% growth for the 18-county region and 10% […]

Workshop Focuses on ‘Redefining Economic Growth’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The prevailing wisdom about economic development and prosperity must be re-examined, a 40-year veteran in the economic development field says. Donald T. Iannone, a consultant who has held leadership positions for Greater Cleveland Growth Association and, more recently, Growth Partnership for Ashtabula, will be the featured presenter today at “Redefining Economic Growth: […]

Council Delay on JAC Doesn’t Worry Officials

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Officials with the city administration say they are satisfied with progress related to the riverfront park and amphitheater project, despite City Council holding off on contracts to manager amphitheater operations and concessions. At its meeting Wednesday night, council members approved a resolution in support of the city’s application for a $4 million […]

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