Economic Development

Thomases Endowment Supports YWCA Job Skills Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A $5,000 grant from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation will support the YWCA of Youngstown’s job skills program. The three-week workshops focus on career assessment and exploration, financial literacy, resume writing and interviewing. The program provides individuals with skills to improve their employability, which results in maintaining […]

Fireline Seeks Rezoning to Build 9th Plant Addition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council will consider rezoning several properties on the East Side to support Fireline Inc.’s expansion plans. The legislation before council tonight would change the classification of the properties to Industrial Green. The properties, zoned “multi-family residential,” sit on the corner of Watt and Adams streets as does a lot on Elk […]

Shenango Chamber Begins 2017 with New Focus, Staff

SHARON, Pa. – The Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce enters 2017 with a new focus on promoting, supporting and expanding quality-of-life amenities in the Shenango Valley. As part of that focus, the chamber has added a new outreach coordinator, a new logo and new events, reports Sherris Moreira, executive director of the chamber. “The quality […]

Projects Worth $1.87 Billion in Pipeline, Chamber Says

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is working with companies on projects that represent potentially $1.87 billion in investment and nearly 2,800 in new and retained jobs. The 838 new jobs would represent an additional annual payroll of $25.81 million and the 1,937 retained positions $86.6 million, the chamber said in its quarterly […]

3-D Manufacturing Hub ‘Cut a Path for Others’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – America Makes serves as a model for the diverse manufacturing hubs that have followed since its creation four years ago, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s chief operating officer told the White House conference on advanced manufacturing. Barb Ewing was among the featured speakers at the White House Manufacturing USA stakeholder event held Wednesday. […]

Chamber to Provide Development Services to Weathersfield

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Weathersfield Township has signed a one-year, $20,000 contract with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber to provide “customized economic development and related services,” the chamber announced this morning. Among the services are creating an inventory of available property, business attraction and retention efforts, addressing corridor issues, creating a marketing strategy for the township […]

City Executes Loan Documents for Hotel Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city Board of Control executed loan documents Tuesday related to NYO Property Group’s conversion of the Stambaugh Building downtown into a 133-room DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Signing the documents commits the city to provide a $700,000 term loan and $2.05 million bridge loan for the project and means NYO can complete […]

Unemployment Rates Down Slightly in Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley’s unemployment rates dropped slightly in November from the month before and are close to the rates in 2015, data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show. In Mahoning County, the unemployment rate last month was 5.6%, down from 5.8% both a month earlier and November 2015. […]

Outreach Efforts Top 2017 Agenda at CCPA

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Administration of the Columbiana County Port Authority became more coherent and systematic this past year and its role in the economic development of the county better understood by the governments and businesses it serves, officials say. In its last meeting of the year Monday night, port authority Executive Director Penny Traina […]

YBI Offers Naming Rights for Its Fifth Building

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Barb Ewing looks over a balcony above the two-story Murray & C. Kenneth Fibus Advanced Manufacturing Lab in what today is known as Tech Block Building #5, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s fifth building that’s undergoing a $5 million renovation. “There are lots of manufacturing facilities that have 12- to 15-foot ceilings,” far […]


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