Economic Development

Road to Youngstown’s Renewal Spans Decades

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Business leaders, quasi-government organizations, city administrators, elected officials, institutions such as Youngstown State University, neighborhood groups – even a long-ago president of the United States — all share in the credit of rebuilding the appeal and image of the city. That was the overarching message of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Good […]

9,401 Entities File to Do Business in February

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some 9,401 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during February, the office of Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday, noting that the figure 1,483 higher than the number of business filed in February 2015 when 7,918 entities submitted their paperwork. Husted said based in the number of filings in […]

Funds Approved to Clean Former Dempsey Steel Site

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Board of Control approved a $286,366 contract this morning with MS Consultants for additional cleanup at the former site of Dempsey Steel after contractors at the site found a petroleum leak. “That item is for the engineering work and services that they [MS Consultants] will need to address some of […]

Developers Prefer ‘Shovel-Ready’ Sites with Credentials

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley boasts a healthy stock of land for industrial purposes, some of it brownfields abandoned in the wake of the retrenchment of the steel industry and manufacturing base in the 1970s and ’80s. Few of these sites are “shovel-ready” plots – sites free of just about every encumbrance that one […]

Aerodynamics to Announce Service to Start in May

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Officials with Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and Aerodynamics Inc. have set a March 24 news conference to officially announce daily non-stop air service between the Vienna Township airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Service will begin that month, according to the announcement emailed by Dan Dickten, director of aviation at the airport. The […]

Fund For Our Economic Future OKs $3M in Funding

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio – The members of the Fund Our Economic Future philanthropic collaboration approved $3 million to advance business development and job creation in northeastern Ohio, the group announced. Included among the “grant and non-grant instruments” are Team NEO with an award of up to $650,000, up to $800,000 to BioEnterprise and up to $900,000 […]

Exports Rise to $3.6 Billion Annually in 3-County MSA

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning and Shenango valleys exported $3.6 billion in goods and services in 2014, commanding 16.1% of the metropolitan statistical area’s total gross domestic product, according to data provided by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman MSA, which includes Mercer County in western Pennsylvania, ranked 76th among the top 100 such […]

Valley Business, Political Leaders Visit Cuba

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A group of eight elected officials, business leaders and consultants – including representatives from the Mahoning Valley — traveled to Cuba last week to explore exporting opportunities. “We left there with a better understanding of the rules and regulations of doing business in Cuba, including workforce and cultural differences,” said Sarah Boyarko, […]

Big Dipper Food Wants Closed Store for Warehouse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Big Dipper Food Co. wants to convert the former Bottom Dollar Food grocery store on the South Side to a warehouse and distribution center to accommodate its projected growth, the president of the company said Thursday. Big Dipper Food, which manufactures and sells peanut brittle and assorted varieties of popcorn, is one […]

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 […]


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