Economic Development

More Digging Leads to Breaking New Ground

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio – True to their agency motto, officials from the Ohio Utilities Protection Service called before they dug. Only they didn’t dial 811 to notify the utility company, they called the press. On Wednesday, the nonprofit held a groundbreaking for its new 17,000-square-foot headquarters here. “In the end it was an obvious choice,” […]

Youngstown, Lorain Post Highest May Jobless Rates

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown and Lorain had the highest unemployment rates among Ohio cities of 50,000 or more in May, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. In both cites, the unemployment rate was 7.4% last month, according to the monthly data. The city of Warren followed close behind, at 7.2%, […]

New Chief Reviews All Aspects of CCPA

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The executive director of the Columbiana County Port Authority, Penny Traina, is taking charge of the economic development agency, examining and reviewing every aspect of its operations. In the four months since becoming executive director, Traina has focused on managing the port authority and making the municipalities and  townships more aware […]

Chamber Hopes Trump Bobblehead Turns Real Heads

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – When Brandon Lamoncha first saw the designs for the piece the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber requested, he couldn’t quite believe what he saw. “It was literally just a headless man, said Lamoncha, sales manager at Humtown Products in Columbiana. We wondered what we were involved in,” he said. “We get a lot […]

Lower Costs Put Region in Position for Growth

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – No factor by itself will be the “silver bullet” that convinces a company to relocate or expand in northeastern Ohio, but the region’s cost advantages offer “a good argument,” a Team NEO official said. The cost advantages of operating here are highlighted in Team NEO’s latest quarterly report, the Cleveland Plus Economic […]

Regional Chamber to Unveil RNC ‘Showpiece’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber will unveil Thursday what it describes as the “showpiece” it will display at the Republican National Convention in July. According to a media advisory, the “unique, show-stopping centerpiece” will be unveiled at 10 a.m. at the chamber’s offices downtown. The showpiece is designed to highlight the Mahoning […]

ProQuality Submits Low Bid for ‘Wick Six’ Demo Work

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City officials expect work to begin in mid-August on the demolition of six former car dealership structures on Wick Avenue. ProQuality Demolition, Campbell, was the lowest of the six bidders that submitted proposals for demolition and environmental remediation of the former “Wick Six” properties north of Youngstown State University. ProQuality’s bid of […]

Shell Cracks Open New Petrochemical Industry

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Canadian city of Sarnia, Ontario, was built on the oil and gas industry. In 1858, the first commercial oil well in North America started production here – a year before Edwin Drake struck black gold in Titusville, Pa. Today, the city of 72,000 on the shores of Lake Huron, about 50 […]

Shale Crescent Group Touts Ohio Valley to Industry

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A privately funded group based out of Marietta is stepping up its initiative to market the Ohio Valley region as the ideal place for manufacturers to locate and capitalize on the area’s low cost of natural gas, its members said during a conference call Thursday. “It’s created a huge opportunity,” said Jerry […]

Report Outlines Conditions in Ohio’s Industrial Cities

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report from the Greater Ohio Policy Center highlights the critical conditions of Ohio’s small and mid-sized older industrial cities and their regions in the wake of the Great Recession and decades of population and manufacturing job loss. The report — From Akron to Zanesville: How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Legacy […]


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