Economic Development

City to Kick Off Wick Ave. Upgrade Thursday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city will break ground Thursday morning on the long-anticipated upgrade of Wick Avenue. The $5 million-plus Wick Avenue Improvement Project will run along the roadway from Rayen Avenue to the south to the Route 422 service road to the north. As part of the project, utility lines will be moved underground, […]

Renewal Flows with Shenango River

There is a grassy dry channel about 20 feet wide that stretches along the Shenango River near Sharpsville, Pa., its ridges stocked with summer wildflowers and trees. Directly ahead, the shallow gulch bisects two perfectly preserved cut-stone walls that appear oddly out of step with the natural habitat in this segment of the river. Both […]

2 Industries Buck Trends as Their Output Rises

CLEVELAND – Manufacturing in Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky and the northern panhandle of West Virginia accounted for only 13.6% of the U.S. economy, down from 26.3% in 1997, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reported Thursday. But two industries bucked this trend: petroleum and coal products and computers and electronic products. In their article […]

eCenter Links Entrepreneurs with Startup Resources

HERMITAGE, Pa. — Lack of innovation doesn’t afflict the Shenango Valley, but too many entrepreneurs are unaware of the resources available to support them. That’s a situation the new executive director of the eCenter@LindenPointe in Hermitage, Pa. wants to change. “The great thing is there is a lot of innovation,” says Ketaki Desai, who became […]

City Looks to Finalize Aid for Hotel Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city is still finalizing details of a development package to assist NYO Property Group’s conversion of the Stambaugh Building into a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, community and economic development director T. Sharon Woodberry said Wednesday. The city is requesting a 100% tax abatement for the project, which requires approval from the […]


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