Economic Development

E-Center to Hold ‘Startup Weekend’ Sept. 16-18

HERMITAGE, Pa. – The eCenter@LindenPointe will hold the inaugural Startup Weekend Sept. 16, 17 and 18 for entrepreneurs and creative minds, Executive Director Ketaki Desai announced Tuesday, which she billed as “a 54-hour sprint to build businesses.” Startup Weekends are about people learning to start a business by creating one themselves, she said. “Participants don’t […]

Employers, but Not Energy Industry, Meet Incentive Goals

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The annual meeting of the Tax Incentive Review Council lasted 17 minutes Monday, its members satisfied that employers in the program, except those in the oil and gas industry, are meeting or have surpassed their job-creation goals. The chairman of the council, Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meacham, accepted T. Sharon Woodberry’s 34-page […]

Chamber Seeks Support for Missile Defense Site

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission is encouraging community stakeholders to submit letters of support for a proposal to bring a large Eastern States Missile Defense site to Ravenna. Camp Ravenna Joint Military Center, which straddles Trumbull and Portage counties, is one of three finalists being considered for the […]

Oak Hill Collaborative Completes Raspberry Pi Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – An effort to bridge the “digital divide” for those from low–to-moderate income households is under way at the Oak Hill Collaborative this summer. The Oak Hill Collaborative is nearing completion of a program it sponsored that engaged 12 young people in STEM education and hands-on training in building and programming a Raspberry […]

McNally Seeks DOT Meeting over Tiger Application

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mayor John McNally sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting a meeting regarding the city’s application for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant funds. The city’s application for $15.5 million was not among the requests that were funded when the eighth round of federal Tiger grants totaling nearly $500 […]

Chamber Represents JobsOhio R&D Program

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mahoning Valley businesses are invited to apply for the new JobsOhio Research & Development Grant for projects that support the development and commercialization of emerging technologies and products that align with one or more of JobsOhio’s targeted industries. The Regional Chamber, as the designated TeamNEO partner, is facilitating the program in Mahoning […]

Eastgate Seeks Input on Development Strategy

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments is seeking feedback on the comprehensive economic development strategy for Ashtabula, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The strategy, which Eastgate developed with its partners, contains pertinent economic and demographic information on the region including distress criteria, employment trends and regionally significant industries. It outlines regional goals and […]

Work Begins to Build Additive Manufacturing Cluster

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Now that many of the players and challenges related to developing an additive manufacturing cluster in northeastern Ohio have been identified, the next step is to execute a strategy to attract businesses that supply, use and provide services for this technology. “We’re looking to build a formal a steering committee and break […]

Downtown Hotel Project Begins with Terra Cotta Work

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel downtown, planned for the Stambaugh Building downtown, should to be complete in late 2017, an architect affiliated with the project said Tuesday. Paul Hagman, president of RBF CoLab Architecture and Design, joined by Annissa Neider, an architect with MS Consultants Inc., attended yesterday’s meeting of the city […]

Clings Advertise Availability of Salem’s Storefronts

SALEM, Ohio – As business owners and economic development agencies in downtown Salem see it, the new vinyl window clings that will be in vacant storefronts are far better than the usual “For Sale or Lease” signs. The displays put up Monday morning feature colorful displays of hypothetical stores and boutiques that could occupy the […]


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