Economic Development

CCPA Selects Former Board Member, Commissioner

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The Columbiana County Port Authority Board of Directors today voted to offer former county commissioner Penny Traina the position of executive director. Traina, who served three years on the CCPA board and as its fiscal officer, resigning in November, is executive director of CrossRoads at Beaver Creek, a nonprofit based here. […]

City Gets 2 Proposals for Grocery Store Building

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city plans to release information possibly as early as today regarding the two proposals it received for the former Bottom Dollar Food property on the South Side. Neither of the proposals were from established grocers. The city had hoped to attract another full-service grocery store to the site, which had been […]

Salem SOD Center Updates Projects, Honors Leaders

SALEM, Ohio – The Salem Area Sustainable Opportunity Development Center Inc. says it opened 40 new economic development projects, closed six successful projects and continued work on 16 other initiatives in 2015. Meanwhile, the SOD helped create 28 jobs and retain 26 others within the city during 2015. The numbers were released by the nonprofit […]

Council Weighs Borrowing $2M from Brownfield Fund

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – City Council will consider whether to borrow $2 million from the state’s brownfield revolving loan fund for the former Dempsey Steel property. The funds are needed to address recently discovered issues at the property, which the city acquired to support Vallourec operations. The legislation, on the agenda for this week’s meeting, would […]

Port Authority Renames Its Development Division

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority Board of Directors today formally announced the new name of its economic development division: Northeast Ohio Development and Finance Authority. The board took the action Feb. 17 as one aspect of the port authority’s new branding campaign it’s taking with the help of Farris Marketing, Boardman. Forming […]

YNDC to Offer Small-Business Startup Course

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will present a free business-planning course this spring, Bright Idea to Business Plan. It will run 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays from April 5 through May 17. The classes, underwritten in part by Cortland Banks, are designed to help entrepreneurs write a business plan and learn about the […]

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