Economic Development

Shell Cracker Plant Seen as Game-Changer for Region

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Royal Dutch Shell’s final investment decision to construct a $4 billion ethane cracker plant near Monaca, Pa., is likely to send economic reverberations throughout the entire region – and officials say they’re prepared for what they believe is coming. “All of us are on Cloud Nine,” exclaimed Linda Nitch, executive director of […]

$890M Energy Plant Puts Broad Smiles on All Faces

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – Bill Siderewicz smiled with satisfaction Monday as he looked upon a large tract of land along Henn Parkway, just east of state Route 45. What he saw were earth-moving vehicles, tall cranes, and dozens of workers laying the foundation of what will be a $890 million natural gas-fueled electrical generation plant, the […]

Streetscape Volunteers Make Youngstown Look Its Best

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – This city, especially the downtown, never looks better than the afternoon of Streetscape. This year’s “visual improvement project,” as the sponsoring agency, CityScape, modestly calls it, took place Saturday. For the 19th time, a host of volunteers descended on the downtown, the near North Side and the arteries that lead to the […]

Building Projects Buoy Zoning, Planning Offices

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Kim Mascarella likes what she sees throughout Howland Township. Mercy Health-Youngstown just broke round on the Howland Medical Center on state Route 46. South on 46 near the Eastwood Mall Complex, StoneBridge Grill & Tavern is building its second restaurant, a 7,500-square-foot structure with a patio. Further, the township planning director reports, […]

Lots of Work for the Region’s Skilled Tradesmen

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The men and women who work in the building trades will have no shortage of projects this construction season. They will be building hospitals, fitness centers, assisted living and nursing homes, the New Castle School of Trades campus in East Liverpool, renovating schools, working at Youngstown State University, moving Youngstown Municipal Court […]

He Smiles Knowing Shell’s Already Spent $500 Million

MONACA, Pa. – There is a segment of the Ohio River near this small industrial town where the topography flattens and reveals an anomaly of geography in this part of the country otherwise dominated by high, green hills. Even more striking is that this area – in particular a 365-acre expanse on the southern bank […]

Northside Farmer’s Market Marks 13th Year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Northside Farmer’s Market will mark 13 years this year with an updated location at 135 Baldwin Ave. The market is on the Lake to River Food Hub Campus at 901 Elm St. near the corner of Elm Street and Baldwin Avenue, two blocks north of Youngstown State University and one block […]

3 Commit $100,000 to Fund for Our Economic Future

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull 100 and the Youngstown Foundation have jointly committed $100,000 over three years to the Fund for Our Economic Future, Jennifer Roller, president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation, announced Tuesday. The Wean Foundation, Warren, renewed its membership last March by committing $100,000 over three […]


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