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Economic Development: Growth Report 2017: Liberty Steel Products Invests to Meet Demand | February 7, 2017

Growth Report 2017: Liberty Steel Products Invests to Meet Demand

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal. NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — An increase in revenue, sales, products, capabilities and capacity last year at Liberty Steel Products Inc. points to an encouraging 2017 for the steel service company, says CEO Jim Grasso. “We made investments and strategic decisions […]

Economic Development: Amphitheater Project on Track for May 2018 Completion | February 3, 2017

Amphitheater Project on Track for May 2018 Completion

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The amphitheater and riverfront park should be ready for its first public event in May 2018, documents the Board of Control approved Thursday show. The board approved an $830,000 contract with landscape architecture firm MKSK of Columbus to provide design and construction management services for the $9 million project. Youngstown hired MKSK […]

Economic Development: Growth Report 2017: YBI Reports ‘Unprecedented’ Growth | February 2, 2017

Growth Report 2017: YBI Reports ‘Unprecedented’ Growth

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal. By Barb Ewing, YBI Chief Operating Officer YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown Business Incubator enjoyed another year marked by unprecedented growth and progress while reaching several impressive milestones. To kick off 2016, YBI became a “Hubspot for Startups” Incubator. In […]

Economic Development: Regional Chamber Advances Ambitious Development Agenda | February 2, 2017

Regional Chamber Advances Ambitious Development Agenda

Editor’s Note: The following story is from Growth Report 2017, published by The Business Journal. By Tom Humphries, Regional Chamber President & CEO YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — 2016 was certainly a remarkable year for the Youngstown-Warren region, as the Lordstown Energy Center’s announcement of, and subsequent groundbreaking for, its nearly $900 million facility gave Trumbull County […]

Economic Development: YSU, YBI Delegates Ready to Return to Israel | February 2, 2017

YSU, YBI Delegates Ready to Return to Israel

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A delegation to Israel says it’s ready to return – perhaps this fall – to build on the relationships and opportunities of last month’s trip. Representatives of the organizations who took the trip — Youngstown State University, Youngstown Business Incubator and the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, which arranged the trip — shared […]

Economic Development: Bright Outlook for Mercer County, Speakers Say | February 1, 2017

Bright Outlook for Mercer County, Speakers Say

HERMITAGE, Pa. – Penn-Northwest Development Corp. is working on projects that could mean a $174 million in investment in Mercer County and 3,400 jobs, those who attended the inaugural forecast breakfast Tuesday presented by the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce. Rachel Leige, Penn-Northwest director of economic development, delivered the news at Avalon Golf & Country […]

Economic Development: Cracker Construction Spurs Demand for Industrial Land | January 31, 2017

Cracker Construction Spurs Demand for Industrial Land

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Demand for new housing and apartment complexes, hotels and acres of industrial land is rising in western Pennsylvania, driven by Royal Dutch Shell’s $6 billion ethane cracker plant under construction near Monaca, Pa., officials say. “We hope this sends a signal to the rest of the petrochemicals industry,” said David Ruppersberger, president […]

Economic Development: Partners Want to Be Prepared for Infrastructure Spending | January 28, 2017

Partners Want to Be Prepared for Infrastructure Spending

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Proponents of a proposed $15.5 million infrastructure plan for the downtown area are eager for President Donald Trump to follow through on his pledge to spend $1 trillion on the nation’s infrastructure. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined local partners in the local SMAR2T Corridor project at the Covelli Centre Friday morning […]

Economic Development: City, Its Partners Seek SMAR2T Funding from Trump | January 27, 2017

City, Its Partners Seek SMAR2T Funding from Trump

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Given the Trump administration’s pledge to commit $1 trillion to improving the nation’s infrastructure, Mayor John McNally is hopeful that the city and its partners will have better luck the second time in getting federal funds it requested last year. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will join McNally and other partners seeking […]