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Cortland Banks Supports Trumbull Fitness Center Campaign

March 2, 2016
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CORTLAND, Ohio — Cortland Banks is making a $5,000 donation to the Trumbull Family Fitness in support of a capital campaign, which is being launched to perform an architectural and marketing feasibility study.

In announcing the donation, the bank said the assessment will focus on capital improvements and future development of the downtown Warren location, where the Trumbull Family Fitness Center operates.

The building, 210 High St. operated at the Warren YMCA until its charter was revoked in November 2014.

“As a community bank, we strive to enhance the communities we serve and feel that Trumbull Family Fitness programs are extremely valuable to the Warren area,” said James Gasior, president & CEO at Cortland Banks, in announcing the donation.

The project is being undertaken by the Trumbull Family Fitness Center’s board of directors and the Gateway Consultant Group.

The Gateway Consultant Group is directed by Thomas Chema, who was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. In recent years, Chema’s group has consulted across the country on sports and entertainment-related economic development projects.

“We are looking to continue our mission and provide strong emphasis on families and youth programming, which requires a different space configuration,” said Richard Thompson, chairman of the Trumbull Family Fitness Center. “Although the building is strategically located on Warren’s Courthouse Square, it is facing a number of challenges such as handicap accessibility, limited parking, aged mechanical systems and inefficient space utilization.”

The building has served the fitness needs of the Warren area for more than 90 years, Thompson noted.

“We have been an integral part of life in Trumbull County and have played an important role in the social, physical and moral development of our community. We have fought for fitness and we will continue to do so.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.