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City Awards $491K Design Contract for SMART2 Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Preliminary design work for $26 million in downtown road projects should begin immediately with approval Thursday morning of a $490,829 contract. At its Tuesday meeting, the city’s Board of Control approved the contract with Akron-based PDM Group, which has an office in Youngstown, to perform preliminary design engineering services related to developing […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Preliminary design work for $26 million in downtown road projects should begin immediately with approval Thursday morning of a $490,829 contract. At its Tuesday meeting, the city’s Board of Control approved the contract with Akron-based PDM Group, which has an office in Youngstown, to perform preliminary design...

Advocates Tout $108M Economic Impact of Air Base

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — David Christner remembers how a past commander of the of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township once told him that residents of nearby Brookfield whom he encountered didn’t realize there was an air base in the area. “They thought the planes just came in and circled around for practice and […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- David Christner remembers how a past commander of the of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township once told him that residents of nearby Brookfield whom he encountered didn’t realize there was an air base in the area. “They thought the planes just came in and...

Senators to Meet with GM’s Barra Today in D.C.

GM Lordstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation will meet today with General Motors CEO Mary Barra to discuss the fate of the GM Lordstown Complex. The offices of both of Ohio’s U.S. senators – Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican – confirmed that the senators would be meeting with Barra in […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation will meet today with General Motors CEO Mary Barra to discuss the fate of the GM Lordstown Complex. The offices of both of Ohio’s U.S. senators – Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican – confirmed that the senators would...

Ohio Turnpike to Modernize By 2022

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Over the next two years, the Ohio Turnpike plans to spend more than $200 million to convert its toll locations to electronic gates and eliminate nine stations at less-traveled interchanges – four of which serve the Mahoning Valley. “When you move into electronic tolling, the low-volume gates are just eliminated,” said Ferzan […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Over the next two years, the Ohio Turnpike plans to spend more than $200 million to convert its toll locations to electronic gates and eliminate nine stations at less-traveled interchanges – four of which serve the Mahoning Valley. “When you move into electronic tolling, the low-volume gates...

Opportunity in Warren Rolls Out at Chamber Breakfast

WARREN, Ohio — Rules for the federal government’s new Opportunity Zones program are expected to be rolled out this summer, which could greatly aid economic development here and across the Mahoning Valley. That was the consensus expressed Friday at the Good Morning, Warren! breakfast sponsored by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber at DiVieste’s Banquet Centre. Speakers […]

WARREN, Ohio -- Rules for the federal government's new Opportunity Zones program are expected to be rolled out this summer, which could greatly aid economic development here and across the Mahoning Valley. That was the consensus expressed Friday at the Good Morning, Warren! breakfast sponsored by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber...

Belmont Corridor Study to Aid Development in Youngstown, Liberty

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Belmont Avenue will be the first local corridor to be studied under an initiative launched Thursday targeting major corridors in the area. The corridor planning program will be unique in that it will study Belmont in both communities it runs through, the city of Youngstown and Liberty Township. Leaders of both communities […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Belmont Avenue will be the first local corridor to be studied under an initiative launched Thursday targeting major corridors in the area. The corridor planning program will be unique in that it will study Belmont in both communities it runs through, the city of Youngstown and Liberty...

CityScape, City Reach Agreement for Church Site

Youngstown CityScape

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape’s executive director expects the new site for the former Welsh Congregational Church to be prepared for the building’s move by the end of summer. The North Hazel Street site – on city-owned property known as “the Wedge” adjacent to the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry and Labor – was confirmed […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown CityScape’s executive director expects the new site for the former Welsh Congregational Church to be prepared for the building’s move by the end of summer. The North Hazel Street site – on city-owned property known as “the Wedge” adjacent to the Youngstown Historical Center for Industry...

Regional Chamber, Partners Form Rail Commission

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A new commission of elected officials from Mahoning and Trumbull counties and economic development agencies are working to identify the current rail infrastructure in the Mahoning Valley, and ensure railroads and the corridors they run on are fully utilized to serve both businesses and communities. The Mahoning Valley Rail Commission was created […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A new commission of elected officials from Mahoning and Trumbull counties and economic development agencies are working to identify the current rail infrastructure in the Mahoning Valley, and ensure railroads and the corridors they run on are fully utilized to serve both businesses and communities. The Mahoning...

Black Businesses Grow with DIY Determination

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The breadth of entrepreneurship stretches far and wide. It encompasses segments ranging from retail to real estate, from hardware to health care. And within all of those sectors, one demographic is getting into business more than any other: black women. Nielsen reports in a study conducted in 2017 that the number of […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The breadth of entrepreneurship stretches far and wide. It encompasses segments ranging from retail to real estate, from hardware to health care. And within all of those sectors, one demographic is getting into business more than any other: black women. Nielsen reports in a study conducted in...

Trailstar to Hire 50 with $9.3M Expansion

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Trailstar International Inc. is breaking ground on a $9.3 million project that it expects will create 50 new jobs, according to a release. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 29 for the expansion at Trailstar’s location at 20700 Harrisburg Westville Road in Smith Township. The manufacturer of trailers will […]

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Trailstar International Inc. is breaking ground on a $9.3 million project that it expects will create 50 new jobs, according to a release. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 29 for the expansion at Trailstar's location at 20700 Harrisburg Westville Road in Smith Township....