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Stambaugh Hotel About 60% Complete, WRPA Says

WARREN, Ohio – The director of economic development for the Western Reserve Port Authority says that a tour Monday of the Stambaugh DoubleTree hotel project in downtown Youngstown shows that work is progressing at a steady clip as the project nudges closer to its opening, sometime in the first quarter of 2018. “We walked through […]

WARREN, Ohio – The director of economic development for the Western Reserve Port Authority says that a tour Monday of the Stambaugh DoubleTree hotel project in downtown Youngstown shows that work is progressing at a steady clip as the project nudges closer to its opening, sometime in the first quarter...

Number of Organic Farms Grows in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio ranks seventh in the United States in the number of organic farms – 575 – the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association announced Tuesday. The Buckeye State “is seeing double-digit growth in the number of organic farms, organic land in production and organic sales, illustrating the role of organic production in […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio ranks seventh in the United States in the number of organic farms – 575 – the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association announced Tuesday. The Buckeye State “is seeing double-digit growth in the number of organic farms, organic land in production and organic sales, illustrating the...

City, Businessmen Launch Fund for Warren’s Future

WARREN, Ohio – When Warren Mayor Doug Franklin showed up to a meeting earlier this year with Dennis Blank, his opponent in the 2015 mayoral race, AVI Foodsystems Inc. President and CEO Anthony Payiavlas wasn’t sure what to make of it. “I said, ‘Do I need to call security?’ ” Payiavlas recalled with a laugh. […]

WARREN, Ohio – When Warren Mayor Doug Franklin showed up to a meeting earlier this year with Dennis Blank, his opponent in the 2015 mayoral race, AVI Foodsystems Inc. President and CEO Anthony Payiavlas wasn’t sure what to make of it. “I said, ‘Do I need to call security?’ ”...

Commission Backs Waiver for Medical Marijuana Dispensary

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city planning commission on Tuesday voted to recommend that City Council approve a waiver that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary to operate at the Mahoning Plaza. Planning Commission members voted 5-0 in favor of the measure, which enables Holistic Health Partners LLC to locate in a space that is within […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city planning commission on Tuesday voted to recommend that City Council approve a waiver that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary to operate at the Mahoning Plaza. Planning Commission members voted 5-0 in favor of the measure, which enables Holistic Health Partners LLC to locate in...

Tax Foundation Ranks Ohio 45th on Competitiveness

WASHINGTON — Ohio has the 45th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s newly-released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. This annual report measures how well each state’s tax code is structured, analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance. […]

WASHINGTON -- Ohio has the 45th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s newly-released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. This annual report measures how well each state’s tax code is structured, analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income,...

City Tax Incentive Council Ups Monitoring Schedule

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Tax Incentive Review Council this morning agreed to hold quarterly meetings in order to better monitor how well companies that receive tax abatements are complying with hiring and investment targets. Under the new structure, the council will meet in January, April, July and October instead of once annually, said Jonathan […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Tax Incentive Review Council this morning agreed to hold quarterly meetings in order to better monitor how well companies that receive tax abatements are complying with hiring and investment targets. Under the new structure, the council will meet in January, April, July and October instead...

Chamber Touts Grant to Cleanup Abandoned Gas Station

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The State of Ohio Controlling Board, at its meeting Monday, approved a Fast Track Abandoned Gas Station Grant of up to $100,000 to fund the cleanup of an abandoned gas station site on South State Street in Girard. The former McQuaids station, which has been vacant for several years, was acquired by […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The State of Ohio Controlling Board, at its meeting Monday, approved a Fast Track Abandoned Gas Station Grant of up to $100,000 to fund the cleanup of an abandoned gas station site on South State Street in Girard. The former McQuaids station, which has been vacant for...

Startups Invited to Share Office Space on Elm Street

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The menu of resources at the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator now includes shared-use office space for any entrepreneur, freelancer, or home-office professional in need of a workplace. “It seemed like people were using the kitchen for office space. We had a lady who would sit with her computer on her lap and […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The menu of resources at the Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator now includes shared-use office space for any entrepreneur, freelancer, or home-office professional in need of a workplace. “It seemed like people were using the kitchen for office space. We had a lady who would sit with her...

‘Power of 32’ Loan Fund Seeks Development Projects

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Power of 32 Site Development Fund has funded four projects in the four states where it operates – but none yet in any of the five counties in Ohio that are part of it. “The issue we’re trying to solve is a lack of prepared, pad-ready inventory,” said Dennis Yablonsky, chairman […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Power of 32 Site Development Fund has funded four projects in the four states where it operates – but none yet in any of the five counties in Ohio that are part of it. “The issue we’re trying to solve is a lack of prepared, pad-ready...

New Truck Routes Solve Woes for Downtown Salem

SALEM, Ohio – Newly designated state routes for truck traffic are alleviating congestion in downtown Salem as they promote car and foot traffic to the businesses there. “If you go to the corner of Ellsworth and State Street and look at the big grooves in the telephone poles from the trucks, it shows how bad […]

SALEM, Ohio – Newly designated state routes for truck traffic are alleviating congestion in downtown Salem as they promote car and foot traffic to the businesses there. “If you go to the corner of Ellsworth and State Street and look at the big grooves in the telephone poles from the...