Economic Development

Chamber Members Advocate Projects at Columbus Drive-In

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nearly 70 business leaders and community officials traveled to the state capitol Wednesday as part of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s third annual Columbus Drive-In.

After arriving, the group met with Ohio State Senate minority leader Kenny Yuko and state Reps. Don Manning, Michele Lepore-Hagan and Mike O’Brien.

Afterward, attendees broke into groups to meet with legislators on capital budget projects. Among them are facility improvements at America Makes, the Youngstown Business Incubator, Brite Energy Innovators and Oh Wow! Children’s Museum; the restoration of the staircase and facade at Stambaugh Auditorium; Campbell City Schools’ Whole Child/Whole Family Service Center; renovations at Warren Community Amphitheatre and W.D. Packard Music Hall; and the Multi-Jurisdictional Opioid Education & Workforce Development Training and Meeting Center in Weathersfield Township.

The group also advocated for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, one of the minor-league teams on Major League Baseball’s list of teams to be eliminiated in the 2021 season. During the Drive-In, resolutions were passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate in support of the team.

“For more than 20 years, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have been a staple in our community, contributing so much to our economy and loved by thousands of sports fans and residents. We are happy to align with our policymakers and support the team,” said Nick Santucci, Regional Chamber director of government and public affairs, in a statement.

After their meetings, the group met with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and State Superintendent Paolo DiMaria.

Pictured: 70 chamber members and government officials traveled to Columbus Wednesday for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s annual Columbus Drive-In.

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