Honoring Philanthropists; Impact of Issue 2’s Passage

Local individuals, businesses and organizations will be honored at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day event on Nov. 16. 

This week, The Business Journal highlighted this year’s honorees:

Tuesday was Election Day, and Ohio was in the national spotlight as voters approved a constitutional amendment that ensures access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care. Voters also approved a ballot proposal legalizing recreational marijuana. George Nelson, The Business Journal’s deputy managing editor, spoke with Brian Kessler, chairman of Riviera Creek, and Tim Jacob, an attorney with Manchester, Newman & Bennett in Youngstown, about the next steps in the long process of getting marijuana products to market for Ohioans.

Here’s a look at those stories and other top stories this week from BusinessJournalDaily.com:

Fundraising Professionals to Honor Philanthropists at Annual Event

Leah Sakacs and Becky Davis co-chair the event.

This year’s recognition luncheon for National Philanthropy Day takes place Nov. 16, and already Rebecca Davis, co-chairwoman of the event, has her eye on an organization she wants to nominate next year – one that goes about its work in a quiet way that inspires others, she says.

So do the seven honorees who will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Awards hosted annually by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter. READ

Cultivator, Attorney Assess Impact of Issue 2’s Passage

Brian Kessler, chairman of Riviera Creek.

Passage of a state law legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults represents just the first step in a long process of getting products to market for Ohioans, a leading advocate said.

Passage of Issue 2 “was the beginning,” said Brian Kessler, chairman of Riviera Creek, a medical marijuana cultivator and processor that opened in Youngstown in 2019 after Ohio approved marijuana for medical use in 2016. READ

Holocaust Survivor Tells of Horrors, Loneliness of Captivity

Art Gelbart speaks at Stambaugh Auditorium on Thursday.

Holocaust survivor Art Gelbart spent much of his childhood in Nazi work and concentration camps before being liberated by American troops and moving to the United States to start a family.

Gelbart, 94, spoke Thursday morning at Stambaugh Auditorium as part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s Anti-hate and Educational Opportunities Initiative. READ

Colleges and Universities Deal with Demographics, Public Perceptions

Across the country, colleges and universities work to attract and keep students as the college-age demographic declines and concerns about student debt and the value of higher education complicate those efforts.

In May, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that college enrollment for 18- to 24-year-olds dropped from 41% in 2010 to 38% in 2021. And the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that post-secondary enrollment is down more than 1 million students compared with spring 2020. READ

Magazine Ranks Youngstown 9th Best Place to Retire

Youngstown is one of the country’s best places to retire, according to a national magazine. The city is ranked No. 9 in the U.S. News & World Report 2024 list of Best Places to Retire in the United States, which was unveiled Tuesday.

The list ranks the top 150 most populous metro areas, based on how well they meet Americans’ expectations for retirement, with measures including affordability, health care, desirability, retiree taxes, job market and overall happiness. READ

East Palestine Derailment Brought Out People’s Best

Matt Werner, chief operating officer at Compco and a resident of East Palestine, speaks to the runners and walkers preparing to start the race at the EP Road2Recovery event on June 10.

When an eastbound train derailed in East Palestine on Feb. 3, it brought concerns and fears about the long-term effects of the chemical spill on the community.

It also brought out the best in people. For weeks following the derailment, it was impossible to pass through town without being offered cases of bottled water. Nine months later, distributions continue. Companies, organizations and individuals stepped forward to share air purifiers, cleaning products, legal advice, paper products, clothing, furnace and water filters and more. READ

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