The Business Journal and the ProPublica Local Reporting Network have partnered to produce this investigative series evaluating decades of economic development incentives.

Tax Incentive Review Council Suggests Chill-Can Town Hall

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s tax incentive review council is proposing a virtual public forum related to The Joseph Co. […]

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Exclusive: Ohio Seeks $60M from GM for Closing Lordstown Plant

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Promises Broken

May 15, 2020: In part 5 of our investigative series with ProPublica, we see how the Chill-Can project and Youngstown’s […]

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Knock, Knock: It’s the Chill-Can

May 14, 2020: In part 4 of our investigative series with ProPublica, we talk with residents who say they were […]

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The Chill-Can Cometh

May 13, 2020: In part 3 of our investigative series with ProPublica, we see how the Chill-Can project got started […]

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Investigative Series Results From ProPublica Partnership

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In some ways, the partnership between The Business Journal and ProPublica (READ STORY) is a departure from […]

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Development, The Youngstown Way

May 12, 2020: In part 2 of our investigative series with ProPublica, we look at the history of Youngstown’s enterprise […]

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Chill-Can Not the Only Project to Go Cold

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Business Journal Editorial: Promises Made, Promises Kept?

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A 50% success rate is nothing to cheer about.  According to the front-page story in the MidMay […]

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Millions in Tax Breaks. So Where Are the Jobs?

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Promises Made, Promises Kept? Part One.

May 11, 2020: In the first of five videos from our investigative series with ProPublica, The Business Journal’s Dan O’Brien […]

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The Business Journal in Youngstown, Ohio and ProPublica are investigating the effectiveness of economic development incentives deployed in the Mahoning Valley following the exodus of the steel industry. If you know something about how incentives were misused or how they were effectively used elsewhere, how and why, we would like to hear from you. We’d particularly like to hear from:

  • Past or present employees of companies who received development incentives. 
  • Government and economic development officials responding to our findings, providing additional information and insights on how incentives can be better deployed and monitored for compliance moving forward.
  • Business leaders with suggestions on the types of incentives that small businesses need.

If you have something to share with us, here’s how to do it: