Mahoning CIC Approves $23K Contract with Chamber

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In a statement released Thursday, the Mahoning County Community Improvement Corp. announced a 12-month, $23,000 contract with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber to conduct business attraction and retention efforts in Mahoning County.

The organization is jointly operated by the Western Reserve Port Authority and the board of Mahoning County Commissioners. Under the agreement, the chamber will assist businesses looking to locate operations to the county and connect them with local resources for business assistance, according to a press release.

The chamber will also conduct a nationwide marketing campaign to attract new businesses and will conduct at least 175 one-on-one meetings with existing businesses to help address any challenges or opportunities they face, according to the release.

“The Port Authority does an excellent job as Mahoning County’s economic development arm,” Commissioner David Ditzler said in the release. “They currently have many amazing projects in the pipeline. But adding the Chamber to work in a more focused position will help us with the local business retention. During these difficult pandemic times we need to reach out to all local businesses to identify their needs and how we can work to provide any assistance possible.”

“We look forward to working more closely with the Community Improvement Corporation on economic development projects that result in job creation,” added Tom Humphries, chamber president and CEO. “This will build on the outstanding partnership we already have with the Mahoning County Commissioners in supporting the business community.”

Source: Western Reserve Port Authority

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.