Mayor, Businesses Work to Revitalize Girard

GIRARD, Ohio – Mayor James Melfi’s roots in Girard run deep. He graduated from St. Rose School in 1972 and Girard High School in 1976. Joseph Melfi, his uncle, served as mayor during the 1980s. Now Melfi is working to guide the renewal of the city he loves. In 2012, Girard emerged from 11 years of state-designated fiscal emergency. The opening of Vallourec Star’s $1 billion seamless pipe plant that same year allowed the city to pay down debt and improve services, Melfi says. But the depre

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