Presby to Retire from Regional Chamber

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Tom Presby, longtime manager of business development in Mahoning County for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, will retire in January, the chamber announced this afternoon.

A new manager of business development for Mahoning County will be hired in the coming months, the chamber said in a news release announcing Presby’s retirement.

Joining the chamber in 2001, Presby managed Mahoning County’s community development block grant, enterprise zone and community reinvestment area programs. He later transitioned to business retention, expansion and attraction activities and managed a portfolio of projects in the Valley with investment totaling more than $730 million.

“Tom has been a valuable resource to our departmental efforts with his extensive property development and industry knowledge. He’ll certainly be missed, and we wish him well in his retirement,” said Sarah Boyarko, the chamber’s vice president of economic development, who has supervised Presby the past few years.

He participated on several boards and committees on behalf of the chamber, most recently with the Mahoning and Columbiana County Workforce Investment Board and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments’ comprehensive economic development Strategy Committee.

Before joining the chamber, Presby spent 33 years in the mall development industry, working with the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. in Boardman and the Columbus-based Glimcher Corp. A Vietnam War veteran, he served more than seven years on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces.

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