Refugees Enhance Areas Where They Resettle

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Born in Bhutan, Manorath Khanal left his country at 16 when the government expelled many of its ethnic Nepalis.
“It was not our decision to come to the United States,” Khanal says. “We wanted to come – there’s no doubt – but we had been waiting to go back to our country, to Bhutan.” READ MORE

Helping Immigrants, Refugees Thrive in the Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Honduras native Moises Lopez moved to Youngstown from Miami in 2020 to be closer to his daughter. “In Miami, a lot of people are speaking Spanish,” Lopez says. “For me, it’s hard – English.”
When he relocated to Youngstown, that changed. Fewer people speak his native tongue. He enrolled in classes at The English Center to learn the language. READ MORE


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Mercer County Career Center Awarded Nearly $80K

Mercer County Career Center was awarded $79,546 as part of a program to purchase new equipment to help train students in high-demand occupations. READ MORE


Event Provides ‘Great Opportunity’ for YSU Students to Meet Employers

Ultium Cells was among 56 employers attending Meet the Employers Day at the Williamson College of Business Administration. READ MORE


Our Mission:

The operations of Ultium Cells, Foxconn and large and midsize companies in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys means more higher-level manufacturing jobs. The same is true across the small-business community as companies expand and create jobs.

But the region lacks the workers to fill these jobs. So, efforts have turned to repopulation, bringing former residents back, enticing new residents to relocate here and persuading young people to stay here.

Affordable, available housing must figure into the repopulation equation. We want these workers to live in our communities, raise their families here and contribute to the tax base.