New Residents Tout Region’s Advantages

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Seattle native Eric Davis found a listing on eBay for a house in Youngstown, bought it with money from his tax return and moved.
“It was $5,000 and I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” Davis, owner of Alexander’s Diagnostics in Austintown and other businesses, says. “It was a wreck and everything. But I’m from Seattle, and houses were $500,000. I’ve got four little kids. There was no way.”
That was in 2008. READ MORE

The Concrete Houses That 3D Printing Built?

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – It uses concrete rather than lumber, and a computer instead of workers in hardhats.
A Youngstown-based startup is studying and honing techniques for concrete 3D-printed housing.
Pantheon Innovative Builders formed with a team of three. Ryan Kelly is the founder and CEO; Bryant Youngblood is the chief education and workforce officer; and Stephen Davis is the chief housing development officer. READ MORE


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MCCTC Breaks Ground on $15M Expansion Project

Looking toward the future, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center broke ground Wednesday on a $15 million expansion project. MCCTC received $11.4 million in grant money late last year for the project. READ MORE


HUD Awards Funds to Local Housing Authorities

Several local housing authorities were awarded funds by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the development, financing, modernization and management improvements of public housing developments. 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.