Trumbull Commissioners OK Contract with Regional Chamber

WARREN, Ohio – Trumbull County Commissioners recently approved a 12-month, $45,000 contract with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber to continue its multifaceted economic development efforts in the county.

The chamber oversees the retention and expansion of local business and attraction of new investment throughout the Mahoning Valley. It provides a range of economic development services, including assisting companies in identifying suitable properties, securing project incentives, and obtaining strategic information.

“We have a generational opportunity to expand the county’s economy,” said Shea MacMillan, chamber vice president of economic development. “Business-friendly commissioners and consummate professionals in the planning commission are the kind of partners we need to be successful.”

In 2021, the chamber facilitated 21 projects in Trumbull County that brought in more than $100 million in investment. They included the Mandrel Group’s purchase of its 250,000-square-foot building in McDonald Village, where it will make and repair mandrels for the regional steel industry.

Additionally, the chamber worked with Trans Global to construct a 40,000-square-foot building in Warren Township for the manufacturing of the roll-down door for the Rivian delivery van. These projects resulted in a total investment of over $6 million and the creation of 60 jobs.

MacMillan noted that the chamber will continue to work with Ultium Cells and Foxconn Ohio to make the Mahoning Valley one of the world’s leaders in electric vehicle manufacturing, as well as with the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission to protect and grow the Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Trumbull County’s largest employer. The team will also continue to pursue opportunities in microchip manufacturing, energy development and additive technology in partnership with TeamNEO and JobsOhio.

“We are experiencing an unprecedented amount of economic development leads in this COVID-calibrated economy as the world tries to plug holes in the global supply chain exposed by the pandemic,” MacMillan said.

The chamber is currently managing 27 pending projects throughout the Valley, totaling $1,458,069,000, that are expected to be announced within the next 12 to 24 months.

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