Trumbull County Renews Contract with Regional Chamber

­­­WARREN, Ohio — The Trumbull County Board of Commissioners today renewed a contract with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber to provide economic development services .

The 12-month contract, totaling $23,000, will enable the chamber to continue its “multifaceted economic development efforts throughout Trumbull County,” the chamber said in announcing the agreement.

The Regional Chamber assists companies in identifying suitable properties, securing project incentives and obtaining strategic information, said Sarah Boyarko, senior vice president of economic development.

“During 2015, the Regional Chamber had significant involvement in 14 Trumbull County projects totaling nearly $32 million of investment, and the creation of 447 new jobs with an estimated annual payroll of $11 million,” she reported. “In addition, the investment resulted in 1,285 retained jobs.”

Boyarko said chamber staff last year completed 414 one-on-one visits with company executives to determine their business needs.

“In taking a look at the pending opportunities, we are currently managing projects totaling more than $2 billion of investment, ” she noted.

Genna Petrolla, the chamber’s Trumbull County economic development manager, makes daily retention and expansion visits as part of the service called for in the contract, Boyarko said. The chamber recently expended its presence in Trumbull County by adding three full-time staff to its downtown Warren office, she added.

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