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2016 Media Coverage



Physicians & Surgeons: Best Places to Live and Work

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman has once again been ranked as a prime area for Physicians and Surgeons in the second annual “Best Places for Physicians and Surgeons” report by careers and personal finance website, Youngstown-Warren-Boardman was ranked the #6 "Best Big City" in the US for high salaries, affordable cost of living and a great job market for physicians and surgeons.

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How steel’s sick city is making a virtue of its plummeting population

As cities across the US -- and, indeed, many of the mature economies of the world - are confronted with deindustrialization, Youngstown, Ohio offers an example. While Youngstown is still afflicted by poverty, unemployment and a declining population, its smart shrinkage policy has started to offer a vision for the future.

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 - 24/7 WALL ST

At $85,000, Youngstown Has Lowest Home Prices in US

The median price of an existing home in Youngstown, Ohio was $85,400 last quarter, the lowest among all MSA in America. Consider that against the median for the nation at $229,400, or the highest in the country in San Jose at $1.08 million, and the Youngstown number is all the more astonishing.



The Best Places to Be a Teacher – 2016 Edition

The Youngstown metro area ranks as the best place in the U.S. to be a teacher. The average public school teacher who lives there makes $57,909 per year. The average person there pays just $644 each month for housing-related expenses.

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AUGUST 24, 2016 - FORBES

America's Biggest Restaurant Franchisees

8: Covelli Enterprises Warren, Ohio. Panera Bread, Dairy Queen $624 mil. Albert Covelli became a McDonald’s franchisee in 1959; today his son Sam runs the family business, which has swapped out McDonald’s for Panera and DQ.

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10 Places With the Most Access to Quality Health Care

Like those living in Toledo, Youngstown residents benefit from their hometown's prime location. Sixty-five miles from Cleveland and 61 miles from Pittsburgh, Youngstown is just a short drive from several top-quality hospitals.

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AUGUST 5, 2016 - ESPN 

Eddie DeBartolo Jr. returns to roots for Hall of Fame enshrinement

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, DeBartolo will bask in the flow of football's highest honor 66 miles from where he grew up. It was there, in Youngstown, where DeBartolo learned the necessary traits to run a successful franchise. Those lessons came from his father, Edward DeBartolo Sr., founder of one of the largest public real estate businesses in the country.

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Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report: Metro, Global Rankings

The first U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Institute was founded in Youngstown, Ohio in 2012 to help advance and accelerate the U.S. 3D printing industry, also known as additive manufacturing. Known as America Makes, it is operated by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), consisting of more than 140 manufacturers, small- and medium-sized enterprises, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and government agencies. America Makes is at the epicenter of a fast-growing 3D printing technology hub known at the Tech Belt, a region stretching from Northeast Ohio to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia.

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Cleveland delivers on grand stage of RNC

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber used the convention as a unique opportunity to show off both the Mahoning Valley and the broader Northeast Ohio region to an important group of business advisers. “We saw the RNC being in Cleveland as an opportunity to host site selectors from around the United States,” said Sarah Boyarko, the chamber of commerce’s senior vice president for economic development.

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JULY 7, 2016 - THE ATLANTIC     

The City That Embraced Its Decline

Youngstown, Ohio, created quite a stir a decade ago when it unveiled a novel plan for the city: It would stop trying to return to its glory days as a city of 170,000 people and instead embrace the idea that maybe smaller is better. The Youngstown 2010 plan reoriented the former steel-mill town toward providing services to the neighborhoods with the most people, converting abandoned land into green space, and supporting the burgeoning healthcare industry. In doing so, it hoped to keep the remaining 66,000 people from leaving. Since unveiling the plan in 2005, the city has lost only about 1,000 people.

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JUNE 20, 2016 - ADWEEK

How an Ohio Candy Man Invented America's Most Enduring Summertime Treat

First called the Good Humor Sucker, the treat was born in 1920 when a Youngstown, Ohio, confectioner named Harry Burt developed a way to put a hard chocolate shell on an bar of vanilla ice cream. When the chocolate melted from the heat of customers' hands, Burt's son suggested he insert a wooden stick into the bar for people to hold. It was "a new, clean, convenient way to eat ice cream," Burt said—so good that it improved your mood and, thus, the Good Humor name was born. As the story goes, Burt got a patent on his ice-cream bar only after visiting the U.S. Patent Office in 1923 with plenty of samples.

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Youngstown State receives $1 million donation to help create new multimedia center

A YSU graduate, Don Constantini, is donating $1 million to help create a multimedia center on the side of Stambaugh Stadium. The Don Constantini Multimedia Center will include classrooms and laboratories for the university's Dept. of Communication, including the sports broadcasting program. It also will be used for game-day activities.

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Mahoning Valley Eyes New Innovation Hub

Youngstown State University wants to create more opportunities and resources in manufacturing in the Mahoning Valley, helping existing companies, companies that expand into the region and companies created by its graduates. That's the driving force behind its planned Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center.


April 16, 2016 - PBS

How Rust Belt city Youngstown plans to overcome decades of decline

Youngstown, Ohio is an upper-midwest city that has come to symbolize the nation's distress of deindustrialization with high unemployment and crime rates. But after decades of decline, the city has plans to rebuild, remove blight and attract employers.

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March 9, 2016 - WKSU

Looking For Business In Post-Embargo Cuba

A delegation from Northeast Ohio (including Sarah Boyarko of the YWRC) recently made a trip to Cuba. The trip was worthwhile, giving Mahoning Valley business leaders and government officials insight into what is needed to do business with Cuba.


Keeping A Big Brand Small

The Youngstown small business Udderly Smooth wants to grow, but they also want to maintain their beloved brand. This family-owned company worked hard to keep the brand small even when major orders started coming their way.