Grow Mahoning Valley

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Grow Mahoning Valley (GMV) formed in 1997 under the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to help secure federal and state funding for critical development-related infrastructure projects. Comprised of public infrastructure officials, business leaders and labor representatives from Mahoning and Trumbull counties, GMV takes major infrastructure projects and prioritizes them using a 13-category scoring system. The group then works collaboratively to secure funding for these road, water and sewer projects.

Since GMV’s inception, more than 50 priority projects totaling $463 million have been funded. 

Applying the unique approach that a community’s problems can only be resolved when business, government and labor work toward a common goal, this committee developed an overall strategy for identifying infrastructure projects that promote economic development and then focusing on obtaining more state and federal dollars for those projects.

In order to secure support and avoid duplication of efforts, GMV includes the local metropolitan planning organization and other regional organizations, the planning organizations of Youngstown and Warren; highway and sanitary engineers and planning commissions from Trumbull and Mahoning counties; and other public-sector officials.

The partnership has proven that business, labor and government leaders can put aside their inherent differences to address specific issues and improve the quality of life in a region. GMV has received several accolades, including: recognition by Dominion East Ohio Gas in 2002; the National Economic Development Council in 2003; and Business Facilities Magazine, winning the publication's prestigious Platinum Award for the best public/private/labor partnership in 1999.


The following projects are the top 10 largest investments for infrastructure projects in the Mahoning and Trumbull areas.

1  I-80 Widening (Mahoning & Trumbull)  $113,000,000
 2  Meander Bridge Replacement     $ 62,000,000
 3  SR 711 Connector     $ 52,000,000
 4  Tibbetts Wick Road Upgrade     $ 36,000,000
 5  V&M Tubes Infrastructure  $ 20,000,000
 6  SR 164/I-680 Interchange  $ 19,000,000
 7  SR 46 Widening & I-80 Interchange Upgrades     $ 15,500,000
 8  Interchange at SR 46 and I-80  $ 12,300,000
 9  Kinsman Sanitary Sewer Phase 2  $ 10,000,501
 10  North Jackson/Lake Milton Water/Sewer Line  $ 10,000,000

Click here for Current Project List

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Submission Process for Project Consideration

If you are a local government entity and would like to have your project considered by Grow Mahoning Valley, please download and complete the Project Profile form below and email a copy to Guy Coviello.  Representatives for submitted projects will be contacted prior to the next Grow Mahoning Valley meeting. 

When presenting to the GMV, please bring all supporting materials (may include maps, studies, letters of support, etc.).

For more information, contact Guy Coviello at 330.744.2131, ext. 1106 or James Kinnick at 330.779.3800.

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Public Sector
Teresa Miller, Valley Partners 
Pat Ginnetti, PE, PS, Mahoning County Engineer
Mike Keys, City of Warren
James Kinnick, PE, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Rick Leonard, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s Office
Sarah Lowry, Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Office
John Moliterno, Western Reserve Port Authority
Trish Nuskievicz, Trumbull County Planning Commission
Randy Partika, PE, Mahoning County Engineer’s Office
Sarah Poulton, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson’s office
Josh Prest, Sen. Rob Portman’s office
Charles Shasho, City of Youngstown
Randy Smith, PE, PS, Trumbull County Engineer
Ken Sympson, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
Tom Holloway, MVSD Chief Engineer
Christina Wagner, ODOT
Sara Daugherty, BRITE Energy Innovators 
Business Representatives
Phil Dennison, Packer Thomas, GMV Chairman
Frank Valley, Berk Enterprises, GMV Vice-Chair
John Burgan, Burgan Real Estate
Charles Coleman, Linde Hydraulics
Tom Davis, Hill, Barth & King
Tammy Jorgensen, Huntington National Bank
Chris Kogelnik, PE, CT Consultants
David Mosure, PE, ms consultants       
Laura Tubo, FirstEnergy  

Labor Representatives
Carlton Ingram, Operating Engineers Local 66
Butch Taylor, Western Reserve Building Trades

Regional Chamber
Ryan McNaughton, VP, Government Affairs