• Chamber Unveils Strategy to Promote Valley During Presidential Convention

    Jan 28, 2016
    CHAMBER UNVEILS STRATEGY TO PROMOTE VALLEY DURING PRESIDENTIAL CONVENTION - January 28, 2016 The Regional Chamber today announced that it will showcase the Valley to site selectors, national political dignitaries and journalists from the around the world during a three-day event this July. With tremendous support from the Home Savings & Loan Co., Cafaro Co. and many other corporate sponsors, the Chamber’s “Victory for the Valley” event will focus on a site selector familiarization tour during which the Valley’s quality of life and economic development assets will be displayed for some of the world’s largest industrial and commercial real estate firms. Sarah Boyarko, senior vice president of Economic Development at the Regional Chamber, said, “By bringing the site consultants to town, we’ll be able to tell our story in person, in our community. We often travel outside of the Valley for meetings with site selectors, so having them here with their feet on the ground is significant to our generating future economic development opportunities.” The Chamber is using the presidential convention in Cleveland as a lure to attract the site selectors, as well as to engage important Washington D.C. policymakers in discussions about economic issues that are critical to the Valley’s future. “Whether it’s expanding operations at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station or protecting our manufacturers from trade violations by foreign competitors, the convention provides us with unparalleled access to decision-makers who can directly impact our economic vitality,” said Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Guy Coviello. Since the convention will attract 15,000 credentialed media, three times as many as the Super Bowl and rivaled only by the Olympics, the Chamber will also utilize “Victory for the Valley” to showcase the region to an international audience. Kim Calvert, vice president of Marketing & Special Events at the Chamber, said, “Over the past six years, we’ve touted the vast number of positive news stories about the Valley that have run nationally and globally—a number that last year was around 750. The exposure we would gain through media at the convention puts us on an entirely different playing field, one that we can’t even begin to imagine. Youngstown-Warren, Ohio could be in the spotlight as never before.” Other major sponsors of Victory for the Valley include Warren Fabricating and Machining Corp., Covelli Enterprises and ms consultants, inc. Assisting the Chamber with Victory for the Valley is The 316 Group of Columbus, headed by Valley native David Myhal, and Calfee Strategic Solutions of Cleveland and Cincinnati, whose team includes Valley native Raymond Tarasuck.
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  • 2016 Athena Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

    Jan 25, 2016
    The Regional Chamber and Co-Presenter The Vindicator/vindy.com are seeking nominations for the 2016 ATHENA Award. The recipient, along with all nominees, will be honored at the 24th annual ATHENA Award dinner on May 19 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Nominations must be submitted by March 4.
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  • Naffah, Ryan Appointed to Ohio Arts Organizations

    Dec 21, 2015
    The Regional Chamber is pleased to recognize the appointments of Dr. Farid Naffah to the Ohio Arts Council and Eric Ryan to the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors. The appointments mark the first time that Valley residents have been part of either group for at least several decades, if not ever.
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  • Regional Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

    Dec 11, 2015
    The Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors has named four new members for 2016.
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  • OH-PA Export Initiative Receives Prestigious Economic Development Award in Chicago

    Dec 08, 2015
    The OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative that is designed to bring exporting awareness, foreign direct investment and supply chain matching to a 10-county region in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania received recognition by the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) at its annual Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum in Chicago on Monday.
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  • Youngstown Named One of Best US Cities for Export Assistance

    Oct 30, 2015
    Global Trade Magazine ranked Youngstown one of the “Best Cities for Export Assistance” in its fourth annual “Best Cities for Global Trade” report in October. The publication recognized the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative, a 10-county effort created and launched by the Regional Chamber and Youngstown State University’s International Trade Assistance Center in January to increase export activity in the region.
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  • Brookings Director to Visit Valley, Meet with OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative Leaders

    Oct 20, 2015
    Marek Gootman, director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, will be in the Youngstown region October 21 and 22 to meet with members of the Steering Committee of the OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative, as well as leaders of the Regional Chamber and Youngstown State University. Gootman will discuss the preliminary results and findings of an ongoing survey of manufacturers and business service providers in the region regarding their exporting experiences. He also will tour several companies that are either already exporting or looking to start, splitting his time between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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  • Chamber explores business opportunities in India

    Sep 03, 2015
    Business opportunities in India are expected to develop for local companies following a meeting with two executives from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber.
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  • Regional Chamber connects local companies with Cuban diplomat

    Aug 28, 2015
    Many local companies met Thursday to prepare for Cuban export opportunities as the island nation and the U.S. continue forging diplomatic relations.
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  • Regional Chamber opposes marijuana amendment

    Aug 26, 2015
    The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Board of Directors has decided to oppose State Issue 3, the ResponsibleOhio marijuana amendment.
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