2016 Press Releases

  • Two 422 Corridor Community Work Days Scheduled in April

    Apr 01, 2016
    The Regional Chamber is pleased to announce two 422 Corridor Community work days in April. Businesses, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else who would like to participate are invited to help clean up garbage/dumping throughout the area, board vacant homes in the Brier Hill neighborhood and help with brush removal and reclaiming of overgrown sidewalks and driveways on April 23 and/or April 30. Gloves, bags, tools and lunch will be provided to those who want to volunteer.
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  • 2016 Athena Award Nominees, Event Keynote Speaker Announced

    Mar 31, 2016
    Agnus Berenato, television sports analyst and the winningest women’s basketball coach at both the University of Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech—and, who was just named head women’s basketball coach at Kennesaw State University in Georgia on Wednesday—will keynote the 24th annual Athena Award Dinner on May 19, when the Regional Chamber and co-presenter The Vindicator/vindy.com honor and recognize 21 Athena nominees.
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  • Chamber Submits 40 Land Sites to New SiteOhio Program

    Mar 16, 2016
    Through a new program created by the State Of Ohio and Insight Consulting to increase business attraction opportunities across the state, the Regional Chamber’s Economic Development team—in partnership with JobsOhio and TeamNEO—has submitted 40 land sites in Mahoning and Trumbull counties for review and consideration to be marketed as client-ready for future investment and job opportunities.
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  • Regional Chamber, Valley Leaders Visit Cuba to Explore Exporting Opportunities

    Mar 04, 2016
    Regional Chamber Senior Vice President of Economic Development Sarah Boyarko was part of a group of eight leaders—including three from the Valley—who traveled to Cuba last week to explore exporting opportunities. The group, comprising elected officials, companies and consultants, was exposed to Cuban culture, specific business opportunities and Cuban education and government officials.
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  • 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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