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Your Single Point of Contact for Economic Development Information and Project Assistance

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s Economic Development Division has helped more than 570 firms and organizations with investment of $6.7 billion, resulting in 24,800 new jobs, 33,800 retained jobs and 28.2 million square feet of building space constructed or absorbed.

The Regional Chamber’s Economic Development Division provides a broad range of expert, confidential and proven business development services. We will help you identify available buildings and sites, secure project incentives, obtain information, plus a whole lot more

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The Regional Chamber's Economic Development division is an award-winning catalyst for continued economic development and local businesses. Some of our prestigious awards include:

  • 2018 Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) - Workforce Development Program: JobsNow Workforce Initiative (winner)
  • 2018 Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) - Economic Development Professional Rookie of the Year: Lauren Johnson, Manager of Business Development and 422 Corridor (runner up)
  • 2017 Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) - ED Marketing Program: Victory for Our Valley (winner)
  • 2017 Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) - Workforce Development Program: Community Connectors (runner up)
  • 2016 International Economic Development Council - Regionalism and Cross-Collaboration: OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative
  • 2015 Ohio Economic Development Association Excellence Awards - Innovation:  OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative
  • 2013 Dominion East Ohio Community Impact Awards: Seimens PLM Software YSU Project
  • 2012 Team NEO/Inside Business Magazine Economic Development Impact Award - Business Attraction: Exterran Energy Services
  • 2012 Ohio Economic Development Association Excellence Awards - Innovation:  Siemens Corp.
  • 2012 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP Ohio Chapter): Ohio Commerce Center Job Ready Site

Some of our recent major projects include:

  • Lordstown Energy Center - The Lordstown Energy Center is in the middle of construction on a $900 million facility that  will produce enough clean energy for 800,000 homes and provide more than $13 billion in economic impact over the next 40 years.  The facility is expected to open in 2018.  The Regional Chamber assisted the company with selecting the property as well as the permitting process on local and state levels.
  • Venture Plastics - Located in Braceville Township, the custom injection molding services company is expanding to accomodate increased production demand.  The $3 million expansion will create 8 new jobs and retain 110 jobs.  The project will be completed in 2018.
  • Nordson Xaloy - With expansion plans looming, the company considered multiple sites to consolidate their three-state operations.  The Regional Chamber worked with the company to find the right location which included an attractive incentive package.  The company chose Austintown over other states, and became operational in 2017.
  • Anderson DuBose - To meet customer demand, the McDonald and Chipotle products supplier is expanding its facility and adding 30 new jobs, the second such expansion since the facility was constructed in 2012.  The warehouse and corporate headquarters complex serves a 4-state region.

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Youngstown-Warren Region Realized More Than $284 Million of Investment in 2019

Private companies invested more than $284 million in the Valley last year, many with the help of regional economic development agencies. According to data compiled by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and its economic development partners—and published in the 2019 Economic Development Report Card—a total of 66 projects resulted in $284,254,524,100 invested, 1,851 new jobs and 2,809 retained jobs.

In comparison, in 2018, 102 company projects resulted in $173,364,100 of investment, 1,157 new jobs and 3,271 retained jobs.

Sarah Boyarko, COO at the Regional Chamber, said, “We utilize the report card to inform our community about the diverse economic growth throughout the two-county area. The participating entities work collectively to support the business community to help make these investments a reality, and the report card and information provided are always well received.”

The Chamber, in partnership with 15 other agencies, gathers data on economic development investment in the Valley annually. The entities’ combined resources assist companies with infrastructure investment, tax incentives, loans, project coordination, grant oversight, technical advisement, property development and other services. Each individual agency provides project investment for business attraction, retention/expansion and/or startup; job creation/retention; and notable activity that occurred within its reporting year. The collective efforts of the agencies are screened for duplication and then presented in the report card.

Bert Cene, executive director of the Mahoning Columbiana Training Association, said, “The Area 17 Workforce Development Board and MCTA value our participation in this initiative as a means to effectively communicate our efforts to impact the overall economic development climate in our region. We utilize the publication data to assist us in developing our workforce development strategies to ensure we are providing the most efficient and effective services to both businesses and job seekers.”

Julie Green, director at the Trumbull County Planning Commission, added, “The report card is a great resource for elected and public officials, non-profits and private businesses to read through and see what successes we had in 2019, which may spur some ideas for new growth in 2020. It is an important metric to use to track success!”

The Regional Chamber’s partners in Mahoning and Trumbull counties include CASTLO Community Improvement Corp.; City of Warren; City of Youngstown; Eastgate Regional Council of Governments; Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp.; OhioMeansJobs Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Ohio Small Business Development Center, Export Assistance Network and Regional Economic Development Initiative, all of which are housed at Youngstown State University; Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center; Trumbull County Planning Commission; Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corp.; Western Reserve Port Authority/Northeast Ohio Development and Finance Authority; Youngstown Business Incubator; and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.

For more information, please see the 2019 Economic Development Report Card