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1. REDUCING TA



Published: Mon, January 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



BURDENS

Advertise the new tax incentives.

Designate a tax ombudsman to help businesses use the tax incentives.

Negotiate tax agreements with civic center and hotel developers.

Work with Mahoning County to reduce permit and license fees.

2. REDUCE REGULATIONS

Allow special zoning variances for reused buildings in renewal areas.

Expand mixed-use zoning for buildings and allow home businesses in renewal areas.

Establish a development cabinet of city department heads to speed approvals.

Accelerate the land bank program in renewal areas.

Create a city-county-state task force to review government restrictions.

3. IMPROVE EFFICIENCY OF SERVICES

Increase coordination in city hall.

Increase links between renewal area companies and regional work-force agencies.

Establish a youth collaborative.

Create a neighborhood employment center.

Funnel construction jobs to renewal area residents though pre-apprenticeship training programs.

4. LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

Have an arts and economic development summit.

New efforts between the city and Youngstown State University.

5. OTHER ACTIVITIES

Complete development of civic center and hotel.

Complete building at Ohio Works Industrial Park.

Westlake Terrace redevelopment and Arlington Heights revitalization through the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Develop Smoky Hollow into YSU student housing and a technology park.

Small-business development assistance in the renewal area.

Source: Renewal community application




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