Inc. also thinks Youngstown has a bright future



Youngstown may be poised to reinvent itself as a high-tech business center of the new century, according to an article in the May issue of Inc. magazine.

The magazine, which hit the stands this week, is the latest to tout the city’s determination to break from its reputation of corruption and economic failure and attract new businesses and ideas.

The 10-page feature spread, written by Bill Donahue, is titled “Semper Youngstown,” a wordplay on the Latin phrase “Semper Fidelis,” or “always faithful,” which also is the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps.

The story showcases the city’s tech community, centered on the Youngstown Business Incubator, and the “young, civic-minded idealists” who are committed to Youngstown’s renaissance.

Deputy editor Dan Ferrara, who grew up in Cleveland and has family in Youngstown, said the city’s revival story in many ways represents many cities that are trying to adapt to the modern economy.

“I think, to some degree, the story is about cities that need to reinvent themselves,” Ferrara said.

Youngstown’s story is significant because of the city’s distinct character, he said.

“I think Youngstown has a place in people’s imaginations,” Ferrara said. “Youngstown has a soul — it knows what it is, it seems worthwhile, it seems worth trying for.”

Jim Cossler, chief executive at the Youngstown Business Incubator, said the story already has garnered the attention of start-up businesses interested in moving to Youngstown.

A start-up from Austin, Texas, that was considering relocating to the incubator decided to make the move after seeing the article, Cossler said.

“I think it is just one more piece in our arsenal,” Cossler said. “It is telling a new Youngstown story, and that has people excited.

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