Oak Hill Collaborative gets four 3-D printers


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation has funded the purchase of four new 3-D printers from AST2, a local Youngstown startup.

This equipment will help the collaborative support its innovative MakerSpace and grass-roots neighborhood initiatives on the South Side.

Pat Kerrigan, executive director of Oak Hill Collaborative, said he was honored by the award and the partnership with the Thomases Family Endowment and the federation.

The collaborative’s mission is “to promote economic development and community revitalization through small-business development, neighborhood improvement and beautification, and an innovative Makerspace, which serves the Oak Hill corridor, the South Side, and the city of Youngstown as a whole.”

The collaborative has become an advocate for the area’s neighborhood organization and beautification efforts, and since opening its doors in early 2014, its small-business incubator has assisted more than 20 small businesses with services including office space, office equipment and supplies, grant writing, networking, legal assistance, accounting, business planning, marketing and technical assistance, a news release said.

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