Congrats to YBI!
December 12, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
Nice job to Dan and YNG airport management!!
September 8, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
I used to pull for the orginal LG, but the fact is it would take 45 minutes to get a sandwich at lunch. Pure apathy from the staff. The new location is cold and sterile (I do like the mural on the ceiling).
That said, when you walk into O'Donalds, you get great service, pretty good value for the money, its clean, and has a nice feel to it.
August 21, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
Whoever the next mayor of Youngstown is, he better keep Chief Foley in his position. Nice job YPD!!!
August 13, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.
Congrats to Turning - that is great news, and happy that there will be continued growth in the Youngstown area!
Chuck_carney, Turning and the YBI is a success story for the Valley. Last week the YBI was ranked by a Swedish trade magazine as one of the top 25 incubators in the world. Just the PR from that alone is excellent, and if you hang out on that side of downtown, you see young people working downtown.
I agree, V&M Star (now Vallourec Star) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that landed here. And the subsequent supply chain, drilling, and processing growth coming here from shale is another game-changer for the Valley. But the Valley's long term success will not be reliant on one industry. Technology coming out of NAMII, YBI, new industries that the Regional Chamber bring in, better educated 4-year degree students (including the Siemens PLM investment), warehouse and logistics jobs, are all essential.
August 8, 2013 at 9:12 a.m.
georgiejeanie I bet you havent been downtown in years. Have you noticed the three new apartment buildings at full occupancy? Have you noticed the new cafes and bars like LiquidBlue, Warehouse 50, One Hot Cookie, ODonalds, Robertos, V2, Avalon, Martini Bar, JoeMaxx, and the stalwart DraftHouse? Have you noticed the festivals pack them in week after week? These guys are putting their money where their mouth is, and its a wise investment for support from tax credits.
August 2, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.
When I read the original story about the lack of STEM jobs, I was sitting in the audience during the welcome remarks at the RAPID conference in Pittsburgh. During the welcome, I probably heard Youngstown mentioned 10-15 times for its home to NAMII, and what a great location it is. When I read this editorial this morning, I saw that the cover story in the paper was about the dedication of a $1 billion state of the art factory. Are we behind in STEM jobs? Yes. Has any part of the U.S. had as many game-changing events during the last three years to help us play catch up? Absolutely not.
None of what was said in this piece is factually incorrect. But the tone of this piece is to take the positive (i.e. the Siemens gift), and remind us of all that the negatives of this area overshadow it. Also, we are ranked number one in the nation for STEM jobs with an associates and lower. Is that horrible? Not at all. Its a starting point. The people of the Valley are moving away from negativity being the default setting on our attitudes- hopefully the editorial page will too.
June 13, 2013 at 4:47 p.m.
The above link shows that carbon emissions in the US decreased last year to a 20-year low. One of the MAIN reasons was the switching to natural gas from coal.
I am 100% for more wind and solar. But the economics and technology are not there YET. In the meantime, inexpensive energy has manufacturing companies looking at reshoring to the US. Shale supply chain is literally putting thousands of Valley residents to work. MANY of those companies are in the city of Youngstown's border (V&M Star, De-Cal, Weatherford, Exterran, etc). That means tax revenue for the city, which means keeping cops on the street, and potholes filled. And it also means we are helping America become energy independent by 2025, so we dont have to write $1 billion checks every day to countries that dont like us.
Absolute vigilance is needed to ensure regulations are abided and enforced. I'm all for that - sound people are. But this charter legislation hurts the future of Youngstown in so many ways, it should be shot down in May.
April 6, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
Given the very cool little art gallery that opened across from city hall, maybe its time to focus on the development of Boardman Street? There is no bar or cafe there to draw a crowd yet, but with that gallery and NAMII the opportunities seem to be growing. That could be the arts district?
March 20, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
First - I give Mr. Zoldan credit. He's put his money into making the Phantoms work, and well it hasnt. The quality of the hockey is pretty good. And I'm not there to see fighting. Here are a couple of ideas:
1) I think Mr. Zoldan or somebody should seriously consider linking up to the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise. Tix in Pittsburgh are pricey and they sell out. Yet most of the Valley pulls for the Penguins. So why not have a relationship with them? The Wheeling Nailers do, and they play 10 home games a year in Johnstown, PA in a very old arena. Logistically its tough to do, but why not play those 10 games in Youngstown, and rebrand the team the Wheeling-Youngstown SteelPens? I'd rather have 10 quality games with 4000 attendees than 30 games that cannot hit 1000.
2) The other option is to help fund a YSU team. Its too bad the CCHA is being disbanded - can you imagine YSU playing Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Mich St, Miami, in Youngstown? They would draw 4000. Anyways, college hockey is not cheap, but at least students and alumni would be compelled to go.
I hope hockey stays in some form. Maybe the Phantoms get rebranded the SteelPens, and Mario drops the first puck on Opening Day.
March 10, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.