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Phil Kidd was born July 2nd, 1979 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Phil came to Youngstown in the late 1990’s to attend Youngstown State University where he majored in Political Science and joined the Army ROTC program.
Upon graduation, Phil served as an officer in the United States Army. He returned to Youngstown in 2004, intrigued by the city's now nationally and internationally recognized planning effort, Youngstown 2010. Inspired by the vision of the plan and armed only with a sign which he held downtown, Phil launched a movement known as 'Defend Youngstown' which seeks to get residents 'informed & involved' in city matters through its popular blog and social media sites. Phil’s efforts with Defend & Youngstown Nation has been recognized both nationally and internationally through various media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, ESPN, PBS, BBC, Inc Magazine, Salon Magazine, Next American City Magazine and other international media from Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Australia. In addition to Defend, Phil works with neighborhood groups on neighborhood engagement, issue organizing, project planning and grant writing. He is also the owner of ‘Youngstown Nation’, a gift shop and information center in downtown Youngstown.
Phil is also the founder of the city’s first ever Youngstown Neighborhood Leadership Council; founder and former president of the of the Wick Park Neighborhood Association on the city’s North Side; and is founding member of the Youngstown Grey to Green Festival.
Phil previously has worked for the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas and also served as the City of Youngstown's Director of Downtown Events and Marketing. He is a member of the Regional Chamber's Government Affairs Council; City of Youngstown 2012 Charter Review Committee; and former board member of the City of Youngstown’s Design Review Committee, Mayor's Community Foundation and the Raymond John Wean Foundation's Neighborhood Success Grant Program.
Phil is a Leadership Mahoning Valley and Mahoning Valley Government Leadership Academy graduate, receiving the latter’s first ever Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. He is also a two- time "Top 40 under 40" recipient, receiving recognition as "Most Valuable Professional" in 2008; is the recipient of the 2010 Individual Professional Service Award by the Mahoning Valley Task Force on Crime & Violence Prevention; was named a "Champion of Change" by WYTV Channel 33 as well as an "American Vanguard" by Next American City Magazine which recognizes the nation's top 35 professionals under the age of 35 regarding urban affairs.
January 8, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.