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Partnership seeks regional supply chain growth

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is partnering with several groups in Ashtabula and Columbiana counties to promote business growth in the Lake to River region of northeast Ohio.

Joining the chamber are Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County, Columbiana County Port Authority, Columbiana County Office of Economic Development and The Sustainable Opportunity Development Center in Salem.

The group has begun outreach to companies within targeted industries, as well as national / international site consultants, in an effort to grow multiple supply chains throughout the four-county area. It’s looking to draw on past successes in automotive, fabricated metals and agriculture, all common industries in the region.

“With a variety of existing supply chain connections in these industries, we’re actively working to increase important conversations among the companies located in the region, identify unique ways to attract new investments to our four counties and target greater growth in industries that include plastics and petrochemicals and electric vehicle production,” said Sarah Boyarko, chief operating officer for the chamber.

The Lake to River Corridor comprises Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, all of which border western Pennsylvania and connect Lake Erie to the Ohio River along state Route 11.

Said Penny Traina, CEO / executive director of the Columbiana County Port Authority, “Collaboration among our partners in this region will strengthen us all.”

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