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Commissioners approve remodel of Youngstown Development Center

Editor’s note: This story was edited to show the services that the facility will provide and that it won’t deal with drug addiction issues at this time. WKBN regrets the error. AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There’s been another step toward revitalizing the closed-down Youngstown Development Center property. On Thursday morning, …

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Commissioners OK $2M for ex-YDC site

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County commissioners this week approved a resolution spending up to $2.05 million for renovations to the former Youngstown Developmental Center on Countyline Road in Austintown. They also unanimously approved the Western Reserve Port Authority to serve as project manager for the renovation of the facility now to …

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Vienna police picked for airport security

The Western Reserve Port Authority is switching back to Vienna for security at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport after a hiatus of about three years. Wednesday’s decision to do so severs ties with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office, which had been providing the service. The reason for the change is simply …

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Youngstown-Warren airport receives $69,000 in federal COVID-19 funds

Five regional airports will receive $7.8 million of the $10 billion made available to eligible U.S. airports. Apr 15, 2020 1:15 PM By: Mahoning Matters staff WASHINGTON — Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, $7.8 million in federal COVID-19 funds were made available to regional airports, including …

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Port authority set to ask for federal transportation grant

Talk about applying for millions of federal dollars to transform state Route 45 from North Jackson to downtown Warren into a smart corridor isn’t cheap. The Western Reserve Port Authority has agreed to be the lead applicant to the U.S. Department of Transportation and make the request by Saturday’s deadline …

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Development Partners Eye $20M Grant for Lordstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Intermodal connectivity, autonomous freight service and a fiber corridor stretching from Lordstown to downtown Warren are among the improvements envisioned by local partners applying for a $20 million federal transportation grant. A group that includes Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Western Reserve Port Authority and Youngstown/Warren Regional …

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WRPA OKs Buying Mahoning Ave. Sites for Development

WARREN, Ohio – The board of directors for the Western Reserve Port Authority unanimously approved the acquisition of properties along Mahoning Avenue, where a yet-to-be-named company will develop the site. The city of Youngstown’s Board of Control approved selling the 12-parcel, 1.5-acre site to the port authority for $1,601.78 at …

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WRPA Purchases West Side Sites for Development Project

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A potential economic development project on a 1.5-acre site on the West Side represents just one step in plans to redevelop key local corridors. City officials and representatives of the Western Reserve Port Authority are tight-lipped about the project, which they caution is in its early stages. …

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Economic Development Projects Show Promise

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Planning initiatives, infrastructure upgrades and development of new industrial properties are on the agendas of public and private economic development agencies in the five-county region. From shepherding potential projects to the finish line and implementing a new revolving loan fund for small business, 2020 is a year …

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PORT AUTHORITY ANTICIPATES CLOSING ON HARSHMAN BUILDING NEXT WEEK

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Western Reserve Port Authority expects to take possession next week on the Harshman Building downtown. The port authority’s board of directors approved three action items related to the building Wednesday. The board held its monthly meeting as well as meetings for its aviation and economic development …

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PORT AUTHORITY EYES MAHONING RIVER DEVELOPMENT

WARREN, Ohio — Requests for proposals are expected to go out in early September for two Mahoning River studies funded by $90,000 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Genna Petrolla, economic development planner with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, told members of the Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of …

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VOLUNTEERS WORK TO REVAMP COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ON GLENWOOD AVE.

Dozens of volunteers were out working Saturday on the south side of Youngstown, cleaning up a commercial property on Glenwood Avenue. The building is owned by the Western Reserve Port Authority, who teamed with the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) to get the property ready for a tenant. At the community …

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