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March 24, Regional Report

In this Edition:

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Howard Hanna: Park Place Developments | March 24
7113 Garden Place, Poland | 12 p.m.

New Day Recovery | March 24
1500 McKinley Avenue, Niles | 1 p.m.

Savannah Joe’s | March 28
2905 Glenwood Avenue, Youngstown | 11 a.m.

Icon Studio | March 30
3057 Center Road, Suite C, Poland | 2 p.m.

Modwash | March 31
3495 Elm Road NE, Warren | 11:30 a.m.

ECMSI | April 4
4619-A Mahoning Avenue NW, Warren | 3 p.m.

Good Morning, Youngstown!

Thursday, March 30 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Stambaugh Auditorium | 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
$25 per member | $35 per non-member

Good Morning, Youngstown! always features plenty of great updates, and this year's event is no exception. Be sure to join us on Thursday, March 30 at Stambaugh Auditorium and hear from:

  • Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown will give his annual state of the city address;

  • President & CEO of the Regional Chamber Guy Coviello will provide updates on the Chamber's work in the city;

  • Our program sponsors Premier Bank, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley, RETAIN and Trivium Packaging will update us on their businesses and recent accomplishments.

Join us for Good Morning, Youngstown!

Chamber Updates Event Registration Policy
Register by March 23 to avoid incurring late fees!

MVSC: Current Drug Trends And The

Effects On Our Communities!

Wednesday, April 5 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Trumbull Country Club, Inc. | 600 Golf Drive NE, Warren

Featuring: Captain Shawn Bain (Ret.)

Ohio has been experiencing record numbers of drug overdose deaths over the last few years. Deadly drugs like Fentanyl Analogues and Xylazine are causing a massive impact on the number of these deaths. Join us at our next event to learn more about these and other drug trends.

Shawn retired after serving over 33 years with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus, an agency responsible for serving a population of over one million citizens. He has been assigned to many various areas of responsibility in Law Enforcement, including the jail division, patrol division, canine unit, SWAT and Special Investigations, conducting vice and narcotics investigations. He has also served as a supervisor in all of these areas. His expertise in law enforcement lies within drug investigations, with over 25 years of experience in the drug field. He has served as the lead undercover detective or supervisor on more than 3,000 undercover drug buys and participated in 1,000 drug search warrants, both at the local and federal levels.

Register for MVSC by March 29th!
Regional Chamber Power Lunch with Beautiful Whirld

Power Lunch: Beautiful Whirl'd

Tuesday, April 11 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Beautiful Whirl’d | 141 West Market Street SW, Warren OH

Connect with Chamber member friends at our Power Lunch! We will provide a complete roster at the time of the event so that you can follow-up with your fellow members.

Join us for Power Lunch!

Leaders Edge: How Clarifying Your

Purpose Changes Everything

Wednesday, April 12 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
The Grand Resort | 9519 East Market Street, Warren
$40 per person

A recent white paper from the Harvard Business Review and EY demonstrated that companies that prioritized purpose were more profitable than those that didn’t. In addition to profitability, there are a myriad of reasons to identify your organizational purpose. So, what about your organization? What is the purpose of your business? Why does it exist? Would everyone in your organization give the same answer?

To address this critical need, High Performance instructor, Bill Cox, will present “How Clarifying Your Purpose Changes Everything” at this month’s meeting. You’ll learn the initial steps required for identifying purpose and practical methods to communicate purpose in a way that motivates and inspires everyone on your team.

Join us for Leader’s Edge!

Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 13 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Eastwood Event Centre | 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles
$40 per member | $50 per non-member

The Regional Chamber is excited to welcome the community to the organization's Annual Meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Eastwood Event Centre in Niles!

This event will mark the 30th anniversary of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

At the meeting, the Regional Chamber will proudly present its annual awards to three deserving individuals:

Spirit of the Valley Award
Rick Rajaie

Vice President of North American EV Business
Foxconn EV System, LLC

Spirit of the Chamber Award
Jim Kinnick

Executive Director
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

Valley Champion Award
Tom Mosure
Chairman of the Board
ms consultants, inc.

Chamber President & CEO Guy Coviello will also update attendees on the organization's recent accomplishments and what's coming next.

Join us for our Annual Meeting!

Chamber Updates Event Registration Policy
Register by April 6 to avoid incurring late fees!

Columbus Drive-In

Wednesday, April 19 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Ohio Chamber of Commerce | 230 East Town Street, Columbus
$250 per member | $500 per non-member

It’s official: Governor Mike DeWine and Speaker of the House Jason Stephens have confirmed their attendance at this year's event! Please join us to hear from these two powerful Valley supporters, as well as many others, in advocacy of our communities!

Attendees can drive down on their own or sign up to ride the bus to and from the venue on the 19th.

We will host a reception at 6 p.m., April 18, with an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Latitude 41 in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Please join us to kick off the celebration of the Valley’s presence in Columbus!

Past Drive-Ins have resulted in millions of dollars in state funding and important policies to help make the Valley a better place in which to live, learn, work and play.

The day will consist of 75-80 Valley leaders holding a series of meetings with the most influential state policymakers.

Chamber Updates Event Registration Policy
Register by April 12 to avoid incurring late fees!

Register for Columbus Drive-In!
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Youngstown Works Hiring Event

Tuesday, April 25
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Doors Open at 9 a.m. for check-in and set up
Stambaugh Auditorium | 1000 5th Avenue, Youngstown

Youngstown Works is a consortium of nonprofit agencies serving the City of Youngstown and Mahoning County. These entities serve various constituencies and commit to job development and employment as a necessary function. The members of Youngstown Works are committed to inclusion and integrity while assisting those in need of self-sustaining and family-sustaining wages. The ultimate goal is to positively impact the area – both educationally and economically.

Employers with job openings in manufacturing, logistics, technology, service and healthcare industries are invited to participate in a hiring event. Each employer will receive one table and two chairs. Employers are encouraged to represent their booths throughout the entirety of the event.

Tables are $40 per organization. Lunch is available as a registration option for an additional $20 per person, so please be diligent when registering. Tables are first come first serve. Registration will close when the venue meets its maximum capacity, or one week prior to the event, April 18, 2023.


Contact Melissa Maiorano, director of Workforce Development at the Regional Chamber, at 330-744-2131, ext. 1220, or email to learn more.

Join us for Youngstown Works Hiring Event!
Regional Chamber Power Lunch with Beautiful Whirld

Power Lunch: Ill Will Brewing

Tuesday, April 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ill Will Brewing | 45417 State Route 14, Columbiana OH

Connect with Chamber member friends at our Power Lunch! We will provide a complete roster at the time of the event so that you can follow-up with your fellow members.

Join us for Power Lunch!

Good Morning, Warren!

Thursday, April 27 | 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Trumbull Country Club | 600 Golf Drive, NE, Warren

There's lots going on in the City of Warren, and we'll have exciting updates to share at this annual evening event! Be sure to join us on Thursday, April 27 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Trumbull Country Club and hear from:

  • Warren City Mayor Doug Franklin will give his annual State of the City Address;

  • Sponsors 90.7 The Summit, Berk Enterprises, Servpro, Platz Realty and Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley;

  • And more speakers to come!

Chamber Updates Event Registration Policy
Register by April 20 to avoid incurring late fees!

Join us for Good Morning, Warren!

Washington, D.C. Fly-In | Save The Date!

Wednesday, June 7 - Thursday, June 8
Hyatt Washington D.C.
Members Room in the Library of Congress

Preparations are underway for the 6th annual D.C. Fly-In. Valley business and community leaders will lend one voice to our elected officials to push for public policy issues critical for the region’s continued growth.

YWRC Golf Outing | Save The Date!

Monday, August 14 | Avalon Golf & Country Club: The Grand Resort

The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Foundation is proud to announce that our golf outing will be returning in grand fashion after a five-year hiatus!

All proceeds benefit the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization supporting equitable economic and workforce development programs in the Mahoning Valley.

City Of Youngstown Community Planning And Economic Development Department Hosts Business Solutions Summit

The City of Youngstown’s Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Department is hosting its first Business Solutions Summit on March 29 at Ohev Beth Shalom, 1119 Elm St. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Summit will commence with opening remarks from Mayor Brown at 9 a.m.

The goal of the Business Solutions Summit is to give insight on how to start and develop effective partnerships with city government, local banks and other community resources. While the City of Youngstown values partnerships and seeing city owned small businesses thrive, there are also many resources available within the city to assist small businesses with technical assistance.

City Administration and City Council will also share and explain administrative and legislative processes and procedures. The Summit will include information on how to cultivate effective partnerships with city government and other available community resources.

Representatives from city partners, local banks, the Small Business Administration and owners of thriving businesses in the City of Youngstown will likewise present information at this event.

Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees! To register for the 2023 Business Solutions Summit, please register on Eventbrite using the link below.

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Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Announces Technical Assistance Funding For Workforce Development Planning Project

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, in partnership with a three-county coalition, is pleased to announce it has received a $225,000 Appalachian Technical Assistance Grant through the Ohio Appalachian Community Grant Program for its workforce development planning project. The project aims to build a system and supporting infrastructure to align the regional workforce ecosystem, which is critical for maintaining a healthy economy in Ohio and the Appalachian region. posted 305,415 job openings in November 2022, up by more than 57,000 from the same period a year ago. With significant investments being made in the EV and adjacent industries in the region, it is imperative that organizations whose missions are to educate, train and recruit a talent pipeline are working efficiently and in harmony.

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Price-to-Compare (PTC) Electricity Rates Are Predicted To Rise This Summer, According To Recent Auctions That Have Cleared Across Ohio.

Take advantage of our bill review before the summer months.

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Regional Chamber Welcomes New Board Members

The Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors has named 10 new members, as well as officers, for 2023, and also reappointed several members to new terms.

NEW Board Members Are:

  • Anthony Cafaro, Jr., Co-President, Cafaro Co.

  • Nikki Carter, Chief Strategy Officer, Mercy Health

  • Jim Dascenzo, Principal, Hill Barth & King

  • Chuck George, CEO, HAPCO

  • Julie Larson, CEO, Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors

  • Kareem Maine, Plant Director, Ultium Cells

  • Derek Penn, Board Member, Charles Schwab

  • Alexa Sweeney-Blackann, Consultant, #1 Cochran

  • Don Thomas, Broker, Platz Realty

  • Josh Toot, Executive Vice President/Market President, Premier Bank

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2023 Officers are:

  • Chairman: Jim Gasior, Sr. Executive Vice President and Corporate Development Officer, Farmers National Banc Corp.

  • Immediate Past Chairman: Michael Schrock, Senior Vice President & Human Resource Manager, Huntington National Bank

  • First Vice Chair: Matt Blair, Attorney & Partner, Blair & Latell Co., LPA

  • Vice Chair: Dr. Ron Dwinnells, CEO, ONE Health Ohio

  • Vice Chair: Scott Fleming, Co-President, Aim Transportation Solutions

  • Vice Chair: Jackie Stewart, Director, External Affairs, Encino Energy

  • Vice Chair: Shelley Taylor, Owner & President, Paige & Byrnes Insurance Agency, Inc.

  • Treasurer: Eric Shuster, President, Vallourec

Directors reappointed to new terms include:

  • Rob Berk, President, Berk Enterprises, Inc.

  • Matt Blair, Attorney & Partner, Blair & Latell Co., LPA

  • Paul Hammond, General Manager, Lordstown Distribution Center, The Anderson-Dubose Company

  • Jeanne Mosure, VP Public Affairs/Regional Director of NEOH, ms consultants, inc.

Inspiring Minds & United Returning Citizens - Take 5

Welcome to Take 5 With the Regional Chamber!

In this edition, we highlight Inspiring Minds Gala & United Returning Citizens Color Run!

Inspiring Minds Gala
Color Run
JobsNow Video Segment

This week's #JobsNow segment features General Insurance. The JobsNow #WorkForce initiative is spearheaded by the Regional Chamber and program partners WKBN and Steward Health Care (WorkMED).

Head to JobsNow

Are You Hiring?

The Regional Chamber’s JobsNow workforce initiative was created to help close the gap between the demand for skilled labor and the supply of workforce-ready employees in the Valley by publicizing available jobs and reducing hiring costs for all chamber members.

Download the JobsNow fact sheet for more information, or contact Melissa Maiorano at 330-744-2131, Ext. 1220, or

Download the JobsNow Fact Sheet
Best Practices for Talent Attraction
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