Here’s a look at business news from around the Mahoning Valley

Also amongst at this time’s business updates: Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; The Youngstown Foundation; Rotary Club of Youngstown; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
YOUNGSTOWN — Houck Agency, 25 E. Boardman St., has employed Ashley Fox as content material specialist.

Fox’s function with Houck Agency will embrace copywriting, media relations and consumer service.

Fox beforehand labored at The Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle. Before that, she wrote for newspapers in Medina, Ohio, and Polson, Mont., the latter of which she additionally oversaw social media and assisted with copy enhancing. She additionally has advertising and marketing and administration expertise.

“Ashley’s writing, reporting and interviewing expertise will transition properly into the copywriting, content material advertising and marketing and media relations work we do, which aren’t solely our best strengths however the fastest-growing segments of our business,” Jim Houck, president, stated in a news launch.

Fox graduated from Chaney High School and obtained her bachelor’s diploma in 2009 in telecommunications with a minor in journalism from Youngstown State University. 

“Working with Houck Agency will permit me to use years of honed communication expertise to greatest serve our shoppers,” Fox stated. “It’s all the time been a objective to work in the metropolis the place I grew up, and being primarily based downtown as Youngstown continues to rework is a dream come true.”

PLYMC names new board president and vp

YOUNGSTOWN — Carole Weimer and Thomas Frost have been chosen as the new president and vp, respectively, for the board of trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. 

Weimer was vp of the board and was elected president after David Ritchie, longtime board president, died July 9. Frost was elected to fill the vp’s vacant seat. Weimer and Frost will fill the unexpired officer phrases till January 2022, when an election will happen at the board’s annual assembly.   

“We will all miss Dr. Ritchie and the fantastic management that he supplied to this group,” Weimer stated in a news launch. “So it’s with a heavy coronary heart that I step into this function. As incoming board president, I’m dedicated to serving to the library proceed the good work that it does on this neighborhood.” 

Weimer joined the board in 2015 and was elected vp in 2018.

“It’s an honor to serve on this library board,” stated Frost, who joined the board in 2011. “Taking on a management function following a individual like Dr. Ritchie, and being elevated on account of his loss of life, could be very humbling and somber. However, we are going to keep it up.”  

Library Director and CEO Aimee Fifarek stated Weimer and Frost “have served the board properly throughout their tenure” and are “worthy successors to Dr. Ritchie’s legacy.”

Regional chamber, basis launch new Lunch & Learn Series

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and The Youngstown Foundation are launching a new Lunch & Learn Series to impress thought and neighborhood dialogue on a few of the most necessary matters for the Mahoning Valley.

“This collection will present a possibility for the nonprofit business and minority-owned companies to share in the richness of the regional chamber’s networking {and professional} companies,” Lynnette Forde, president of The Youngstown Foundation, stated in a news launch. “Nonprofit firms play a vital function in the well being and vibrancy of our neighborhood and thus deserve higher philanthropic consideration and assist.”

The month-to-month collection will embrace matters that concentrate on public well being, alternatives for minority business enterprises, the function of philanthropy in financial improvement and extra.

The first program, “Arts & Culture: Driving Our Economy,” might be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St. A panel dialogue will embrace

Angela Meleca, government director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and Dan Katona, deputy director of the Ohio Arts Council, amongst others, who will focus on the function arts and tradition establishments play in — and the direct influence they’ve on — driving the state’s and Valley’s economies. 

The luncheon is open to the public, and the value is $10 per individual. To register, click on right here.

“It is necessary in each neighborhood for philanthropy and business to forge new relationships in order that collectively we will improve financial prosperity and enhance the high quality of life for everybody,” Guy Coviello, president and CEO of the regional chamber, stated.

For extra data, contact Kim Calvert at [email protected] or 330-744-2131, ext. 1235.

Regional Chamber Foundation director to talk at Rotary assembly

YOUNGSTOWN —  Mike McGiffin, the new director of the Regional Chamber Foundation, will converse at the Rotary Club of Youngstown luncheon assembly at this time at the Wick Park Pavilion, 260 Park Ave.

Lunch will start at midday, and McGiffin’s presentation will start at 12:30 p.m.

McGiffin, of Poland, is liable for overseeing all features of the basis, which helps financial improvement initiatives in the Mahoning Valley.

McGiffin has a bachelor’s diploma in business administration and a grasp’s diploma in schooling, each from Youngstown State University. He most not too long ago was contracted by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit as challenge supervisor, guiding its OnRamp to Remote Learning initiative — the schooling company’s response to the challenges and constraints that COVID-19 positioned on its 42 college districts. He additionally was the chief technique officer at Stambaugh Auditorium and director of Events and Special Projects for the metropolis of Youngtown.

Gasoline costs improve 12 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The common worth for gasoline throughout Northeast Ohio is 12 cents greater this week at $3.08 per gallon, in keeping with AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The common worth for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown space is $3.04 per gallon.

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