Agendas & Minutes

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

January 2018 Minutes

January 4, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Cioffi, Tara *Terreri, Faith - Ginnetti, Pat *Durbin, Bob - Makosky, Paul - Nuskievicz,Trish Olmi, Kristen - Picuri, John*Bruner, Jim Princic, Kurt *Billett, Pat - Shaffer, Gary – Chair - Svette, Zachary - Warino, Joe - Wittman, Don - Young, Aaron *Avery, Steve
  
Others Present

Bakalar, Dave-Thomas Fok & Associates - Beniston, Krista-Boardman Township
Buchenic, Mark-Prime AE Group - Calhoun, Wade-City of Canfield - Cizmar, Greg-Liberty Township
Clebone, Arnold-Liberty Township - D'Avignon, Tricia-Boardman Township
DeAscentis, Anna-Mahoning County Commissioners Office - Diorio, Gary-MS Consultants
Fercana, Terry-Environmental Design Group - Gerberry, Steven-Trumbull County Engineer’s office
Haney, Jack-Village of Newton Falls - Hughes, Brian-MS Consultants

Members Absent
Migliozzi, Frank - Rodriguez, Judy - Shasho, Chuck *Bhide, Kedar

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Kinnick, Jim Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa Reyes-Chapman, Mirta - Sympson, Ken - Taylor, Grant - Wenger, Sara - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on December 7, 2017. Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Election of Technical Advisory Committee 2018 Officers

Mr. Shaffer entertained nominations from the committee.  Motion was made by Paul Makosky and seconded by Bob Durbin to re-elect Gary Shaffer as Chair and a motion was made by Paul Makosky and seconded by Bob Durbin to re-elect Kristen Olmi as Vice Chair. Trish Nuskievicz made a motion to accept the two nominations, seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously to re-elect Gary Shaffer as Chair, and re-elect Kristen Olmi as Vice Chair.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis notified the TAC that the OPWC final applications were received in December. The applications were processed by Eastgate, and sent to Columbus. Linda Bailiff has already completed the LTIP projects and is working on the SCIP and loan projects. A final spreadsheet with all projects is available for anyone.

 

Asset Management

Ed Davis discussed what is planned for the Asset Management Program. The Pavement Condition Rating (PCR) for Functional Class roads was completed last year by ODOT, and Eastgate created a map showing local and state PCRs for Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. Individual maps for the communities with local functional class roads will be created next along with functional class maps for communities. Also discussed was county maps showing traffic count levels to be used as a guide for chip sealing local roads. The map will show all roads under 2,500 ADT. Also discussed was a pavement preservation seminar Eastgate will host in the next few months. ODOT and the county engineers will participate along with a consultant to explain what treatments are available.

 

Census – 2016 American Community Survey Five Year Data

Jeff Gollner Informed the group about the newest census release of the American Community Survey (ACS), 2012-2016 5-year and directed them to links on the website for information about the ACS, and to search the data themselves. Eastgate will assist if needed in retrieving data, and relayed that individual community factsheets prepared by Eastgate are in the planning stages and will be available in the future. 

 

Updated Online 2017 Functional Class Demonstration

Jeff Gollner showed an interactive map of the current functional class of federal aid eligible roads and where to find it on the website, and reported that individual maps for all the communities that have eligible roads are in the process of being created and they will be informed when they are available at a future TAC.

 

ARC Program Updates

Kathy Zook discussed GPB Resolution #039-2017, and gave updates on the State and Federal side of the Appalachian Regional Commission Program, including Non-GRF Casino Revenue funds for projects in the Ohio region to be administered through the four LDDs totaling $4,140,018.

 

Healthy Communities Partnership – Upcoming Conference and Launch of Action Teams

Sara Wenger informed the TAC on the Healthy Community Partnership, a multi-sector collaboration to increase health outcomes in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. She encouraged participation at the upcoming conference and action teams of which Eastgate staff is participating.

 

Eastgate Planning Grant Update

Justin Mondok provided the committee a summary of the activities of the planning grant program thus far including a description of the 8 letters of intent that were submitted. Important upcoming dates were outlined to inform the committee of the next steps in the process.

 

2040 Update Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Distribution and Discussion of Draft Document

Sara Wenger presented a draft of the 2040 MTP Update, which is available on Eastgate’s website and in print. A public comment period is open through February 16, 2018.

 

Overview of TIP Update, Funding Guidelines, and Performance Measures – To Be Updated in April

Stephen Zubyk briefly discussed some upcoming products that will be presented to the TAC this spring / summer. He showed them the most recent TIP Update on Eastgate’s website and asked for any comments to be submitted by the end of February. He also explained that the Funding Guidelines would be updated later this year (which include new performance measures related to Eastgate’s funding) and that a comment period would be made available at a later date.

 

Transportation Alternatives Program – Final List of Recommended Projects

Stephen Zubyk discussed GPB Resolution #004-2018 which was provided to the committee to show the eight projects that were recommended for funding by Eastgate’s Transportation Alternatives Program Selection Committee. He explained that these eight projects are scheduled for funding in FY 2020 - 2021. He also informed the committee that the program will be reviewed later this year, and that the next funding round will be in the summer of 2019.

 

Executive Director Report

Jim Kinnick thanked Gary Shaffer and Kristen Olmi for their continued support leading the Technical Advisory Committee. Also discussed was Eastgate’s website, and the constant additions to better serve our members and the local communities. He also discussed Healthy Communities, the City of Struthers success in being awarded the grant for the dam removal project, the TAC meeting in March including a Lunch and Learn with Path Masters, and discussed the eight submittals for the first Planning Grant, each of them being good projects. Lastly, he introduced Eastgate’s new accountant, Michele Ballone.

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #001-2018, IGR Log #18-001

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Trumbull County Commissioners to the Office of Community Development of the Ohio Development Services Agency for the 2017 Residential Public Infrastructure Program ($600,000). Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

GPB Resolution #002-2018, IGR Log #18-002

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an Application by the Trumbull County Metroparks District to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund for Phase IV of the Western Reserve Greenway ($482,600). Motion was made by Paul Makosky. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #003-2018, IGR Log #18-003

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. and Project Partners to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for the Grand River, Cuyahoga River, and Chagrin River Watershed Plans and Lake Erie Direct Tributaries Watershed Plans ($62,575). Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Trish Nuskievicz. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #004-2018

Amending the FY 2018–2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Projects. Motion was made by Paul Makosky. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #039-2017

Resolution authorizing Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to submit the Administrative Regional Job Training Grant Application to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency. Motion was made by Trish Nuskievicz. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Announcements

Jim Iudiciani gave an update on the Lowellville Dam removal project informing those in attendance that the project is moving forward. Joe Warino introduced Wade Calhoun who will be replacing Joe as Canfield’s City Manager. Terry Stocker thanked Eastgate staff for their help over the many years it took to get the Struthers Dam removal project funded.       

 

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Kristen Olmi and seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.


General Policy Board (GPB)

Finance Executive Committee (FEC)

Citizens Advisory Board (CAB)

January 2018 Notes

January 4, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Robert Faulkner - Genevieve Germaniuk - Janet Hazlette - Kevin Kern
Jim Pirko - Don Rex

Guests


Shauna Barry-Scott - Ira Cross - Tricia D'Avignon - Dionne Dowdy - Grace Freeze - John Jakubec
Phil Kidd - Peter Milliken - Ted Schmidt

Eastgate Staff

Jim Kinnick - Genna Petrolla - Sara Wenger


  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:08 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Pirko made a motion to approve the December 6th CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Kern. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Guest Speaker James Kinnick, PE, Executive Director of Eastgate, spoke about accomplishments in 2017 and initiatives in 2018. Accomplishments included funding for the Mahoning Avenue Bikeway, Struthers Dam Removal, MAH-170 (Dobbins), and WRTA Warren Express Route. Additionally, establishing planning and transportation departments, strengthening ad-hoc committees, branding, sponsoring the SMAR²T Network grant, launching a planning grant, renovating the conference room, and opening a satellite office were mentioned. Initiatives for 2018 include an asset management plan, grant writing, streamlining fiscal operations, and comprehensive planning. Discussion included transit and pavement options.

     

  4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Wenger reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM this morning, providing updates on the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee, Appalachian Regional Commission workforce dollars, Healthy Community Partnership conference, planning grant letters of intent, 2040 MTP Update public review, transportation alternatives program amendments, upcoming public meeting on Western Reserve Roundabout, and the Youngstown green infrastructure stakeholder meeting.

     

     

  5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Digital Literacy Working group will be meeting in January. Ad Hoc Committee minutes are available on Eastgate’s website.

     

  6. General Policy Board Report Ms. Wenger reported that the January 29th General Policy Board will feature James Dignan, CEO and President of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

     

  7. Old Business None.

     

  8. New Business Ms. Wenger provided an overview of changes to the bylaws for review, which will be discussed at the next meeting. She also presented a nomination form and work plan that Eastgate staff is committed to for increasing the visibility and capacity of the CAB. Comments are encouraged.

     

  9. General Policy Board Resolutions

     

    GPB RESOLUTION #39-2017

    Authorize Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to Submit the Administrative Regional Job training

    Grant Application to the State of Ohio Governor’s office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services

    Agency.

    A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously.

     

    GPB RESOLUTION #004-2018

    Amending the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to Add MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Projects.

    A motion was made by Mr. Kern and seconded by Ms. Germaniuk. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  10. Announcements Ms. Hazlette recognized the Chair for leading the meeting.

     

  11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Pirko, seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.16 PM.

 

February 2018 Notes

February 1, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Robert Faulkner - John Getchey - Gerald Hurayt - Kevin Kern - Jerome Parm - Jim Pirko - Don Rex - Terry Thomas

Guests


Tricia D'Avignon - Don Bishop - Paul Davis - Phil Kidd - Ron Knight - Ben Kyle - Peter Milliken - Diane Siskowic-Jurkovic - Michael Verich

Eastgate Staff

Mirta Reyes-Chapman - Sara Wenger


  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:05 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Getchey made a motion to approve the January 4th CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Guest Speaker Mirta Reyes-Chapman, Transit Program Manager at Eastgate, spoke on various aspects of public transit in the Eastgate Region. She provided an overview of the urbanized area, how Federal Transit Authority funds are calculated for the region, other funding sources for transit, services provided, upcoming technology, and other information. Discussion included transferring passengers between systems and past service routes such as the connection to Pittsburgh via New Castle.

     

  4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Wenger reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM this morning, providing updates on Eastgate’s webpage, Kinsman 201 facility planning area adjustment, Pymatuning Creek water sampling, Title VI, Clean Ohio, Mahoning Safe Communities, the annual meeting, an upcoming lunch and learn on connected and autonomous vehicles, and a stormwater management workshop.

     

  5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Regional Economic Development Committee and Grow Mahoning Valley will hold meetings in February.

     

  6. General Policy Board Report Mr. Pirko reported on the agenda and action items of the General Policy Board held on January 29th that featured Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, President & CEO James Dignan, and COO Rick Stockburger.

     

  7. Old Business Members reviewed the bylaw revisions and nomination form. A motion was presented by Mr. Thomas and seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Wenger updated members on outreach materials she is preparing for the CAB.

     

  8. New Business No new business.

     

  9. General Policy Board Resolutions None.

     

  10. Announcements Mr. Samulka encouraged non-members to fill out the nomination form.

     

  11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Hurayt and seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.12 PM.

 

March 2018 Notes

March 1, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Robert Faulkner - Genevieve Germaniuk - John Getchey - Fred Hanley - Kevin Kern - Don Rex - Terry Thomas

Guests


Shawna Barry Scott - Dionne Dowdy - Peter Milliken - Chris Travers - Michael Verich - Tim Yova

Eastgate Staff

Genna Petrolla - Sara Wenger


  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:07 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Faulkner made a motion to approve the February 1st CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Getchey. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Guest Speaker Genna Petrolla, Economic Development Planner at Eastgate, spoke on Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs, providing an overview of activities that Eastgate staff undertakes with small business technical support providers to improve start-up culture in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Ms. Petrolla demonstrated a website for helping businesses find resources.

     

  4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Wenger reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM this morning, providing updates on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Return on Investment Report, the 2018 Regional Job Training Program, the Moving Communities Forward Planning grant, modifications to the Transportation Improvement Program, review of the Overall Work Program, the upcoming Annual Meeting, and Valley Health & Wellness Expo.

     

  5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Digital Literacy Working Group and Mahoning River Corridor Initiative will meet in March.

     

  6. General Policy Board Report No update.

     

  7. Old Business Members reviewed the orientation packet and were updated on other items Eastgate staff has undertaken to enhance the CAB.

     

  8. New Business Ms. Wenger showed the 2017 Annual Progress Report for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

     

  9. General Policy Board Resolutions

     

    GPB Resolution #007-2018

    Resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add Right of Way Phase to the West Market Street Project

    A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Faulkner. The motion passed unanimously.

     

    GPB Resolution #008-2018

    Resolution Moving the Community Forward Fiscal Year 2018 Planning Grant Recommendations for Funding

    A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Thomas. The motion passed unanimously.

     

    GPB Resolution #009-2018

    Recommendation to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency to Support the Priority of Projects for the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Local Development District 2018 Regional Job Training (RJT) Program

    A motion was made by Mr. Getchey and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

     

     

  10. Announcements Mr. Samulka encouraged non-members to fill out the nomination form.

     

  11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Faulkner and seconded by Ms. Germaniuk. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.07 PM.

 

 

April 2018 Notes

April 5, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Fred Hanley - Janet Hazlette - Kevin Kern - Peter Miliken* - Jerome Parm
James Pirko - Don Rex

Guests


Tricia D'Avignon - David E. Brown - Ira Cross - Grace Freeze - Phil Kidd - Tom Smith - Shalise White
Autumn Zaccone

Eastgate Staff

Sara Daugherty - Kathy Zook


1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:06 P.M.

2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Haney made a motion to approve the March 1st CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously.

3. Guest Speaker Kathy Zook, Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager, spoke on the Appalachian Regional Commission and opportunities through the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. Eastgate has been a part of the ARC for nearly ten years as a Local Development District, providing matching grants of up to $250,000 on a variety of projects based on the four goals of ARC, which include economic opportunities, ready workforce, critical infrastructure, natural and cultural assets, and leadership and community capacity. Ms. Zook provided an overview of various projects that the region has taken part in, including sewer lines, advanced manufacturing training, and healthcare. Citizens asked about funding for health, electricity, improvements to GM Lordstown, and workforce. They also discussed funding levels from the federal government.

4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Daugherty reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM that morning, providing updates on pavement preservation summary reports that are on the website, a project inquiry portal that will be launched soon, Appalachian Regional Commission pre-applications being due May 11th, new traffic counts are on the website, the Public Participation Process, Title VI Plan, and 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan being ready for resolution, and that Eastgate is considering updates to its funding procedures for Surface Transportation Block Grants.

5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Mahoning Valley GIS Partnership will meet on the 19th and that staff wanted the CAB to know that at the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative meeting kayak paddling classes on the 15th and the River Fest on June 2nd were announced. Citizens brought up the virtual tour of the dams on Eastgate’s website and the addition of the two dams in Newton Falls. Citizens requested a warning about kayaking around the dams be added to the virtual tour. Ms. Daugherty will follow up with this request.

6. General Policy Board Report Mr. Samulka encouraged citizens to attend the April 30th GPB.

7. Old Business None.

8. New Business A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Pirko to add Shauna Barry-Scott as a member of the CAB. The motion passed unanimously. A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Pirko to add Peter Miliken as a member of the CAB. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Daugherty mentioned that the Mahoning County Hazard Mitigation Team will be presenting next month. She also provided information on a food insecurity lecture, birding outing, Bike to Work Warren day, and the WOW ride.

9. General Policy Board Resolutions

GPB RESOLUTION #010-2018
Resolution updating Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Public Participation Process to Reference the Transportation Bill Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act
A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #011-2018
Resolution updating the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments 2018 Revised Title VI Plan in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Policies, Procedures and Assurances
A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #012-2018
Resolution of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments amending the Clean Water Act Section 2018 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan to adopt the Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustments
A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #013-2018
Resolution approving the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to meet the quinquennial approval date of May 14, 2018
A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

Citizens voiced that they would like to have more discussion with each resolution and an additional brief description below each resolution on what it is. Ms. Daugherty agreed and will do so going forward. Citizens discussed how information and recommendations from the CAB are shared with Eastgate staff. Ms. Daugherty encouraged citizens to share information with staff and also recommend resolutions for further action. Ms. Daugherty will also let the CAB know if any resolutions are questioned and/or vetoed by TAC. Citizens thanked staff for their due diligence.

10. Announcements None

11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Hanely and seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.20 PM.

 

 

May2018 Notes

May 3, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Shawna Berry-Scott - Robert Faulkner, Sr. - John Getchey - Fred Hanley - Janet Hazlette - Gerald Hurayt - Peter Miliken - Jerome Parm - James Pirko - Don Rex

Guests


Tricia D'Avignon - Anna DeAscentis - David E. Brown - Amy Heimberger - Sarah Lowry - Dennis O'Hara - Tayana Pannell - Lakita Williams - Autumn Zaccone

Eastgate Staff

Sara Daugherty -Justin Mondok

  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:05 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Faulkner made a motion to approve the April 5th CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Public Input: Mahoning County Hazard Mitigation Plan Amy Heimberger of JH Consulting provided an overview of hazards and the planning process for the hazard mitigation plan. Mahoning County is seeking input in the form of surveys and interviews through July of 2018. CAB members discussed collapsing mines, earthquakes, damage to dams, and nearby infrastructure to consider, particularly in Trumbull County. The team will provide the CAB with a draft of the plan for review.

     

  4. Guest Speaker Sarah Lowry, Partnership Coordinator of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, provided an overview of the Healthy Community Partnership. HCP was born out of the understanding that Mahoning and Trumbull counties rank poorly on health rankings and that there are several issues including obesity, ashma, and hunger. HCP has three focus areas: Healthy Food Retail; Active Transportation; and Parks & Green Space. Ms. Lowry invited the CAB to join the action teams. CAB members discussed food access challenges, fixed route service and exercise, infant mortality, and opportunities for partnering with other organizations. The CAB encouraged HCP to work with elected officials on the three areas.

     

  5. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Daugherty reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM that morning, providing updates on the FY 2019-2023 Transit Development Program and upcoming events at the agency.

     

  6. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Daugherty provided a summary of the meetings occurring in May. Ms. Hazlette encouraged Eastgate to include T-CAP for in digital inclusion activities.

     

  7. General Policy Board Report Mr. Samulka reported on the presentations by ODOT District 4, ODOT Central, and FHWA at the GPB held on April 30th.

     

  8. Old Business Ms. Daugherty reported that although there were no resolutions this month, she would include summaries in the future.

     

  9. New Business A motion was made by Ms. Hazlette and seconded by Mr. Faulkner to add Ira Cross as a member of the CAB. The motion passed unanimously. The CAB discussed June’s meeting at TBEIC.

     

  10. General Policy Board Resolutions none

     

  11. Announcements The dedication of the Girard kayak launch will take place June 9th. On May 5th, Dare to Dream will be having a food giveaway at Rockford Village. Bike to Work day is May 18th. Eastgate will host a training on sunshine laws and Roberts Rule of Order on July 20th.

     

  12. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Hanely and seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.17 PM.

 


 

 


Mahoning River Corridor Initiative (MRCI)

December 2017 Notes

December 18, 2017

Present

Sarah Lown-WRPA - Randy Partika-WRPA - Lauren Johnson-Regional Chamber -
Trish Nuskievicz-Trumbull County Planning Commission -
Nic Coggins-Trumbull County Planning Commission - Don Rex-Friends of the Mahoning River -
Pete Morabito-Friends of the Mahoning River - Zachary Svette-Trumbull County Metro Parks -
Justin Mondok-Eastgate - Joann Esenwein-Eastgate - Grant Taylor-Eastgate

Election of Chair

The first order of business was to elect a Chair and Vice Chair for the MRCI.  Mr. Svette was nominated as Chair and Ms. Lown Vice Chair, there was no other nominations.  Mr. Coggins made a motion to approve Mr. Svette as Chair and Ms. Lown as Vice Chair, Mr. Partika seconded, vote taken and approved.  Mr. Svette took over the running of the meeting.

Mahoning River Mayors’ meeting update

Ms. Lown and Mr. Partika gave an update of the Mayors of the Mahoning River meeting:  The meeting was held on December 1, 2017 in Girard.  The guest speaker was Mr. John Honek from the Greater Ohio Policy Center.  Mr. Honek spoke about Greater Ohio Policy Center’s attempt to revitalize the brownfield’s funds.  They are proposing to do this with State liquor taxes. Currently they have no legislative support. 

Mr. Covellio from the Youngstown/Warren Chamber spoke about their drive in/fly initiative.  The agenda will be driven by sponsors of the event, they will pick three issues to discuss. 

Representative Holmes also spoke, he discussed the budget and the proposed tax collection bill.

Ms. Esenwein updated the Mayors about the Clean Ohio application changes. 

Mahoning River Restoration and Dam Removal update

Ms. Esenwein gave an update on the Mahoning river.  Struthers received WRRSP funding and Eastgate is setting up a meeting with appropriate people to assure everything keeps moving and gets done according to the WRRSP process and schedule. 

Clean Ohio

Mr. Svette gave an update on the revised clean Ohio application.  The revisions will make Urban area projects more competitive when scored.  The application and revised scoring are on the Eastgate web page. 

Brownfields

Ms. Johnson provide information on her successful brownfields grant application for $100,000.  The abandoned gas station is now under the management of the

Trumbull County Land Bank and is looking to be cleaned up in 6 months.

Members updates 

Mr. Svette informed the committee the OEPA is doing soil sampling in the Trumbull County Parks. This information will be used to help determine cleanup standards for brownfields and other sites.

Mr. Coggins informed the committee the Trumbull county Planning Commission offers a revolving loan to encourage companies to move to Trumbull County. 

Ms. Nuskievicz mentioned the Trumbull County Planning Commission started work on the Trumbull County, county wide comprehensive plan.

Ms. Lown announce the WRPA is holding a community economic development tools workshop on Jan. 25, 2018 at TEBIC.   She also mentioned the Mayors’ annual policy update will be mid. Feb. 2018, this is when representatives give policy agenda updates to the Mayors. 

Open Discussion 

Names where put in the members spots for the MRCI committee based on the structure in the by-laws.

The committee members are:

  1. Dominic Marchionda representing Youngstown State University  
  2. Sarah Lown representing the Western Reserve Port Authority
  3. Lauren Johnson representing Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
  4. Julie Green representing Trumbull County Commissioners  
  5. Trish Nuskievicz representing Trumbull County Planning Commission with Nick Coggins as alternate
  6. Anna DeAsentis representing Mahoning County Commissioners
  7. Justin Mondok representing Eastgate Regional Council of Governments with Grant Taylor as alternate
  8. Standing Chair representing Mahoning River Mayor’s Association  

     

    At-Large positions:

  9. Zach Svette representing Trumbull County Parks,
  10. Randy Partika representing the Mahoning River Mayors Association,
  11. Pete Morabito representing the Friends of the Mahoning River with Don Rex as alternate 

Follow-up action items for next meeting

Ms. Nuskievicz inquired about completing the Mahoning River watershed plan.  Ms. Esenwein stated she will talk to Ms. Dyer and Mr. Mondok about it.

The WRPA will work with Eastgate staff on site mapping. 

Next meeting date and agenda items 

Staying with quarterly meetings, the next meeting will be March 19, 2018 – 10am at Eastgate.  We will start to schedule every other meeting at TEBIC after March.

Possible agenda items:  Inviting the OEPA to provide an update on the Mahoning River study.

Update on the City of Struthers and Lowellville River restoration and dam removal projects.

Meet with the Girard Dam owners at an informational meeting to the property owners about the river restoration and dam removal projects.

March 2018 Notes

March 26, 2018

Present

Zachary Svette – Trumbull County Metro Parks (Chair)
Sarah Lown – WRPA (Vice-Chair)
Randy Partika – WRPA
Lauren Johnson – Regional Chamber
Trish Nuskievicz - Trumbull County Planning Commission
Nic Coggins - Trumbull County Planning Commission
Don Rex - Friends of the Mahoning River
Justin Mondok – Eastgate
Joann Esenwein – Eastgate
Grant Taylor – Eastgate
Stephanie Dyer - Eastgate


Minutes from December 18, 2017

Reviewed, no comments or changes.


Mahoning River Mayors' meeting update

Ms. Lown passed out a schedule of the Mayor’s meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for May 11, 2018 at Melillo’s on Lowellville. All dates and locations are tentative. Ms. Esenwein is to prepare a” Dam Packet” for the Mayor’s for the May 11th meeting. This is information important to the Dam(s) in their municipality. Other topics will be CBDG funds and other funds.


Mahoning River

• Restoration and Dam Removal update – Mr. Mondok presented the “tour of the Mahoning River” on Eastgate’s webpage. Mr. Svette handed out Water Trail maps and Mahoning River Adventure flyers for PaddleThe River in Leavittsburg.
• Watershed Plan– Eastgate requested a portion of LTV Settlement funds to perform a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategic (NPS-IS) Plans for the Lower Mahoning River, Eastgate is planning to hire an Intern to help completed the plan.


Site Maps

• Shirley Road Interchange – A meeting will be scheduled with the City of Youngstown, Struthers, Campbell, Village of Lowellville, Eastgate, the Chamber and the Port Authority do discuss the merits of reconfiguring this interchange. Some feel it is need to enhance truck access for Economic Development.
• Available Sites – Mr. Taylor is working with Mr. Partika in preparing one-page summaries of sites along the Mahoning River that shows were they are in the clean-up process, what utilities are available and what needs to be done to make them marketable. These will be used to: (1) show how the former clean Ohio brownfields funds were successful and (2) site selection.


Project List Clean-up

Ms. Esenwein requested everyone on the MRCI committee update their section of the list. Let
Ms. Esenwein know if you reviewed list and if you had comments or not. These projects will
eventually be placed in Eastgate’s “project portal” and we would like to have the most accurate
information.

Members updates

Mr. Rex informed the group the River Fest is scheduled for June 2, 2018 and the Girard Launch
site is opening June 9, 2018, there will be a picnic at the B&O.


Open Discussion

Ms. Nuskievica and Mr. Coggins announced almost all the opportunity zones that were
submitted have been selected. The selection followed the Mahoning River Development in
Ohio.


Follow-up action items for next meeting

Ms. Esenwein will schedule the Shirley Road Interchange meeting and prepare the Packets for
the Mahoning River Corridor Mayor’s meeting. Everyone needs to review and updated the
project list. Mr. Svette will invite the OEPA to provide an update on their soil sampling study and
soil remediation sites.


Next meeting date and agenda items

June 18, 2018 – 10:00 am @ TBIEC

June 2018 Notes

June 18, 2018

Present
 
Randy Partika – WRPA                                           
Lauren Johnson – Regional Chamber                     
Don Rex - Friends of the Mahoning River     
Joann Esenwein – Eastgate
Grant Taylor – Eastgate                               
Julie Green, Tru. Co. Comm’s
Anna DeAscentis, Mah. Co. Comm’s

Minutes from March 26, 2018

Reviewed, no comments or changes.


OEPA

Susan Netzly-Watkins, from the OEPA NE Region, provided an update on the soil sampling study and soil remediation sites.  Sue gave a background about the studies that started in 2008.  They provide a base standard for hazardous material clean up. 


Mahoning River Mayors’ meeting update

Mr. Partika said the meeting in Lowellville was well attended.  There was a tour of the dam area.  Mayor Waddell from Newton Falls asked why the Newton Fall’s dam isn’t part of the clean-up plan?  The Newton Falls dam lacked industrial use up stream, therefore was not part of the US Army Corp’s study.


Mahoning River

  • Restoration and Dam Removal update – Ms. Esenwein gave a brief update of what stage each dam is in.Lowellville’s environmental covenant is signed and recorded, they are preparing the Maintenance plan and Design Build contract for review.Struthers submitted their DRAFT environmental covenant for review.They are preparing the DRAFT Maintenance Plan and RFP for review.Youngstown is hiring a consultant to prepare a better estimate for the three dams in Youngstown.Ms. Esenwein provided the Mayor’s from Youngstown, Girard and Warren information on the dam ownership in their cities and example environmental covenants.
  • DC Fly-in– Ms. Esenwein informed the group Eastgate was participating the Chamber’s DC Fly-in event June 26th and 27th.She handed-out The Mahoning River of Opportunity flyers, these were prepared to advocate for the cleaning of the Mahoning River.

Site Maps

  • Available Sites – Mr. Taylor is working with Mr. Partika in preparing one-page summaries of sites along the Mahoning River. Mr. Taylor presented the on-line map showing all sites along the River.There was discussion about providing a link to the Chamber’s web-page for additional information. These can be used as an inventory tool.

 

Members updates 

Ms. Johnson talked about the Brownfields workshop she attended and the inventory tool by Kansas State. 


Open Discussion

NA


Follow-up action items for next meeting

NA


Next meeting date and agenda items
 

September 17, 2018 – 10:00 am @ Eastgate


Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC)

November 2017 Notes

November 17, 2017

EAG Combined Meeting

In Attendance

Dominic Marchiond, YSU REDI - Carmella Williams, YBI/MBAC/WE program - Dionne Dowdy, United Returning Citizens  
Julie Green, Trumbull County Commissioners - Mike Keys, City of Warren - Jacob Duritsky, Team NEO - Holly Harris-Bane, NOCHE  
Dave Smith, KSU Trumbull - Nathan Richey, Kent State University - Shari Harrell, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley  
Wanda Thomas, Trumbull 100 - Art Daley, Eastern Gateway Community College - Sue Watson, MVMC  
Sarah Lown, WRPA/NEO Finance Authority Charlie Nelson, WRTA - Cindy Bresnehan, Business Resource Network/OMJ  
Bill Mason, Gateway Group - Mary Ann Kochalko, MCTA - Burt Cene, Workforce Development Board, Mahoning/Columbiana  
Sarah Boyarko, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber - Nick Chretian, YSU REDI - Jimmy Sutman, Purple Cat/Golden String  
T. Sharon Woodbury, City of Youngstown - Vickie Davanzo, City of Youngstown - Laura Tubo, First Energy  
Beth Trace, TCTC Aspire Coordinator

 

Eastgate Staff

Kathy Zook - Genna Petrolla - Jim Kinnick - Sara Wenger - Joann Esenwein


Meeting notes

Dominic Marchionda, YSU REDI/EAG: Introduction- EAG/REDC meeting monthly to quarterly format

 

Genna Petrolla, Eastgate: REDC minutes review/approval May 19/July 21 (combined)

  • Motion: Burt Cene
  • Second: Sarah Boyarko

 

Sara Wenger, Eastgate:  Eastgate Overview

  • Council of Governments
  • Clearinghouse for Federal Funding
  • Local presence on state and federal issues
  • Work with local member governments on infrastructure projects
  • Forum for local partners to have a regional course for Feds regarding Economic development
  • Late 2016 ended 18-month planning process w/over 70 stakeholders:
  • CEDS process: Looked at statistics, conducted roundtables, SWOT analysis
  • INTERFACE is a regional document- Eastgate does not own- we print and monitor

     

    REVIEW SIX PILLARS of CEDS:

    1. WORKFORCE/ TRAINING & EDUCATION
    2. INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    3. ACCESS TO CAPITAL
    4. INFRASTRUCTURE & SITE DEVELOPMENT
    5. INDUSTRY & BUSINESS CLIMATE
    6. QUALITY OF LIFE AND COMMUNITY VITALITY

     

    REDC group: structure + strategy + action

  • NO ONE OWNS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • There are OVER 1200 economic development organizations in the region (that have “economic development” as part of their organizational activities
  • GOAL: have as many partners in the room who are committed to improving our communities
  • GOAL: Change group from being more internal to being more collaborative: everyone should own the strategy.
  • GOAL: Bridge both planning and action (with EAG) learning how to work together
  • GOAL: Open up planning process/get more people in room/ encourage more direct conversation about CEDS
  • Upcoming: 2017 PROGRESS REPORT and evaluation February 2018

 

Review of past REDC meeting topics

  • Demographic issues (threat- population/workforce)
  • Capitalizing on Infrastr for ED (downtown Ytown)
  • Business Climate/Shale boom and bust
  • How do you measure economic development?
  • Creative Placemaking as tool for quality of life
  • Workforce and education

 

Jacob Duritsky: Vice President, Strategy and Research, Team NEO

What is Team NEO?

Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate (Regional Chamber), accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region. (Jacob’s presentation attached)

 

Website: http://www.clevelandplus.com/teamneo/

 

The Importance of Talent

  • Talent is a critical component of company’s decision-making process
  • Talent is increasingly a differentiator in location decisions
  • Team NEO role as JobsOhio partner: TALENT MANAGER
    • HR engagement
    • Developed first ever NEO relocation guide (contact Team NEO for details)

 

Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio

  • http://www.clevelandplus.com/teamneo/portal/industry-insights-materials/workforce-trends-reports/
  • The challenge for our workforce, employers and economy is that the job o opportunities don’t necessarily align with the knowledge and skill sets of our current talent pool. Jobs in growing, high-potential industries offering family-sustaining wages often sit vacant due to the limited number of qualified, credentialed candidates.
  • Economic development/ higher education/ business community share responsibility
  • Needs of employers and types of credentials being issued are in serious misalignment
  • By 2020 about 65% of jobs in Ohio will require some sort of post-secondary credential
  • 17,000 unique job postings for IT in region: credentials awarded in region = 6,000
  • Underproducing in 11 of 18 industry sectors ***
  • EVERYONE HAS A ROLE IN FIXING THIS
  • EXAMPLE: A company was looking for 3 welders w/10 years of experience, no training, to plug them in right away. Team NEO said that a competitive wage to get those qualified workers would be $24-26/hr. Company said they wouldn’t pay that, yet claim “They can’t find workers”/talent shortage

 

Key Takeaways

  • Our population is older/aging (55+)
  • Manufacturing is still 2nd largest employer, however we are not training enough to replace current older workforce (manufacturing talent pipeline)
  • Educational attainment here is significantly lower than US average (Bachelors/graduate degrees)
    • PGH/Columbus at 35-37% (we are less than 20% for BA attainment)

 

Holly Harris-Bane: President, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)

What is NOCHE?

NOCHE will serve as the backbone organization to engage higher education, business, industry, community leaders and others in a strategic collective that improves educational outcomes for all northeast Ohio citizens, focuses on degrees that have value in the marketplace, and fuels innovation and regional socioeconomic growth. (Funded by the business community of Northeast Ohio. Formed in Cleveland in 1950s- 65 years old. Serves 23 counties in the Northern/Northeast Ohio Region).

 

Website: https://www.noche.org/

 

Material Sent to members of REDC (See attached)

HOLLY PPT (See attached)

 

Overview/ Need for Regional Mechanisms to Help with Alignment

  • Higher education + business is a symbiotic relationship
  • Our universities contribute to QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Talent supply is increasingly important
  • How it used to be: post-secondary institutions produced talent and companies hired talent and DONE!
  • Need for regional mechanisms to help with alignment
  • NOCHE is engaged with Knowledgeworks (http://www.knowledgeworks.org/)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: occupations have grown from 270 classified occupations to over 840 in 2010

 

Impact Assessment Overview (See attached)

  • Looked at23 counties/ 62 institutions of higher learning (168 in entire state)
  • 250k students per year enrolled
  • 42% in NEO are 40+ years of age
  • With the state of ohio attainment goal of 65% of adults needing some form of post-secondary credential, we are well suited in NEO since we are serving more adults than anywhere else in state
  • 42% of ohios African American students are attending NEO institutions
  • 35% of Hispanic/Latinx students attending college in NEO
  • 35-39 yrs 39% students attending college in NEO

 

Burden on Students: Affordability

  • Ohio ranks 45th out of 50 states in college affordability
  • Funding for higher education in Ohio continues to decrease
  • Ohio has drastically reduced need-based aid
  • Students now pay anywhere from 75-85% of tuition bill
  • Northeast Ohio has really pushed to engage with high schools- College Credit Plus dual enrollment option

 

Actions by NOCHE: Internship Network, etc.

  • NOCHE is looking at best practices in NEO that focus on partnerships between K-12 and business to get more students into the pipeline
  • NOCHE environmental scan for partnership models
  • Businesses that offer internships (especially paid internships) have much better success bringing students into their industry than businesses that do not
  • NOCHE working with SMES- how to turn your internship program into a sustainable employment pathway
  • Interns are more likely to graduate from college/afford college/ matching for internship wages/ 80% of companies that host internships: that is their talent supply
  • Tools and strategies to help students make college decisions based on job availability in NEO

 

Highlight: EASTERN GATEWAY/KENT STATE Models

                EGCC

  • Machining and Welding: reached out to local businesses/educational partners
  • Started in January 2017 7-8 students in machining/ 7-8 in welding
  • Math is difficult- Math Emporium that is open all day at EGCC
  • YSU and KSU are on campus daily to talk about credit transferability

 

KSU

  • Affordability- $6k/year before financial aid
  • Partnership examples: First Energy to train linemen to get journeyman’s certificate/2-year degree/ personal finance/ diversity training
  • Getting companies to invest in programs
  • Police academy at KSU: redesigning so that PA students finish with two year degree w/personal finance and diversity training
  • Rural Scholars Program: 7-12th grade/ rolling out to all regional campuses/ 700-1000 students that can benefit from program for mathematics
  • Rising Manufacturers Program: work with manufacturing companies to train/ out of 100 students in Salem program, 97 are math ready in 10th grade

 

Local Challenges: Internships

  • 1,000 students are looking for internships any given semester
  • NEO Talent exchange (no cost to student or businesses
  • Universities have robust career centers only visited by 10-25% of students
  • Ohio Means Jobs has a link on career center websites
  • Employers can get assistance to create a curriculum for the intern. NOCHE website www.NOCHE.org free online services on how to set up an internship program

 

Local Challenges: Internet Access

  • Sending students home with laptops doesn’t work
  • Students need access to facilities/ facilities need to hold longer hours
  • Public libraries, etc. for access
  • Limited capacity of institutions to lead broadband initiatives

 

Kathy Zook: Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager, Eastgate

ARC Overview

  • ARC enacted by congress in 1965
  • 13 states from NY to Mississippi
  • Ohio has 32 counties in Appalachian Region: from Ashtabula to just before Cincinnati
  • Divided into 4 districts (Eastgate District is Ashtabula/Trumbull/Mahoning counties)
  • Each year, we receive a federal allocation of approximately $800,000
  • Only state of 13 that has state funding supplemented with federal (Governors

 

ARC Project Criteria

Projects within 5 goals:

1) Job creation/retention

2) Ready workforce (healthy/ educated/ skilled)

3) Infrastructure water/sewer/access roads/broadband

4) Improvements in natural and cultural assets (tourism, etc.)

5) Leadership development

 

MEETING SCHEDULE CHANGE

  • Moving meeting from 3rd Fridays to second Fridays
  • Dates on agenda are correct

 

Discussion/ Partner Updates

Mike Hripko, Youngstown State University

  • MVICC
  • TIGER grant submission: SM2A2R2T Corridor

 

Rick Stockburger, TBEIC

  • Founders Exchange, last Monday of every month
  • Lime Tree, downtown Warren, gathering of entrepreneurs/conversation

 

Jim Kinnick, Eastgate

  • One-page summary for TIGER
  • New Eastgate satellite office at TBEIC

 

Dominic Marchionda, REDI YSU/EAG

  • Clean Ohio Trail fund from ODNR $500,000 from downtown Youngstown to Mill Creek Metroparks

     

    Dionne Dowdy, United Returning Citizens/ Taft Promise Neighborhood

  • Job fair with Taft Promise Neighborhood
  • Demand for entry level jobs
  • Looking to match educational resources to neighborhood residents to prepare them for work

 

Adjourn

  • Motion: T. Sharon Woodberry
  • Second Sarah Boyarko

February 2018 Notes

February 16, 2018

Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC)

125 West Market Street, Warren OH 44481

10:00 am

 

In attendance:

Sara Wenger

Joann Esenwein

Mike Hripko

Lance Grahn

Mike Keys

Sarah Lown

Vickie Davanzo

Carmella Williams

Shari Harrell

Stephanie Shaw

Matt Falter

Corrie Adams

Mark Winchell

Jim Timonere

Nic Coggins

Bethia Burke

Catey Breck-Colon

 

1. Introduction & Welcome – John Pogue

2. Approval of November 17, 2017 minutes

Motion: Mike Hripko

Second: Mark Winchell

3. 2017 CEDS Update: Progress, Evaluation, Plans for the Future – Sara Wenger, Eastgate

Find the update HERE: https://www.slideshare.net/secret/7C5WuaupcTQeIo

  • Every year we are required to update our progress within CEDS
  • 125 action steps out of which only 4 have not been addressed

4. Presentation & Discussion: Growth & Opportunity Scorecard for Youngstown-Warren- Bethia Burke, Director of Strategy and Resource Allocation, Fund for Our Economic Future

Find Bethia’s presentation HERE: https://www.slideshare.net/secret/q5y19cPjQxnQV

5. Appalachian Regional Commission Update

6. 2018 REDC Board Membership and Nominations for Chair/Vice Chair

  • Confirm participation from members
  • Email to follow/elections to follow

7. Partner Updates

  • Eastgate Annual Meeting March 19
  • America Makes National Apprenticeship Forum March 6
  • Minority Business Assistance Center Satellite Office at TBEIC
  • MVEDC EDA RLF Application to EDA
  • National Launch of Akron/Warren ebay Retail Revival
  • Race Equity and Inclusion training
  • Sarah Lowry to direct Healthy Community Partnership
  • Kent State Trumbull Girls in STEM TC
  • Chronicle of Higher Education has labeled the lack of post-secondary credentials in the country as a public health crisis

8. Adjourn

Motion: March Winchell
Second:
Sarah Lown

 

You can listen to the recording of this meeting HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/frksns69xv0m6hd/Rec%20001-REDC_21618.aif.crdownload?dl=0

 

Questions/comments: Genna Petrolla gpetrolla@eastgatecog.org / 234-254-1517