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.



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.       



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

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


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


    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


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.


Mahoning River Corridor Initiative (MRCI)

December 2017 Notes

December 18, 2017


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. 


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.

Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC)

January 2017 Notes

January 20, 2017

Members Present

Bert Cene - Julie Edwards - Lance Grahn - Mark Winchell - Mario Nero* - Mike Hripko


Frank Beck - Jonathon Fauvie - Sarah Lowry - Aaron Young - Krista Beniston - Stephanie Landis -   David Gemmel - Teresa Miller - Jason Loree - Phil Kidd - Jim Freeze - Grace Freeze

Eastgate Staff

Jeannie Donatelli - Joann Esenwein - Jim Kinnick - Sara Wenger

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Mark Winchell to approve the December 18 meeting minutes. Mike Hripko seconded the motion. 

Project & Initiative Update

Dominic Marchionda presented on projects and initiatives out of the Regional Economic Development Initiative at Youngstown State University.  He spoke of the current projects in the City of Youngstown and how they strategically align with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), as well as economic development in the city.  Mr. Marchionda talked about the INPLACE Project where five project teams were awarded: Solar Screen; Mahoning Avenue Archway; Wedge at Hazel Hill (green infrastructure approach); Shipping Container to Bus Shelter; and Light the Community (Phase 2 of the amphitheater/park project).  Projects are intended to be implemented by July 31st of this year.

Mr. Marchionda also talked about the City Center Design Guide which is a reverse engineering of the TIGER application and includes recommendations of the wayfinding signage plan. The guide will be utilized for five roadways that are expected to receive funds. The City of Youngstown will next be applying for a Center City to Mill Creek Metroparks Connector Project form the Clean Ohio Trail Fund through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. 

Indicators of Economic Competitiveness: Comparing Metros

Sara Wenger presented initial findings on peer metros to determine potential causes of population decline and gain. The presentation was created to answer some questions regarding the human capital statistics reviewed at the previous REDC meeting. Ms. Wenger reviewed population information for the Youngstown MSA including population loss due to migration, low international immigration, and poor health outcomes. She reviewed where migrants to and from the area are moving.

Ms. Wenger then reviewed work on comparing metros similar to Youngstown in size and economic composition. Over thirty MSA’s were compared and narrowed down to Canton, Ohio; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Davenport, Iowa; Flint, Michigan; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Hickory, North Carolina; Huntington, West Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Peoria, Illinois; Reading, Pennsylvania; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and York, Pennsylvania. Out of these metros, Youngstown, Flint, Huntington, and Canton are projected to lose population. Over one hundred and fifty metrics were reviewed for each of the metros. Initial findings suggest that shrinking metros struggle with education attainment, business development, and innovation.

Ms. Wenger suggested a multi-pronged approach as outlined in the CEDS to address population decline. The first set of recommendations includes “fixing the basics” such as improving neighborhoods, education attainment, and new business starts. The second set of recommendations include embracing globalization through encouraging migration, capturing Youngstown State University as a driver of research, and branding and identifying competitive advantages.

Ms. Wenger will put a report together of the findings. The group discussed potential avenues for addressing the outcomes of the research. Recommendations from this discussion include better understanding of tradable clusters, growing YSU internationally, supporting new residents, finding capital for business expansion.

Old Business

Ms. Wenger reminded the Committee that the bylaws are in review and a chair will be determined at a later date.

Partner Updates & Discussion

Aaron Young noted that Mill Creek Park is working with the Regional Chamber on a procurement event to take place on Feb. 16th.  Jim Kinnick promoted Eastgate’s Annual Meeting on March 2nd at the DeBartolo Stadium Club at YSU. 

Adjourn – 11:30

No motion was made.

March 2017 Notes

March 17, 2017

Members Present

Sarah Boyarko - Julie Edwards - Lance Grahn - Mike Hripko - Mike Keys - Greg Myers - Mark Winchell -
Laura Tubo


John Bralich - Nick Cretien - Jeff Crowly - Sarah Lowry - Dominic Marchionda

Eastgate Staff

Jeannie Donatelli - Joann Esenwein - Sara Wenger

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Mr. Winchell to approve the January 20th, 2017 meeting minutes. Ms. Boyarko seconded the motion.

Approval of Bylaws

Ms. Wenger reviewed with the Committee changes to the bylaws, stating that 2017 is a year of transition and that the bylaws will not go into effect until January 2018. Mike Keys made a motion to approve the bylaws and Julie Edwards seconded.

Project & Initiative Update

Mr. Marchionda shared a video of the City of Youngstown’s application for ArtPlace that focuses on the Youngstown Playhouse. The City of Youngstown was successful in being awarded DollarWise – Mayors for Financial Literacy from The United States Conference of Mayors. The $10,000 grant will be used for a financial literacy program administered by the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (C.I.R.V.). REDI is working on an application for the Department of Justice’s Second Chance Act for a Reentry Program that requires a number of partners and will include resources for substance abuse co-occurring disorders. On March 3rd, InPLACE held a public presentation on the five projects. Only one team has yet to seek approval from the Design Review Committee.

Ashtabula Best Practices – Succession Planning Initiative

Mr. Winchell began with a history of the 503 Corporation, which began in 1983 to provide gap financing when interest rates were high. The organization has modified its approach by seeking the needs of the business community through business retention and expansion visits. Mr. Winchell mentioned that he saw a trend in mid to late-career professionals getting involved in vineyards and wineries. He saw this as an opportunity for family-owned business owners who are near retirement may not have prepared their business for sale. AC503c and others are working on bringing in members of Ashtabula County Leadership to discuss entrepreneurship and work with older businesses on succession planning. It was described as creating a network for potential buyers and sellers of local businesses to get to know each other and work towards transactions to keep companies local.

Niles Planning Update

Mr. Bralich reviewed the partners and funding sources that made the City of Niles Housing Survey possible, which included the National Association of Realtors, Warren Area Board of Realtors, City of Niles, and Avenue & Main. In 2016 over sixty volunteers inventoried housing stock and sidewalk conditions that were used to design and target enforcement policies. The methodology for the survey was based on the Youngstown 2010 process. Seventy-three percent of occupied housing in Niles is rated “A.” The City of Niles will use the survey results to work with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to encourage young homeowners. Mr. Crowley described the creation of Project Hope. There was a discussion about mechanisms for selling houses through local banks, introducing employer subsidies, and expanding the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA).

2016 Recap

Ms. Wenger updated the group on the CEDS. An annual report will be sent to EDA this month and Ms. Wenger reviewed its contents. The report is available on Eastgate’s website. Ms. Wenger reviewed the performance metrics and received feedback on next steps such as better determining how our actions impact our outputs.

CEDS Discussion

The Committee had a discussion on how to better communicate the need for succession planning. Ms. Lowry mentioned the Ohio Employee Ownership Center at Kent State University. It was discussed that the best approach is peer to peer and through retention and expansion outreach. REDC/EAG may pursue identifying potential owners near retirement and mid-career entrepreneurs.

Partner Updates

Valley Growth Ventures LLC is looking for deals ranging from $500,000-$1,000,000. The Ohio Federal Research Network will host an event April 20th at YBI. Ms. Edwards will be leaving TCPC and Nick Coggins will assume her duties. Hubbard adopted its comprehensive plan and Girard and Warren are on schedule for completion. Mr. Humphries will retire at the end of 2017, Mr. Dignan will join June 1st.


Mr. Winchell made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Boyarko seconded.

May 2017 Notes

May 19, 2017

Members Present

Sarah Boyarko - Bert Cene - Nick Coggins - Mike Conway - Mike Hripko - Mike Garvey - Greg Myers - James Pirko - Anthony Trevena (Alt) - Sharon Woodberry


Kevin Alin - Daniel Bancroft - Guy Coviello - Mitchell Franko - Kevin Kern - Sarah Lowry -
Dominic Marchionda - Eric Romich

Eastgate Staff

Jeannie Donatelli - Joann Esenwein - Sara Wenger

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Mr. Cene to approve the March 17th, 2017 meeting minutes. Mr. Hripko seconded.

Project Presentation

Mr. Trevena presented to the Committee the potential for distributing cost-efficient energy for the central business district of Youngstown. The Western Reserve Port Authority is working with partners to determine the need and how to phase acquisition and expansion. Mr. Garvey presented a motion of support of the regional significance of this project and its need for financing. Mr. Conway seconded.

Introduction to Presenters

Ms. Wenger reviewed the “Building Sustainable Communities in Ohio’s Shale Region: Leveraging Manufacturing Clusters and Local Assets with Strategic Planning” project that looked at how regions can effectively manage the immediate impacts of shale development with long-term economic viability and sustainability. The project included an advanced industry cluster analysis and capacity assessment of jobs created. Regional growth in Transportation Equipment Manufacturing was the most pronounced. Ms. Wenger explained how the findings were incorporated into the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Presentation & Discussion

Mr. Romich presented on research at the Ohio State University Extension since the conclusion of the partner study. The first study looked at a model to measure economic change in energy economies in metro and non-metro areas. The takeaways from this study are:

  • Comparing the job creation effects of energy shocks to equal-sized shocks in the rest of the economy, growth elsewhere in the economy generally had larger net positive spillovers, possibly because the energy sector imports many of their key inputs such as drilling equipment from elsewhere.
  • This is a reminder that balanced development of a mix of industries is more beneficial to local economies, as it is able to create more jobs and to avoid the so-called resource curse when overdependence on energy sector hampers long-term growth.

    The second study examined the relationship between energy sector expansion and small business entrepreneurship across counties. This study responds to the “big push” theory where resource-rich communities can have new long term growth through the accumulation of wealth that helps enhance agglomeration effects. The results of the research suggest that oil and gas sector expansion is associated with crowding-out of self-employment and entrepreneurship, which implies weaker long-term growth.

    Following the presentation the Committee made several comments that led to the following questions:

  • How can anchor employers be assisted in maintaining new and existing employees as people are pushed towards higher-wage short-term opportunities in oil and gas?
  • How can we as a region better communicate our resources and assets during mid and down-stream development? How can we maximize our growth from resource development?
  • What clusters in our region will benefit most from this fractionization?
  • How have other regions sourced materials for shale plays?
  • How can we cover ourselves on both ends of energy pricing?
  • Is there potential for any legacy fund creation?
  • How can we help individual companies better diversify?

Partner Updates

Mr. Marchionda presented on the INPLACE show that will be occurring in June at the McDonough Museum. Ms. Wenger announced that the Regional Innovation Strategies application round is open.


Mr. Hripko made a motion to adjourn. Ms. Woodberry seconded.

July 2017 Notes

July 21, 2017

Members Present

Terry Louk (Alt) - Genna Petrolla (Alt) - Anthony Trevena (Alt) - Mark Winchell


Corrie Adams - Daniel Bancroft - John Bralich - Leslie Brothers - Nick Chretian - Jonathon Fauvie -
Brian Friedman - Casey Krell - Sharon Letson - Dominic Marchionda - RJ Thompson - Charlie Nelson

Eastgate Staff

Jeannie Donatelli - Joann Esenwein - Celestia Hathhorn - Sara Wenger - Kathy Zook

Approval of Minutes

There wasn’t a quorum for approval.

Mercy Health Update – Healthcare in the Valley

Mr. Fauvie provided an overview of the hospital system’s mission. In 2016, the Mercy Health Foundation disbursed over $5 million with a community benefit of over $356 million. The Foundation’s 2017 priorities include opiates/human trafficking, behavioral health, and infant mortality. The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center was voted the best comprehensive breast care center in the country. The Center is engaging more women than ever through the Mobile Mammovan. Recently Mercy launched a Navigator program to help those most frequently using the system. Mercy is a training ground for those that address human trafficking. Resource Mothers and Centering Pregnancy address infant mortality. A new program called Beds to Meds will give people the medication they need to recover. Mr. Fauvie reviewed several other community partnerships such as Invest Health, Iron Roots Farm, and YSUScape.

Unleashing the Power of Creative Placemaking and Arts-Based Economic Development

Mr. Friedman is providing technical assistance through the INPLACE project, his specialty is arts-based business and artists real estate. Mr. Friedman illustrated creative placemaking (artists involved through entire project development) through initiatives in Collinwood such as the Ballot Box Project, working with charrtr schools, workforce programs to retain music production with 3Cs, and a five-year commitment program for artists as tenants. Mr. Friedman advocates for small wins through projects such as murals, sculptures, popup galleries, oral stories, festivals, incubators, and other examples. Mr. Friedman expressed that artists are here but the ecosystem isn’t strong, need to work on critical mass. He also advocates for communities to make the permitting process simple or non-existent to attract artists from other communities.

Analysis of Business Owners’ Age in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties

Ms. Hathhorn provided an overview to a project where she combined demographic and business data. Nationally, 51.7% of businesses are owned by individuals 50-88 years of age. In Trumbull County over 54% of businesses are owned by individuals 56 and older. The average age is 58. In Mahoning County over 50% of businesses are owned by individuals 56 and older and the average age is also 58. The top industries for 18-35 years are services (54.5%) followed by retail (16.7%) and food/restaurant (9.8%). The top industries for 70-80 years is services (55.8%) followed by finance/real estate/trucking (12.8%) and retail (12.0%). Ms. Hathhorn recommends further investigation into the number of owners that live out of the state and father/son owners. The Committee discussed the need to better understand where owners live, as there is a perception that they live outside the community because of quality of life needs such as retail. Eastgate will continue to further develop this database to address succession planning needs.

Update on ARC & EDA Projects

Ms. Zook provided an overview of the ARC program, the types of grants available, and requirements for applying. Ms. Wenger gave an update on the Committee’s priority projects and available EDA funding.

Partner Updates

Mr. Bancroft informed the Committee that YSU REDI and Eastgate will be issuing a young professionals survey to understand how to retain and attract talent.


There wasn’t a quorum.  

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





    REDC group: structure + strategy + action

  • 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)




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

  • 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 ***
  • 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).




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 (
  • 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




  • 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



  • 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 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



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


Discussion/ Partner Updates

Mike Hripko, Youngstown State University

  • 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



  • Motion: T. Sharon Woodberry
  • Second Sarah Boyarko