Mahoning Valley to Receive Malcolm Baldrige Communities of Excellence 2026 Recognition - Virtual Event Info

Jan 04, 2021

(Youngstown, Ohio, December 31, 2020) – The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments is announcing a virtual event announcing the “Commitment to Community Excellence” recognition to the Mahoning Valley Leadership Team by Communities of Excellence 2026, in partnership with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (Join information below.)

For the past year, representatives from several Mahoning Valley community and economic development organizations have participated in the Communities of Excellence 2026 National Learning Collaborative, based on criteria developed by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST)’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program through which the regional representatives have received training and coaching to better align, prioritize, and measure the impact of community and economic development initiatives. The three- year learning collaborative focuses on assessment, collaboration, engagement, and prioritization of joint strategic initiatives which will address the equitable economic development, the health and safety, and the quality of life of citizens. The “Commitment to Community Excellence” designation recognizes the successful completion of the first level of the national assessment and recognition program. This level provides a foundation for the community’s performance improvement journey. Communities respond to the Community Profile section of the Communities of Excellence Framework, describing their mission, vision, and key factors that lead to success.

Jim Kinnick, Executive Director of the Eastgate Regional Governments, a founding Mahoning Valley COE organization, stated, “On behalf of the Mahoning Valley partnering organizations, we greatly appreciate this recognition from the Malcolm Baldrige Communities of Excellence 2026 Program. Mahoning Valley community leaders involved in this effort have persevered through the challenges of 2020, and we are now prepared to move into the next phase of the Baldrige process, during which we will
define specific strategic initiatives which will address equitable economic development, health and safety, and quality of life for Mahoning Valley residents.”

Three representatives from the Baldrige-based Communities of Excellence 2026 organization are scheduled to speak:
•Ms. Stephanie Norling, Executive Director, Communities of Excellence 2026
•Mr. Lowell Kruse, Chairman and Co-founder, Communities of Excellence 2026
•Mr. Al Faber, President and CEO, Baldrige Foundation and native of Youngstown, Ohio

The Mahoning Valley Communities of Excellence Leadership Team currently includes representatives from the following organizations:
•City of Warren
•City of Youngstown
•The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
•Eastern Gateway Community College
•Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
•Mercy Health Foundation
•The Raymond John Wean Foundation
•Western Reserve Port Authority
•The Youngstown Foundation
•Youngstown State University
•Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce

To Participate:
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Please join us virtually at https://zoom.us/j/2307998713 or telephone: 1 669 900 6833 or 1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 230 799 8713, or in person and socially distant at the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Mill Creek Conference Room, 100 East Federal Street, Suite 100, for a press event announcing the “Commitment to Community Excellence” recognition to the Mahoning Valley Leadership Team by Communities of Excellence 2026, in partnership with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Masks are required for all in-person attendees.

CONTACT: Michael Hripko, Economic Recovery Coordinator; Mahoning Valley Communities of Excellence Representative, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments PHONE: 330-502-7239
EMAIL: mhripko@eastgatecog.org