Baldrige Award Honors Local Partners for ‘True Transformation’

Jan 06, 2021

Business Journal 2021

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Michael Hripko holds a frame encasing a white certificate, recognition of a collaborative effort to improve quality of life and economic well-being of the Mahoning Valley.

Hripko, economic recovery coordinator and Mahoning Valley Communities of Excellence representative for Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, told a room of live and virtual participants inside Eastgate of how a consortium of community and foundation leaders had strategic initiatives to improve the region. Their ongoing efforts were rewarded with national recognition for its “Commitment to Community Excellence.”

“[Tuesday] recognizes that we’ve achieved the objectives of Year One,” he said, “which is to take a good, hard assessment of your community and form a bond among key, community leaders and a commitment together to solve our problems.”...
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