YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Business Incubator has been a major driver in the redevelopment of downtown Youngstown. On Tuesday, it received another state grant, and Governor Mike DeWine came to town to present it himself.
“We are very, very proud to announce that the Youngstown Business Incubator will receive $475,000 vibrant community grant dollars from Jobs Ohio,” he said.
The money will be used to complete the renovation of the former Vindicator building downtown, which YBI has occupied for five years. It’ll allow for the addition of five more companies and the creation or retention of 70 jobs.
“We tell people all the time we are not a cookie-cutter economic development organization. We’re complicated, we’re diverse and we are determined to continue to change the narrative around Youngstown,” said YBI CEO Barb Ewing.
It was also an opportunity to tout the positive development taking place downtown.
John Miles was applauded for bringing in the headquarters of his company, Steelite International, and Mayor Tito Brown alluded to the mega road construction projects and how one day it’ll all pay off.
“Many of our partners, many of the things we’re working on are happening today because of the private partnerships that we’ve been able to achieve,” Brown said.
Two weeks ago, Gov. DeWine toured Lordstown’s new Ultium Cells plant. On Tuesday, before his YBI appearance, he toured downtown Youngstown. He likes what he’s seeing.
“I want to congratulate all of you for what’s been happening in the Mahoning Valley. I’m very, very optimistic about the future,” Gov. DeWine said.
Gov. DeWine also congratulated community leaders for their efforts in removing the dams along the Mahoning River, saying that when they’re all out, he and Brown will kayak or canoe down the river together.