Economic summit held in Salem - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Economic summit held in Salem

Posted: Updated:

SALEM, Ohio - Government and business leaders met for the Columbiana County Economic Development Summit Monday.

This year's event, which is in its fourth year, is being called Teaming Four Success.

The shale boom is still a major topic in Columbiana County, but officials say the discussion now goes beyond just oil and gas development, it now extends to the opportunities being created for other industries.

"There are also many end use products that now help us build sustanable industry that we can develop in the region," says Paul Boulier with Team NEO.

The new National Additive Manufacturing Initiative in Youngstown is adding to the Mahoning Valley's rich blend of technology and as additive manufacturing continues to expand, it will bring new opportunities for economic development.

"The research and development that's going on in that space is going to be very attractive opportunities for chemical companies, IT companies and engineering firms going forward," says Michael Hripko with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics college at Youngstown State University.

The summit also provided an update on the proposed state Route 30 project, which would widen the heavily traveled roadway to four lanes.

"We're still pushing for completion of state Route 30 as a four lane from Canton to state Route 11 and we're working with [the Ohio Department of Transportation] to come up with additional funding and other sources of funding so that we can finalize that project," says Bob Durbin, chief deputy county engineer.

The goal of the economic summit is to grow northeast Ohio's competitiveness and attract new business by increasing the collaboration between local governments and economic development groups.

"To see the collaboration, dialog and discussion partnerships going on will pay us huge dividends in the future," Boulier says.

He believes the shale boom still presents a lot a challenges, including the fast pace at which it's developing, but he says it's really a marathon that will offer long term benefits.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks

    Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:23:38 GMT
    Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.More >>
    Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
    More >>
  • Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:12:58 GMT
    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were struck by lightning.More >>
    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were struck by lightning.
    More >>
  • University of Toledo forms water task force

    University of Toledo forms water task force

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:26:31 GMT
    A university in northwestern Ohio says it's forming a group to help government leaders deal with the ongoing algae threat on Lake Erie.More >>
    A university in northwestern Ohio says it's forming a group to help government leaders deal with the ongoing algae threat on Lake Erie.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms