Mahoning Valley finds out what matters in post-recession economy - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Mahoning Valley finds out what matters in post-recession economy

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Fostering growth in a post-recession economy was the topic that attracted Mahoning Valley civic, community and business leaders to a forum conducted in Youngstown Thursday.

The information shared at the forum is the result of a years worth of research to help community leaders identify factors associated with advancing a growing, opportunity-rich economy.

Those factors include entrepreneurship and innovation, education, and job growth.

Of course, job creation is an important factor but this new research finds that another link to jobs is even more important for economic growth

"I think the emphasis needs to be not just on jobs but on good jobs so that's a theme that's coming out of this," says Emily Pacetti with Fund for Our Economic Future.

The research found that job creation needs to also produce income generation for a community to realize real growth.

"So that growth isn't just about jobs. It's also about per capita income ... the wealth that we build over time. It's also about productivity. It's also about the product of our economy," Pacetti said.

The director of the Wean Foundation, the forums co-sponsor, says growth and opportunity need to have the same focus.

"Can we get lots of different parties together to compare notes, organize their work, organize their thinking and really start to have more impact," said Wean Foundation Director Jeffrey Glebocki.

By putting the knowledge gained through this research to work, some believe it could bring about a new economy.

I'm hopeful that it spurs directed action in each of our metropolitan areas to address the issues that have been identified and develop strategies that work in each of our communities," said Hunter Morrison with NEO Sustainable Communities.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Talking bird helped break school abduction case

    Talking bird helped break school abduction case

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:51:32 GMT
    A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.More >>
    A Philadelphia detective has testified about a foul-mouthed bird that helped lead police to the woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old from school.
    More >>
  • Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:11:09 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
  • Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:10:21 GMT
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...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