GIRARD, Ohio - Planning is underway to bring new life to the Route 422 Corridor within Girard and Youngstown.
Multiple private and public entities are working together to improve the area and attract new neighbors near Vallourec's new $1.2 billion pipe mill. It's an investment that local leaders are pushing to mimic all around the plant.
"We want this momentum to continue and we want to see some more change and obviously, we want to see more jobs and obviously the income tax that comes with it," James Melfi says, Girard mayor.
Melfi says his city is contributing $20,000 of general fund money toward the funding gathered from the City of Youngstown, both Mahoning and Trumbull counties and private organizations.
The study is slated to cost about $150,000. Consultants will determine how to create an environment that would attract complimentary businesses and what's needed to revitalize the nearby neighbhorhoods in need of cosmetic upgrades.
"We believe this is going to result in a physical and economic transformation that will litterally benefit the region for years to come," said executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation Presley Gillespie.
The funders of the initiative include: