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Survey: job creation Warren's most important issue

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WARREN, Ohio -

Thousands of Warren residents were questioned to find out what are the most important issues facing the city.

The results of six-month long survey were released Tuesday night at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Warren.

The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative spent the spring and summer going door to door asking Warren residents what issues they face and how the city can best be improved.

The results showed job creation was by far the biggest concern followed by the need for community centers and a need for better relations between police and the citizens.

Mayor Doug Franklin says they are constantly working to get new business to locate to the area.  "We're working very hard to make sure we are doing all that we can to be business friendly and create more jobs. We're heading in the right direction we just have to make sure we aren't loosing jobs at the same time."

Mayoral candidate Dennis Blank says more needs to be done to bring new jobs to Warren. "The only way we are going to solve these problems long term is convince people to move into Warren, convince businesses to invest in Warren and create growth so we can enjoy the fruits of growth."

The mayor says tax dollars are not available to build new community centers in Warren but he hopes there can be private initiatives created to make those a reality.

As far as building better relationships between the police and residents one councilman says putting more police in schools is a way the city is starting to make that happen.

Councilman Eddie Colbert, says, "Having those officers in school with the students at a young age, making it so their first encounter with a police officer isn't a negative one I think goes a long way in bridging the gap between citizens and the officers."

Results of a survey done for the Youngstown area will be released next week.

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