Youngstown displayed its entrepreneurial spirit when its steel industry, long the backbone of its economy, virtually disappeared in the ’70s, causing the city’s population to tumble from its 1930s-1950s high of more than 165,000 to just 65,000 today.

With a smaller city less dependent on a handful of huge industrial concerns, Youngstown provided more opportunities for people with great ideas and a shoestring budget. The Youngstown Business Incubator has fueled technology and software startups, with Youngstown State University, now the area’s largest employer, offering educational resources for the young and creative. The city’s central location and ample infrastructure make it a convenient and attractive city in which to do business, and new small businesses including restaurant, bars and shopping have been springing up.

The city retains many of the cultural institutions, parks and architectural assets it acquired in its manufacturing heyday, including the Butler Institute of American Art, the McDonough Museum of Art, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and its elegant Stambaugh Auditorium. The new 6,000 seat Covelli Center, built in 2005, which has hosted artists like Elton John, Tim McGraw, John Mellencamp and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, brings new visitors to the city.


Whistle & Keg

One Hot Cookie

That's a Wrap & Pizza Cafe

Cassese's MVR

V2 Wine Bar Trattoria

Stambaugh Auditorium

The John J McDonough Museum of Art

Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor

Youngstown Business Incubator

DeYor Performing Arts Center

Children's Center for Science & Technology

Lanterman’s Mill

The Butler Institute of American Art

Fellows Riverside Gardens

Tokyo House Restaurant

Christopher's Downtown

Charlie Staples BBQ

Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre

O'Donold's Irish Pub & Grill

Avalon Downtown

Joe Maxx Coffee Co.

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