Mon 6/24 @ 5:30PM
By most measures, the Mahoning Valley — Youngstown and its environs — is a troubled region. The city of Youngstown’s population has plummeted from a peak of 170,000 in 1930 to its current 65,000. It’s lost more than 14% of its population each decade since 1970, when the disappearance of its key industry, steel manufacturing, sent it into decline, with an especially steep drop between 2000 and 2010 when it lost more than 18%. The closing of the nearby Lordstown auto plant earlier this year dealt the reeling region yet another blow.
Is there any hope here? Many ideas have circled around the idea of rebuilding a thriving smaller city, trying to attract investment, business and jobs on a more modest scale, as well as encouraging sectors such as the arts, education and health care. The region has seen a push/pull in its political and civic sectors between those looking to the past and those imagining a future.
Come hear some voices from the region sharing programs and economic development initiatives they hope will reverse the region’s decline at the State of the Valley forum at Stambaugh Auditorium. Panelists include CEO of the Youngstown/Warren regional chamber Sarah Boryako, director of Lit Youngstown Karen Schubert, commissioner of the Mahoning County District Board of Health Patricia Sweeney, and superintendent of the Mahoning County Educational Service Center Traci Hostetler.
Tickets are $35.