Chamber hosts JEDD forum

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber brought together elected officials, government employees and developers Tuesday for an economic forum on Joint Economic Development Districts.

The group of about 40, from Mahoning and Trumbull County, met at the Liberty Township Administration building and learned about the potential of JEDDs and how they impact local municipalities. The chamber shared insight on how the process could benefit communities that collaborate together and spur economic growth.

Speakers from Tallmadge and Brimfield Township, both of which have formed JEDD agreements, shared their experiences.

“You can come together with a JEDD agreement to acquire property if one community can’t necessarily afford the total cost of the site whether that is a building or land, in addition to utilities,” said Sarah Boyarko, Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

The city of Warren and Vienna Township recently talked about the possibility of creating a JEDD in order to attract a television assembly facility to the area, but the owners decided to move the plant to South Carolina.

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