Dominion presents Community Impact Awards

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber was among 13 community organizations to receive a Community Impact Award grant as part of Dominion East Ohio’s 19th annual Community Impact Awards competition, which is co-sponsored by Inside Business Magazine.

A total of $110,000 was given to 13 organizations.

The chamber received a $5,000 grant for its work in brokering a grant of free access to Siemens’ Project Lifecycle Management software for Youngstown State University. The gift carried a $440 million retail market value.

Students at YSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) College are using the software, which enables them to help manage projects from the design phase all the way to production. Such hands-on experience with software used by 70,000 companies and government agencies, including 800 in Ohio alone, will make YSU graduate more attractive to employers, according to a news release from Dominion.

A panel of community judges chose the winners from among more than 60 entries submitted by organizations throughout northeast Ohio. The award recognizes cities or organizations that have made an impact in the community.

Since 1996, Dominion East Ohio has distributed more than $1.2 million in Community Impact Awards to organizations throughout its service area. Other Community Impact Award winners are:

  • The St. Clair Superior Development Corporation in Cleveland received $12,500 for its Cleveland Flea program, a monthly collection of vendors selling their wares, which has rejuvenated the East Side neighborhood.
  • Kent State University received $12,500 for its joint efforts with the city of Kent in fostering $110 million in revitalization projects that have linked the school with the city’s downtown. Highlights include College Town Kent, a $35 million mixed-use redevelopment block featuring apartments and three anchor corporate tenants. Another major project was the $15 million Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy received $10,000 as winner of the second annual special Environmental Award for its work in helping preserve the Lake Erie Bluffs scenic shoreline in Lake County from planned industrial and commercial development.
  • LAND Studio received $10,000 for its work in transforming the once neglected Perk Park to an oasis of greenery in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland received $10,000 in recognition of the positive community and economic impact of its new, 34,000-square foot home in the Uptown District of Cleveland’s University Circle.
  • Northeast Shores Development Corp. received $10,000 for its work in promoting growth of the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland’s North Shore Collinwood neighborhood.
  • Slavic Village Development received $10,000 for its Neighbors Invest in Broadway project, which helps residents purchase and refurbish formerly foreclosed and abandoned homes in this historic Cleveland district.
  • Gordon Square Arts District received $10,000 for its role in transforming a once moribund section of Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood into a thriving arts district.
  • Ohio City Inc. received $5,000 for developing the Near West Recreation program, which enables Cleveland city youth a chance to play organized baseball at a family friendly price.
  • Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp. received $5,000 in honor of its Take a Hike guided tours of Cleveland neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhood Development Services of Barberton received $5,000 in recognition of its Lake 8 Movies project, which renovated, modernized and revived a 1938-era downtown cinema.
  • Stark Education Partnership received $5,000 for its Now We Know program, which helps local school districts track the progress of students beyond graduation. The organization funded subscriptions to the Student Tracker data base for all 17 Stark County school districts, which include nearly 62,000 students.

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