YSU, Regional Chamber’s export initiative receives award

An expert from the Brookings Institute evaluated the export business in Youngstown, Ohio and the Mahoning Valley.

CHICAGO, Illinois (WKBN) – The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s OH-PA Stateline Export Initiative was recognized by the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC) at its annual Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum in Chicago on Monday.

The MAEDC, which represents economic development agencies in 10 states, awarded the initiative in the Business Retention and Expansion category of its annual awards presentation.

Sarah Boyarko, vice president of Economic Development at the Regional Chamber, said, “We are proud that the initiative continues to receive recognition, this time from a large group of our peers. The effort is a unique approach to not only increase the number of exports in the years to come, but foreign direct investment, as well.”

The initiative launched earlier this year as a partnership between the Regional Chamber and the International Trade Assistance Center at Youngstown State University. It is designed to bring exporting awareness, foreign direct investment and supply chain matching to a 10-county region in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, according to a news release from the Regional Chamber.

Through the export initiative, local partners encourage manufacturers and business service providers to take a survey about their exporting experiences. Compiled aggregated data will be used to generate potential trade opportunities and match companies to customers.

This year’s results will be presented in the Chamber’s first international report card in early 2016.

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