YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As the U.S. presidential campaign season ramps up, businesses in the Mahoning Valley are starting to think about how the Republican National Convention in Cleveland will impact them economically.
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber has launched a new initiative to help businesses in the area get the most benefit from an event that’s already attracting national attention.
The Regional Chamber expects 15,000 credentialed media and 50,000 visitors that will be attending the July convention in Cleveland.
President and CEO of the Regional Chamber, Tom Humphries, said the RNC is a great opportunity for the Valley.
“When you have the RNC here, and you bring in 15,000 credentialed media people, it gives us an audience to share a message,” Humphries said. “Our focus here is to create jobs and opportunity here in the Valley, and this is just sort of a perfect package.”
Humphries hopes that the Youngstown-Warren area will get some publicity from the Convention and be able to turn that into jobs, especially in the steel and metal industry.