Youngstown leaders form club to discuss community issues

The City Club of the Mahoning Valley's first public event is September 21 at Stambaugh Auditorium

The City Club of the Mahoning Valley was formed as a non-partisan forum for open debate and exchange of ideas in the Mahoning Valley.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of leaders in Youngstown wanted to give community members a voice, so they started a club.

The City Club of the Mahoning Valley was formed as a non-partisan forum for open debate and exchange of ideas in the Mahoning Valley. The goal of the club is to bring in professionals to talk about a topic. The audience can then ask questions, all while having a meal.

Anyone in the community is welcome; you just have to buy a ticket.

“I’m hoping the community will come together, that we will have great conversation, that we will spark connections and maybe take action on some interesting and unforeseen ways,” said Organizing Committee Member Dr. Tim Francisco.

The first event will be centered on economic development in the Mahoning Valley, featuring speakers U.S. Economic Development Secretary and former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, Ohio State Sen. Capri Cafaro, YSU President Jim Tressel, Executive Director of the Youngtown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce Tom Humphries.

The event will be on September 21 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.

You can get more information and tickets at CityClubMV.org.

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