Youngstown OH is experiencing good growth in its nearby suburbs. South of town are two cities for those who have had enough of man's so-called progress, these cities are Salem and Sebring OH. Sufficient small towns with a little flair and they are steadily drawing from the city areas. Many are moving there who cannot afford the suburbs or do not wish to participate in mass exploitation of tract homes no matter how many walkways and parks you put around them.
When people talk about the mid-sized city areas of OH we like to compare them for instance where is the Growth in Toledo, Dayton, Youngstown, Canton, Akron or Dayton. We see many opportunities and many miss-stated facts about the cities. We also see that the people there are very much engrained in the local newspapers views of things, yet fail to see the diamond in the rough or even understand what makes the city view themselves different and opportunistic, and the catering politicians rather than explain it to the people or debate the truth, simply go with the flow and work based on public perception, which primarily is the mindset of the editors and reporters stirring up controversy to sell as news and simply transforms the view of the reader or picture scanner and headline grabber. That is sad after we talked with so many people and passers by and so many who were very good in their field or really seemed sharp as to understand the dynamics of their town. But basically could not give good directions to any place, give a good and rational summation of the characters of city leaders who we personally talked to or even tell you how their very job was related to world events. Scary. But rather than trying to educate those who believe what the are told, we have to know for sure.
For new starting out or moving in businesses to the area we salute you. This article is without malice or pre-conceived notions; it simply is what it is. Not good or bad, impartial in everyway based on our experience in the Automotive, Trucking and Service Industry. As far as Cleveland, Columbus, or the tri-state areas of Cincinnati, all we can say is YES, it's all good and no problems. But if you are truly going to put additional locations in the Youngstown Region, you need to stick to the new suburban growing areas where the money flow is. It might be awhile until touchdown brings you around.