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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan officially announced minutes ago that he will not challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in the 2016 election.
Ryan’s decision, announced in an email distributed a short while ago, comes after “much thought and deliberation,” he said. The announcement comes amid rising speculation that Ryan’s friend and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat. Strickland has said he will announce his decision by the end of February.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Eastern Gateway Community College today named four finalists for the EGCC presidency to succeed Laura Meeks when she retires later this year.
WASHINGTON -- A new tool available on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website will help link entrepreneurs looking for a small-business loan to get matched with an SBA lender.
The tool, called LINC (for Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital), allows small-business owners to fill out a simple online form of 20 questions and connect them with potential lenders within 48 hours, SBA announced in a news release Tuesday.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Second Harvest Food Bank will kick off its 24th annual Harvest for Hunger campaign next Wednesday. The food and funds drive, which runs through April, aims to help stock Second Harvest’s shelves for the spring and summer months when donations decline.
Last year’s campaign raised $175,849 and collected nearly 60,000 pounds of food. All funds raised and food collected remain in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With plenty of room left in NYO Property Group's Urban Office Space, the companies leasing space put on an open house, showing off the suites to 50 interested groups and companies.
“I was very impressed. It's a really good space and the rent is low,” says IM Image Marketing CEO Mike Tarantino.
While IM isn't looking to expand their offices, Tarantino says the Urban Office Space is something he'd consider recommending to clients.
“It's a great space if you need to start up or just meet a client,” he says. “If we needed the space, we'd consider this.”
WASHINGTON -- The National Retail Federation projects retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1%, up from the 3.5% growth seen in 2014.
In its 2015 economic forecast, released Thursday, the trade organization said it expects non-store sales in 2015 to grow between 7% and 10%. The 4.1% increase overall would mark the biggest annual growth since 2011 when retail sales for the year increased 5.1%.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When gerontology instructor Krystal Culler approached Youngstown State University about bringing service dogs undergoing training into the classroom, she never guessed how much her students would like the idea.
Lady, her current canine trainee, draws regular visitors to Culler’s office between classes, and some students confess to choosing her class sessions because they enjoy having a pup around. “I’ve had kids stop in before exams. They say just petting the dog helps them to relax,” she said, “and there’s science to back that up.”
BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Simon Roofing announced several hires and promotions to its staff this week. All of the hires will operate out of the corporate offices here.
Among the additions for the national manufacturer and installer of commercial roofing systems is Steve Morse, SR PreVision roof analyst. Morse, who will be responsible for roof inspections and analyses for commercial and government buildings, worked as facility manager for the Federal Bureau of Prisons before joining Simon.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner yesterday reintroduced the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
The legislation provides for a “robust response to the twin epidemics of opioid and heroin addiction” that encompasses prevention, law enforcement strategies and the expansion of evidence-based treatment, according to a news release from Ryan’s office. Ryan is co-chairman of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus.