North American Waste Solutions
In addition, the board approved a five-year lease with North American Waste Solutions so the company can lease 1,200 square feet on the second floor of 20 Federal Place.
The company, now headquartered in Middlefield, plans to move into the space Dec. 29, said its president, Erin Potterman. The company is a national waste broker with customers across the United States, she said.
“We give them a single point of contact and we manage their waste [to] help them reduce their costs,” she said. The company already has several customers in Youngstown, she reported.
The move is “opening new avenues and doors” for the company, Potterman said, and she is interested in helping to rejuvenate Youngstown. In all, seven employees will be in the new downtown headquarters
McNally Names Woodberry to Lead Development Office
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — T. Sharon Woodberry, the city’s economic development director, will head the newly created department of community planning and economic development, Mayor John McNally announced this morning.
Woodberry has worked 14 years in the city’s economic development office at various levels. “I’ve been impressed with her work so far,” the mayor said. “I believe she’s earned the opportunity to serve in this position.”
Voters approved a charter amendment in November to combine the economic development office and community development agency. While Woodberry will oversee the entire department, Bill D’Avignon will remain as CDA director.
“I’m thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to merge ongoing efforts with economic development with what community development has accomplished,” Woodberry said. “There is a natural meeting of the objectives for both departments.”
The new department will see a shift in focus, at least initially, to the neighborhoods and corridors, McNally said.
“She’s going to be tasked primarily with devoting more time and city resources to the economic development efforts on our major corridors, and working with the CDA unit and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. in implementing the plans YNDC has prepared over the past six months,” he said. “Each one of those plans has a component increasing development in those main corridors, starting business associations and getting better relationships with small business in the area.”
Woodberry said the city “set the stage” for improvements to the corridors and neighborhoods with investments downtown and in business parks. “We have great things underway in terms of our Initiative program and funding for small businesses, but what you’ll now see is this all happening in a more strategic manner,” she observed.
The refocusing will represent a shift from the “larger projects” in recent years such as the Vallourec pipe, McNally added.
“What we ultimately want to see is our population stabilized,” with more people purchasing homes in the city, Woodberry said. “That has been on the decline and we need to reverse that trend. It’s a natural progression. Once you stabilize neighborhoods, it will make it easier for economic development to occur in those corridors and businesses will look to establish themselves there.”
Woodberry expects the combined departments to move into interim offices in 20 Federal Place in early 2015. The eventual goal is to occupy the space in City Hall now used by the municipal courts and clerk of courts’ office.
Some cross training will take place for employees of the newly combined department, she said.
Two Guys Clothing
Described as “the best in town,” Two Guys Clothing has been in business for 30 years. Kim Mitchell and Andre Morgan moved the store to 20 Federal Place four years ago. According to Kim, more customers have come in the store since the move into the building. “People say, ‘Wow, it’s ten times better over here,'” Kim said.
“People come in with a smile, and they leave with a smile. We make people happy.”
Two Guys offers stylish clothing, free alterations and unbeatable prices. The duo opened Two Girls Clothing, a spin-off store catered to women’s fashion in December 2012. Andre explained that Two Girls is special because there are no other stores for women downtown. Two Guys and Two Girls Clothing are open Monday through Saturday.
Plaza Optometrists relocated to 20 Federal Place five years ago. Owner, Martin G. Ellis, Optometrist and Licensed Dispensing Optician and Manager, David Bralich said it’s a nice location that gets a lot of traffic. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Dave said the caring and the pricing.
“I like helping the people in Youngstown. I’ve been doing it for years now.”
Plaza Optometrists offers hand-selected, high-end frames and accepts all insurances and state funded programs. Stop in for an eye exam.