Youngstown & Mahoning County, a Video Tour



Youngstown & Mahoning County

You Belong Here!

Youngstown and Mahoning County offers a variety of attractions, outdoor recreation, arts and culture and special events that you and your family will love. This Video Tour produced by the Mahoning Country Convention & Visitors Bureau will help you get to know our City and the Mahoning Valley. Find out why “You Belong Here!”

The Mahoning Country Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help make your visit to the Valley a pleasant experience. If you need further help, please call them at 800-447-8201, or CLICK HERE to send them a message.

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RAIDS Online: Youngstown Crime Mapping

Crime Mapping Software Could Be Useful REALTOR® Tool

Those living — or planning to buy property — in the City of Youngstown now have a hi-tech way to track crime in community neighborhoods. screen image.The Youngstown Police Department together with BAIR Analytics now offer a web-based crime-mapping system called “RAIDS Online.” Continue reading

Celebrate National Nut Day!

Celebrate one of nature’s most perfect foods today, October 22 — It’s National Nut Day!

Youngstown’s Tribute to the Nut is forever welded to the Spring Common Bridge

Mr. Peanut welded on Youngstown's Spring Common BridgeMr. Peanut is the advertising logo and mascot of Planters, a snack division of Kraft Foods. He was invented for a Planters Peanuts logo contest in 1916 by a 13-year-old boy. He won $5, and artists reportedly added the famous monocle, top hat, gloves, and cane of an early 20th Century gentleman. Continue reading

Toledo, Youngstown in World’s Top 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets

Eight Ohio Cities Among the World’s “Most Affordable” Housing Markets

Toledo (#4) and Youngstown (#9) rank in top ten international markets.

State of OhioCarl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations draws attention to a recent study that examined more than 360 markets worldwide and found eight Ohio’s cities rank among the world’s “most affordable” housing markets.

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Book Review: Historic Mill Creek Park (OH) (Images of America)


Book Review

Historic Mill Creek Park (OH) (Images of America) by Carol Potter and Rick Shale

A pictorial history of Mill Creek Park — the most beautiful urban park in America.

Founded in 1891 as Ohio’s first park district, Mill Creek Park encompasses a unique wealth of natural and designed features that have been the backdrop for generations of family memories, spanning three centuries. A remarkable visionary, park founder Volney Rogers argued that the land itself could improve the lives of Youngstown’s residents. Through fresh air for mill-weary lungs and tree laced horizons for workroom-bound spirits, he knew a park would make the community a better place for families. And he succeeded magnificently.

Rogers and the nationally known landscape architects that he hired created breathtaking vistas of Lanterman’s Falls and scenic gorges and designed trails, drives, and three pleasure lakes. Other park features include nature preserves, display gardens, recreational fields, a Donald Ross-designed golf course, and a legacy of historic structures. Mill Creek Park indeed has earned its legendary claim as the most beautiful urban park in America.

Carol Potter is development director of Mill Creek MetroParks. Rick Shale, a professor of English at Youngstown State University, serves as a park commissioner. Potter and Shale are both graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University. Carol Potter is development director of Mill Creek MetroParks. Rick Shale, a professor of English at Youngstown State University, serves as a park commissioner. Potter and Shale are both graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Mill Creek Park Foundation Land Conservancy Fund.

Images of beautiful Mill Creek MetroPark via Flickr.

Magazine Names Younstown MSA in Top 10 for Economic-growth Potential

Youngstown Gets High Marks for TechBelt Initiative

2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report: the Youngstown Metro ranks among the top ten nationally for economic-growth potential.

Youngstown, Ohio SkylineI can remember that not too long ago the only national lists Youngstown ever made would be one for some kind of misery and failure. Now it seems that that Youngstown is being recognized more and more for it’s rebirth and innovation. Business Facilities, a business publication specializing in the site selection marketplace, in its 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report has named Youngstown and it’s Metro Statistical Area number six on a short list of the nation’s top ten locations for potential economic-growth.

Said Business Facilities:

“Youngstown, OH also made our top 10 in Economic Growth Potential, coming in at no. 6. The long-time Rust Belt manufacturing center impressed us with its success in cementing its position as the nation’s leading location for the development of 3D printing.”
– See magazine’s cover story here.

Ohio Unsolved Homicides: John Cotton, Youngstown


Ohio Unsolved Homicides: John Cotton

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine calls attention to the unsolved  murder of East Side auto-mechanic John Cotton six years ago.

Crime scene. Unsolved Homicide. Murder.As part of his Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for information regarding a 2008 homicide at a Youngstown automotive repair shop.

John Cotton was shot to death inside Cotton’s Automotive Repair Shop in Youngstown on May 22, 2008.

According to information submitted to the Ohio Attorney General’s Unsolved Homicides Database, Cotton left his McGuffey Road business that morning to go to a junk yard on Atkinson Street.  Later that evening, neighbors noticed the victim’s pickup truck parked in front of the shop, but no one answered the business door.

Police later discovered Cotton’s body inside the office of the business.

Investigators are continuing their efforts to locate anyone who may have information regarding this homicide.

“We urge anyone who knows anything about this case to contact detectives with the Youngstown Police Department,” said Attorney General DeWine.  “There are thousands of unsolved homicides in Ohio, and we want victims’ families to know that we haven’t forgotten about them.”

Attorney General DeWine’s Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative was developed in September 2012 in an effort to create a statewide database of the approximately 5,000 unsolved killings in the state. So far, 66 law enforcement agencies have submitted 1,343 unsolved homicide cases to the database.

The goal of the initiative is to bring widespread visibility to cases, increase the possibility for tips, and help jurisdictions compare details of unsolved crimes.

Those with information on this or any other unsolved homicide can also contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) at 855-BCI-OHIO or submit a tip through the Ohio Attorney General’s website.

photo credit: Brizius via cc

Youngstown, #20 on Forbes List – America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities

Youngstown Can’t Shake ‘Miserable’ Image

Although Youngstown has clearly moved on from the closing of the mills, apparently Forbes has not.

Jones Hall - Youngstown State University - YSUForbes just published its 20 Most Miserable Cities List for 2013. What do 75 percent of these cities have in common? DEMOCRATS. Just reporting the facts.

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One Down, Two To Go in Death of Vivian Martin

Three Men Charged in Attacks Against Ohio Agents

Two Could, and should, Face The Death Penalty

Three men face charges in Youngstown, Ohio for luring real estate agents to homes and then robbing them and brutally killing one, Vivian Martin.

Vivian Martin, Youngstown Ohio REALTOR

Vivian Martin, slain Youngstown Ohio REALTOR®

Robert A. Brooks and Grant P. Cooper are charged with the death of REALTOR® Vivian Martin, 67. In September of 2010 it’s alleged that the men lured Ms. Martin to a Youngstown east side home that she was listing for sale and then strangled her and set the home ablaze. The charred corpse of Ms. Martin was later found in the home .

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