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BUSINESS UPDATES | BRITE promotes Sara Daugherty to director of partnerships

Among today's business updates: JAC Management Group; Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber; and Salem Regional Medical Center.
Sara Daugherty - BRITE Energy
Sara Daugherty has been promoted to director of partnerships at BRITE Energy Innovators. (Contributed photo)

WARREN — To address the growing demand for client services and its national role in electrification, BRITE Energy Innovators has promoted Sara Daugherty to director of partnerships.

Daugherty joined the organization in February 2019 as director of operations and economic impact when it was known as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center. In her previous role, Daugherty oversaw the rebranding to BRITE and guided new public outreach and relationship efforts, while expanding the organization’s capacity to serve startups with the quadrupling of staff and the implementation of efficient processes for facilitating startups’ growth, a news release states.

In her new role, Daugherty will lead BRITE’s multifaceted development program to secure the resources needed for the organization to continue its growth. 

“In 2020 we saw a four-fold growth in demand for services, while simultaneously quadrupling our time spent with founders,” Daugherty said in the release. “At the pace we’re growing, we need to leverage strategic partnerships and funding to ensure we’re providing services that are second to none.”

Daugherty also is in charge of BRITE’s strategic initiatives, including launching the organization’s e-mobility practice. 

“Recognizing the energy storage assets in the tri-state region and the attention towards Voltage Valley, we’re refining our services to better serve startups providing e-mobility solutions such as advanced fuel cells for unmanned aerial systems and software optimizing EV chargers,” Daugherty said. 

The organization currently has eight e-mobility startups in its portfolio.

Workers sought for Covelli Centre,
Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre

YOUNGSTOWN — JAC Management Group is hiring for its team at the Covelli Centre and The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre for the 2021 season. 

Openings are available for part-time security team members, ushers and ticket takers.

To apply online, click here.

Chamber report: More than $2.9B
invested in Mahoning Valley in 2020

YOUNGSTOWN — According to data compiled by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and its economic development partners — and published in the 2020 Economic Development Report Card — 78 projects resulted in $2.9 billion invested, 4,191 new jobs and 1,965 retained jobs in the Mahoning Valley.

“The report card is used to inform our community about the diverse economic growth throughout the two-county area,” Sarah Boyarko, COO at the regional chamber, said in a news release. “The participating entities work collectively to support businesses to help make these investments a reality, and the report card and information provided are always well received.”

The regional chamber, in partnership with 15 other agencies, gathers data on economic development investment in the Valley annually. The entities’ combined resources assist companies with infrastructure investment, tax incentives, loans, project coordination, grant oversight, technical advisement, property development and other services.

Aftercare program launched at
Salem Regional Medical Center

SALEM — Salem Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Medicine and Wellness Center is launching a new aftercare program to provide its clients with additional support following completion of their initial mental health treatment.

According to Jamie Benner, Behavioral Medicine and Wellness Center’s program manager, the eight-week program is open to those who have successfully completed the partial hospitalization and/or intensive outpatient treatment program.

“The aftercare program gives participants the opportunity to continue to work on their treatment goals as they transition back into their daily lives after receiving intensive outpatient care at the BMWC,” Benner said in a news release. “Aftercare sessions focus on strengthening the skills learned during the initial treatment phase to further support our clients in their ongoing recovery.”

Aftercare groups will be held at the Behavioral Medicine and Wellness Center on Mondays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost of the program will be billed to participants’ insurance.

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