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BUSINESS UPDATES | Jessica Borza to emcee Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit

Also among today's business updates: Jewish Family Services; Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shengnago; and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
Jessica Borza
Jessica Borza, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Jessica Borza, executive director of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, will serve as emcee of the fifth annual Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit.

The virtual event will take place Oct. 27-28. The event’s theme is “Attracting the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce.” 

Borza will introduce each day’s opening session. Day One’s keynote speaker is Amanda Cage, president and CEO of National Fund for Workforce Solutions, who will give a presentation titled “Job Design and Job Quality — Today’s Strategies to Combat the Labor Shortage.” On Day Two, Borza will introduce Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

“It’s certainly a thrill to be part of the event — plus, it’s great exposure on a statewide stage to represent the entire Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition staff and membership,” Borza said in a news release. “We have an impressive lineup of presenters and encourage anyone with an interest in hiring, training or retaining a manufacturing workforce to attend and contribute to the discussion.”

To view the full agenda and register for the event, click here.

Jewish Family Services has a new name

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Area Jewish Federation announced Monday that one of its agencies, Jewish Family Services, has a new name. JFS is now Jewish Family & Community Services.

“The new name better reflects the programs and services our social services agency provides to the entire community,” Andrew Lipkin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation CEO, said in a news release.

The 86-year-old agency offers counseling, educational and support groups and outreach services.

“As we continue to evolve, it’s become important to share with the general public that we serve both the Jewish and general community — as we always have,” said Ken Bielecki, JFCS director. “Although our name is changing, our mission and values remain the same. We thrive on the principle of tikkun olam to assist each person and family in order to repair the world.”

JFCS can help individuals and families with advance directives, caregiver support, eldercare resources, guardianships, home assessments, long-term care decisions, mobile meals and more. It offers educational presentations and support groups.

AFP Mahoning-Shenango to host fundraising workshop

POLAND — The Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shengnago will host a Philanthropy Trends workshop at noon Sept. 30 at Drakes Landing, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road.

The workshop, “Current Trends in Philanthropy and Lessons Learned,” will feature speaker Paul McFadden, president of the YSU Foundation. He will share lessons from Youngstown State University’s $125 million “We See Tomorrow” campaign, the largest fundraiser in the university’s 109-year history.

The cost to attend the workshop is $20 for AFP members and $30 for nonmembers. To register by Sept. 24, email or click here.

Gasoline prices decrease 6 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 6 cents lower this week at $2.98 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.99 per gallon.

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