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BUSINESS UPDATES | OH WOW! reorganizing leadership, seeks new executive director

Also among today's business updates: Valley STEM Academy, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, America Makes, Professional Development Center, Macy's, 898 Marketing, State Farm and AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
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Suzanne Barbati has been named to the new position of director of Planned Giving for OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology. (Robert K. Yosay | Mahoning Matters)

YOUNGSTOWN — OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science & Technology is reorganizing its leadership to help usher the center into its next phase.

Executive Director Suzanne Barbati has been named to the new position of director of Planned Giving.

“I have been excited and humbled by our community's response to OH WOW! and the part I've been able to play in helping OH WOW! become successful since our opening in 2011,” Barbati said in a news release. 

Chuck George, board chair, said the center “will begin the search to hire a new executive director immediately." 

Interested applicants can review the job description here and submit a letter of interest and a resume to

Valley STEM and MCCTC partner with America Makes

CANFIELD — The Valley STEM Academy and the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have announced a partnership with America Makes to participate in the recently launched Ohio Secondary Education Additive Manufacturing Training Network. 

The network will provide formal education and training of America Makes technologies to high school students and their educators to ensure the next generation of Ohio workers are equipped  with the skills to fill advanced manufacturing jobs, a news release states. Initially, 10 high schools statewide, including those in both urban and rural settings and representing public, charter and career and technical schools are participating in the network. This America Makes Education and Workforce Development program was created in collaboration with the Ohio  Development Services Agency and is funded through the fiscal year 2020-21 state operations budget. 

“There’s no question that our state and our nation are facing a significant skilled labor shortage and misalignment of skills and competencies,” Josh Cramer, America Makes’ education and workforce development director, said in the release. “We need to take action now with K-12  students, with immediate emphasis on focusing on secondary education students and  empowering their educators — from teachers to principals and guidance counselors — to help  them increase students’ awareness of [America Makes] technologies and advanced manufacturing careers.”

PDC helping to recruit workers for Macy’s through job fairs

The Professional Development Center, with support from the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, is partnering with Macy’s to recruit skilled and qualified workers.

The Professional Development Center will host five in-person job fairs across the region. All job fairs are scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon on the following dates:

  • July 16: 6 West Federal St., sixth floor, downtown Youngstown;
  • July 22: 237 S. Main Ave., downtown Warren;
  • July 29: 101 S. Mercer St., New Castle, Pa.;
  • Aug. 5: 217 West State St., Sharon, Pa.;
  • Aug. 13: 1325 5th Ave., Youngstown.

Job seekers should bring their resumes, a valid ID and Social Security card, and are encouraged to wear proper attire.

Openings are available for the following positions: department supervisors, power equipment operators, ICQA supervisor (Inventory Control Quality Assurance), ARO clerical (Advanced Receiving Office) and troubleshooter power equipment operators.

Job seekers will hear directly from Macy’s about immediate openings, required skills/ experience, wages and more.

For more information about employment opportunities, call the Professional Development Center at 330-797-3995.

898 Marketing launches new website

CANFIELD — 898 Marketing has launched a new website that offers a view of the culture, capabilities and successes the agency has achieved over the past several years. 

The new site also includes a variety of examples of the work produced by the company for clients in industries from coffee to automotive and real estate to education, a news release states. Previously, the 898 Marketing team used social media to showcase its work.

“We have grown and developed as a team, as a trusted partner to companies across the world

and as a culture that looks to connect brands and people together by telling their story,” Jeff Ryznar, president of 898 Marketing, said in the release. “We have put our best foot forward for our partners and are excited to do the same for our own brand by launching our new website.” 

As a full-service agency, 898 Marketing’s capabilities include website development, creative design, video production, branding and marketing, integrated media and content development.

For more information, visit the new website or call 330-423-6420.

State Farm donates Amazon Echo Show devices

Last month, State Farm Insurance teamed up with local community partners and donated more than 2,500 Amazon Echo Show devices to 100 Ohio schools, nonprofits and local municipalities.

The goal was to help them stay connected and provide interactive tools to help with efficiencies and build stronger communities, a news release states.

Mahoning Valley schools and nonprofits that received donations:

  • Austintown PTA;
  • Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley;
  • Autism Society of Mahoning Valley;
  • Boys and Girls Clubs;
  • Girl Scouts.

Gasoline prices decrease 3 cents in Northeast Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — The average price for gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 3 cents lower this week at $2.96 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The average price for unleaded self-service gasoline in the Youngstown area is $2.96 per gallon.

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