Tonight at City Hall, just before heading to Washington D.C. to give the keynote address at the Northeast-Midwest Institute's Revitalizing Older Cities Capitol Hill Summit, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams threw down a challenge:
Give Youngstown at least $5 million dollars.
The city will provide a 25% match.
And if Youngstown cannot get a match of $15 million from the private sector or create/retain 2,000 job in three years,
Youngstown will return the $5 million to the feds.
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The Mayor has been making the rounds as of late. Last week, he spoke at the City Club in Cleveland on right-sizing the city:
Youngstown - a city with a plan.
Youngstown - a city with focused leadership.
Youngstown - a city to invest in.