Friday, July 31, 2009

closing time . . . last day to vote

today is the last day to vote

for the distinct projects

specifically, the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative a.k.a. "Rollin on the River"


the Mahoning / Youngstown Regional Information System (MYRIS)

that may bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Mahoning Valley.

it takes 60 seconds and you can vote here

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

only two days left to vote! - can you help bring funds to Youngstown?

Only 2 . . .

two, dva, dos, deux, kaksi, 'elua, Δύο, due, dy, zwei, iki, kubili, dois

2 days left to vote

for distinct projects [ specifically, the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative a.k.a. "Rollin on the River" AND the Mahoning / Youngstown Regional Information System (MYRIS) ] that may bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Mahoning Valley.

all because of your vote


go here
and read about the projects, then vote.

from today's Youngstown Vindicator:
"Why is it so important that the two Mahoning County projects win?

There is the money, of course, but more importantly, there is the Mahoning Valley’s reputation.

For too long this region has been viewed with a certain amount of disdain by the rest of the state not only because of local governments’ negative reputation brought on by corrupt officeholders, but because of the time it has taken us to recover economically from the collapse of the steel industry more than 30 years ago.

That should be the rallying cry for the residents of the Mahoning Valley. It would be a shame, indeed, if the two projects that have led the competition thus far lost in the end because of apathy."

So if you haven't yet, it takes like 60 seconds to vote.

any fan of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley can vote.

vote. vote. vote.

vote Rollin on the River, vote for MYRIS.

and vote for another inventive idea. The one in Oberlin looks good. Same with the one in Ashland. and there is a joint economic development planning one for parts of Summit county that's interesting too.

vote Rollin on the River, vote for MYRIS.

voting closes Friday July 31st.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

downtown farmers market every tues 1:30-5pm till late september

farmers markets and fresh vegetables are taking root in Youngstown.

For the second straight year, the weekly downtown farmers market is joining the weekly northside farmers market - providing two opportunities in the city for local folks to buy local produce and baked goods.

so here is the schedule:

EVERY TUESDAY - July 21th to Sept 22th
1:30pm to 5:00pm
Downtown - Federal Plaza at Market St.

EVERY SATURDAY - July 18th to Sept 26th
9:00am to 1:00pm
NorthSide - 1105 Elm Street, eastern side of Wick Park

from a story in last week's Business-Journal, one part highlighted making local produce accessible by all locals:
To help more residents take advantage what the market offers, vendors accept the Ohio Direction Card for payment.

The Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing our Neighborhoods organization helped to bring the Ohio Electronic Benefits Transfer Farmers' Market Demonstration Project to the Northside Farmers’ Market, one of 26 participating farmers’ markets in the state, said Action’s health and wellness committee chairwoman, Sheila Klasovsky.

Although the group couldn’t bring the system to the downtown market, “we have the ability to fill out a slip and do it later, so people can use it here,” Klasovsky said.

Work downtown? Take a coffee break and go buy some veggies...

Work elsewhere? Come down and support local entrepreneurs...

Friday, July 24, 2009

more photos and video of Tour of the Valley 2009

Just in case you missed one of the cooler events (out of many) that took place downtown, here are some additional photos and video of the 2009 Tour of the Valley event.

multiple races were held throughout the day, with one of the early morning ones below:

During the last stage of the race, the many many bikers on the Fallen Officers Run just about crossed paths with the cyclists' course. This is a great clip.

The awards for the Tour of the Valley. Very Youngstownesque.

in front of Turning Technologies:

zooming past the YBI:

beautiful video...beautiful setting.

you've GOT to love those tree-lined medians.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

YBI on Senate floor - improving bit by bit

from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

we need some high-quality images of downtown of 2009

the new trailer for September's Steel Valley movie makes one realize that in the hands of a very good artist or photo/videographer, downtown youngstown is a very stunning place.

We need to get some quality contemporary photographers to do some quality skyline shots that can be used over and over again in advertising materials.

I have set to see any downtown photos from the last three years that just really zings - with good lighting, good perspective, and good technique.

know of any good examples?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Entrepreneur magazine: youngstown one of "10 best cities to start a business"

hot off the presses...

The August 2009 issue of Entrepreneur magazine is now in stores across the world, and highlights the "10 Best Cities to Start a Business".

from the article:
"But in the last decade, something special has happened in this northeast Ohio city."

"...are taking Youngstown's business future into their own hands."

"...was revolutionary enough to ignite a renaissance"

what is the magazine talking about?

well, go buy yourself a copy and read about what is growing in downtown youngstown.

it seems Youngstown's neighbor across this page is also on the top 10 list: Austin, Texas. Not bad company.

So really, what are you waiting for?

Get connected to Greater Youngstown 2.0 now.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

baby doll, baby doll, baby doll !!!

The 114th Mount Carmel Society Festival begins tonight (wednesday) at 6pm.

You know what that means: Wednesday - Thursday - Friday

Baby. Doll. Dance.

here is a cool video of the band leading our fiery friend:

Saturday's big fireworks show is at 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

have any photos of the recent bike race?

Kudos should go the Vindicator for its excellent coverage over the weekend of the first Tour of the Valley bike race.

A few of their best pictures can be found here.

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Because there are so many personal photos to go through and videos to upload, to see some great photos right away check out Tony Nicholas' blog at Downforce Imaging.

more here.

If anyone else has placed additional photos of the Tour of the Valley online, please leave a link to your photos below in the "comments" section.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tour of the Valley highlights gems of the region

this weekend there will be an uber-abundance of activities going on: SlovenFest XVIII with its multi-stage polka blast in Lawrence County PA, GreekFest in downtown Youngstown with its pastries and dancing along Walnut Street, SummerFest of the Arts with its performances and ethnic food on the YSU campus, Forte on the Fifty with its music and fireworks at Stambaugh Stadium, the Smoky Hollow 5K with its perspiration and breakfast near the MVR...

but one new event in particular is tying together the region - both physically and cooperatively - in exciting ways.

The next four days will see the first ever "Tour of the Valley", a multi-day, four-stage bicycle race that is sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation.

the official site is at

In its first year, the event is already the largest multi-stage bicycle race in the state of Ohio.

AND the event is being presented as the first certified “carbon neutral” bike race in the Midwest, reducing energy usage at this event by advising athletes to carpool, recycle, package materials with reusable materials, instituting a litter control program and tire recycling, etc.

with many different levels of competition (you can still sign up for some of the $12,500 in prize money), the race will be jumping all around Mahoning and Columbiana counties and there are multiple places to watch the various components of the race.

The stages/events include:

Thursday July 9th, 5-8pm: meet the racers dinner and wine tasting at Mastropietro Winery in Berlin.

Friday, July 10th, 8am-12pm: a 5.6 mile course over country roads in Berlin Township.

Friday, July 10th, 1pm-6pm: a repeated 1 mile course through Canfield for the timed criterium.

Saturday, July 11th, 8am-3pm: a 66 mile course starting and ending in downtown Columbiana.

Sunday, July 12th, 8am-2:30pm: a repeated 1 mile course through the historical architecture of downtown Youngstown, with restaurants open for breakfast and lunch to watch the cyclists zoom through the city streets at 30mph. Awards ceremonies to follow.

kudos to the folks at Carbon Racing, Energy Detectives, the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the other sponsors for the effort it takes to bring together an event like this.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

video of new sports complex design on YSU campus

hail to thee, O Youngstown.
We'll fight for you...
Once again the penguins.
Will win for YSU.

more info here on the Watts (Watson and Tressel Training Site) Center

Monday, July 06, 2009

hang in there youngstown - revealed

familiar faces.

familiar places.

Thursday, July 02, 2009