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WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners are set to vote Wednesday on a contract with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber that includes more economic development services for the county — but at a higher price.

The latest contract, which was valid from Aug. 7, 2021, to Aug. 6 of this year, valued the cost of the chamber’s services at $80,000, and Trumbull County paid $23,000.

The contract to vote, which would be valid from September 8, 2022 to September 7, 2023, if approved, values ​​the cost of the services to be performed at $125,000 and the county would pay $45,000.

Shea MacMillen, the chamber’s vice president of economic development, said the cost increase is because the chamber will provide additional services and the pricing for services has not been updated since 1999.

The chamber and county reached an agreement in 1999 and have been in partnership ever since. The chamber works primarily with the Trumbull County Planning Commission. MacMillen and other members of the chamber presented the new deal to commissioners last week, although commissioner Niki Frenchko did not attend.

During this presentation, Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said that despite the higher price, he thinks this deal is still a good deal for the county as it would be much more expensive to hire additional staff to perform the same tasks. Commissioner Frank Fuda agreed and said the chamber and county have been able to do a lot of good work together over the years.

MOST RECENT

In both agreements, the objectives are to pursue an aggressive program of business retention and expansion and to have a greater impact in the area of ​​economic development while improving the coordination of countywide development efforts. . To do this, in the most recent contract, the chamber had agreed to the following:

• Conduct at least 175 one-on-one business retention and expansion visits with targeted businesses in the county and follow up as needed to address issues and growth opportunities;

• Attend meetings to update commissioners as needed;

• Share project information obtained during business retention and expansion visits with Trumbull County Planning Commission staff;

• Prepare marketing and information materials that illustrate the benefits of doing business in Trumbull County; and

• Serve as the county’s development entity to provide economic development information and assistance on behalf of the county, which includes promoting the area to non-local business attraction prospects.

NEW PROPOSITION

To achieve the same objectives, the chamber would do the following if the new contract is approved:

• Conduct at least 175 one-on-one business retention and expansion visits with businesses in unincorporated areas of the county and follow up as needed to address issues and opportunities for growth;

• Attend meetings to update commissioners as needed;

• Share project information obtained during business retention and expansion visits with Trumbull County Planning Commission staff;

• Serve as the county’s development entity to provide economic development information and assistance on behalf of the county, which includes promoting the area to non-local businesses;

• Respond to inquiries from site selectors, JobsOhio, TeamNEO, enterprise developers and others seeking to locate an economic development project in the county. These will typically be answered within two to three days and will include over 100 data points;

• Represent the county during weekly project reviews with TeamNEO and JobsOhio;

• Represent the county on the TeamNEO Board of Directors, Rite Site Board and Business Development Board, as well as other economic development bodies; and

• Manage economic development projects.



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