YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio | Convincing people this city is open for business has been a battle during the last several decades.
The economic effect of the decline in manufacturing jobs since the 1970s has rolled through the area, accelerating a decline in industry-dependent businesses and those relying on workers’ incomes.
Investing in declining urban areas can be a tough sell, despite a glut of available real estate and a labor pool clamoring for opportunities.
But in the last few years, the city and region have been able to secure major job commitments from a steel company, a call center operator, a software developer and other employers.
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