Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mahoning Valley Global Footprint

Eric Planey is returning to the Mahoning Valley. Why is that big news? His experience is one reason. Another is his vision for the region:

“It’s essential that the Regional Chamber has an experienced professional working in the growing global economy to bring new business and jobs to our area,” said Tom Humphries, CEO of the chamber, in a statement announcing Planey’s employment. ...

... “I am looking forward to complementing the fantastic team at the Regional Chamber by working to reinvigorate the global footprint of Youngstown and Warren,” Planey said.
Congressman Tim Ryan secured the funding for Planey's position, which is charged with attracting new businesses to the area. Planey brings an international dimension to the economic development table. This should help to leverage positive publicity such as in the recent issue of Entrepreneur magazine and appeal to a more global audience.

I'm seeing more gamechangers joining the cause. Critical mass is building. Now is a good time to put the right pieces into place to take advantage of the coming economic upswing.

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