City in Transition

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FriesenPress, 2012 - Economic development - 376 pages
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In a climate of scarce financial resources, where federal and state fiscal assistance to cities has dwindled quantitatively, all civic leaders must somehow find a way to provide long-term vision, a good business climate, and diverse economic development planning strategies to grow their cities' economies. Such plans should be strategically flexible and adaptable to change, yet strong enough to withstand the whirlwinds and vicissitudes of the constantly changing national and global economies. Youngstown, Ohio, achieved its success through the visionary leadership of its city mayors, who partnered with local University leadership, tapping into their invaluable assets of knowledge capital and technology transfer capacities, while at the same time mobilizing public support from labor, businesses, foundations, and other entrepreneurial stakeholders to provide assistance with the city's economic recovery. City in Transition is a landmark testimonial assessment of tried and true economic development strategies of Youngstown mayors' visionary leaderships to revive and grow the city's declining economy following its steel mill closings in the late 1970s. Economic development strategies together with city-size reclassification into a smaller post-industrial city, created a classic leadership story of foresight that transcended the city's economic regeneration per se, to garner both national recognition and international attention.
 

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Contents

The History of Youngstown
1
The Central Business District CBD Neighborhoods Introduction
12
Youngstowns Struggle for County Seat
20
Organized Intervention by Stakeholders
29
Dissimilarity Segregation Index in Youngstown
35
Rail Transportation and the Fledgling Industrial Economy in the Valley
44
Transition from Iron to Steel Manufacturing in Youngstown Ohio
51
Housing Glut in the City ofYoungstown
65
Summary
179
State Governments Role in Community Economic Development Policy
196
Waves of Community
205
The Second Wave Application in the Mahoning Valley
218
Caveats for Economic Development Practitioners
235
Summary
252
Evolution of the City through Time
267
Summary
280

Mayor Ungaro Charted a New Political Course of Action
78
YoungstownWarren Air Reserve Station ARS and the 910th Airlift Wing
93
The Youngstown Business Incubator YBI
107
Population Growth Index
134
Fate or Coincidence in Comprehensive Plan Update
147
What is Leadership?
166
Global Warming
281
Recommendation for Sustainability
297
Index
324
About the Author
346
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