The Economic Action Group (EAG) is a community organization that has been meeting monthly since 2013 with the goal to solidify and accelerate Downtown Youngstown’s resurgence as a center of employment, higher education, governmental services, and culture. The EAG serves as a catalyst for overall economic development in the Mahoning Valley.
EAG is facilitated by the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) at YoungstownState University. YSU REDI specializes in community planning and economic development technical assistance, GIS mapping, strategic and long range planning, and implementation strategies.
REDI staff members act as “navigators”, offering management and coordination services to EAG members and the greater community. REDI acts as a guide in implementing regional strategic initiatives by defining projects and objectives, identifying partners with capability and capacity to execute and implement, identifying potential funding sources, tracking status, and managing project timelines.
Monthly meetings include presentations from industry experts, as well as training for community stakeholders, project management, and accelerating project implementation. The EAG meetings are open to committed community doers and are welcoming to new members.
Government, Academic, Business and Industry experts, as key Mahoning Valley stakeholders, discuss ways to advance and accelerate the economy of Youngstown, Ohio and the Mahoning Valley. This grass roots movement centers around the planning and implementation of placemaking, community marketing, urban development, ecology and sustainability, workforce development, neighborhood improvement, small business assistance, policy analysis, access to capital, and urban tacticalism, focused on the center city of Youngstown, Ohio and in turn, provide benefits for the overall region.
- The EAG helps enable members to lead and implement strategic community planning initiatives. EAG members and others community stakeholders are brought together as subcommittees to implement projects that align with their respective organizational mission or goals.
- Participants are provided support in defining project scope, objectives, budget, and project schedule.
- Potential funding sources are identified.
- Subcommittees conduct offline planning and implementation meetings with the assistance of YSU REDI.
- Subcommittees update the EAG regularly to communicate progress, seek assistance, engage additional EAG members, and promote successes.