The Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) is located in the Office of Research at Youngstown State University (YSU), on the second floor of the Phelps Building on the campus of YSU.
REDI serves in the role as “Navigator” in research-based, implementation-focused economic development support services for the Mahoning Valley. REDI’s focus and mission reflects an organizational focus on a plan-implement structure known as design-build, a model often seen in the architecture and construction industries. This will enable REDI to serve as the “Navigator” in economic development implementation and support services throughout the Mahoning Valley. Economic development partners throughout the region have affirmed YSU REDI’s “Navigator” role.
REDI coordinates and leads monthly Economic Action Group (EAG) meetings in support of economic development in the city of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley. The EAG convenes and engages representatives from a broad cross-section of industries and organizations throughout the Mahoning Valley. REDI also provides leadership on federal, state, and private grant-writing initiatives.