Valley among top 10 in economic growth, healthcare

YOUNGSTOWN – The local area topped two national lists for economic development and healthcare access in reports released this summer, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber announced Monday.

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research last month named the Youngstown-Warren Metro area 10th among the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas for economic performance.

The report, entitled “America’s Top Metros: Who’s Leading the Recovery and Why,” covered years 2009 to 2012.

An unrelated report this month by ranked Youngstown number 1 in the U.S. in its list of the “10 Best Cities for Healthcare Access for Your Money.”

Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, said the two positive national rankings continue to show the strides being made in the Mahoning Valley on all fronts, particularly in the economic development and quality of life areas.

“It’s been pretty incredible to see the turnaround that our Valley has experienced in recent years after so many years when we were often the butt of national jokes and the doormat when looking at economic growth and quality of life.

The Manhattan Institute ranked metro areas by growth in economic output (GDP), personal income and jobs. Youngstown-Warren was sixth in per-capita GDP growth, 16th in per-capita personal income growth and 36th in private-sector employment growth. The region was the top-ranked Ohio large metro area, just ahead of Columbus and Toledo.