Youngstown among most employee-friendly cities

YOUNGSTOWN Citing the city’s “entrepreneurial tradition,” Global Trade magazine has listed Youngstown among the Top 10 employee-friendly places in the U.S.

The ranking was announced this week when Global Trade published its third annual “Best Cities for Global Trade” report. Employee-friendly is among the 10 “needs-oriented and relevant categories” that exporters consider when making location decisions.

In its report, the magazine advised exporting businesses, “Think of this as a collection of helpful tips. We think you should consider these cities.”

“This sort of ranking supports our overall attraction efforts, not only for business, but also a talented workforce,” remarked Sarah Boyarko, vice president of economic development, North America for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. “There are a lot of great firms to work for in the Mahoning Valley and we continue to attract new employment opportunities.”

The other nine most employee-friendly cities were Bozeman, Montana; Flagstaff, Arizona; Knoxville, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Odessa, Texas; Sacramento, California; San Diego, California; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Windsor, Connecticut. They were not ranked in any particular order.

Global Trade’s report on Youngstown states: “Its economic woes well-documented, Youngstown remained true to its entrepreneurial tradition Good Humor Ice Cream and Arby’s were born in the region with the Youngstown Business Incubator, a downtown space that birthed several successful startups including Turning Technologies, which Inc. magazine rates as the fastest-growing privately held software company in the U.S. Home prices are extremely low: recently a seven bedroom, 4,800-square-foot home was on the market for just $150,000.”

The magazine’s distinction continues the Mahoning Valley’s recognition nationally and worldwide for its economic progress. For example,

l University Business Incubator Index named the Youngstown Business Incubator the world’s best business incubator associated with a university;

l Business Facilities magazine touted the Youngstown-Warren Metro Area in four of the top 10 rankings in their 2014 Metro Rankings Report;

l The website has ranked the Youngstown-Warren area as No. 1 in the U.S. for access to healthcare;

l A Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Study in June 2014 listed the Youngstown-Warren Metro Area as having the 10th best economic performance among the nation’s largest metro areas from 2009-2012; and

l Forbes Magazine, in April, named the Youngstown-Warren Metro Area the fifth-best in the country for raising a family, noting the area has a low cost of living, short commutes, and solid school and crime statistics outside the city proper.