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YBI ENTREPRENEUR TO VIETNAM: Youngstown Business Incubator entrepreneur Patrick Gaughan has been accepted as a Fulbright Scholar at Hanoi Law University for next year’s spring term.

While in Vietnam, Gaughan plans to expand institutional relationships and continue his research in business and comparative law. His research includes extensive reliance upon computer data mining, fuzzy logic, and AI, all of which he continues to develop at the YBI. Gaughan joined the University of Akron School of Law in 2014 after 11 years at Youngstown State University. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946. It awards 8,000 grants annually, with 1,200 being U.S. scholars.

GRANT AWARDED: The Colony Youngstown, a community development organization, has received a $10,000 grant from the Cafaro Foundation to help the organization with start up associated with creating certification trainings for professionals and displaced workers. The money will also be used to help pay for the initial design costs for a green infrastructure project on Youngstown’s South Side.

DOMINION ENERGY GIVES MONEY: Dominion Energy has given $7,500 grants to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC).

TNP of Warren received the money for its Building a Better Warren program, which provides training and on-the-job mentorship for residents while improving city neighborhoods.

YNDC will use the grant for its Clean Up Glenwood Avenue program, which is working to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares.

CORTLAND BANK CELEBRATES NEW BRANCH: Cortland Bank hosted a series of special events March 25 to celebrate the grand opening of its newest branch in Strongsville. It opened Feb. 4. There was a ribbon cutting and an evening cocktail reception for area business owners.

The branch, 14357 Pearl Road, is the bank’s 14th and the third new branch opened by the bank in the past four years. It also represents its farthest west location.

CENTER RECOGNIZED: The Wound Healing Center at Trumbull Regional Medical Center has been recognized by Healogics Inc. with the Center of Distinction Award and the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award.

The center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal to earn the Center of Distinction award.

This marks the fourth consecutive year the center has earned the Center of Distinction award, and third straight year for the Center of Excellence honor. It is the only facility in the area to earn these awards.

BANK GIVES TO WORKFORCE PROGRAM: Chemical Bank has given $10,000 to the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Foundation to support education and workforce development in the Mahoning Valley.

The grant will allow the chamber to continue its efforts to provide and promote its workforce development program, JobsNow.

HEALTH CARE CENTER GROWS: Woodlands at Austinwoods Healthcare Center, 4780 Kirk Road, Austintown, had a ribbon-cutting Friday on a new facility with 24 private assisted living suites with kitchenettes and private bathrooms.

Austinwoods also is finishing construction on a new rehabilitation center with private rooms with private bath, shower and hotel-like amenities to offer patients enhanced privacy as they recover from surgery, illness and injury.

New Business

MEDICAL PRACTICE / REHAB CENTER EXPANDS: The Ohio Sports & Spine Institute, a regional medical practice and rehabilitation center, is expanding into Howland at 8720 E. Market St., Suite 10. The office opens today.

Physicians and physical therapists will offer comprehensive care, including chiropractic and physical therapy services, sports medicine, nerve testing, acupuncture treatment and medical marijuana evaluations. It also has offices in Boardman and East Liverpool.

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