YOUNGSTOWN - The city has been named among the top 50 "military-friendly" cities by the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.
"Only one in eight metropolitan areas made this list," said Sean Collins, brand director for G.I. Jobs, which conducts the study and publishes the list. "As a result of their pro-military and veteran policies and practices, these cities will certainly have an advantage in attracting this young, vibrant talent as they choose where to raise their families after leaving the military.''
Sarah Boyarko, the Regional Chamber's vice resident for economic development retention and expansion, said the chamber is in the process of reaching out to selected bases nationwide to make sure the veterans are aware of the economic activity the Valley is experiencing and the types of employment opportunities that are available and will be available in the years to come.
Cities are ranked based on cost-of-living index, military-friendly employers and schools, unemployment rates and the number of veteran-owned businesses.
Youngstown's cost-of-living index of 85 was second lowest on the list. Other nearby cities included on the list were Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.