Business briefs

COLUMBUS DRIVE-IN: The Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber will have its second Columbus Drive-In on April 10. The daylong event is done to promote an exchange of ideas between state and federal officials and local leaders.

Some of the issues to be addressed are the effort to convince General Motors to assign a new vehicle to the Lordstown assembly plant, protecting and growing the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center near Newton Falls, and revitalizing the Mahoning River.

More than 80 people attended last year.

The price is $250 for chamber members and $500 for non-members. It includes transportation and receptions. Attendees can make their own travel arrangements, but the price remains the same.

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JOB FAIR: The Northeastern Ohio Job and Career Fair is noon to 4 p.m. March 20 at the Eastwood Mall in Niles.

About 130 employers and / or higher educational institutions will be available to offer services and employment opportunities to job seekers who are looking to advance their career skills and / or are looking for employment.

The OhioMeansJobs centers in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana counties are among co-sponsors of the event that will focus on the dislocated worker population, particularly those impacted by the recent closures of General Motors Lordstown and related ancillary businesses.

GAS RATES DECREASE: Dominion Energy Ohio’s Standard Choice Offer (SCO) and Standard Service Offer (SSO) rates in March will be $2.92 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf). The new rates are 95 cents, or 3 percent, lower than February rates of $3.02 per Mcf.

The March rates are up 28 cents, or 10.8 percent, from March 2018 rates of $2.63 per Mcf.

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RESEARCHER JOINS YSU: Noted cancer researcher Severine Van slambrouck, who has secured more than $2.5 million in research funding in her 15-year academic career, is the new director of Research, Compliance and Initiatives at Youngstown State University.

Van slambrouck, who holds a doctorate degree in chemistry from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, will provide campuswide leadership in the development of externally funded grants and contracts; devise, implement and update policies and procedures to promote grant proposal development; and oversee management and compliance for all grants and contracts awarded to YSU.

Before YSU, Van slambrouck was an assistant professor of biochemistry at South Dakota State University, assistant professor of chemistry at St. Thomas University in Florida and research associate professor at New Mexico Tech.

PNC PROMOTION: Katie Gilmore DeGennaro of Warren was recently named a senior banking advisor for PNC’s Youngstown market.

DeGennaro specializes in deposit and loan solutions tailored to high-net worth clients. Prior to her new leadership role, she served in a variety of positions with PNC and GE Corporate Finance over the last 16 years.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and her master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University.