Dignan receives business, diplomacy award

WARREN — James Dignan, president and CEO of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, received a top award from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for his advocacy of U.S. diplomacy and programs that boost Ohio’s economy.

The Leading Globally Matters award was presented Monday as part of a two-day summit in Washington, D.C., where Dignan joined more than 600 business, military, nonprofit, government and faith leaders from across the U.S.

The event included a day on Capitol Hill to urge Ohio lawmakers to protect funding for the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dignan, former commander of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, will remain in the nation’s capital through at least Thursday for the chamber’s second Washington, D.C., fly-in.

Issues to be addressed include attracting a missile defense site to the Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center near Newton Falls; protecting and growing the Youngstown Air Reserve Station; and revitalizing the Mahoning River.

Some of the people attending are Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University; J.J. Cafaro, president of the J. J. Cafaro Investment Trust; J. Robert Sebo, founder of Paychex Inc. of Ohio; and David W. Johnson, president & CEO of Summitville Tiles Inc.