Thurs. 7:45 p.m.: Trumbull proposals not on USDA list

WARREN — Six communities in Ohio remain in contention for a possible branch office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

None are in Trumbull County, but all are within an hour’s drive.

The latest list from the USDA of communities that expressed an interest for one or both of the offices excludes proposals from the Western Reserve Port Authority, Howland and Warren for the Old Avalon Golf Course on East Market Street and from the Cafaro Company for its Enterprise Park development near the Eastwood Mall.

“It’s too bad, we would have welcomed USDA on the campus here,” said Joe Bell, Cafaro Company spokesman.

The USDA received 136 expressions of interest from parties in 35 states for the relocated offices after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced in August plans to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture offices and most of their employees outside the Washington, D.C., region by the end of this year.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.