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$25 million sought to create LIVE zone in Valley; project called ‘game changer’

Eastgate Regional Council of Governments representatives plan to seek $25 million in federal funds to help with local revitalization in an area of Trumbull and Mahoning counties called a LIVE zone, or Logistics Innovation and Vehicle Electrification.

This would include the areas of Lordstown, North Jackson and Warren.

“Getting local engagement is important.  We want to do what is best for the region and draw attention to this area.

The area under consideration includes the access to the Ohio Turnpike and is halfway between New York and Chicago, he added.

Kinnick said a $25 million Restructuring America’s Infrastructure through Sustainability and Equity grant through the U.S.

A local LIVE zone is where companies, industry and high-end technology businesses could look to locate.

“We are looking at how can we revitalize this region with the opportunities that are presented to us.” Kinnick said,

“We want to go after state and federal funding to help with site preparation for companies who want to locate in the local market, or (for) transportation and infrastructure investments,” Boyarko said.

25 million sought to create LIVE zone in Valley; project called ‘game changer

Kinnick said water is a strong area asset for drawing businesses here. “We have to market that fact,” Kinnick said.

“We do have the water than many industries want which will help us grow the economy,” McGrail said.

“We need to do what we can locally to make companies want to be here,” he said.

Boyarko said North Jackson officials brought up interest in additional housing developments. “They talked about more restaurants, and grocery stores” she said.

Kinnick said Eastgate, as the lead partner, will provide all that data.

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