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Warren Business Incubator May Soon Be A Reality

12/22/2009
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Back several years ago, Helen Rucker and I had used the idea of a “Business Incubator”, for the City of Warren, as a campaign issue.

Helen was a successful candidate and I, alas, lost but the idea of the incubator has been a small glowing candle that might soon be a raging fire.

Over the years, the Youngstown Business Incubator has created more than 250 well-paying jobs and has become a model for other facilities around the country.

But can the same idea work for downtown Warren?

Encouraged by the success of Youngstown’s software-based business incubator, that’s what officials in Warren are hoping. And the city could soon have a center of its own focusing on new energy technology.

Thanks to more than $2 million from a federal energy bill and another $500,000 from the new state budget, officials will now begin the process of choosing a site and recruiting potential tenants.

Rebecca Bagley of the Cleveland-based Northeast Ohio Regional Technology Council, or NorTech, will act as an adviser to the incubator’s local steering committee.

While lawmakers admit starting new businesses in this tough economy is never an easy task, they claimed those allowed to grow through incubators tend to be more successful.

Organizers hope to have a location for the incubator chosen within the next 10 months and think as many as 70 new high-tech jobs could be created there within its first three years of operation.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Hanck permalink
    03/12/2010 8:44 pm

    Over the past few months I have been trying to find out about the incubator in Warren, Ohio
    I am a Journeyman Electrician out of work in the trade, now packaging cheese, anyways I was hoping that someone could point me in the direction of those in charge of this incubator so that I might find out about any electricial employment. Either building maintenance or in any buisness involved. If you have any information that could help me it would be grately appriciated. Thank You for your time.

  2. 03/13/2010 5:18 pm

    Tim, you may want to try getting in touch with Main Street Warren and Jim Dalessandro, Director. Also Warren Grow’s could be a place to start. Both of these groups are on facebook too. I also know that Warren City Councilwomen Helen Rucker is active in the development of the incubator idea. Lastly you might want to check with Warren Redevelopment And Planning. Thank you for visiting Dare To Dream and your comments are always welcome. Tristan

  3. 07/24/2010 10:15 am

    The West side of Warren use to beautiful until it went to all rentals and poor excuses for landlords…It was private homes owned by all ethnic walks of life that took great pride in their homes, families,jobs personal life. It could be seen from the streets!!! Their actions indicated they had pride,dreams and hope. All because they had pride. Now it one excuse after another!!!!!

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