YOUNGSTOWN - An international economic development organization has named the local "Tech Belt Initiative" a winner of its Bronze Award.
The International Economic Development Council, or IEDC, announced Monday the Tech Belt Initiative received the award, a cooperative effort among several communities in southwestern Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
The initiative united several communities between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, including the Mahoning Valley, in an attempt to regionalize efforts to improve technological advances collectively. The Tech Belt Initiative has been credited as a big part of Youngstown landing the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a national public-private partnership based in Youngstown working to develop advanced manufacturing technology.
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards is designed to recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year's most influential leaders. The awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.
In addition to the Tech Belt Initiative, IEDC also recognized several other northeast Ohio economic development projects and collaborative initiatives. They are JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network, a collaborative effort for the benefit of Greater Cleveland; Akron's BioMedical Corridor Website; Cleveland's Flats East Development; Akron's Goodyear Redevelopment; Kent's downtown revitalization project; Akron's business retention and expansion program; and Cleveland's expansion of the RTA free trolley program.