There can be no doubt that our region has suffered some rough times during the past several years.
But, if you take a good look around, you will see that there is much to be positive about, and those are the stories that we report on in our annual economic progress edition that this year is called "In the Pipeline."
The publication will appear in four installments beginning Wednesday.
You'll find in that first section a look at economic activity, especially in the energy industry. Health and education will be the focus of Thursday's installment. The following week we'll look at hospitality, tourism, education, real estate and careers.
As you read the stories, you will discover that area businesses and development officials are proud of their accomplishments and are looking ahead. You will also be able to place faces with names, titles and organizations with our bios on dozens of local movers and shakers.
You'll read profiles about businesses that have been serving our area for 100 or more years, and stories about businesses that have only recently opened. There will be the opportunity to learn more about the people who direct Community Bus Service and RD Banks Chevrolet. You'll also learn about the growth at Covelli Enterprises and The Movement Church, as well as the good things being accomplished at Farmers National Bank and Akron Children's Hospital.
Our economic progress edition again offers proof that our region is filled with people who remain committed to making their businesses successful and continuing to make the Mahoning Valley a good place to live and work.
They all have positive stories to tell, and we're happy to be able to share them.