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Data Suggest Ohio’s Legacy Cities Showing Signs Of Improvement

13 Jan , 2020  

The Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) has released its latest analysis of the economic and demographic performance of Ohio’s 22 legacy cities, which includes Mansfield. GOPC concludes that many of Ohio’s small and mid-sized legacy cities are showing signs of improvement since 2014, but they will require support from the state to be as strong as they were in 2000. GOPC’s assessment is based on recently released 2018 American Community Survey data and is an update to GOPC’s 2016 report, “From Akron to Zanesville: How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Legacy Cities Faring?” Read More

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Richland Area Chamber Introduces New Membership Model

3 Jan , 2020  

In 2018, the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce convened a task force, made up of a diverse group of the Chamber’s current members, to help craft a new membership dues structure. After months of effort, the Chamber is ready to unveil the new system at an information session on Friday, January 24 at Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield from 8:00 AM to 9:00. Read More

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Ohio’s New Broadband Strategy: Is Richland Lagging Behind?

23 Dec , 2019  

InnovateOhio, under the direction of Lt. Governor Jon Husted, released the Ohio Broadband Strategy this past Thursday. The document serves as a comprehensive plan for aggressively expanding and enhancing the state’s broadband network. If approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it will also qualify local governments in Ohio to receive 20 additional points on applications for federal ReConnect funding. Finally, InnovateOhio is working with Connected Nation Ohio to produce a series of broadband availability maps, each with interactive GIS map layers, allowing journalists, researchers and legislators to zoom in and explore them directly. Read More

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Everstream Continues Extensive Expansion

19 Dec , 2019  

Everstream, a business only fiber network that has already connected to the Mansfield area is continuing its growth, announcing on Wednesday that is has further expanded its enterprise-grade fiber network in its home city of Cleveland, with the installation of an additional 620 route miles of dense fiber. The high-bandwidth connectivity from Everstream connects businesses throughout Northeast Ohio, with the network now reaching from Toledo in the west to Conneaut in the east and as far south as Mansfield. Read More

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Have A Business Idea? 2020 Startup Weekend Is Almost Here

9 Dec , 2019  

After last year's success, Idea Works is back with the second edition of Startup Weekend Mansfield.This event is organized with the group Techstars Startup Weekend. Entrepreneurs, designers, college students, experienced managers – everyone is welcome. The background of attendees is roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas you’ll fit right in. Read More

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Holiday Sales Forecast: Mansfield To Have Biggest Increase In Ohio

30 Nov , 2019  

The University of Cincinnati Economics Center has released its annual Holiday Forecast of Ohio Retail Spending, and the numbers look very positive for Mansfield and north central Ohio - in fact, better than any other metro area in the state. Overall findings included the following: Read More

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Newly Renovated Space Available for Downtown Living in Mansfield

21 Nov , 2019  

Those who have participated in the Secret City Tour in downtown Mansfield may remember having toured four dark, dirty and – in some areas – junk-filled upstairs apartments that had not been lived in for several decades. Over the course of the last two years, the apartments at 46 Park Avenue West have been emptied out, renovated, and are now ready for new life as high-end downtown apartments that overlook that street. All of this is thanks to new building owners who had a vision for the apartments, as well as the downstairs retail space. Read More

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North Central Ohio Unemployment Rates Holding Steady; Richland, Mansfield Fall Slightly

20 Nov , 2019  

It’s good news heading into the seasonal employment boost which takes place during the holidays. This past week, seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Ohio’s counties and larger cities were released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. While the state’s rate remained steady, the rates fell slightly in Mansfield and Richland County while adjacent counties remained substantially level from the month before. Read More

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Small Business Saturday: Shopping and Experiences Galore

19 Nov , 2019  

Shop Small Logo 2015.jpg Small Business Saturday is now considered an American shopping holiday. It’s officially held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is November 30 this year; however, the Richland Area Chamber’s Small Business Saturday contest will run from November 25 through November 30. Read More

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Apprenticeship Can Be A Path To Success

16 Nov , 2019  

National Apprenticeship Week is celebrated this year from November 11 through November 17. The week is used to bring attention to apprenticeship as an opportunity to be trained and skilled up for a particular type of work, and we would like to use this opportunity to feature a local success story. When Ashland native Josh Barr came to the end of his military career as a Marine in 2017 – he was unsure of what the next chapter in his life would entail. “I wanted to still be a part of something larger, like the strong brother and sisterhood I experienced in the military,” Barr said. “After speaking with the Business Manager, Jeff Sellers of Local 1216, about the Laborers’ Union Apprenticeship Program, I knew I found the opportunity I was looking for.” Read More

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Ribbon Cutting Friday Evening At Sixty-One Salon

9 Nov , 2019  

On Friday evening, a ribbon cutting and customer appreciation event was held for Sixty-One Salon and Beauty Boutique in downtown Mansfield; the full-service beauty salon has been open since mid-summer. Rather than directly employing those who work there, the myriad of professionals who offer their services to customers are renting space from the salon. Read More

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Richland Area Chamber Announces Award Finalists and Winners

5 Nov , 2019  

The Richland Area Chamber of Commerce surprised a handful of businesses on Friday, November 1, with in-person notifications that those organizations were in the running for Small Business of the Year. Already announced as a winner for the Non-Profit category is Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. The Museum has recently been in the news with work continuing on their new location, 174 Park Avenue West in Mansfield, which they anticipate moving into in 2021 as the Imagination District takes shape in downtown Mansfield. Read More

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Shaw & Ott Celebrates Expansion

30 Oct , 2019  

A ribbon-cutting was held on Tuesday morning at Shaw & Ott Medical, as the family-owned business celebrated the expansion of its showroom on Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. About 50 years ago they evolved from the original corner pharmacy into a home health care business, and now the new showroom space will give Shaw & Ott a better opportunity to showcase the products and home modifications it offers. Read More

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Area Unemployment Numbers Remain Steady

27 Oct , 2019  

In the most recent unemployment rate report issued through the Ohio Department of Family Services, north central Ohio’s jobless numbers remained steady. As for the entire state, Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September 2019, up from 4.1 percent in August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 1,500 over the month, from a revised 5,592,700 in August to 5,591,200 in September 2019. Read More

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