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Business & Economy

Closing the Gap: Building Opportunity in the Valley

Thursday, August 1, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Stambaugh Auditorium, Christman Memorial Hall
1000 5th Avenue Youngstown, Ohio 44504

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For decades, the United States was considered the land of opportunity: a place where hard work resulted in educational opportunities and a job that paid a livable wage, offered opportunities for advancement, and included affordable healthcare. Today, that vision is being challenged. Rapid technological advancement, shifting economic infrastructure, and stagnant wages — coupled with the structural inequities that has crippled opportunities for minority populations — has led to what many are considering a nearly insurmountable wealth and opportunity gap. These changes are felt acutely in the Mahoning Valley. The steady decline in manufacturing jobs, inequities in the labor market, and the flight ... more

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