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Presley L. Gillespie, the founding executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. is resigning in mid-May to become president of Neighborhood Allies, a new community development agency in Pittsburgh.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. has nine AmeriCorps VISTA positions available, including a VISTA leader position.

Presley Gillespie has been hired as the first president of Neighborhood Allies, a recently launched Pittsburgh community development organization.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. had a citywide meeting at the Covelli Centre on April 8th, recapping their meetings throughout Youngstown’s neighborhoods. Neighborhood characteristics and community facilities such as churches, schools and parks were among the top assets, while crime, poor infrastructure, housing and property issues topped the list of concerns. Rick Pollo has more.

City residents have had a chance to voice their opinion about issues and changes they would like to see around the city through a series of neighborhood meetings.