Youngstown Councilman Spearheading New City Initiative - WKBN

A group from Youngstown took a trip to Cleveland on Wednesday in hopes of learning more about a project to bring back to the city.

“BoxSpot” is a business incubator in the Kinsman neighborhood of Cleveland. It is a retail site that is made out of shipping containers. The site has seven units that house small businesses in an area that community members can easily access.

Youngstown’s First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver is spearheading an initiative to bring the same type of shipping containers to Youngstown in order to create a site that promotes education, entrepreneurship and community engagement.

Oliver visited Cleveland’s BoxSpot site along with a group from Youngstown made up of officials from Choffin Career and Technical Center, the city of Youngstown, the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, SMARTS Community Art School and the Economic Action Group. First News Digital Reporter Jennifer Rodriguez also attended.

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