Sept. 21, 2016: City Club’s inaugural event at Stambaugh Auditorium to focus on development















The newly formed City Club of the Mahoning Valley will launch its first event featuring a panel discussion on local economic development. It occurs 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

The panel discussion will feature U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams; state Sen. Capri S. Cafaro; Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel; and Thomas M. Humphries, president and chief executive officer of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

The forum includes dinner and an open question-and-answer period. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.

A local group has partnered with the City Club of Cleveland, the nation’s oldest continuously running free speech forum, to start a chapter of the non-partisan forum in the Mahoning Valley. Organizers of The Mahoning Valley chapter are Dr. Tim Francisco, YSU professor of English and director of the Center for Working Class Studies; Phil Kidd, founder of Defend Youngstown; Gary Sexton, director WYSU-FM; Terry Cloonan; local attorney and president of the Stambaugh Auditorium board of directors; Hunter Morrison of Cleveland State University’s Levin School of Urban Affairs; Alyssa Lenhoff Briggs, a marketing consultant; Sarah Lowry, Northeast Ohio Regional Representative for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown;  and Dan Moulthrop, CEO at The City Club of Cleveland.

“We know the time is right for a forum like this in the Mahoning Valley. We’re experiencing new energy and innovative thinking here and we are certain the City Club will spark new connections, partnerships and projects that will capitalize on this momentum,” said Francisco.

The inaugural season of programming runs through December. The group will host a panel discussion on Ohio presidential politics in October featuring political reporters from across the state and Dr. Paul Sracic, professor of political science at YSU. In November, Marilyn Geewax, senior business editor for National Public Radio and a Mahoning Valley native, will discuss what the newly elected president’s platform might signal for the local and national economies.

Tickets for the September forum are on sale at, and by calling the box office at The Stambaugh Auditorium at 330-259-0555.

For more information, contact Phil Kidd at 330-519-8712 or Tim Francisco at 330-402-1769.

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