What is the Economic Action Group?

The Economic Action Group (EAG) is a community organization that has been meeting since 2013 with the goal to solidify and accelerate Downtown Youngstown’s resurgence as a center of employment, higher education, governmental services, and culture. The EAG serves as a catalyst for overall economic development in the Mahoning Valley.
EAG is facilitated by the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) at Youngstown State University and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. YSU REDI specializes in community planning and economic development technical assistance, GIS mapping, strategic and long range planning, and implementation strategies. Eastgate is a voluntary association of local governments that brings communities together to create a unified voice in areas such as transportation, water and air quality, land use planning, and local infrastructure projects.
REDI and Eastgate staff members act as “navigators”, offering management and coordination services to EAG members and the greater community. REDI and Eastgate act as a guide in implementing regional strategic initiatives by defining projects and objectives, identifying partners with capability and capacity to execute and implement, identifying potential funding sources, tracking status, and managing project timelines.
Monthly meetings include presentations from industry experts, as well as training for community stakeholders, project management, and accelerating project implementation. The EAG meetings are open to committed community doers and are welcoming to new members.

Public, Private, and Nonprofit experts, as key Mahoning Valley stakeholders, discuss ways to advance and accelerate the economy of the Mahoning Valley. EDA has moved towards being the federal integrator for economic development, meaning that EDA encourages districts to move beyond just prioritizing projects that may seek EDA funding. Eastgate reflected this in the updated CEDS by reaching across different types of economic development and including a comprehensive list of local projects in addition to priorities.Quarterly structure of meetings where the REDC will act as the advisory council for the district. In addition, there are scheduled working group meetings around the themes of Workforce/Training & Education; Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Access to Capital; Infrastructure & Site Development; Industry & Business Climate; and Quality of Life & Community Vitality.  These are held bi-monthly, during the regular scheduled EAG meetings.

  • The EAG helps enable members to lead and implement strategic community planning initiatives.  EAG members and others community stakeholders are brought together as subcommittees to implement projects that align with their respective organizational mission or goals.
  • Participants are provided support in defining project scope, objectives, budget, and project schedule.
  • Potential funding sources are identified.
  • Subcommittees conduct offline planning and implementation meetings with the assistance of YSU REDI and Eastgate.
  • Subcommittees update the EAG regularly to communicate progress, seek assistance, engage additional EAG members, and  promote successes.