Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

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Eastgate provides a regional forum to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, and to develop recommendations and plans to address those issues. All of this in hopes of leading to a common goal of improving the quality of life for the residents of Northeast Ohio.


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Eastgate Presented at the NARC National Conference of Regions in Washington, DC on February 12th




Delegation Travels to the Nation’s Capital to Support Youngstown’s TIGER Grant Application


Jim Kinnick, Eastgate Executive Director joined a delegation of Youngstown representatives who visited Washington D.C. to lobby on behalf of Youngstown’s application for a $10.3 million federal grant. In October, Eastgate applied for the Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The grant would support the Youngstown SMAR2T Network, a development project connecting downtown’s major institutions. The focus of the network is upgrading Fifth Avenue, Rayen Avenue, Front Street, Commerce Street and Park Avenue.

Eastgate was part of the delegation that included YSU President Jim Tressel, Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and Don Kline, president and CEO of Mercy Health Youngstown. Also taking part Mike Hripko, associate vice president for research at YSU; First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver; Sharon Woodberry, city director of community planning and economic development; and Charles Shasho, deputy director of public works.

for more information about the application visit eastgate's tiger page


Public Comment Sought on 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan, or MTP, documents the planning process carried out by Eastgate and its partners. The MTP identifies strategies and projects to maintain and improve the transportation system over a twenty-year horizon. Every five years, Eastgate is required to update the MTP by identifying tends and forces, working with stakeholders to develop a collective vision and goals, and recommending strategies to help achieve the vision. The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update is a continuation of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan that was prepared in 2013.

A summary of changes from the 2013 document is available here and the full document is available here.

The public is encouraged to comment on the draft until close of business on Friday, March 16th. The final document will be presented to the General Policy Board on Monday, April 30th. Comments can be submitted by email to Ken Sympson, Director of Transportation, phone (234) 254-1502, or in-person during normal business hours at Eastgate’s office (10th Floor, 100 East Federal Street, Youngstown).
Or fill out a comment sheet here.

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Title VI Draft Plan Available For Review

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