Citizens Advisory Board

About the CAB

The Citizens Advisory Board, or CAB, provides a forum for the public to participate in the regional planning and decision-making process. The CAB meets at 6:00 pm on the first Thursday of the month (except August) to learn about and discuss community topics. Each meeting includes a presentation and discussion on a topic related to the planning process, followed by updates on Eastgate’s work program and community announcements. Eastgate utilizes feedback from the CAB to advance the development of projects, such as funding policies and transportation projects.

CAB involvement provides planners and elected officials with information and alternatives that will ultimately lead to better planning decisions. The public is the expert on its own values and preferences and there are no substitutes for their judgement. CAB members are encouraged to take information from the meetings to local groups, friends, and neighbors.

The CAB is the ideal forum for people who may be described as the following:

  • Have a desire to perform public service
  • Want a place to express ideas or concepts
  • Have a desire to participate in the decision-making process and be proactive about public funding decisions in his/her community
  • Interested in environmental issues such as green infrastructure, water quality, and air quality
  • Interested in economic issues such as education, entrepreneurship, and site development
  • Interested in transportation issues such as walkable communities, transit, and safety
  • Interested in community issues such as health outcomes, historic preservation, and recreation

Get Involved

Want to become a member of the CAB? Click the button below to fill out an application for membership.

Information on Board Membership, Terms, and Governance can be found in Article III of the CAB Bylaws. Board members should be able to attend at least 3 meetings in a calendar year

CAB members from the previous year should also use this form to renew their membership if they fulfilled the attendance requirements from the last year

Membership Application

Current Board Leadership

Chair: Kevin Kern
Vice-Chair: Gerald Hurayt
GPB Representatives:
            Mahoning – RP Samulka (Alternate – Gerald Hurayt)
            Trumbull – Genevieve Germaniuk (Alternate – James Pirko)

Meeting Info

Meetings take place the first Thursday of every month (except August) unless otherwise specified

Next Meeting:
Thursday, November 5th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
***The November 2020 Citizens Advisory Board Meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting. To attend this meeting, please contact Justin Mondok at for details on how to participate. Please note that our office is currently closed and this is not an in-person meeting.***
Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
100 E. Federal St, 10th Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503

Board Documents


Do you have some ideas for improving the CAB or want to hear a presentation about a particular Eastgate work program? Fill out the form below and let us know.

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