Phil Kidd was raised around Pittsburgh but while attending YSU, he fell in love with Youngstown and its culture. He created the slogan “Defend Youngstown.” Now he’s announced that he is leaving for a new job in Cleveland.
A few of Phil Kidd’s friends met Thursday evening at the Draught House downtown to say goodbye. After 15 years of promoting Youngstown, he’s moving to Cleveland.
“I am going to be working for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, which is one of the top neighborhood development corporations in Cleveland,” he said.
Kidd created the slogan “Defend Youngstown” in 2006.
“We don’t have time any longer to be complacent. That’s the past,” he said at the time.
He eventually put that slogan on a t-shirt.
“Overarchingly, Defend Youngstown was probably the most important thing because it allowed so many other things to happen,” Kidd said.
Among his many contributions to the city was Youngstown Nation — a store of Youngstown items located downtown. For a while, he lived in an apartment above the store.
He also co-founded City Club of the Mahoning Valley, was on the board of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation and for the past four-and-a-half years, worked for Youngstown CityScape.
“It’s going to be extremely difficult to leave Youngstown. I consider this my home,” Kidd said.
He wasn’t sure how the community would react when he announced he was leaving.
“I have just been overwhelmed with so many different messages of just, ‘thanks.’ I had no idea that there were that many people out there that were that supportive,” he said.
Kidd said this city has a good foundation, and to keep growing on that.
His last day with Youngstown CityScape is Friday. He starts in Cleveland on April 1.