Local and state leaders look to rebrand area as ‘Voltage Valley’

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State Senators Sean O'Brien and Michael Rulli and YSU President Jim Tressel will speak at the event

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Local and state leaders are joining an energy incubator to talk about rebranding the Mahoning Valley as “Voltage Valley.”

State Senators Sean O’Brien and Michael Rulli, along with Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel, will speak at an event on Wednesday about the initiative.

The event is hosted by Brite Energy Innovators and will take place at the Tesla Columbus Gallery at Easton Town Center in Columbus.

Their goal is to help companies make their business plans work in the area.

“There’s a lot of different companies and people interested in what’s going on. This is informational so that we can show them what we’re doing and hopefully they can become part of this revolution,” O’Brien said.

Rebranding the Mahoning Valley to “Voltage Valley” is a plan to make the area a research and production hub for electric vehicles and to mix the Valley’s industrial past with emerging technology, according to a news release from Brite Energy.

Those attending the event include executives from the Columbus area, including new energy companies and startups.

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