YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Congressman Bill Johnson was in Youngstown visiting some city favorites Wednesday morning.
Now that his district covers all of Mahoning County, the valley congressman is making the rounds and visiting local businesses. He checked in to see what makes them successful and how they are making downtown flourish.
Johnson took a walk-through of the Youngstown Flea complex on the east end of downtown, as well as Penguin City Brewing across the street. He talked with executives at both venues about their different economic developments and potential for growth in the area.
Businessman Derrick McDowell showed him around the old factory that dates back some 150 years. It’s being turned into an entertainment and retail space, as well as an incubator for businesses like YoGo Bike Share.
“Visibility matters in today’s world,” McDowell said. “Being seen and feeling like you belong — and when someone like a congressman shows up and shows interest in a vision and plan for the Youngstown Flea — we welcome it.”
McDowell hopes the Congressman can eventually help get grants and loans for future expansion, and attract other potential private investment to help create new job opportunities in the city.