Brian Gabbert, General Manager of the Southern Park Mall, is proof that it’s not just Youngstown natives that love our area. After moving to the Valley to manage the mall two years ago, he loved Youngstown and its people so much he signed on to stay longer. Now, in a time when malls across America are closing doors, the mall’s owner Washington Prime Group is doubling down on Youngstown and investing heavily in our local entrepreneurs to create DeBartolo Commons and make it true town center. Find out what the latest is at the Southern Park Mall site, how this project is setting the national trend for retail development, what the ins and outs are to managing a mall and what they look for in retail space, and how Washington Prime Group has engaged the local community on a vision they have for the future of our area. They’re here to stay and the impacts could be huge.
Defend Youngstown – As Valley natives, we’ve all felt the need to do it at some point to counter some wise-crack. But defending Youngstown doesn’t have to be negative, it can be so much more – and that’s what Phil Kidd is all about. The YSU alum, community activist, organizer, and founder of Defend Youngstown swung the by the studio to dive a little deeper into that notion. Over some beverages from Modern Methods, Phil and Lisa tackle a lot – the importance of civic engagement, economic development, and some YSU stories. But most of all, they talk about what it really means to defend Youngstown – getting engaged, seeing opportunity, and changing the narrative. This is a conversation for the forward thinking, so grab a beer, enjoy and go get involved!