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Chamber gathering focuses on economic revitalization

East Liverpool Mayor Greg Bricker (left); Troy Chisom, Brittany Robinson, Jacob Robinson all of Venture Real Estate; Lisa Blasdel, director, and Marcus Trelaine, president of the Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted photo)

EAST LIVERPOOL — Several weeks ago, Mayor Greg Bricker addressed a small crowd gathered at Venture Real Estate’s office in downtown to hear about the strategic changes and groundbreaking improvements that have come to the city.

Bricker shared the progress and plans on Oct. 23 during the Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 5 o’clock DASH. He spoke of revitalizing neighborhoods and stimulating reinvestment, including a planned hotel and sports complex.

Among the examples of renewal mentioned by the chamber’s director, Lisa Blasdel, were Renovatio’s Taproom and Restaurant, which looks to open in December at the former Potters National Bank on Fifth Street.

But as she explained, revitalization doesn’t just mean spending a lot of money to repurpose an old structure. As the East Liverpool Community Partnership for Revitalization believes a community needs to focus on the strengths and values of all local resources as key drivers for economic growth.

“This how change happens. One idea, one business, one success at a time,” Blasdel concluded. “Little by little, they begin to add up to a lot.”

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