The incubator, which boasts more than a dozen business tenants, has recently completed construction on the Taft Technology Center, where some of its largest tenants will locate their offices.
In line with these efforts to change the community's image, the city government, in partnership with Youngstown State University, has organized an ambitious urban renewal plan known as Youngstown 2010.
Youngstown is in a region of America that is often referred to as the Rust Belt.
Traditionally known as a center of steel production, Youngstown was forced to redefine itself when the U. steel industry fell into decline in the 1970s, leaving communities throughout the region without major industry.
In the early 20th century, the community saw an influx of immigrants from non-European countries including what is modern day Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, and Syria.
By the 1920s, this dramatic demographic shift produced a nativist backlash, and the Mahoning Valley became a center of Ku Klux Klan activity.
It became the county seat in 1876, when the administrative center of Mahoning County was moved from neighboring Canfield.
The discovery of coal by the community in the early 19th century paved the way for the Youngstown area's inclusion on the network of the famed Erie Canal.
By the late 19th century, African Americans were well represented in Youngstown, and the first local congregation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1871.As the Western Reserve's population grew, the need for administrative districts became apparent. Clair established Trumbull County (named in honor of Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull), and designated the smaller settlement of Warren as its administrative center, or "county seat".The village of Youngstown was incorporated in 1848, and in 1867 Youngstown was chartered as a city.The city has experienced a decline of over 60% of its population since 1959.Youngstown also falls within the Appalachian Ohio region, among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.