“The 41-year-old Niles native – running for his seventh term – has proven himself a catalyst in transforming into the Tech Belt this formerly rust belt district that encompasses Mahoning County and chunks of Portage, Summit, Stark and Trumbull counties.

The public–private initiative has been a collaborative effort between politicians – Ryan and his Democratic counterpart in western Pennsylvania – research institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, Youngstown State University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron, nonprofits such as JumpStart and NorTech in the Cleveland area, multinational, deep-pocketed corporations such as IBM, Parker Hannifin and Honeywell, and community colleges such as Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville and Lorain County Community College in Elyria.”

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