The Mahoning Valley recently has experienced steady growth in employment, sales-tax revenue and new investments.

Though it still lags behind many other metropolitan areas across the nation, the Valley can hang its work hat on one statistic: No other metro area posted stronger export growth than Youngstown from 2009 to 2010.

The area’s export growth rate grew by 30 percent during that time, according to a report released Thursday by Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.


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