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Ian J. Beniston has been named executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., succeeding the agency’s founding executive director, Presley L. Gillespie, who resigned in May.

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.’s board of directors today announced that it has named Ian Beniston as executive director.

As in many areas of the city, the Powerstown neighborhood on the southeast side has fallen on hard times.

Nancy Ramos never dreamed she would be a homeowner, but thanks to a program from the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation in the Powerstown neighborhood, her dream is now a reality.

With childhood obesity numbers in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties above the state average, the William Swanston Charitable Fund today presented a $150,000 grant June 12 to the Mahoning Valley Healthy Kids Coalition.