Welcome to the City of YOU

There are amazing things happening in our city and we’re here to tell you about them all. 


YOU MAKE THIS CITY is a micro-campaign of video vignettes featuring a few of the folks that make our city better. Through their individual works, they are contributing to making the best version of Youngstown possible. Choose any of the listed videos and learn more about some of our superstar residents, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Want to see more? Check out our YouTube feed.

Featured Podcasts

Our partner organizations have developed excellent content that focuses on their impact on Youngstown. Listen in!

with Jim Freeze 

Jim Freeze is the new Executive Director of Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries. Watch this interview with Jim to learn what brought him back home. To learn more about Goodwill Industries, click their logo above. 

with Lisa & Chris

Lisa & Chris brought their 80+ year-old company to the Youngstown Business Incubator after realizing the future that Youngstown provided to them. To learn more about Hudson Fasteners, click their logo above. 

Thompson Wins Governor’s Award in the Arts for City of You

RJ Thompson, creator of The City of You project, received one of two 2019 Governor’s Award in the Arts in Community Development for his work in creating the City of You platform.


City of You Campaign Wins Marketing Award

City of You, a multifaceted marketing campaign for the city of created by Youngstown State University faculty member R.J. Thompson, has been named best in its category by the Ohio Economic Development Association.

Thompson, an assistant professor of graphic and interactive design, said the campaign replaces Youngstown’s Rust Belt reputation with a positive, inclusive public image as a city “where anyone can build a future for themselves.”

The organization selected City of You as the winner in the Economic Development Marketing category for medium sized communities – those with populations of 50,000 to 150,000