Youngstown was originally part of the Western Reserve of Connecticut, an area of land purchased by the Colony of Connecticut. A portion of this land was purchased in 1797 by John Young and was later incorporated into Youngstown in 1802.
Like many Appalachian towns, Youngstown relied on the steel industry for economic grouth in the 19th and 20th centuries. Youngstown grew to be the second largest producer of steel by the 1920s.
In 1930 Youngstown’s population peaked at 170,000 residents, making it the fifth largest city in the country at the time. Towards the end of the decade, the Great Depression hit the area hard. The unemployment rate of Youngstown was triple that of the national average. The second World War brought hope back to the area as industries contributed to the efforts. However, by the 1970s, Youngstown, took another economic hit as the steel industry declined. Youngstown earned its place in the “Rust Belt” during this time.
Since the 20th century, Youngstown has continued to find new economic opportunities for growth and brought new industries to the area. Silver's Vogue Shop or Silvers, located in central downtown, Youngstown, has called 27 W Federal Home for nearly 50 years. The building will soon bring affordable housing and medical services to the area.
Youngstown is a city full of beautiful parks and trails and very little walkable urban space. As a result, people in the cities stay in their small quadrants, and people in the suburbs circle around the city to access the specialty stores and nature spaces located in peripheral towns.
27 W Federal is in Central Youngstown, just blocks from the Mahoning River. The building sits in the heart of Downtown, directly across the street from the historic 20 Federal building. The property is part of a larger revitalization of Downtown, as its neighboring building 20 Federal is also in the redevelopment phase.
Youngstown has been identified as an underserved Primary Care area. This is in addition to being deemed an area that lacks employment opportunities. According to the County Economic Status and Distressed Areas in Appalachian Ohio, Fiscal Year 2023 Map, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties are at-risk for becoming economically distressed, ranking between the worst 10 percent and 25 percent of the nation’s counties in its economic comparisons of unemployment rate, per capita market income, and poverty rate.
In a significant endeavor to rejuvenate downtown Youngstown, three pivotal initiatives are set to reshape the landscape and bolster community well-being. The restoration of the iconic Silver’s Vogue Shop, a downtown landmark, will not only preserve historical charm but also house fair-market-rate housing and retail spaces aligned with QUICKmed’s health initiatives. Concurrently, a tri-county strategy aims to expand urgent care, primary care, and mental health services across Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties, with a focus on partnerships that bridge gaps in care accessibility. Lastly, workforce collaborations between QUICKmed, Youngstown City School District, and Choffin Career Center will introduce a vocational training program, offering high school students a pathway to becoming licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with industry-recognized credentials. These interconnected efforts reflect a holistic approach to community development, emphasizing healthcare, education, and workforce enrichment.
Tri-county strategy to expand services and access points to urgent care, primary care, and mental health care in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties. QUICKmed will continue with its existing partnerships to support the expansion of primary care, urgent care, and mental health services for Boardman Local School District, Liberty Local School District and Salem City School District, hospital systems – Salem Regional Medical Center and Steward Health Trumbull Regional Medical Center, and youth development programs hosted by Youngstown’s Central YMCA. These partnerships will be essential to bridging the gap between emergent and nonemergent, yet immediate care, coordinated in a school-based setting, outpatient, or hospital setting, further enhancing the continuum of care to include accessibility to mental health services. Each additional outpatient access point at the proposed development site(s) has derived from objective volume and economic data to ensure the sustainability and maximum utilization of all new and existing sites by students and families in need of after-hours and weekend care. In October 2022, QUICKmed Urgent Care extended its medical services to diagnose and treat mental disorders and illnesses, including but not limited to: ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, psychosis, autism, eating disorders, suicide prevention, and QUICKmed has partnered with a local community agency, Alta Behavioral Health to provide additional mental health support services, to include counseling, which will be accessible via telehealth hubs as a part of each locations development.
Workforce partnerships with the Choffin Career Center to implement its vocational training/bridge program for high school students to begin an LPN (licensed practical nursing) curriculum as a high school junior, completing two years of the program while in high school before matriculating to the Choffin adult practical nursing program. Students will earn industry-recognized credentials for STNA, Phlebotomy, EKG, and Patient Care Technician during high school, before entering the adult semester, at no cost to the student. QUICKmed has committed to offering scholarships to students as a source of gap funding. In partnership with QUICKmed urgent cares, primary cares, and specialty clinics, Youngstown City School District/ Choffin Career Center high school and adult students will have access to clinical rotations in QUICKmed locations across the Tri-County area, with a core workforce hub in the central district of Youngstown. Additionally, QUICKmed will have priority hiring for the LPNs that are graduates of this program, emphasizing the investment in workforce development across the Mahoning Valley.