YNDC director says work still needs to be done

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation was named the best of its kind in Ohio.

The award was announced Friday when the organization received the recognition from the Ohio Community Development Corporations Association.

Executive Director Ian Beniston told WKBN 27 First News said the award shows the impact being made with the work YNDC conducts throughout the city. Projects include rehabilitating vacant and abandoned properties, the Iron Roots Urban Farm, and Paint Youngstown, which assists homeowners with repairs to their houses.

“It is never good enough is my mindset,” said Beniston. “To achieve excellence, we always have to be pushing ourselves, our partners and our funders to figure out how we can work together because the challenges in Youngstown are huge.”

YNDC received the distinction of community development corporation of the year during the 30th annual conference in Dayton.

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