The Mahoning County Land Bank, more formally known as Mahoning County Land Reutilization Corp., is a quasi-governmental organization designed to promote healthy, sustainable neighborhoods by restoring vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent land to productive status. County land reutilization corporations are organized under sections 1724 and 5722 of Ohio Revised Code. “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore,” was author Mark Twain’s advice more than a century ago. These days, not all lots are readily bought and sold. After decades of job and population losses, and the foreclosure crisis of recent years, Mahoning County has thousands of forgotten, neglected, debt-laden parcels that decrease neighboring property values and increase maintenance costs for cities, townships and villages. County land banks can acquire these distressed properties and clear the titles, which makes it more attractive for new owners or users to invest in them. County land banks also can accept donations of property; renovate houses and buildings; assemble land for development; and manage properties while awaiting redevelopment. Mahoning County Land Bank is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors, representing both the public and private sectors. The Land Bank employs an executive director who implements the organization’s policies and programs. The County Land Bank has absorbed the activities of Lien Forward Ohio Regional Council of Governments, which facilitated the transfer of more than 900 vacant properties in Mahoning County to new, responsible owners from 2006 to 2012. Our office is in the 20 Federal Place building in downtown Youngstown. Our mailing address is 20 W. Federal St., Suite M5-A, Youngstown, OH 44503. Call us at 330-259-1040.