Youngstowns past was centered on the once vital steel
industry. This industrial base indirectly financed many of the
Valleys jewels, some of which are depicted on
the sides of the pedestal. Time brings change, but Penaissance
combines a proud penguin with the concept of renaissance, to indicate
a revival of intellectual and artistic achievement and vigor.
These qualities have been evidenced by, among other things, the
new high tech addition to the Butler; the growth of YSU; the Davis
Center in Mill Creek Park; and improved facilities at Powers Auditorium
complex for performing arts. Intelligent planning for a diverse
economic base, and the continued beautification and revitalization
of the downtown area give hope for the bright future.