Greater Ohio Policy Center - On Our Radar

January 11, 2019

At Greater Ohio Policy Center, we monitor the news daily to learn more about the sustainable growth initiatives and related developments in our state and beyond that affect Ohio. Below are articles that caught our attention over the last few weeks, and we thought they might interest you as well. If you have an article you would like to share with us, please email it to Maria Walliser-Wejebe at

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The Greater Ohio Policy Center Staff

GOPC in the News

Letter: Small towns can be reborn with state help
Ohio’s older cities and town continue to struggle, but as Sunday’s articles “The great divide” and “Marion among cities trying to reinvent themselves” report, there is a renaissance underway
Columbus Dispatch - 12/20/2018 Reporter Alison Goebel
Struggling Ohio cities searching for ways to reinvent themselves
Earlier this year, the nonprofit Greater Ohio Policy Center released “A Vision for Ohio’s Reinvention Cities,” a 10-page document outlining a vision for 15 small cities […]
Marion Star – 1/9/2019 Reporter Mark Ferenchik and Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch
Community Foundation approves the Mansfield Rising Plan
The Foundation engaged the Greater Ohio Policy Center to provide guidance for the plan. GOPC develops and advances policies and practices that value urban cores and metropolitan regions as economic drivers and preserve Ohio’s open space and farmland.
Richland Source - 12/13/2018 Staff Report

Economic & Workforce Development

Marion officials say area is on road to economic recovery
MARION - Though the road to economic recovery is a long one, Marion officials say signs of progress can be seen throughout the county.
Marion Star - 1/2/2019 Reporter Hasan Abdul-Karim
Fund for Our Economic Future Approves $10M Strategy
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Fund for Our Economic Future has approved a $10 million, three-year strategy to address the regional issues outlined in its “The Two Tomorrows” report released earlier this year.
Youngstown Business Journal - 12/20/2018 Reporter Staff Report
Worker retention at heart of Ohio Means Jobs program
LIMA — While a great deal of attention is typically paid by the business community in and around Lima to attracting top caliber employees, leaders of business and industry also realize the importance of retaining the upper echelon of workers already employed here.
Lima News - 12/19/2018 Reporter J Swygart


Why More and More Cities Aren’t Prioritizing Your Parking Troubles
Over-the-Rhine has been one of the biggest urban success stories of recent years.The city has responded to parking troubles brought on by development in an unexpected way, eliminating the requirement that developers provide a minimum number of parking spots for each office or apartment.
Governing - December 2018 by Alan Greenblatt
Letter: Marion is at the start of resurgence
I respond to the Sunday Dispatch article “Struggling Ohio cities searching for ways to reinvent themselves.” I grew up here […]
Columbus Dispatch - 12/19/2018
The great divide: Many Ohio towns left behind despite strengthening economy
Despite an economy that has fully recovered from the worst recession since the Great Depression, many Ohio communities are lagging. Research has shown that the recovery has been clustered around the most prosperous areas of the country.
Columbus Dispatch - 12/16/2018 Reporter Mark Ferenchik and Mark Williams
Beltway crowd probes Ohio for answer to trade dilemmas
In an effort to help the nation’s policymakers grasp outside-the-beltway views on foreign policy, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace unveiled a report on Thursday that examines how U.S. foreign policy has affected Ohio’s economy.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 12/13/2018 Reporter Sabrina Eaton


Cincinnati eviction prevention program launches with $400,000 in help
"Requesting tenant to leave the premises." Those six words bring dread to more than 200 Hamilton County families every week who find eviction notices with those words emblazoned at the top on their door. For the most part, the families have fallen behind on their rent.
Cincinnati Enquirer - 1/10/2019 Reporter Sharon Coolidge
Cuyahoga County considers sweeping housing program to stabilize neighborhoods
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cuyahoga County proposes to launch a $30 million, six-year effort to stabilize home values, eliminate blight and to encourage renovation and construction of affordable housing.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1/5/2019 Reporter Courtney Astolfi
Mahoning County’s high eviction rate defies fast fix
It should come as no great surprise to anyone casually familiar with the demographics of our region that Mahoning County ranks well above state and national averages for its rate of tenant evictions.
Youngstown Vindicator - 1/4/2019 Reporter Editorial

Urban Revitalization

Housing, retail options proposed for former Good Sam site
Locally-owned retail, market-rate housing, office and incubator space and community gathering spaces are among the types of redevelopment planners say should be promoted at the former Good Samaritan Hospital site.
Dayton Daily News - 1/9/2019Reporter Kaitlin Schroeder
River Bend Hotel planned for Ashtabula’s harbor district is town’s first new hotel in 100 years
ASHTABULA, Ohio – Ashtabula, the small lakefront town with growing tourism appeal, is getting a new hotel – its first in 100 years.
Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1/9/2019 Reporter Susan Glaser
Expanded medical center, pharmacy in King-Lincoln District to offer groceries
In 2017, Equitas Health opened a pharmacy and medical center in the King-Lincoln District, a neighborhood lacking in health-care facilities.
Columbus Dispatch - 1/3/2019

Transportation & Infrastructure

Editorial: SARTA continues to evolve
Stark Area Regional Transit Authority’s mission statement is simple enough and decidedly straightforward: to provide safe, responsive and efficient transportation for all citizens of Stark County.
Canton Repository - 1/10/2019 Reporter Editorial Board
Cleveland RTA looking to major studies to make improvements in 2019
CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is hoping three major studies will help it make major improvements in service and reliability in 2019.
WEWS Cleveland (ABC) - 1/10/2019
In Columbus, Expectant Moms Will Get On-Demand Rides to the Doctor
To address high rates of infant mortality, the Ohio city will pilot a novel ride-hailing service designed for low-income pregnant women.
CityLab 12/27/2018 Reporter Laura Bliss
Downtown C-pass program ramping up, with 460,000 free rides since June
Downtown workers have taken more than 460,000 free bus rides since the C-pass program started in June.
Columbus Dispatch - 12/19/2018 Reporter Mark Ferenchik
Metro gets a grant that will allow it to replace portion of its fleet
A federal grant worth $26.1 million will allow the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority to replace one out of every five buses with a new one, providing a major boost for a financially strained agency that has been depending on an increasingly aging fleet.
Cincinnati Business Courier - 12/18/2018 Reporter Chris Wetterich
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