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A Visit to Summit County

November 21, 2012 in 12 County Tours, Board Meetings, Summit

Akron Urban League

As a conclusion to the first half of our 12 Counties in 12 Months program, NEOSCC will be taking our board meeting to Summit County on Tuesday, November 27.  This will cap a six month tour of Mahoning, Lorain, Stark, Cuyahoga, Ashtabula and Summit.  To avoid potential weather difficulties in the winter months, we will be restarting the tour in April with the remaining six counties.  NEOSCC counts many organizations as part of our board member organizations: the City of Akron, Summit County, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron Urban League, Summit County Health District and NEFCO.

Prior to the meeting, Summit County leaders will introduce NEOSCC board members to local assets and successful projects via a bus tour. While traveling around the county, the group will discuss the Summit Lake Community Center, Bridgestone, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the University Park Alliance, The Austen BioInnovation Institute, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Highland Square, Downtown Akron and the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM School.

Highland Square Neighborhood

Our meeting will take place at the Akron Urban League at 1:00 pm.  All of our board meetings are open to the public, so if you have time, please stop by.

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Have a Great Holiday Weekend!

 

Lots of Green in Youngstown

November 19, 2012 in 12 County Tours, Mahoning, Quality Connected Places, Toolkiit

Back in June, NEOSCC took its board meeting to Mahoning County.  As part of our 12 Counties in 12 Months Program, the NEOSCC Board had an opportunity to tour some of Youngstown’s unique assets as well as some of the redevelopment work that is occurring.

Part of the tour was led by Youngstown Neighborhood Development Council (YNDC), a multifaceted neighborhood development organization launched in 2009 in partnership with the City of Youngstown and The Raymond John Wean Foundation to catalyze strategic neighborhood reinvestment in neighborhoods throughout the city.  YNDC highlighted some of the neighborhood revitalization work during the tour.

We wanted to showcase a recent YNDC publication:  Lots of Green 2012 Impact Report.

YNDC’s Lots of Green program is a nationally-recognized, vacant land reuse strategy implemented in Youngstown neighborhoods by the YNDC and multiple partner organizations. The program engages residents and volunteers through several programs, including Iron Roots Urban Farm, Market Gardener Training, Community Gardens, Green Jobs Training, Lots of Green 2.0, People’s Garden, and Basic Land Stabilization, in reclaiming all vacant land in strategic neighborhoods, transforming the physical fabric of the neighborhood and increasing neighborhood pride and ownership.

In 2012, the YNDC developed Iron Roots Urban Farm that put 1.7 acres of vacant land back to productive use, created jobs for 7 individuals, operated a second year of the Market Gardener Training Program with 25 participants, and trained 14 young adults through the Green Jobs Training program. The organization continued to oversee 5 community gardens,and created 13 new gardens through the Lots of Green 2.0 and People’s Garden microgrant programs. In total, the YNDC implemented vacant land stabilization projects on 90 new lots (14.4 acres).

Read the entire report (pdf download).

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Learning and Sharing: Ashtabula County

October 23, 2012 in 12 County Tours, Ashtabula County, Board Meetings

Downtown Geneva

In June, the Consortium launched its 12 Counties in 12 Months Board program to foster a better understanding of assets, successes and challenges across the region. Our board meeting today in Ashtabula County marks the NEOSCC’s fifth travelling board meeting. These day-long visits feature tours focused on economic, transportation, housing and environmental issues as well as discussions on best practices that are being employed.  The host county is also able to share its quality connected places and the assets that make each county in Northeast Ohio unique.

Today in Ashtabula County, we will be meeting at the Spire Institute.  Located in Geneva, Ohio, the Institute is one of the largest indoor, multi-sport, training and competition complexes in the world.  The board will also be touring a variety of locations throughout Ashtabula during the morning.

For those unfamiliar with the largest county in Ohio, here is some background from the Visit Ashtabula County site:

We are located along Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania border in Northeastern Ohio. Ashtabula County is Ohio’s largest county. Perched atop the remnants of glacial beaches and covered with vines planted over generations, the Lake Erie and Grand River Valley grape growing regions are the largest in Ohio. Ashtabula County is home to a microclimate which grows 65% of all grapes in Ohio! Rolling hills lined with Viniferas and French/American Hybrids give this unique growing region the feel of Napa Valley.

The Spire Institute

Ashtabula County is home to America’s longest and shortest covered bridges! The longest, Smolen Gulf Covered Bridge is 613 feet long spanning the Ashtabula River. The shortest, West Liberty Street Covered Bridge is a mere 18 feet long over Cowles Creek. Tour the remaining 16 covered bridges while immersing yourself in our Western Reserve Architecture and Midwestern Charm. Experience shopping and street festivals in our historic downtowns, bike ride on our 26 mile Greenway Trail, visit one of our 19 unique museums or cast your line for a record steelhead trout in one of our two Wild and Scenic Rivers. We are the Steelhead capital of Ohio! In Lake Erie and Pymatuning Lake you are can cast your rods for walleye, musky, bass and other fish. Boating and camping opportunities abound.

The City of Ashtabula

All of our meetings are open to the public.  Our next travelling meeting will take place in Summit County on November 27th.  Find out more about upcoming events.