At our board meeting yesterday, the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Board elected a new slate of Board officers and members of the Board’s Executive Committee. These officers will lead the organization throughout 2013, the final year of the initial, three-year federal grant.
“This slate of Board officers and Executive Committee members provides NEOSCC with the leadership of some of the best planning minds in the region,” said Hunter Morrison, NEOSCC Executive Director. “This year our focus will be on conducting the Scenario Planning process and creating the Vibrant NEO 2040 plan. These officers, led by Grace Gallucci, the new Executive Director of NOACA, gives us a reservoir of expertise and experience that will help ensure that the Vibrant NEO 2040 plan is an innovative, actionable framework for improving this region’s future.”
2013 NEOSCC Board Officers:
Board Chair: Grace Gallucci, Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
First Vice-Chair: Bob Nau, Stark County Regional Planning/Stark County Area Transportation Study (SCATS)
Second Vice-Chair: Jason Segedy, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)
Third Vice-Chair: Rachel McCartney, Eastgate Council of Governments
Treasurer: Steve Hambley, NOACA
Secretary: Fred Wright, Akron Urban League
The Executive Committee is made up of the Board officers and additional Board members selected by the Board. The new Executive Committee members are:
Eastgate Director: John Getchey, Eastgate Council of Governments
SCATS Region At-large: Jeff Dutton, Stark County Area Transportation Study
Eastgate Region At-large: Bill D’Avignon, City of Youngstown
AMATS Region At-large: Gene Nixon, Summit County Health District
NOACA Region At-large Freddie Collier, City of Cleveland
NEFCO Region At-Large: Joe Hadley, NEFCO
Fund for our Economic Future: Brad Whitehead, Fund for our Economic Future
Regional Prosperity Initiative: Mike Lyons, Regional Prosperity Initiative
What Can I Do Today?
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.
What Can I Do Today?
Have a Great Holiday Weekend!
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.