A Letter to the Region
As a stakeholder in Northeast Ohio, you and your input can help to guide our region, to preserve and build upon the things we value most and ensure our communities thrive.
Our organization, the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC), which is a collaboration of 33 organizations from across the 12-county Northeast Ohio region, understands and shares this responsibility. To help Northeast Ohio leaders and residents ensure that our region is sustainable, resilient, and vibrant, we have created a tool to help us better understand the existing conditions of our region. This tool is the NEOSCC Conditions and Trends Platform, located online at cat.neoscc.org.
The Conditions and Trends Platform is a groundbreaking, comprehensive compilation of research about economic development, the environment, housing and transportation in 12 Northeast Ohio counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne. It helps Northeast Ohioans better understand the region’s challenges and research solutions for its future. The Platform is primarily online and will serve two crucial functions:
• In the coming months, the Platform will be the foundation of Vibrant NEO 2040, a region-wide visioning and engagement effort by NEOSCC to spur the development of a regional vision and tools that will help Northeast Ohio create a sustainable, resilient and vibrant future.
• In the coming years, we envision the Platform as a living, breathing compendium of what we know about our region that has been collaboratively developed by and for Northeast Ohioans.
Here you can find the written Executive Summary of the online Conditions and Trends Platform. This Summary provides an overview of the themes and findings that arose from our research. We know that you are busy, but we urge you to please take a few minutes to read the Conditions and Trends Executive Summary and consider the themes and findings we’ve identified. We believe that you will find, as we did, just how relevant these findings are to a broad range of issues facing Northeast Ohio.
Then, we hope you will visit the Platform at cat.neoscc.org – and invite others to do so as well. And we hope that you, and those who look to you as a leader, will view it, review it, comment on it, share it but most of all use it.
Over the next two months, we will also be visiting each Northeast Ohio county to discuss these findings with stakeholders from all across the region as a part of NEOSCC’s Vibrant Northeast Ohio engagement activities.
We appreciate your consideration. We look forward to hearing your insights into our region and its future and working with you on creating a vibrant region.
Hunter Morrison, NEOSCC Executive Director and Jason Segedy, NEOSCC Board Chair
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