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Hey! – SAVE THE DATE – Vibrant NEO Public Work Shops

March 6, 2013 in Engagement, News, Scenario Planning

What are Vibrant NEO 2040 and Scenario Planning?

VibrantNEO 2040’s scenarios will tell stories about our possible futures, based on where Northeast Ohio is today and the choices we might make about how we use our land and how we invest our resources. Once we create these scenarios, we will be able to compare how successful they are at achieving our common goals for the region, judge which choices would be best for Northeast Ohio’s future, and create a shared vision and framework for the future around those choices.

You are invited to attend an upcoming workshop to share your voice in the conversation. We have selected six city locations throughout the region for your convenience. Pick a date and location that works for you!

April 30:

Oberlin (Lorain, Medina, and western Cuyahoga)

Warren (Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula)

May 1:

Cleveland (Central Cuyahoga and inner-ring suburbs)

Canton (Wayne and Stark)

May 2:

Akron (Summit and Portage)

Warrenville Hts. (Lake, eastern Cuyahoga, and Geauga)

ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN 6:30 PM.

Exact locations and registration will be available soon.

Engaging MPO’s in our Conditions and Trends

November 9, 2012 in Communications, Conditions and Trends, Engagement, MPOS, News


The image above is part of the  Vibrant NEO 2040 presentation that will be presented today at the first in a series of meetings with Northeast Ohio’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Council of Governments Board of Directors.  This morning at the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), we will be discussing the overall status of the project, the upcoming scenario planning process, project outcomes/products and engagement.

This conversation will be followed by brief roundtable discussions on four of our work streams:  Economic Development, Environment, Connections and Housing and Communities.   Utilizing the findings from the Conditions and Trends Platform, we hope to engage local leaders in exploring the following:

  • What do these findings mean to you and your community?
  • What do these findings mean to the region?
  • What else do you need to know about your community?
  • What else do you need to know about Northeast Ohio?

Over the course of the next month, we will be holding similar meetings with the other MPO’s and COG’s as well as leadership meetings within each of the 12 counties.  All of this is in preparation for the scenario planning process which we will be launching in 2013.

You can access a copy of the presentation at our NEO 101 page.

What Can I Do Today?

A Letter to the Region

November 1, 2012 in Communications, Conditions and Trends, News

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.

Population Density 1970

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.

 

Population Density 2010

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.

Thank you.

Hunter Morrison, NEOSCC Executive Director and Jason Segedy, NEOSCC Board Chair

 

What Can I Do Today?

A Platform for Discussion

October 24, 2012 in Communications, Conditions and Trends

In June, the NEOSCC published its first report, the Conditions and Trends platform.  The platform is the result of over 150 experts in the region coming together to look at Northeast Ohio and how our land use effects economic development, the environment, housing and communities and transportation.  The resulting report was transformed into what we call a platform or launching place for engagement. By creating an on-line tool, we ensured that the platform can evolve as we engage the region in a discussion about existing conditions and trends.  It also creates the opportunity to add more data, maps and graphics as we become aware of these resources.

We developed the Conditions and Trends Platform with four distinct ways for everyone in Northeast Ohio to learn about the findings:

Atlas of Platform Maps

Themes – five themes were developed based on the relationship between the findings;

Subject Matter (i.e. Economic Development, Environment, etc.);

Maps/Geographies – the site includes a Northeast Ohio Atlas of maps developed for the Platform; and

Search – the entire site is searchable by key words, location, and subject matter.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to explore the Platform, we encourage you to visit and share your thoughts with us!  

If you are interested in helping to get the word out about the Platform, visit our Communications Toolkit for email, mailing, social media and graphics resources! 

What Can I Do Today?