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Eastgate releases 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

May 22, 2013 in MPOS, Transportation

In April, the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (a NEOSCC Board Member) released its 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The MTP is a long range planning document that brings together local governments to identify transportation needs and coordinate transportation projects and policies over the next two decades. Eastgate coordinates the development of the MTP with communities throughout the planning area, and with other local, state and federal agencies. The MTP keeps Mahoning and Trumbull Counties eligible to receive federal transportation funding to improve, maintain, and operate highways, public transit, bikeways, sidewalks, and related facilities. Transportation projects must be included in the MTP to be eligible to receive federal funding within the Eastgate planning area.

.  You can access the entire plan here.

Mahoning River Corridor Initiative

May 7, 2013 in Environment, Mahoning

The Mahoning River flows through the eastern portion of the NEOSCC planning area before it eventually empties into the Ohio River in Pennsylvania. The Mahoning River was once considered the heart of the steel industry in the United States, where industrial development grew the cities of Youngstown, Warren, Newton Falls, Struthers and many others along its winding path. Commonly known as “The Valley,” this region experienced massive hemorrhaging of industrial and manufacturing jobs in the 1970s and 1980s. The result was population decline and disinvestment in traditional neighborhoods and urban centers that continues today. Additionally, the environmental impact of the industry in The Valley has made the Mahoning River infamous. The river is the only surface water body in Northeast Ohio where the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has labeled its waters unfit for human contact from Warren to the Pennsylvania state line. More detailed information on the latest monitoring data and clean-up requirements is available from Ohio EPA.[1] Despite the challenges, however, a tremendous initiative to clean and reuse abandoned brownfields, improve water quality, expand recreational opportunity and generate new economic development along the Mahoning River is now underway: The Mahoning River Corridor Initiative (MRCI).

Housed at the Youngstown State University Center for Urban and Regional Studies, the MRCI is a regional brownfield and urban development collaboration of nine municipalities, Youngstown State University and four non-profit corporations. Among its goals are promoting the opportunities for economic development that exist in the Mahoning River corridor communities.[2] One of the major outputs of the MRCI is a Feasibility Report that:

  • Describes the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative
  • Identifies, maps, and inventories 16 brownfield project sites involving over 800 acres in the river corridor (these sites are available for further economic development and recreational or environmental enhancement).
  • Identifies 11 major infrastructure projects related to those sites.
  • Identifies eight environmental/preservation enhancement areas and 12 recreational enhancement projects.

A copy of the MRCI Feasibility Report is available on the organization’s news website.[3]

Dan Mamula, former mayor of Struthers and NEOSCC Board Member, manages the MRCI. Dan is available to answer questions about the development opportunities available in the corridor area and direct developers to helpful resources. Questions about MCRI may be directed to Dan Mamula by email (dcmamula@ysu.edu) or by telephone (330.941.1850). Additional information about MRCI may also be found through the project’s website (http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/psi/mrci/index.html), including success stories within the MRCI partner communities.

REGISTRATION OPEN! Vibrant NEO Workshops

March 22, 2013 in ACT, Engagement, Scenario Planning

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER: This first round of VibrantNEO public workshops revolves around a scenario called “Business‐As‐Usual.” It outlines what Northeast Ohio’s future will look like if we keep doing what we are currently doing. We need your help to define what we value and what’s most important to this region as we start to create a vision for Northeast Ohio’s future. We Can Only Answer These Questions Together!

Pick a date and location that’s most convenient for you and Join Us!
All events begin with an open house and registration from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Workshops take place from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER

Tues., April 30:
Lorain, Medina, and western Cuyahoga counties
The Oberlin Inn
7 N Main St
Oberlin OH 44074
Register:  http://tinyurl.com/VibrantNEO-Oberlin-043013

Tues., April 30:
Mahoning, Trumbell and Ashtabula counties
John F. Kennedy High School
2550 Central Parkway Avenue SE
Warren, Ohio 44484
Register: http://tinyurl.com/VibrantNEO-Warren-043013

Weds., May 1:
Central Cuyahoga county and inner-ring suburbs
Third Federal Savings & Loan (auditorium)
7007 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland OH 44105
Register: http://tinyurl.com/VibrantNEO-Cleveland-050113

Weds., May 1
Wayne and Stark counties
The Metropolitan Centre
601 Cleveland Ave., NW
Canton OH 44702
Register: http://tinyurl.com/VibrantNEO-Canton-050113

Thurs., May 2:
Summit and Portage counties
Akron Urban League
440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
Akron OH 44307
Register: http://tinyurl.com/VibrantNEO-Akron-050213

Thurs., May 2: 
Lake, eastern Cuyahoga, and Geauga counties
Cuyahoga Community College – Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Rd.
Warrensville Heights OH 44128
Register:http://tinyurl.com/VibrantNEO-WH-050213

Eastgate Surveys Transportation Needs of Elderly and Disabled

November 27, 2012 in ACT, Connections, Mahoning, MPOS, News, Trumbull

Eastgate Council of Regional Governments, a NEOSCC Board Member, and the Western Reserve Independent Living Center (WRILC) are working together to help improve the delivery of transportation services and options for older adults, and persons with disabilities. The WRILC is a non-profit community based non-residential center dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities.

The two surveys below will help with the four-county coordinated transportation network. Download the surveys for a chance to win a drawing that is sponsored by the WRILC.

To take the transportation provider survey, please click here.

To take the transportation services survey, please click here.

Interested in more information on Eastgate, access their newsletter here.

 

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