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Akron and Cleveland What Matters to Metros Forums next week

June 21, 2013 in Engagement, News

What Matters to Metros

The Fund for Our Economic Future’s What Matters to Metros™: Foundational Indicators for Economic Competitiveness helps community leaders identify factors that are associated with economic growth in mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas in a post-recession economy. What Matters to Metros™ can serve civic leaders in metros throughout the United States, but the research bears specific implications for the four largest metropolitan areas in Northeast Ohio: Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown. This research provides data that civic leaders and the Fund can use to ask more strategic questions about how “growth” can be pursued, and to identify their own distinct approaches to get there.

Over the last few weeks, the Fund has hosted forums in Canton and Youngstown. The Fund will be hosting two more community forums next week. You can RSVP by visiting the links below. 

Akron
June 24, 10a-12n Quaker Square Inn (135 S Broadway St., Akron, OH 44325)
Partners:  Akron Community Foundation and the University of Akron
RSVP: http://wmm624akron.eventbrite.com

Cleveland
June 28, 8a-10a, location TBD
Partners:  Saint Luke’s Foundation and The Community Foundation of Lorain County
RSVP: http://wmm628cleveland.eventbrite.com

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

Learn and Create: AMATS Connecting Communities Grants

October 30, 2012 in AMATS, Communications, MPOS, Portage, Summit

AMATS, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, is one of the four Metropolitan Planning Organizations involved in Vibrant NEO 2040 that we discussed in our post last week.  One of their many initiatives is the Connecting Communities program which “is designed to provide communities with funding to develop transportation plans that will lead to the identification of projects eligible for AMATS funds.”

The Connecting Communities grant program was a recommendation from  AMATS’s Connecting Communities Planning Initiative (link is to a large pdf file) in 2010.

 

The purpose of Connecting Communities – A Guide to Integrating Land Use and Transportation is to promote a region that balances environmental, social and economic concerns by improving coordination between land use and transportation. Connecting Communities utilizes a regional planning process to explore strategies to increase transportation choices and accessibility, help communities make collaborative, informed decisions to coordinate development, reduce environmental impacts and improve regional connectivity.

The intent of this initiative is to create more vibrant livable communities though coordinating resources, partners and stakeholders to integrate transportation and land use planning and decisions in the greater Akron area. It looks at how transportation funding, project selection and planning can better complement land use planning that encourages investment and revitalization of established neighborhoods and regional collaboration.

AMATS has announced another round for the grant process for those in its planning area (Portage and Summit County) will open on November 1, 2012:

From AMATS website…

The purpose of these plans will focus on the concept of livability. Plans should enhance neighborhoods by improving transportation connections and promoting alternative modes of transportation like walking, biking, and transit. Grant funding will be used to hire a consultant to study a general area of a community. The funds will not be used for preliminary engineering, but instead will be used to develop a plan containing analysis and recommendations. Recommended projects will then be eligible for inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan.

The program makes $100,000 available with awards being limited to $50,000 per grant. No local funding match is required for this grant.

Grant Schedule

Notice of Funding Availability: November 1, 2012

Application: November 30, 2012

Applications Due: January 15, 2013

Award Announcement: March 2013 Policy Committee Meeting

Questions may be directed to Heather Davis Reidl at 330.375.2436 or hreidl@akronohio.gov.

 

 
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