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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 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! 

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