NEOSCC Shares Conditions and Trends Platform

 

On behalf of Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, we are pleased to announce the release of our Conditions and Trends Platform!

Since you are reading this, chances are that you call Northeast Ohio home and care what happens to this region.  You aren't alone.

All of us who live in Northeast Ohio have things we love about this region. Whether they are its people, its places, or its history, the things we love about Northeast Ohio are the things that keep us here - the things we think make Northeast Ohio a special place to live.  We all want to see the things we love about Northeast Ohio protected, just as we would like to see the challenges facing our region addressed and put behind us.

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) is focused on helping us do this.  Our goal is to create a VIBRANT NORTHEAST OHIO that

  • Improves our quality of life;
  • Connects our communities;
  • Welcomes diversity;
  • Restores and protects our natural resources; and,
  • Creates a competitive economic framework that fuels the vitality of our region.

NEOSCC's member organizations come from across the 12-county region and represent geographically, economically, socially, racially and politically diverse communities. Together, we are studying how Northeast Ohio uses land and developing ideas about how we can use it more wisely so that it is to the greatest benefit to our economy and quality of life, now and in the future.  We are trying to think through how we can become better stewards of our natural resources without sacrificing the things that have made Northeast Ohio a great place to live and raise a family.

This Conditions and Trends Platform is our first major step in that direction.  It's a compilation of research about our region that will allow us to take a collective look at what we are doing as a region and where we seem to be heading.

So what are our Conditions and Trends today?

Communities throughout Northeast Ohio - and the United States - have long utilized a suburban land-use model, building low-density residential and commercial developments in various locations. This pattern has been embraced by the majority of marketers, developers, consumers, and political leaders as highly-desirable.  And in many ways it has been.

We have built a transportation system to accommodate this approach to using land.  Our network of interstate highways, multi-lane arterials, and large parking facilities has in many ways done an admirable job of making this type of development possible.

All of this, however, has come at a cost.  We are now a society that is automobile dependent and, by extension, oil dependent.  Our "built environment" has been designed to accommodate cars rather than people.  Many people find themselves in situations where they have to drive long distances, both to work and enjoy what Northeast Ohio has to offer, whether they want to or not.

It is becoming more and more apparent that we need to reassess how we have designed our urban areas for the past 60 years.  And we need to do it soon.

So, what should we do?  We can begin to give serious thought to a new way of doing things that makes our region more sustainable, protects what we value about our region, and offers all of us more choices about where and how to live and work.

With the release of this Conditions and Trends platform, NEOSCC is launching a region-wide conversation about our region's future.  We are not, however, tied to one particular course of action. We want to hear from you about your vision for our region and then work together to transform the feedback we receive into a workable plan for our communities.

 

Starting a Conversation

You'll notice we keep referring to this as a "platform" and you may be wondering what we mean.  The Conditions and Trends Platform is not a "political platform" that lists NEOSCC's positions on issues; there are NO recommendations in the findings we present about the region.  Instead, this Conditions and Trends Platform is:

  • A foundation upon which we will build an even broader base of knowledge about our region.
  • A place where we can stand while we have a conversation.
  • A "launching platform" for an effort that will take Northeast Ohio to where it wants to go.

While NEOSCC has organized this platform and will continue to manage it, going forward it will belong to all of us.  If you've read this far, it's obvious that you care about Northeast Ohio.  We need YOU, your friends and family, and anyone you know who cares about Northeast Ohio to contribute what you know about our region - how you experience it, what makes it special, and what it needs.  We need you to put this platform to use. 

 

We are all experts about our own experiences.  We are asking that you add your expertise to the common understanding of region we are building through this platform.  By doing so, you will be helping to ensure that Northeast Ohio's future represents the best that we all have to offer.

 

Please visit and share the platform by clicking below. 

 

June 2012
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Coming together to create a vibrant Northeast Ohio: 

 

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) is focused on advancing a quality, connected twelve-county region amidst today's economic climate and stretched resources.

 

Through a diverse group of member organizations and region-wide engagement, the NEOSCC will develop concrete plans while fostering collaboration and capacity for action.

 

The aim of all of these efforts is to create a vibrant and resilient Northeast Ohio that increases our quality of life; connects our communities; welcomes diversity; restores and protects our natu  ral resources;  and creates a competitive economic framework for the vitality of our region.

 

 

The NEOSCC is a three-year planning program funded largely by a highly competitive, first of its kind, $4.25M federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the new federal Sustainable Communities Initiative. The Sustainable Communities Initiative is an interagency collaboration among HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The NEOSCC has also received a matching program grant of $500,000 from the Fund for our Economic Future. Its 32 consortium member organizations have pledged over $2.35 M of in-kind match in the form of staff time and operating expense contributions.  The initiative has also attracted over 100 other organizations through the 12 counties to participate.

 

 

 
Next NEOSCC 
Board Meeting:  
July 24, 2012 
1:00pm - 3:00pm  
Location TBD
Lorain, OH 

 

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Current Consortium

Membership 
 

Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS)

 

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority

 

Akron Urban League

 

Ashtabula County

 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown

 

Center for Community Solutions

 

City of Akron

 

City of Cleveland

 

City of Elyria

 

City of Youngstown

 

Cleveland Metroparks

 

Cleveland Museum of Natural 

History

 

Cleveland State University

 

Cuyahoga County

 

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

 

Eastgate Regional Council of 

Governments (Eastgate)

 

Fund for Our Economic Future

 

Greater Cleveland RTA

 

Lorain County Growth Partnership

 

Mahoning County

 

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) (Fiscal Agent)

 

Northeast Ohio Community Development Alliance

 

Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning & Development Organization (NEFCO)

 

Policy Bridge

 

Regional Prosperity Initiative

 

Stark County

 

Stark County Regional Planning Commission/Stark County Area Transportation Study (RPC/SCATS)

 

Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

 

Summit County

 

Summit County Health District

 

Trumbull County

 

Youngstown State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Jeff Anderle, Manager of Communications & Engagement
Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium