May 2021
The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) and The Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) are partnering with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to update to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Dayton Region.

MVRPC and DDC will launch the Dayton Region Economic Development Strategy planning process with a kickoff event on May 5, 2021. Registration for the event is now open using the link below.

The CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development covering 14 counties in the Dayton Region. MVRPC and DDC will leverage both agencies’ existing stakeholder committees throughout the process to develop a high-level analysis and strategy to diversify and build resiliency for our regional economy.

A current and EDA compliant CEDS is necessary because it is a pre-requisite for many critical funding opportunities available through the Department of Commerce for government, higher-education, and business organizations in the Dayton Region including American Recovery Act, CARES Act and Opportunity Zone programs.

For more information about the CEDS planning process, please contact Stacy Schweikhart, MVRPC Director of Strategy & Engagement: sschweikhart@mvrpc.org or Julie Sullivan, DDC Executive Vice President of Regional Development: jsullivan@daytonregion.com.
Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign to Replant Trees
Lost During Memorial Day 2019 Tornadoes
The Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign, led by RETREET, is a multi-year disaster recovery effort to heal the landscape devastated by the Memorial Day 2019 tornadoes. MVRPC is leading the local administration for this project.

Owners of residential properties in the Miami Valley that were impacted by the tornadoes now can visit www.retreet.org/mvtc to complete a simple online form to request that free, native trees be planted for them. Representatives of RETREET and its partners will work with those who submit requests to determine the best planting locations at each home site.

The trees will be planted by volunteers during events held throughout the next two years. Events will occur during optimal planting seasons, and are currently planned to follow the path of the tornadoes moving west to east, with the first planting events taking place in Trotwood, Brookville, Perry Township, and Vandalia this fall. 

All owners of tornado impacted properties, regardless of where they live along the path of the storm, can complete their tree requests now. Representatives from RETREET will contact property owners as the planting events near for each community.

These trees, which will serve as powerful symbols of hope, also will reestablish the environmental identity of the Miami Valley, providing shade, energy savings, and a myriad of other environmental and economic benefits for residents, as well as habitat for wildlife. The Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign will be a major environmental and infrastructural investment that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

The projected investment necessary to plant 1,000 or more large native trees in targeted neighborhoods in the Miami Valley over the next 2 years is projected to be at least $300,000.
Tornado survivors and local communities need your support to make the Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign possible. 

The Dayton Foundation recently established the Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign Fund to accept contributions for the campaign, as well as awarded a leadership gift of $50,000.
AES Ohio joins in support of the Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign, pledging a matching grant for all contributions of $500 or more to the campaign fund at The Dayton Foundation, up to $50,000.

To make a contribution online, please visit the Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign Fund page. Contributions by check should be made payable to The Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main Street, Suite 100, Dayton, Ohio 45409. Please indicate that it is for the “8647 Miami Valley TREEcovery Campaign Fund”.
Latest News from MVRPC
MVRPC Launches Regional Government Job Board Exclusively for Members
MVRPC is pleased to announce the launch of MiamiValleyGovJobs.org, a one-stop website for candidates seeking a role with a public agency in the Miami Valley. This service is provided to MVRPC member organizations at no cost. 

Posting your positions on MiamiValleyGovJobs.org improves visibility of your job postings and expands your candidate pool. Each job post will be displayed with your organization's logo and a link to your website where candidates can find more information. Posting a job is easy! Click on JOB BOARD on the MVRPC website for step-by-step guide to post a position. MVRPC staff will ensure all postings are appropriate and current. 

Contact JobBoard@MVRPC.org if you have questions.
MVRPC Staff Update
In March, MVRPC welcomed our new Administrative Assistant, Savannah Diamond. Ms. Diamond joins MVRPC following previous administrative roles with Montgomery County Land Bank, Montgomery County and the City of Dayton, where she developed a wide variety of both technical and creative expertise. Ms. Diamond will serve as the agency receptionist, providing an excellent first impression as guests arrive in person or seek information over the phone. In addition, she will assist with preparation for the meetings of several agency committees and assist with various agency projects.
Greene County Future Land Use Plan Update
MVRPC is partnering with the Greene County Regional Planning and Coordinating Commission (RPCC) to update their future land use plan. This plan is called Perspectives 2040. The Perspectives 2040 project was initiated in January of 2020 and was expected to take 12 months to complete. However, the COVID-19 pandemic introduced challenges and delays which required innovative and adaptive solutions to advance the project.
 
The MVRPC and RPCC planning team, with the guidance from the project Steering Committee, used creative approaches to collect input and engage with the public, community leaders, and other interested parties. Engagement efforts included shifting to virtual meetings; creating “pop-up” events; providing information at parks, trail heads, and other high traffic locations; designing crowdsource mapping applications; posting online surveys; hosting focus groups; and providing maps and surveys for people to complete at home.
 
To date we have completed an existing conditions analysis, developed goals and priorities, identified land use character zones, created a future development decision guide, collected feedback on implementation strategies, and more. The next and the final step of the Perspectives 2040 project will be to take all of the input collected and develop a future land use plan document. The anticipated time for completing the document is June 2021.
 
Once the plan is adopted, MVRPC and Greene County RPCC staff will provide an overview of the plan and its recommendations to the MVRPC Board of Directors. For more information on the Greene County future land use plan update, please visit the project website.
Pave the Way: Preparing Ohio for the Autonomous Future
Join DriveOhio and its partners at PAVE and the Transportation Research Center (TRC) for the first public sector educational workshop on May 17 and 18. This free event is designed to provide Automated Vehicle (AV) facts and resources to help public sector officials engage in conversations about their community's future. Click this link and enter PAVEOhioWorkshop2021 to complete your registration.
National Air Quality Awareness Week, May 3 – May 7, 2021
MVRPC celebrates National Air Quality Awareness Week from May 3 – May 7, 2021, in partnership with the U.S. EPA and Air Now. This year’s theme is “Healthy Air – Important for Everyone”. During National Air Quality Awareness Week, MVRPC will share posts to educate readers about air quality and actions they can take to reduce air pollution. Follow the hashtag #AQAW2021 and #HealthyAir on MVRPC’s Facebook and Twitter pages for social media posts each day related to air quality in the Region.
Safety Messages Across the Region 
Each year, MVRPC conducts a Safety Awareness Campaign. The campaign’s messages are designed using data that show statewide trends. This year, the campaign focuses on wearing seatbelts, stopping distracted driving, and the importance of pedestrians and cyclists wearing brightly-colored or reflective clothing to increase visibility to motorists. These advertisements have been placed on billboards, bus ads and digital media throughout the Region. In May, we will feature a new addition to the safety campaign with messages directed to teen and young-adult drivers (16-21) reminding them of the dangers of distracted driving. The messages will be delivered to this targeted age group on digital platforms like Pandora, YouTube, Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.
MiamiValleyRoads.org
MVRPC created MiamiValleyRoads.org to provide all of the latest updates on construction projects that could impact commutes throughout the Region. It also provides user-friendly access to route planning tools, commute solutions and other ideas to reduce congestion and prevent air pollution for the areas under construction.
Safety improvements on Interstate 70 Ramp

Through May 17, 2021, the ramp from I-70 eastbound to I-75 northbound will be closed for safety improvements. The Detour for I-70 eastbound will be Exit 41B – SR 235 northbound to I-70 westbound to I-75 northbound. The contractor will also remove and replace a portion of the ramp pavement.

For a complete list of projects provided by ODOT District 7 and 8 for the Region, visit MiamiValleyRoads.org. Follow MVRPC’s Facebook and Twitter pages for project update posts. 
Spotlight on Member Resources
Grants and Funding Resources
On a monthly basis, MVRPC highlights several funding opportunities on our website that could benefit our member communities. We include a description, contact information and program links. We have also listed other valuable resources for finding funding opportunities.

This month we are featuring information on:
  • Ohio Water Development Authority Research and Development Grant– Deadline: June 4, 2021
  • Ohio Environmental Education Fund–Deadline: July 8, 2021.
  
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities: This month we are featuring information on:
  • American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations– Deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Restoration & Resilience COVID Recovery Fund– Deadline: June 1, 2021

If you need assistance with your grant pursuit or further research, please contact Kathryn Youra Polk, Senior Planner, at 937.223.6323 or kyoura.polk@mvrpc.org.
MVRPC Annual Report
We are a Resilient Region, and the MVRPC 2019 Annual Report celebrates the ways that we came together as a Region in the face of unprecedented challenges. MVRPC Member organizations and community partners recently received the report in the mail and it is also available on our website.

The report highlights the ways that MVRPC's team of talented planners, engineers, program managers and administrators worked side-by-side with dedicated public servants in communities across the Region to make transportation, community planning and sustainability projects and programs a reality.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Most meetings are being cancelled or shifted to teleconference. Please check the agency calendar on mvrpc.org or contact Teresa Lombardelli to find out the status of your meeting. All upcoming TAC and Board meetings will be on Zoom.
May 4th 10:00 a.m. GRMI Council Meeting via Teleconference
May 5th 9:00 a.m. CEDS Kick Off Event via Teleconference
May 6th 8:30 a.m. Executive Committee Meeting via Teleconference
May 6th 9:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting via Teleconference
May 13th 9:30 a.m. Disaster Recovery Impacted Jurisdictions Meeting via Teleconference
May 20th 9:30 a.m. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting via Teleconference
May 19th 3:00 p.m. MVRPC DRG Climate Team via Teleconference
May 25th 2:30 p.m. Regional Equity Initiative Meeting via Teleconference
May 25th 10:00 a.m. HSTC Council Meeting via Teleconference
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