September 2020
Our 2020 Arthur D. Haddad Regional Steward Award Recipient is TRULY FANTASTIC
Lt. Col. USAF Woodrow W. Stroud. Jr.,Retired, Chairperson of the Greene County Transit Board, is the 2020 recipient of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (MVRPC’s) Arthur D. Haddad Regional Steward Award. 

MVRPC Chairperson and Miami Township (Greene County) Trustee, Chris Mucher, along with MVRPC Executive Director, Brian O. Martin, AICP, presented the award to Stroud during a small and socially distanced ceremony on August 19, 2020.

Enjoy the video of the award ceremony and continue reading below to learn more.
The coveted Arthur D. Haddad Regional Steward Award recognizes:

  • Someone with an innovative spirit to solving regional challenges;

  • Someone who builds broad support toward a shared regional vision; and

  • Someone who is a regional steward promoting economic, social and environmental progress in the Miami Valley.

Some of the reasons Stroud was selected as this year’s award recipient include:

  • Stroud has served on the MVRPC Board and Executive Committee for nearly a decade, since March 2011. He is relied upon by many for providing wise counsel and unending support for MVRPC’s role in the Region.

  • In early 2020, Stroud was named Chairperson of the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Leadership Board. This small, influential group of Regional leaders from both the private and public sectors will guide the strategy, advocacy and fundraising leadership in response to the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes.

  • Stroud has been a member of the Greene County Transit Board since August 2008 and has served in the role of Chairperson since November 2011. The Greene County Transit Board (Greene CATS), is a county public transit system providing safe, reliable, and accessible public transportation for the residents of Greene County, with special attention to those who are transportation disadvantaged in coordination with agencies, organizations, businesses, and local governments. Greene CATS.is an important economic factor in Greene County which gives employers access to employees who would otherwise be unable to get to their jobs. 

Stroud has a long a distinguished career serving our country and our Region.

  • Stroud is a Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force/Air National Guard, Retired, and last served as commander, 178 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Stroud is retired President of Merchants Capital Management Corporation, an investment management subsidiary of National City Corporation, and retired Senior Vice President of National City, Indiana.

  • Stroud is a founding member, trustee and past president of the Miami Valley Military Affairs Association (MVMAA).

  • Stroud has served on the Board of Directors of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the DACC Military and Federal Government Affairs Committee (MFGAC) and its successor the Military Advocacy Committee.

  • Stroud served for more than a decade as the President of the Board, Greater Dayton Jaycees Housing, Inc. where he participated in the building of Jaycee Towers, a 210-unit rent subsidized housing project for seniors. 

  • In 1998, Stroud was appointed by the Department of Defense to Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). 

  • Stroud has been a member of the Dayton VA Medical Center Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) since its formation in April 2008. In 2008, Woody served on the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) VA Medical Center Task Force formed at the request of Congressman Mike Turner to assist the Dayton VA and was a member of the 2013 Dayton VA Strategic Planning focus group.

  • He is a 1963 graduate of Miami University (BA, political science) and has been a member of the Miami University College of Arts and Science Alumni Advisory Board since 2002.

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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.
2020 Census Update – The Count Continues!

The 2020 Census is underway and the count continues across the Miami Valley. Gage your community’s participation by visiting 2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau has extended its operations, allowing residents to self-respond by filling out the Census form through September 30, 2020. There is still time to be counted and we are encouraging residents across the Region to “avoid the knock” by responding anytime online by visiting my2020census.gov/, over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020, or through the mail.

MVRPC is a Census Affiliate Organization and provides assistance to U.S. Census Bureau’s various programs. For more information about the 2020 Census, visit the MVRPC Census Resource page.
Spotlight on Member Resources
Miami Valley Geo-Spark Now Features a New D-Hive Initiative

MVRPC is pleased to announce the launch of a new D-Hive Initiative, as part of the Miami Valley Geo-Spark, our Open GIS Data Hub site.
MVRPC's D-Hive is a new data management & visualization system that takes advantage of a hexagonal cell pattern to integrate and combine different layers of regional geographic information. This new system provides and displays data and maps in 2D and 3D formats that reveal new insights about our region.

MVRPC’s GIS program plays a leadership role in promoting the use of GIS in the Miami Valley Region, in partnership with GIS professionals in the Region. Visit Miami Valley Geo-Spark to access our Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets, maps, and recent projects involving geospatial data.
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 History Fund–Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • FY21 Guidelines for Brownfield Multipurpose (MP) Grants– Deadline: October 28, 2020.
 
Here are the latest grant funding opportunities specifically regarding COVID-19:
  • COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Funding– Deadline: none listed
  • CARES Act - Coronavirus Relief Fund - Public Libraries – Deadline: November 16, 2020 
 
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.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Most meetings are being cancelled or shifted to teleconference. Please check the agency calendar on mvrpc.org or contact Teresa to find out the status of your meeting. All upcoming TAC and Board meetings will be on Zoom.
Sept. 10, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - Miami Valley Disaster Recovery Impacted Jurisdictions 
Sept. 17, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - Technical Advisory Committee 
Sept. 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. - Equity Leadership Team Meeting
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