On March 19th, Torey Hollingsworth, GOPC’s Manager of Research and Policy, spoke at the Eastgate Council of Governments 2018 Annual Meeting about revitalizing smaller legacy cities. The event, called “Moving Communities Forward,” was held in Youngstown in the recently renovated Stambaugh Auditorium.
Hollingsworth presented on GOPC’s research into revitalization opportunities for Ohio’s older industrial cities with smaller populations – like Youngstown and Warren. She focused in on two factors that GOPC’s research has shown makes the biggest difference for revitalization in these places: strong civic infrastructure and quality of place.
Participants also heard from Mike Dingeldein, the director of the CORE (Consortium for Ongoing Reinvestment Efforts) Fund in Hamilton. He described Hamilton’s work to revitalize its downtown and neighborhoods through the CORE Fund’s catalytic investments in historic rehabilitations. Congressman Tim Ryan also gave an update on federal policy, and state Senator Joe Schiavoni discussed relevant legislation at the statehouse.
To learn more about GOPC’s work on smaller legacy cities and to get more in-depth information on their opportunities for revitalization, please visit the Legacy City Regrowth page on our website.