GOPC Releases Recommendation for Transportation Budget Ahead of Conference Committee

COLUMBUS, OH (March 26, 2019) - As the House of Representatives and Senate prepare to negotiate differences on House Bill 62, the FY2020-21 State Transportation Budget, Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) releases the following recommendation in support of enhanced state funding for public transit systems across Ohio. GOPC recommends the Conference Committee allocate $50 million in federal “flex funds” and $50 million in General Revenue Funds (GRF) to public transportation.

GOPC Releases Funding Recommendations for State Investment in Brownfields Redevelopment

Columbus, OH (October 4, 2018) – Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) released a new white paper today, Investing in Brownfields: Identifying Potential Funding Options for CORF 2.0, which presents five funding options for a statewide program that would invest in the remediation of environmentally contaminated land. This white paper is intended to advance conversations surrounding Ohio’s need for community-responsive brownfields funding, which has been a top policy ask of many public and private leaders across Ohio.

GOPC Releases Recommendations on Generating Dedicated Funding for Public Transit in Ohio

Columbus, OH (September 24, 2018) – Greater Ohio Policy Center released a new white paper today, Fueling Innovation in Transit: Potential Funding Options for Public Transit, which presents three funding recommendations to Ohio’s next governor and legislative leaders. These three sources would generate as much as $123 million in new state funding for Ohio’s public transit agencies.

GOPC Documents Impressive Performance of Ohio’s Community Development Financial Institutions

COLUMBUS, OH (September 13, 2018) - Greater Ohio Policy Center released a new report today, Building Assets: Ohio’s CDFI Industry, an independent analysis of Ohio’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs are business-minded entities that lend money to people and in places where it is not readily available from conventional banks. CDFIs are essential partners in stabilizing and redeveloping Ohio’s weak-market neighborhoods and cities.

Bipartisan, Multi-Sector Network of Small Legacy City Leaders Release A Vision for Ohio’s Reinvention Cities (5/16/18)

To present a bold vision for the future of their communities, a bipartisan, cross-sector network of leaders from small legacy cities have released “A Vision for Ohio's Reinvention Cities.” Endorsed by more than thirty representatives of the private, public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, this forward-looking agenda outlines achievable state policies that are key to ensuring the revitalization of Ohio’s Reinvention Cities – legacy cities with fewer than 65,000 residents that have lost population since their 20th century peaks.

New Report Lays out Strategies to Revitalize Smaller Legacy Cities in Ohio and Beyond (8/29/17)

Columbus, Ohio. (August 29, 2017) – From Gary, Indiana to Lowell, Massachusetts, smaller post-industrial cities are taking strategic steps to regenerate – with the chance to follow their larger rebounding counterparts like Pittsburgh and Cleveland – by building on downtowns, capitalizing on a unique sense of place, and focusing on workforce development, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in partnership with the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

Greater Ohio Policy Center Report surveys Akron’s neighborhoods, suggests strategies for spurring market-rate development (2/16/17)

Today, Greater Ohio Policy Center released a report detailing opportunities for market-rate residential investment in Akron’s neighborhoods. The Build in Akron report, produced with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, finds that many of Akron’s neighborhoods can already support additional market-rate housing and many more could attract new development through strategic interventions that have been employed successfully in other cities in Ohio.

Greater Ohio Policy Center Updates Report on Challenges Facing Ohio's Small and Mid-sized Cities (1/10/17)

Today, Greater Ohio Policy Center released an update to its report "From Akron to Zanesville: How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Legacy Cities Faring?" The report examined the economic health of Ohio’s older industrial cities over the last 15 years and recommends proactive state policy solutions to strengthen these places. Newly released 2015 data confirms the general downward trajectory of many key economic indicators in these communities.

Post-Industrial Ohio City Faces Challenges, New Opportunities (2/17/16)

February 17, 2016 - Akron, Ohio – A new report released today by the Greater Ohio Policy Center finds that Akron, Ohio faces serious economic and demographic challenges but is well-positioned to confront them. Similar to other post-industrial cities in Ohio contending with long-term population decline and the loss of large-scale manufacturing, the report suggests that Akron’s ability to compete for jobs and residents will depend on strong, collaborative leadership and creativity in confronting difficulties.

Greater Ohio Policy Center Announces Winners of the First Annual Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards (6/15/15)

Greater Ohio Policy Center announces the winners of the first annual Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards. The Awards recognize individuals and entities working to create vibrant and sustainable communities, cities, and regions in Ohio. Winners were selected from a statewide public nomination process by Greater Ohio Policy Center staff and an independent advisory committee.