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Alison Goebel, Executive Director
Today, the non-partisan Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) released its “Questions for Candidates in the 2018 Election.” This document challenges the next governor, other statewide office-seekers, and legislative candidates to articulate their policy positions on a range of quality-of-life and redevelopment issues, such as:
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.
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 announced the winners of the 2017 Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards in a ceremony on March 8, 2017. The Awards recognize individuals and entities working to create vibrant and sustainable communities, cities, and regions in Ohio.
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.
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.
Alison D. Goebel, Ph.D., is the next Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC). Goebel has held a variety of roles with the organization over the last six years, most recently serving as Interim Executive Director since August.
Greater Ohio Policy Center announces that Lavea Brachman, Co-Founder and Executive Director, will depart to take a position with the newly established Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation located in Detroit, Michigan.
A new report from the Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) highlights the critical conditions of Ohio’s small and mid-sized older industrial cities* and their regions in the wake of the Great Recession and decades of population and manufacturing job loss.
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.