We partners with municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations, non-profit organizations, funders, and others to achieve our mission.

 

Comprehensive Urban Health Assessments

GOPC collects and analyzes data to explore how Ohio's cities—small and large—are faring. Pairing analysis of a number of quantitative data sources with local stakeholder interviews, these reports provide a holistic picture of community vitality, as well as give insight into opportunities for future growth. We have provided communities with current conditions and gap analyses of affordable housing markets as well as demographic and market analyses of market-rate housing markets. GOPC’s assessments always provide recommendations for addressing gaps and strengthening current community efforts.

Examples:

  • Positioning Milo-Grogan for Success analyzed market and demographic conditions in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood, intended to help Milo residents and stakeholders manage future development activity so that it is inclusive and equitable.
  • Build In Akron is a housing market analysis that includes an outline of interventions the City of Akron and other stakeholders can use to create conditions for additional market-rate housing development within the city.

Policy Research and Analysis

GOPC evaluates and presents workable best practices in housing, transportation, financing, and more from peer cities or states. GOPC also provides in-depth policy analysis and identifies regulatory reforms and/or potential funding sources for programs that promote the vibrancy of Ohio’s cities and towns.

Examples:

Policy Advancement & Legislative Updates

GOPC serves as a liaison to state policymakers, advocating for policies that strengthen Ohio's urban areas and providing information to stakeholders about relevant legislation under discussion at the Statehouse.

For examples of our policy successes, click here.

Stakeholder Engagement

GOPC builds relationships and convenes stakeholders to share information, support local programs, and tackle policy challenges.

Examples:

  • We support three Communities of Practice where leaders come together to cross-pollinate strategies that support revitalization. Our Communities of Practice include local affordable housing advocates; entities that seek to mitigate blight and foster redevelopment; and CDFIs, which are nonprofits lenders providing financing to people and places where traditional lending is scarce.
  • We steward multi-sector policy-advisory groups that develop and advance state policies around blight mitigation & redevelopment, and transit funding.
  • All our Policy Development and Advancement work is undertaken with extensive, ongoing, outreach to relevant stakeholders.

Program Evaluation and Case Studies

GOPC analyzes existing programs to assess where gaps exist in programming or policy to solve local and state challenges. GOPC also documents the successes of existing programs through in-depth case studies.

  • In the report $180 Million and Growing, GOPC calculated the combined economic impact of land banking activity in Central Ohio.
  • GOPC created a series of case study videos that highlighted the successes of shared services as part of Ohio Water Development Authority’s SCEIG program.

Grant Evaluation

GOPC evaluates grants in Ohio by tracking outcomes through quantitative data and qualitative interviews.

Example:

  • GOPC is serving as the grant evaluator for JPMorgan Chase’s OH3C grant to four Ohio CDFIs. As part of the evaluation of this $3M grant, GOPC is tracking neighborhood level demographic changes and engaging in interviews with neighborhood stakeholders.

 

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