|GOPC is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 10th from 8am-9am at an Awards Breakfast Ceremony, which will presented as part of Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies: A Summit on Innovation & Sustainable Growth in Ohio’s Cities & Regions.
The awards recognize those who are working to create vibrant and sustainable communities, cities, and regions in Ohio. We received nominations from around the state for many worthy contenders; working with an independent advisory committee, three finalists were advanced for each of the four awards.
Public Sector Leader Award Finalists:
This Award recognizes a public sector individual or entity exemplifying outstanding leadership and innovation in advancing policies or programs that incentivize and enable community reinvestment and sustainable development in Ohio’s cities and regions.
The Ohio Department of Transportation Statewide Transit Needs Study examined existing transit services and needs in rural and urban Ohio. The study developed short- and long-term strategies to bring efficient and cost-effective improvements to transit riders and taxpayers.
Senator Bill Beagle is in his second term in the Ohio Senate, representing all or part of Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties, and is a recognized advocate for workforce development, community and economic development.
Mayor Georgine Welo is mayor of South Euclid. Since 2003 she has spearheaded a number of innovative community revitalization projects to transform neighborhoods hard-hit by foreclosure and vacancy, and has attracted over $33 million in private residential investment.
Private Sector Champion Award Finalists:
This Award recognizes a private sector individual or entity that has demonstrated a commitment to and excellence in investing in existing communities and strengthening local economies in Ohio. Their contributions foster a holistic approach to sustainable development, leading to environmental, social, and economic prosperity.
The Model Group is an integrated property development, construction, and management company working Cincinnati. Partnering with a variety of funding sources, local municipalities, and community stakeholders, Model Group builds and redevelops housing and mixed-used developments that revitalize and transform urban neighborhoods.
PNC Bank is a leading investor and partner in community development throughout Ohio and the country. Working closely with local and state partners, PNC has significantly contributed resources, capacity, and leadership to urban revitalization efforts in hundreds of communities.
Wagenbrenner Company specializes in acquiring blighted and underutilized properties to transform them into community assets. The company’s expertise in brownfield redevelopment has enabled it to take on major urban infill projects in Columbus, including the Weinland Park neighborhood.
Nonprofit of the Year Award Finalists:
This Award recognizes a nonprofit individual or entity in Ohio that works with communities to identify local needs and addresses them with efficiency and effectiveness. Open to 501-c3 designated nonprofits and philanthropic institutions, this Award honors those organizations that are innovating community solutions and meeting local needs and opportunities with distinction.
Downtown Dayton Partnership works with property owners, businesses, and residents to grow and strengthen Dayton’s downtown. A key partner in the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan, DDP has helped guide projects, including the $4 million Riverscape River Run project, designed to transform the Great Miami River into a recreational destination.
University Circle, Inc. is responsible for the growth of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood as a premier center of innovation in health care, education, arts, and culture. Utilizing real estate development, business services, and advocacy, UCI has helped to create a vibrant urban district that is a national model.
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation was launched in 2009 in partnership with the City of Youngstown and the Raymond John Wean Foundation to catalyze strategic reinvestment to create neighborhoods of choice. YNDC now provides neighborhood planning services, homeownership education, and lending services to transform Youngstown.
The Catalytic Partnership Award Finalists
Communities are strengthened when sectors work together to meet common goals for sustainable development. This Award recognizes a cross-sector partnership that has had a measurable positive impact in a community or region in Ohio, and represents a model for creative and effective collaboration.
The City of Hamilton and Hamilton Mill collaborate to allow start-up companies in the Hamilton Mill business incubator to utilize the “City as a Lab” to test concepts. This had led to improved services for residents and the creation of new companies and jobs in Southwest Ohio.
The City of Kent and Kent State University have brought together city, university, and business assets to catalyze economic revival in downtown Kent. With the local Regional Transit Authority and private developers, the revitalization plan has attracted $130 million in investments.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Community Development for All People have begun to transform Columbus’s Near South Side neighborhood through their Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families Project, which brings and place-based and people-based approach to comprehensive community development.
For more information about the Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards or the finalists, please visit our blog.
Restoring Neighborhoods, Strengthening Economies
We are excited to announce that David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, will be giving plenary remarks starting at 9am on June 10th, following the Greater Ohio Sustainable Development Awards Ceremony. Click here to learn more.
The Summit will conclude with a conversation featuring four Ohio mayors: Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson of Toledo, Mayor Randy Riley of Wilmington, and Mayor John McNally of Youngstown. The discussion will be moderated by Karen Kasler of Ohio Statehouse News.
Don't miss the networking reception on June 9th with members of the Ohio General Assembly! This is a unique opportunity to meet with Ohio Senators and Representatives, as well as local leaders from across the state. Click here to register now!
About Greater Ohio Policy Center
Our mission is to champion revitalization and sustainable growth in Ohio.
Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Columbus and operating statewide. We develop and advance policies and practices that enhance Ohio's cities and metropolitan regions as economic drivers and preserve the state’s open space and farmland. Through education, research and outreach, GOPC strives to create a political and policy climate that advances sustainable development and economic growth.