Moving Ohio Forward Demolition Activities Underway

August 29th, 2012

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wrote an Op-Ed in the Dayton Business Journal on his innovative Moving Ohio Forward Program, highlighting efforts already underway in Fayette, Licking Mahoning, and Richland Counties.  

The MOF grant supports Ohio’s communities undertaking activities to demolish abandoned and vacant residential properties. It is estimated that 100,000 residential buildings across Ohio need to be demolished.  Abandoned and vacant properties often pose significant barriers to neighborhood revitalization and so, demolition funding from the Attorney General’s office will help encourage productive reuse of formerly vibrant properties in our cities, villages and townships. The Ohio Attorney General contracted with GOPC to provide technical assistance to southern Ohio counties on strategic planning

 Funding for the Moving Ohio Forward Program comes from a $25 billion national settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage lenders and services over foreclosure abuses, fraud and unacceptable mortgage practices.

Ohio Cities Featured in “Rust Belt Rebound”

August 17th, 2012

Mercer Commons of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Image from 3CDC and featured in The Architect.

An article in The Architect by Christopher Bentley cites Greater Ohio in its examination of how urban re-development is contributing to the revitalization of  Ohio’s three largest cities:

Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati are rebuilding their urban cores to lure and retain young professionals. These cities are pursuing development strategies that reflect the distinct character of each place. Is it the beginning of a Rust Belt rebound?

Click here to read the full article

Greater Ohio is currently producing a report that will further evaluate demographic trends for Ohio’s eight largest cities and offer recommendations for state level policy to further attract and retain Generation Y and Baby Boomers in these cities. Click here to learn more about this report and the research leading up to it.

EcoSummit 2012

August 7th, 2012

Greater Ohio is pleased to present the following information regarding EcoSummit 2012, an international ecological science conference that will for the first time be hosted in the United States, and in Columbus in particular—making it a tremendous opportunity for Central Ohio.

International EcoSummits:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark – 1996
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – 2000
  • Beijing, China – 2007
  • Columbus, Ohio, United States – 2012

As an advocate for smart growth and development that protects greenspace and fragile ecosystems, Greater Ohio is supportive of the work that EcoSummit participants are engaged in and the goals they seek to achieve. By drawing the international community to Columbus, Ohio to talk about these issues, the EcoSummit can help to raise awareness locally and throughout the state about the importance of responsible land use and to catalyze positive change at the local, state, national and international levels.


Ecological Sustainability: Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services


From September 30 through October 5 this year, the world’s preeminent leaders in ecological sciences will convene in Columbus, Ohio, for the international EcoSummit 2012. Their purpose: to present their cutting edge work and to lead symposia, workshops and discussion groups on the themes of sustainability and restoration of the earth’s ecosystem services. Already, more than 1,500 people from 75 countries, including ecologists, environmental scientists, engineers, policymakers and business leaders that provide ecosystem services, are registered to attend.
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