Urban Core and Neighborhood Redevelopment
As our core issue, GOPC has become the “go to” organization for these issues in the state and established a national reputation for our work developing policy and practical solutions to the challenges faced by our depopulating “legacy” cities. Our work in this area includes:
• Advancing state level solutions that create value in markets that attract new development and generate redevelopment opportunities by combating the vacant and abandoned properties crisis; stemming the tide of blight from spreading to further neighborhoods and communities; and co-leading the development of a “Neighborhood Infrastructure Assistance Program” that would offer an attractive state tax credit to for-profit companies investing in local governments and 501c(3) organizations, which are working on catalytic projects.
• Convening educational forums and training sessions that offer techniques, tools and strategies—such as, acquisition tools, land banks, code enforcement, property information systems and demolition—for local leaders from municipalities and nonprofit community development organizations across the state. Our first major training, the Ohio Properties Redevelopment Institute, was held April 2012.
• Shaping two national “Legacy Cities” projects, in collaboration with national partners (German Marshall Fund and Center for Community Progress) that examine, collect and disseminate best practices and policies for old industrial cities. Outcomes include white papers, study tours, peer networks, local/state policy change.