Regional Sustainable Growth

Research by GOPC and others have shown that sprawling land use and development patterns have become economically, environmentally, and socially unsustainable for the state and its regions. GOPC’s projects investigate policies, strategies, and best practices to strengthen Ohio’s economic competitiveness through regional cooperation, bolster nodes of economic activity that drive Ohio’s economy, and maximize limited resources.

Some of the projects GOPC has been working on that contribute to this work include:

Partnering with Metropolitan Planning Organizations

GOPC has been partnering with Metropolitan Planning Organizations throughout Ohio to advance local and regional practices for regional sustainable development and to develop a shared statewide policy platform on transportation investment strategies.

Strategic Assistance to County Land Banks

GOPC has been providing strategic support to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and to county land banks throughout the state for the Neighborhood Initiative Program. This program is utilizing $60 million of the federal Hardest Hit Funds to fund demolition of vacant and abandoned residential properties in Ohio as a strategy to stabilize surrounding housing values and prevent new foreclosures in “tipping point” neighborhoods.

In May of 2015, GOPC released the report, "Taking Stock of Ohio County Land Banks: Current Practices and Promising Strategies," which assesses the current state of land banking in Ohio in the context of community revitalization. The report highlights promising county land bank programs that have the potential to contribute to sustainable economic and community redevelopment throughout Ohio.