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This week's #GOPCThread focuses on @CityofLimaOH the county seat of Allen County in Northwest Ohio. Lima was founded in 1831 on land occupied by the Shawnee before they were driven to Kansas by European settlers.
In the early 1800s much of northwest OH was referred to as #GreatBlackSwamp and was covered with wetlands and forests. The wet conditions in this area were ideal for mosquitos and as a result, malaria was endemic to the region. #GOPCThread
Some accounts say the buggy setting was instrumental in choosing the city’s name. Despite the Ohioans pronunciation of a /ī/ the name may have been chosen to recognize Lima, Peru’s critical role as source of the anti-malaria drug quinine. #GOPCThread
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Two weeks ago, we featured on our #GOPCThread the legacy cities which received the first-ever Transformational Mixed-Use Development Tax Credits, or #TMUD

#TMUD provides a tax credit against development costs incurred during the construction of a project that will be a catalyst for future development in its area. Development includes new construction and/or improvement of vacant buildings…
that will have a major economic impact on the site & the surrounding area. This development must be a combination of retail, office, residential, recreation, structured parking, & other similar uses into one mixed-use development. Projects may be either the entire Development or
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Today marks St. Patrick’s Day, a day to celebrate “all things Irish”. More than 14% of Ohio’s population can claim Irish Heritage.
That got us thinking about the heritage and diversity of Ohio. Most Ohioans are descended from immigrants who migrated here from someplace, and even today, Ohio continues to benefit from new generations of immigrants who are looking for new opportunities in the Buckeye State.
This week, our #GOPCThread looks at the immigrant generations of the past and present who have contributed to Ohio's amazing diversity & made the state an economic powerhouse
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This week, our #GOPCThread is taking a look at the recently announced recipients of the first-ever Transformational Mixed-Use Development Tax Credits, or #TMUD, which were announced last week by the state

#TMUD provides a tax credit against development costs incurred during the construction of a
project that will be a catalyst for future development in its area. Development includes new construction and/or improvement of vacant buildings…
that will have a major economic impact on the site & the surrounding area. This development must be a combination of retail, office, residential, recreation, structured parking, & other similar uses into one mixed-use development. Projects may be either the entire development...
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Last month, we opened registration for the #GOSummit2022, our biannual gathering for local changemakers, & state & national experts to share best practices, facilitate connections, provide practical research + champion policy change
On June 9, 2022, the #GOSummit2022will feature inspiring examples of community revitalization & emerging best practices under the theme "Reflect & Refocus: Furthering Resilient Communities"
This week, our #GOPCThread is announcing the panels, which will include panelists who are civic, business, philanthropic, non-profit, & political leaders, bankers, developers, & practitioners from across Ohio
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GOPC is a strong advocate for active transportation & investment in infrastructure to ensure safe travel for all mode users. This week, our #GOPCThread will kick-off a new initiative where we will share good infrastructure ideas we find locally, nationally & internationally
We are doing this as a way to promote the type of investments we think #Ohio and its communities should be making now in order to prepare for the future #GOPCThread
Pedestrian deaths spiked in the US during the height of the pandemic. While a lot of factors likely contributed to these higher rates, one thing is certain: promoting safe accommodation of all users should be key for future infrastructure planning…
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Today’s #GOPCThread discusses #The614forLinden & the success the 11+ member collaborative has had in implementing @ColumbusGov‘s #OneLinden Plan. GOPC has been helping evaluate its impacts in the neighborhood over 3 years. Check out our report from Year 2:
#The614forLinden, led by @OCCHstrong’s Ohio Capital Finance Corporation, received a $5M grant from @jpmorgan’s PRO Neighborhoods competition in 2019. Its other CDFI partners include Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus & Franklin County, @FinanceFund, & @ECDIoh #GOPCThread
#The614forLinden represents a holistic approach to revitalizing Linden. Its partners also include @nationwidekids, Healthy Homes, @CommShelterBd, @4AllPeople4, @AffordHouse_OH, @SSCH1919, Community of Caring Development Foundation, & other neighborhood orgs #GOPCThread
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This month’s #GOPCThread is dedicated to the City of Ironton, established in 1849, & county seat of Lawrence County. Ironton is in Ohio’s Appalachian region along the Ohio River; its population is over 11K: #OHCommunitySpotlight
Part of Wayne National Forest is in Ironton. The forest’s Ironton Ranger District is located in Lawrence, Scioto, Gallia, & Jackson counties; it spans 107,090 acres. It offers camping, cabins, horse riding, OHV riding, water activities, & more. #GOPCThread #OHCommunitySpotlight
Like a number of river towns, Ironton is part of a multi-state metro, with residents working, shopping, and playing in Kentucky and West Virginia. #GOPCThread #OHCommunitySpotlight
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Following on the second most exciting news in Ohio (@Bengals #WhoDey #RuleTheJungle) we’re using this week’s #GOPCThread to look closer at the land use implications of the recent #IntelOhio announcement.
On Jan 21, 2022, @GovMikeDeWine + @Intel officially announced the chip manufacturer would build at least 2 semi-conductor chip factories in New Albany, a suburb 25 minutes north east of downtown #Columbus.
The facilities will be built on undeveloped land, contiguous to the current New Albany International Business Park. The city has annexed much of the land from Jersey Township in Licking Co. (map courtesy of #NewAlbanyInternationalBusinessPark)
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This week's #GOPCThread provides a summary of what our staff learned & observed from participating in the 2022 #EquitySummit hosted by our friends at @SmartGrowthUSA
On Jan 11, @SmartGrowthUSA kicked off its Equity Summit w/keynote @majoracarter (Developer, Urban Revitalization Consultant, @macfound Fellow, @PeabodyAwards-winning broadcaster, & successful implementer of many economic development programs): #GOPCThread
.@majoracarter grew up during the “Burning Bronx” & started working in community development to show people you don’t have to leave your neighborhood to have a better community. She worked w/her neighborhood to open a Hip Hop café, @BoogieDownGrind #GOPCThread #SmartGrowthEquity
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This week's #GOPCThread examines potential infrastructure projects #Ohio could invest in as part of the record, one-time funding the state will receive as part of the recently enacted federal infrastructure bill, or #IIJA
The historic infrastructure bill provides more than $500B in new spending on everything from broadband internet infrastructure to roads & bridges. The other $700B is a continuation of funding programs & priorities established in the 2015 FAST Act…
#Ohio is slated to receive nearly $13 billion in funding under the #IIJA (8th among all states). While not all allocations are currently available, we do know some of the funding allotments #Ohio will receive
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This week, our #GOPCThread is taking a look at what lies ahead for the Ohio Legislature as the second year of the 134th Ohio General Assembly gets underway
While last year saw the legislature enact several state budgets (the first half of the year) & new state legislative + congressional district maps (the second half of the year), 2022 will mostly focus on finishing what was started in 2021 #GOPCThread
Big 2022 issues include ongoing debate around vaccine mandates, criminal justice reform, and streamlining state government.

It's also worth noting that w/ yesterday's decision, redistricting will still remain a priority, particularly over the next month.…
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This #OHCommunitySpotlight is dedicated to @WarrenCityOhio, located about halfway between Cleveland & Pittsburgh in the Mahoning Valley. @uscensusbureau estimates Warren has over 39k residents today. Photo Source: @WarrenCityOhio #GOPCThread
.@WarrenCityOhio really grew in the early 20th century with several large steelworks opening, which attracted European immigrants.…
After WWII, Warren got heavily involved in auto manufacturing. The Lordstown plant, which GM closed in 2018, is taking on a new life as an electric vehicle maker @LordstownMotors.…
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The final #GOPCThread of 2021 gets in the spirit of the season by highlighting all of the Ohio connections to some of the gifts and traditions of the Christmas season. This month, our #OHCommunitySpotlight features #ChristmasMadeInOhio
This year, when the family comes together to exchange and unwrap presents, you might be surprised to find out just how many of those gifts have #Ohio ties #GOPCThread #ChristmasMadeInOhio
The legacy of #Northeast Ohio’s strength in manufacturing is alive today @Vitamix in #NorthOlmstedTownshipOH. This company, established in #OH in 1948, employs 700 people and makes a grade A blender sold around the world. #GOPCThread #ChristmasMadeInOhio
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This week’s #GOPCThread is an appreciation thread honoring all the amazing people & orgs that make @GreaterOhio who we are. You can never say thank you too many times!
GOPC has had, and continues to have, the best board ever. S/O to board members whose many years of service ended in 2021: @MoertlP of #GrovedaleConsulting; #MichaelBeazley of @thelandbank; and #ShawnBunt of @Chase
@MoertlP @thelandbank @Chase (1/3) And a Big Shout Out to board members who will be part of 2022 + beyond:@CarrieArblaster of @CincyRealtors; #GlendaBumgarner of @OhioSE/API; #MelissaJohnson of @Al_Neyer; @sheldonkjohnson of @FifthThird
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Today's #GOPCThread is our 2nd set of #ShoutOuts to partners in #SMLC's doing great #Equitabledevelopment. For more case studies & the academic case for equity, check out our report w/ @landpolicy "Equitably Developing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities."…
Funding minority business drives #Equitabledevelopment. Several Ohio #CDFIs run minority contractor loan programs to support MBE participation in construction and allied fields. Funds help start-up contractors withstand delays in payment & compete for more jobs. #GOPCThread
#ECDI runs MBE Capital for Construction (#CfC) & provides short-term, low-interest loans. CfC includes tech assistance & access to long-term capital upon program completion. In its 1st 3 years, CfC served 350+ small minority-owned const. firms #GOPCThread…
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Next week is #Thanksgiving, and like millions of Americans, staff at GOPC will be traveling, gathering with our families, and giving thanks. This month, we are devoting our #OHCommunitySpotlight to our hometowns & special places around Ohio #GOPCThread
GOPC’s @AlisonGoebelOH grew up in the Chicago suburbs but has lived in #Ohio long enough to feel like a native. She claims @Mansfield_Ohio & @TiffinOhioGov as her adopted homes. #GOPCThread
@AlisonGoebelOH @Mansfield_Ohio @TiffinOhioGov GOPC did an #OHCommunitySpotlight on #Mansfield earlier this year, focused on the amazing past, present & potential futures of the Fun City. Mansfield has a rich manufacturing history, which continues today while also diversifying into “eds & meds”
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The final rules for #ARPA are still pending, but that hasn’t stopped cities & counties from starting to think about, collect input on, and deploy these important resources. This week’s #GOPCThread highlights themes we’re seeing in #Ohio.
.@ICMA surveyed its members thru mid-Sept ’21 and found, nationally, top priorities for local #ARPA $ were 1) sewer & water infrastructure improvements and 2) revenue replacement #GOPCThread…
Many communities in Ohio have announced they will be allocating funds to reduce debts created by the pandemic; some munis + counties, like, @CityofMansfield, have already allocated their funds. #GOPCThread
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Tuesday’s municipal elections included a number of contests that will bring new leadership to a number of Ohio’s legacy cities as well as two of Ohio’s largest #GOPCThread
There were also a few smart growth-related ballot issues that we were excited to see get approved by local voters. This week’s #GOPCThread provides a rundown of the results and a look at who will be leading Ohio’s cities in the coming years.…
After Mayor @FrankJacksonCLE’s 16 years in office, Cleveland will be experiencing a changing of the guard with the election of @BibbForCLE, who defeated @kevinkelleyCLE. Bibb, 34, becomes the second-youngest mayor in the city’s history #GOPCThread…
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As October draws to a close, it’s once again time for GOPC’s annual look into the scariest, creepiest, most sinister thing around: the alarming rise in roadway fatalities. Prepare yourselves, if you dare, for #SpookyStreets
Even as vehicle miles driven dropped by 13% in 2020, preliminary estimates by @NCSsafety indicate that the rate of death on the roads spiked 24% over the previous 12mo period.…
What’s worse: the trend seems to have continued into 2021. @NSCsafety estimates total motor-vehicle deaths for the first 6mo of 2021 were 21,450, up 16% from 2020 and up 17% from 2019.
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The #Halloween season is upon us, and as you can see, we are in a festive mood here at GOPC. This week, we are devoting our #GOPCThread to highlighting some of the spooky, creepy, and hunted locals across the great state of🎃hi🎃
Vacant & in disrepair, the apparition of #USA’s oldest 19th century theater haunted downtown #MtVernonOH for decades. Thru a restoration fueled by #taxcredits & persistence, the @woodwardopera rose from the dead & is a part of the downtown renaissance 👻 #GOPCThread
To the north in @MansfieldOhio lies the @OSReformatory, abandoned in 1990 and purportedly haunted by the spirits of its past occupants, the ex-prison is a major tourist destination and a favorite filming location for #Hollywood films, tv & music videos 👻
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This week’s #GOPCThread is full of #ShoutOuts to partners in smaller legacy cities doing great #Equitabledevelopment work. Enjoy and be inspired! For more check out our new report with @landpolicy "Equitably Developing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities."
Diverse coalitions drive #equitabledevelopment. @Transit4Indy a multisector coalition included nonprofits, national experts, regional mayors, anchor institutions, advocacy groups, relators, CDCs, minority orgs, & labor groups. All encouraged support for mass transit #GOPCThread
.@Transit4Indy created a data-intensive slide deck that made the case for reliable public transit as a way 2 provide access 2 jobs, education, healthcare, and amenities. The slides shared startling statistics about income, crime and segregation in #Indy. #GOPCThread
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On this week’s #GOPCThread, we’re highlighting the @LinkUSColumbus initiative, a collaboration by the @ColumbusGov, @FranklinCoOhio, @COTABus, and @MORPC
Last month, @cbusmetroclub hosted a forum on the “LinkUS Columbus Mobility Initiative” w/ representatives from the initiative partners commenting on the project’s goals and current progress. You can view the recording here #GOPCThread:
The LinkUS initiative was created to address the transportation and access issues of a growing region, and builds off of several previous studies, including Insight2050, COTA NextGen, and the Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Study #GOPCThread
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This month’s #OHCommunitySpotlight features Marietta, one of the oldest European settlements in Ohio, first capital of the Northwest Territory, and one-time shipbuilding powerhouse #GOPCThread
The history of this area of the state begins in the prehistoric era, when several indigenous cultures lived along what is now the Ohio River & its tributaries. Many of these societies built earthwork mounds, monuments dedicated to cosmology & astronomical events #GOPCThread
The earthworks in the Marietta area were constructed by the Hopewell, a pre-Columbian Native American civilization that lived in the region from roughly 100 BC to 500 AD #GOPCThread…
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