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
The #UnifiedCollective in @Springfield_OH is a coalition of organizations working together 2 improve the lives of communities of color & south side residents. @TheConscious_ @ClinArk_Inc #DreamVision @NAACP #YouthCommittee #PromiseZoneCrew #GOPCThread…
#UnifiedCollective works to increase equity & inclusion in @Sprinfield_OH neighborhoods. Founder @DorianAHunter summed it up, “We are more organized as a collective instead of just working as individuals.” #GOPCThread
@LancasterPA leaders identified the need for a new non-profit to oversee & coordinate the city’s work 2 improve equity outcomes & reduce poverty. #LancasterEquityCDC was formed as an intermediary to fill this role. #GOPCThread, @CAPLancaster, #LancasterEquityCDC
#LancasterEquityCDC’s flexible charter allows them to take risks & engage new in work 2 advance their mission. They regularly convene housing & community development-related organizations fostering greater collaboration & idea sharing. #GOPCThread
Another great approach 2 #EquitableDevelopment is happening in @fitchburgmass with #ReImagineNorthofMain’s resident leadership training programs #GOPCThread…
#ReImagineNorthofMain’s #ResidentLeadershipInstitute trains diverse professionals on leadership skills & helps place them @fitchburgmass decision-making tables. #CommunityStewardsTrainingProgram trains youth in community organizing. #GOPCThread
.@GwinnettSToPP is a parent-organized group working against #SchooltoPrisionPipeline practices. The group built leadership development programming into its core functions for parents, accomplishing advocacy & capacity-building simultaneously. #GOPCThread
Private business can adopt equitable practices too. #NehemiahManufacturingCo in @OhioCincinnati practices “second chance” hiring of hard-to-hire and formerly incarcerated people & provides a social support team to help employees succeed @HartongDigital #GOCPThread
#NehemiahManufacturingCo formed a non-profit that eventually merged w/ @cincinnatiworks to expand the program throughout the region. In 2019, 80 companies participated & more than 400 workers were placed in employment. #GOPCThread
That’s not all! To learn about more concrete approaches to #Equitabledevelopment, check out the webinar we jointly hosted w/ @landpolicy. #GOPCThread

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7 Oct
On this week’s #GOPCThread, we’re highlighting the @LinkUSColumbus initiative, a collaboration by the @ColumbusGov, @FranklinCoOhio, @COTABus, and @MORPC
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Last month, @JobsOhio announced the recipients selected for the first round of the Vibrant Community Grant Program – a new program launched by JobsOhio to provide economic development assistance to Ohio’s distressed communities #GOPCThread
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This #GOPCThread covers the 1st in a 6-part webinar series from .@smartgrowthorg & @EPA, Learning from (& Leaning on) Local Leaders to Revitalize African American Neighborhoods, which shares stories from Chicago & Boston & will run through 2021:
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Last month, we highlighted @JohnstownOhio as part of our #OHCommunitySpotlight series, which gave us an opportunity to talk about their Medical Cannabis Program as an economic development strategy. You can find a link to that #GOPCThread here:
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