Eastgate Signs on to Greater Ohio Vision Document: “A Vision for Ohio’s Reinvention Cities”

May 23, 2018

Reinvention Cities

To present a bold vision for the future of their communities, a bipartisan, cross-sector network of leaders from small legacy cities have released “A Vision for Ohio's Reinvention Cities.” Endorsed by more than thirty representatives of the private, public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, this forward-looking agenda outlines achievable state policies that are key to ensuring the revitalization of Ohio’s Reinvention Cities – legacy cities with fewer than 65,000 residents that have lost population since their 20th century peaks. The vision document proposes workable solutions that can be adopted by candidates and policymakers from both sides of the aisle as they work to strengthen these communities that are essential for ensuring Ohio’s future prosperity.

reinvention cities vision

The policies highlighted in the “Vision of Ohio’s Reinvention Cities” focus on five broad categories: vibrant, prosperous, connected, healthy & fair, and strategic. Each of these categories corresponds to a vision statement imagining a bright future for Ohio’s small legacy cities with appropriate internal and external support. The proposed policies were derived from years of research by Greater Ohio Policy Center into successful revitalization strategies in smaller legacy cities, and fall into a broad range of issue areas including housing, transportation, infrastructure, and workforce development.

Network leaders stress the importance of state government in supporting local revitalization efforts, and view the “Vision for Ohio’s Reinvention Cities” as a way to highlight the need for partnership between local and state leaders.

Torey Hollingsworth, one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 Eastgate annual meeting, and her colleagues at Greater Ohio have done great work leading up to the release of this vision document. The work, however, is ongoing. Eastgate staff will continue to participate in the Small Legacy Cities Network and encourages agencies in our district to join us in supporting this living vision.

For more information on Greater Ohio Policy Center’s previous work on small legacy cities and to view the full vision document please visit www.greaterohio.org/reinvention-cities