Dawn Larzelere
November 18, 2010
Greater Ohio Policy Center
Restoring Prosperity to
Springfield
Greater Ohio Policy Center
• Ohio’s “smart growth” organization
• Promote – through research, public education
and grassro...
Background to Restoring Prosperity
3 year partnership
Restoring Prosperity’s Findings
• Ohio and Springfield Can Compete in the “next
economy”
– Driven by lower-carbon energy s...
Ohio and the Next Economy
Found that Ohio has emerging or existing
strengths in each of these hallmarks
Data Shows Ohio is Metro-led
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Metro vs. Non-Metro Shares
Metro
Non-Metro
State ...
Springfield is Metro-led
Springfield has a large role in
regional economies
Status Quo will Undercut Ohio’s
Economic Competitiveness
• Ohio can compete but must make significant changes
• The fiscal...
Restoring Prosperity:
Transition to the Next Economy
1. Build on prosperity driving assets that
concentrate in metropolita...
Restoring Prosperity Agenda
• 39 policy recommendations as a blueprint
to catalyze Ohio’s transition:
– 16 focusing on bui...
Build on Assets: Innovation
Springfield Region’s strengths:
• Food distribution
• Insurance
• Support services
• Manufactu...
Build on Assets: Innovation
Recommendations
– Significantly expand the state advanced
manufacturing network
– Create micro...
Build on Assets: Human Capital
Springfield’s Strength:
• 80 colleges, universities and institutes
within a 90 minute (70 m...
Build on Assets: Human Capital
Recommendations
– Support Workforce Intermediaries across the state
to better link workforc...
Build on Assets: Infrastructure
Springfield Region’s Strength:
• Interstate 70 and proximity to I-75
• State Route 40 and ...
Housing Cost -% to income Housing & Transportation -% to
income
Data Not Available
Less than 30%
30% and Greater
Data Not ...
Build on Assets: Infrastructure
Recommendations
– Change infrastructure funding to allow all modes
of transportation more ...
Build on Assets: Quality Places
Springfield Region’s Strengths:
• Mad River
• Historic Places such as Westcott House
• New...
Build on Assets: Quality Places
Build on Assets: Quality Places
Recommendations
– Anchor Institution Innovation Zone
– Modernize Ohio’s planning statutes
...
Governance Reform
Recommendations (Local Government)
– Create a commission to study costs of local government
and realign ...
Governance Reform
Recommendations (School Districts)
– Make costs of school district administration
transparent through pu...
Governance Reform
Recommendations (State Government)
– Align state programs to reinforce state and local
investments
– Cre...
Engage the Federal Government:
Shape approach to Ohio
Shape federal policymakers approach to Ohio
– Redefine Sustainabilit...
Engage the Federal Government:
Compete for Federal Funds
Position Ohio Cities to Compete for Federal
Funds
– Take advantag...
Moving from Recommendations to
Action
Define Organization’s Role in the
Implementation Process
Greater Ohio Policy Center:
• Act as an intermediary between stat...
Use Early Success to Demonstrate Connection
between State Policy and Local Action
Land Bank Bill:
• Allows additional 41 c...
Implementing Recommendations
Sustainable Reinvestment Pilot Track
• Urban Waterfronts
• Signature Parks
• Wind and Solar
T...
Ways to stay involved
Check out our website: http://greaterohio.org/
Join our Greater Ohio Supporters database to get our ...
Contact Us
Dawn Larzelere, Associate Director
dlarzelere@greaterohio.org
(614) 224-0187
www.greaterohio.org
Rural-Urban Linkages
• Urban-metropolitan-rural economies linked
– Commuting patterns
– Employment
– Recreation activities...
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  1. 1. Dawn Larzelere November 18, 2010 Greater Ohio Policy Center Restoring Prosperity to Springfield
  2. 2. Greater Ohio Policy Center • Ohio’s “smart growth” organization • Promote – through research, public education and grassroots advocacy – public policy to grow Ohio’s economy and improve the quality of life through intelligent land use • Non-partisan, non-profit, foundation-funded
  3. 3. Background to Restoring Prosperity 3 year partnership
  4. 4. Restoring Prosperity’s Findings • Ohio and Springfield Can Compete in the “next economy” – Driven by lower-carbon energy sources – Export-oriented – Innovation-led • Metropolitan regions, which fully encompass urban, suburban and rural, and their assets will drive the next economy.
  5. 5. Ohio and the Next Economy Found that Ohio has emerging or existing strengths in each of these hallmarks
  6. 6. Data Shows Ohio is Metro-led 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Metro vs. Non-Metro Shares Metro Non-Metro State Population Jobs in Ohio State GDP
  7. 7. Springfield is Metro-led
  8. 8. Springfield has a large role in regional economies
  9. 9. Status Quo will Undercut Ohio’s Economic Competitiveness • Ohio can compete but must make significant changes • The fiscal and housing crises of the Great Recession have been a wakeup call to state and local leaders • They have led to unparalleled opportunity to press for transformative state-level actions our cities need • Time to Act is Now
  10. 10. Restoring Prosperity: Transition to the Next Economy 1. Build on prosperity driving assets that concentrate in metropolitan areas -Innovation -Human Capitol -Infrastructure -Quality Places 2. Transform governance while encouraging regionalism 3. Engage Federal Government
  11. 11. Restoring Prosperity Agenda • 39 policy recommendations as a blueprint to catalyze Ohio’s transition: – 16 focusing on building on metro assets – 13 focusing on state and local governance reform/regionalism – 10 Focusing on engaging federal government
  12. 12. Build on Assets: Innovation Springfield Region’s strengths: • Food distribution • Insurance • Support services • Manufacturing • Technology and Aerospace • Easy access to other major markets
  13. 13. Build on Assets: Innovation Recommendations – Significantly expand the state advanced manufacturing network – Create micro-investment funds – Find creative funding for innovation-based economic development
  14. 14. Build on Assets: Human Capital Springfield’s Strength: • 80 colleges, universities and institutes within a 90 minute (70 mile) drive of Springfield with 280,000 students.
  15. 15. Build on Assets: Human Capital Recommendations – Support Workforce Intermediaries across the state to better link workforce training and employers – Raise the number of Ohioans earning non-degree workforce certificates – Retain graduates or attract them back
  16. 16. Build on Assets: Infrastructure Springfield Region’s Strength: • Interstate 70 and proximity to I-75 • State Route 40 and 68 • Springfield-Beckley Airport • Valuable Water Source
  17. 17. Housing Cost -% to income Housing & Transportation -% to income Data Not Available Less than 30% 30% and Greater Data Not Available Less than 45% 45% and Greater
  18. 18. Build on Assets: Infrastructure Recommendations – Change infrastructure funding to allow all modes of transportation more equity in financing; consider using a return on investment model – Elevate “Fix it First” as central principle guiding investment decisions in highway spending
  19. 19. Build on Assets: Quality Places Springfield Region’s Strengths: • Mad River • Historic Places such as Westcott House • New Regional Medical Center • Springfield Center City Association • Turner Foundation
  20. 20. Build on Assets: Quality Places
  21. 21. Build on Assets: Quality Places Recommendations – Anchor Institution Innovation Zone – Modernize Ohio’s planning statutes – Targeted neighborhood revitalization strategies – Foreclosure prevention and correction package
  22. 22. Governance Reform Recommendations (Local Government) – Create a commission to study costs of local government and realign state and local funding – Change state law to make local tax sharing permissive – Support creation of regional business plans – Incent government collaboration
  23. 23. Governance Reform Recommendations (School Districts) – Make costs of school district administration transparent through publication in the district’s Report Card. – Push school districts to enter more aggressive shared services agreements – Cut the number of Ohio’s school districts
  24. 24. Governance Reform Recommendations (State Government) – Align state programs to reinforce state and local investments – Create Community Development Action Teams(CDAT) – Align state economic development programs with metro boundaries
  25. 25. Engage the Federal Government: Shape approach to Ohio Shape federal policymakers approach to Ohio – Redefine Sustainability: Put unique needs of places not growing on the sustainability agenda – Support a cross-agency policy agenda to assist auto communities
  26. 26. Engage the Federal Government: Compete for Federal Funds Position Ohio Cities to Compete for Federal Funds – Take advantage of federal support for business clusters – Funding likely to have a more regional bias, so develop regional partnerships now to be ready
  27. 27. Moving from Recommendations to Action
  28. 28. Define Organization’s Role in the Implementation Process Greater Ohio Policy Center: • Act as an intermediary between state and local policy • Provide capacity-building and technical assistance • Pilot projects corresponding with Restoring Prosperity recommendations • Utilize existing and identify new strategic partnerships
  29. 29. Use Early Success to Demonstrate Connection between State Policy and Local Action Land Bank Bill: • Allows additional 41 counties to create a land bank • Local tool to manage blight and engage in comprehensive land reconfiguration • Cuyahoga County Land Bank has acquired over 200 properties since its creation • Lucas County and Trumbull County have launched county land banks as well. Picture: Green City Blue Lake
  30. 30. Implementing Recommendations Sustainable Reinvestment Pilot Track • Urban Waterfronts • Signature Parks • Wind and Solar Third Frontier • Ballot issue passed in May
  31. 31. Ways to stay involved Check out our website: http://greaterohio.org/ Join our Greater Ohio Supporters database to get our electronic newsletters, Calls to Action, and other timely information. Follow our Greater Ohio blog Follow us on Twitter: @GreaterOhio @GO_DawnL @GO_GeneK Become a fan of Greater Ohio Policy Center on Facebook
  32. 32. Contact Us Dawn Larzelere, Associate Director dlarzelere@greaterohio.org (614) 224-0187 www.greaterohio.org
  33. 33. Rural-Urban Linkages • Urban-metropolitan-rural economies linked – Commuting patterns – Employment – Recreation activities • Majority of Ohioans derive their livelihood from urban areas – Direct incomes or spinoffs

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