Tag Archives: Economic-development; sustainability; community-development

Dayton Daily News on Bike/Hike Trails: Springboro latest piece in regional trail puzzle Area plans to add to 330-mile network

+LISA POWELL Brian Markland commutes by bike three days a week to and from his home in Englewood to his job in downtown Dayton. The trip is 12 1/2 miles each way. LISA POWELL / STAFF +LISA POWELL Brian Markland … Continue reading

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Oil & Gas Exploration Jobs in Ohio

This has been a fascinating week.  I’ve had the opportunity to talk with people involved in and around the Utica and Marcellus shale area of Ohio about the oil and gas exploration and the impact on job creation. The information … Continue reading

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Cycling Piqua, Ohio — Part 1

What a treat!  I was invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Main Street Piqua meeting this past Monday.  My topic was “Downtowns, Cycling and Economic Development.”  It is one thing to go to a community and talk about cycling. … Continue reading

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Small Towns and Cycling …. again!

August 30 2012: What an incredible day!  I woke up and decided that it was just time to go ride for a while.  A while turned into 90 miles.  Living in a community that is both suburban and on the … Continue reading

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MAP 21 Impacts for Local Governments

Well, there is good news and bad news: “Specific SAFETEA-LU programs affecting local governments are now largely gone, including the High Risk Rural Road Program, the Safe Routes to Schools Program, the Recreational Trails and Scenic Byways Programs, and the … Continue reading

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Two-Tier Property Tax – An answer in the waiting?

Rick Rybeck has written a fascinating article on a two-tier property tax system being used in Pennsylvania.  It is certainly thought provoking and could be an answer to the plight of local governments facing reduced tax revenues and at the … Continue reading

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Arts & Culture

Once again Emily McMackin provides a terrific overview of communities that are finding reinvestment either tied by or reacting to arts and culture.  I live in a community where the local chamber/bankers wanted no part of the arts community.  They … Continue reading

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Economic Development, Community Development & Internal Infrastructure (pt. 3)

This third post in this series deals with organizational capacity and structure.  Having been a small town city manager, the components being mentioned are applicable to any scale community, however most of these comments are directed to smaller cities (5,000 … Continue reading

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Generating Downtown Foot Traffic

One of the most vexing question for any community of any size is how to increase the number of consumers to a downtown.  There are any number of answers, from capital improvements, to festivals to renovation programs.  This article seems … Continue reading

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“Evaluating your Advertisement”

This post is from Ed Burghard’s blog: “http://strengtheningbrandamerica.com/blog/2012/05/evaluating-your-advertisement/ If you aren’t reading any of Ed’s material, I highly advise adding him to your list of terrific blog writers.  He is always informative and thought provoking.  I have learned a lot … Continue reading

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