The census provides vital information for you and your community. • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021. • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services. • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop. Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on Census Bureau data. In 2020, we will implement new technology to make it easier than ever to respond to the census. For the first time, you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. We will use data that the public has already provided to reduce follow-up visits. And, we are building an accurate address list and automating our field operations—all while keeping your information confidential and safe.
On National Service Recognition Day, thousands of local leaders across the country honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. This annual initiative takes place the first Tuesday in April, and is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service.
To register go to: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve/national-service-recognition-day/register-here
Hi Mayor Patterson,
Thank you for endorsing the Stand4Forests platform!
We’re excited that you have committed to protecting and celebrating standing forests across the country. To further the movement, can you send the Stand4Forests platform to 5 other mayors, city council members, or elected officials committed to this cause, and ask them to support the platform?
Looking ahead, from September 23-29, following the People’s Climate March and other national climate actions, Stand4Forests will have a national media release and Week of Action to publicly mobilize for forests, climate, and justice. We’re coordinating with signers from across the country to plan events, generate media, and post on social media -- let’s keep in touch about how you might want to participate in the Week of Action.
Just a note that we are asking folks not to share anything about Stand4Forests on social media until the Week of Action
Please let me know if you have any questions -- I’d be glad to answer any questions over email or hop on the phone. Thank you again for your leadership and adding your support to this growing movement in the name of forests, climate, and justice!
For our forests,
Good evening MORPC members,
I’m writing this email to encourage you, your staff, or your colleagues to sign up for our Spring 2018 insight2050 academy which is specifically intended for planners, architects, and other development practitioners. Registrations are open via this application form until Monday, February 26.
We have partnered with The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society on this class and are currently exploring the opportunity for professional education credits (APA, AIA, etc.). The sessions will convene from 8-11 a.m. on March 2, 9, 16, and 23, in the Mount Leadership Room of Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road in Columbus. The March 23 class will culminate in participant recognition and graduation.
Participation in the insight2050 Academy is competitive and space is limited. A registration fee of $150 is due prior to the first class, and will cover costs and support the alumni society’s scholarship fund. A limited number of students may attend at a reduced $75 fee. More information can be found at the insight2050 Academy page.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or our Senior Planner, Brian Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org / 614.233.4187).
Kerstin Carr, Ph.D.
Director, Planning & Environment | Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
T: 614.233.4163 | M: 614.805.9774 | email@example.com
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100 | Columbus, OH 43215
Join us in honoring participants in National service on the Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service. More information available at:
I am forwarding this information on ODOT’s Transportation Alternatives grant program per our conversation with Tom Johnson today. We have been able to obtain grants for the Villages of Somerset (before and after photos attached) and Nelsonville which covered 95% of the construction costs on their $850,000 to $1,700,000 streetscape projects in the past couple years.
They were able to use an ARC grant to cover the engineering costs associated with the projects.
Letters of Interest are due by Feb. 2nd, 2018 (this Friday!), so if you know of anyone who might be interested in pursuing a grant from the program, we would need to talk with them ASAP in order to collect the information necessary. The letter of interest is simply contact information for the community, a description of the project and a rough cost estimate, which we could develop at no cost. We could then prepare the ARC application as well.
Click on the “2018 TAP Program Guidance” link to read about how the program works or on the “Tap Awards” links to see which projects received grants in previous years.
Thanks and don’t hesitate to pass this information along or give me a call if you have any questions.
Join regional government leaders from across Southeast Ohio for a webinar on October 3rd from 1:00 - 3:00 pm to learn from national experts on best practices in Solar development. Hosted by SolSmart, the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC), Athens County, and the Village of Amesville, this two-part webinar will provide participants with solar best practices in planning, zoning and development, as well as solar permitting codes and standards. Participation is free and open to the public.
SolSmart designation at the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level will provide high-profile, national recognition for communities that have made it faster, easier, and more affordable for residents and businesses to invest in solar energy. All governments participating in the webinar will earn points towards Solsmart designation.
In-person attendees: Innovation Center 2nd floor Conference Room, 340 West State Street, Athens OH 45701
Cost: Free to participate.re to edit.
These links provide access to hundreds of social services in SE Ohio that provide support in food, housing, financial assistance, medical, transportation and various other services.
County 211 currently available Links and Area Agency on Aging Links
Jackson211http://www.referweb.net/spvm/ AOA 7https://www.aaa7.org/Portals/_AgencySite/Counties%20Resource%20Directories/Resource_Directory_JACKSON_COUNTY.pdf
Morgan211http://www.referweb.net/chic/ AOA 8http://buckeyehills.org/wp-content/uploads/Morgan-Co.-Planning-Packet.pdf
Perry211http://www.referweb.net/chic/ AOA8 http://buckeyehills.org/wp-content/uploads/Perry-Co.-Planning-Packets.pdf
Ross211http://www.referweb.net/spvm/ AOA 7https://www.aaa7.org/Portals/_AgencySite/Counties%20Resource%20Directories/Resource_Directory_ROSS_COUNTY.pdf
Washington211http://www.referweb.net/chic/ AOA 8http://buckeyehills.org/wp-content/uploads/Washington-Co.-Planning-Packet.pdf
Area Agency on Aging 8 phone number 1-800-331-2655
Area Agency on Aging 7 phone number 1-800-582-7277
Area 7 resources are divided into a listing of services for the elderly and a separte lising for non-elderly
Our region suffers from a lack of many essential services. Affordable childcare is one of those very important services for low income families. This is greatly exacerbated by the increase in low wage jobs that often have variable working hours. This challenge is more severe in communities like ours in which the available jobs often require a long commute and non-traditional working hours. The reality is that the economics of childcare for low income workers is overwhelming. They may only make minimum wage or slightly above, which leaves very little to pay a childcare provider. That means childcare providers have a problem targeting services to low income workers. Affordable and flexible childcare is critical to helping low income parents find and keep jobs.
Check out our resource tab for information and referral services that list the childcare services available in your county.
There are a few government programs that provide financial assistance to low income workers for childcare. These include tax credits and direct subsidies for the worker. Unfortunately, the tax credits only work if you can pay for the service up front and your provider is claiming the income on their taxes. Direct subsidies are limited to pay only a very highly regulated group of providers. Recent increases in training and required technology have reduced the number of providers in our communities drastically, many of whom don’t have access to high speed internet.
The vast majority of children in our communities who need care receive none of these supports. They are cared for by relatives, friends or neighbors who live nearby. The fact that many households are so poor that they have had to double and triple up in housing has made it more likely that an adult is available to provide childcare. But it also reflects the fact that many adults are unemployed and under-employed. It means that life in those crowded households is chaotic and stressful due to the extreme poverty they face. As more and more of the actual childcare provided moves from the subsidized and trained providers and goes ”underground”, our communities lose both the subsidy money and our children lose the valuable child development activities and nutrition available from trained providers.
One of our plans to reverse this trend is to utilize a little known program currently available within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The childcare in-home aide program provides a process to certify individual childcare providers to serve eligible children in the child’s own home. Administered through the county JFS offices, individuals are certified as meeting minimum qualifications and receive training to ensure the level of care is appropriate. When certified they are matched with eligible children who need care.
We hope to establish training and support networks to encourage more people to become in-home aides and greatly expand the availability of the service. Currently, childcare subsidies in Ohio are treated as an entitlement. Therefore, there are ample resources available to fund these jobs and services in our communities. This will be especially beneficial to small rural communities that currently lack any certified childcare services.
Mayor Goosman is the website facilitator for MPP.