Mayor Patterson (Athens), Commissioner Eliason (Athens County) and Mayor Redfern (Crooksville) acknowledge the great work of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers. Part of National Service: #Mayor4Service
A Proclamation April 4, 2017
Whereas: The Mayors' Partnership for Progress is a consortium of mayors and city managers from 13 counties (over 60 communities) in Southeastern Ohio.
Whereas: The purpose of the group is to provide a platform to share information and resources via open forums and invited presenters to better address common issues faced by municipalities throughout the region.
Whereas: The Mayors' Partnership for Progress represents Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington counties.
Whereas: More than 8,500 Ohioans of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Ohio.
Whereas: There are more than 800 volunteers in the region covered by the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress including Foster Grandparent volunteers, Senior Companion volunteers, RSVP volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers.
Whereas: More than 7,000 seniors in Ohio contribute talents in one of three Senior Corps programs. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 3,200 young people who have special needs. Senior Companions help more than 3,100 homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. RSVP volunteers protect the environment, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through more than 1,800 groups across Ohio.
Whereas: Volunteers add to the vitality, health and prosperity of Appalachian Ohio and other communities.
Whereas: In 2016, 3,539 elected officials representing more than 178 million Americans participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. The initiative is being led by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cities of Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Therefore, I, Gary Goosman, Mayor of the Village of Amesville and President of the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress do proclaim April 4, 2017 “Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service” in Southeast Ohio.
Gary Goosman, Mayor, Village of Amesville
President, Mayors’ Partnership for Progress
Are you looking to start a new career, or just looking for a new opportunity? As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you’ll receive a modest living stipend and an education award at the end of your year of service. Plus, you gain valuable work experience and professional development. Apply today!
The Mayors' Partnership for Progress has a VISTA position open this summer. The application can be found at the link below.
The VISTA position will assist with planning, implementing and evaluating education and awareness building programming that will help elected officials in Southeast Ohio provide their constituents with access to resources in food, energy, housing and finances. These resources will help alleviate poverty and help municipalities better connect to non-profit and community services. This will be done through volunteer recruitment, creating a tool for resources to be posted and share amongst municipalities, and building a system that will institutionalize these resources and processes.
Program Benefits : Training , Living Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Health Coverage* , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Relocation Allowance.
Thanks to Gary Chancey and Mike Cooper for the presentation to the Mayors' Partnership on Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful. Check out their website for their mission and strategies as well as grant sources for community beautification and improvements.
The Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful initiative is a result of an agreement between Keep America Beautiful, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Wayne National Forest. With a mission to care for the land and serve the people, we hope to expand opportunities, programs and projects to help make our community a better place to live, work and play.
The Ohio Association of FoodBanks selects the Mayors' Partnership for Progress to receive a full-time VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) placement for 2017
The overall goal of this effort is to increase the understanding among Mayors and other elected officials in Southeastern Ohio about services and resources in food, energy, housing and financial support that are available to their constituents.
The main outcome of the effort will be that Municipalities will do a better job of connecting people to these resources and build their own capacity to respond to the needs of their constituents.
The VISTA position will start July 3, 2017 and receives a bi-weekly stipend, health coverage, an education award and professional development over the course of the year of service. Recruitment for the position will start by February 15, 2017.
More information at:
January 3, 2017
Dear Governor Kasich,
We, the members of the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress, a collaboration of Mayors in 12 Counties in Southeast Ohio, write to you seeking the restoration of the Local Government Funds to pre-2012 levels. We understand the desire of the State of Ohio to close the gap on an $8,000,000,000 deficit that existed prior to 2012, but feel your assessment of local capacity was erroneous.
Some communities may have been inefficient, and could find savings through shared services, but in our region we have utilized shared services (formally and informally) and have also been skilled at frugality for decades. We rely on volunteers to complete many tasks that would be done by paid employees in other municipalities. These tasks include park maintenance, building repairs, cleaning services, clearing brush, building playground equipment and many other activities.
Many of our communities have cut basic services because of the loss of Local Government funds and dwindling revenues in other areas. Furthermore, we face huge challenges like rampant substance abuse that place further strains on our municipal budgets. Some communities have even cut back on law enforcement.
We agree with the assumptions put forth by the Ohio Municipal League in a paper from November 2014 entitled, “Our Cities and Villages; Bringing Ohio to Life”
… However, the bulk of the tax cuts were not state revenue sources, but rather local government revenue sources (for example, the Estate Tax and Tangible Personal Property Tax cuts). Meanwhile the bulk of spending cuts were distributions to local governments. We think the state should share in austerity rather than merely cutting the taxes and spending that go to other governments.
Meanwhile, state spending increased over the last several years. In fact, every statewide elected office has increased its budget, along with the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate. Meanwhile, local government budgets have gotten smaller.
We argue that true fiscal restraint would involve the cutting of one’s own budget, not the cutting of subordinate budgets.
We understand that some additional funds will be made available to Townships and Villages less than 1,000 in population, but this comes at a cost to the Cities and larger Villages in our region. Based on these and many other comments, the Mayor’s Partnership for Progress respectfully calls for restoration of the Local Government Funds to pre-2012 levels.
Passed this day: December 8, 2016 Resolution 012-16
Gary Goosman, President, Mayor’s Partnership for Progress Mayor, Village of Amesville
Mayor Connie Pelletier Village of Wellston - Vice President
Mayor Randy Heath City of Jackson
City Manager Gene Greene Village of Gallipolis
Mayor Annice Erikson Village of Zaleski
Mayor Steve Patterson City of Athens
Mayor Luke Feeney City of Chillicothe
Mayor Michael Lorentz City of Belpre
Mayor Richard Wetzel Village of Chesterhill
MayorRenee Brunton Village of Shawnee
Mayor Fred Redfern Village of Crooksville
Mayor Kim Wortman Village of McArthur
Mayor Greg Fraunfelter City of Logan
Mayors' Day of Recognition of National Service was held at the Athens Community Center. Thanks to Mayors Patterson, Heath, Erickson, Brunton, Goosman and Commissioner Chmiel and the thousands of volunteers serving everyday in Appalachian Ohio!
In large cities, small towns, rural counties, and tribal communities across America, more than 3,500 elected leaders representing more than 178 million Americans stopped and said, "Thank you!"
April 5, 2016
The nation’s mayors and county officials are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities and counties better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials will participate in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on April 5, 2016.
On this day, mayors and county officials will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities and counties. Last year, 2,786 elected officials representing more than 150 million citizens participated in the third-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. The initiative is being led by the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, Cities of Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Why a Recognition Day?
As solution-focused local leaders, mayors and county officials have a unique role in this country. Their focus on engaging citizens and meeting local needs matches CNCS’s mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement. Our priority on expanding economic opportunity to create sustainable and resilient communities directly aligns with the goals of county officials and mayors. A coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges. Participating in the day will highlight the impact of citizen service, show support for nonprofit and national service groups, and inspire more residents to serve in their communities.
What Happened Last Year?
On April 7, 2015, the third-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service united local leaders across the country to spotlight the impact of national service and honor those who serve. Altogether, 2,786 mayor and county offiicals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico officially recognized the work that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are doing to make cities better and stronger. Together, these elected officials represent more than 150 million citizens, or half of the population.
Mayor Goosman is the website facilitator for MPP.