Partnership in the News: New Public Engagement Process Launched in Northeast Ohio

The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, a public initiative in Northeast Ohio that focuses on achieving a sustainable and resilient future for the region, is currently launching an extensive public engagement initiative that will take place over the next few months. Freshwater Cleveland reported recently that NEOSCC is beginning to create a sustainability plan for the region, and hopes to target key demographics like young professionals and urban planners for input on their strategic plan. The NEOSCC initiative is funded in large part by a $4.25 HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grant from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

The NEOSCC planning area includes 12 counties as well as cities such as Youngstown, Akron, Canton, and Cleveland. Members of the consortium include city governments, planning agencies, and other public entities. Jeff Anderle, NEOSCC’s Communications and Engagement Manager, emphasizes the collaborative nature of the Consortium and its focus on communities’ and citizens’ input: “We’re starting to see collaboration happening in government because resources are getting tight, and… collaboration will become essential. People are waking up and coming to the table.”

For more information about the NEOSCC initiative, visit their site.

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