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  1. The North Star

    Doing and dreaming: A good plan makes a space for both

    May 24, 2018

    “Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.” You might be wondering what this quote from Ludwig van Beethoven has to do with community development. What I hear in the musical master’s words is the process of creating order from chaos; he is crafting incredible harmony from a storm of strong, independent, unconnected notes. To me, that’s an analogy for good planning – strategic planning.

  2. Climate Change – What’s the Big Deal?

    May 21, 2018

    Here in Central Ohio climate change is often not the first thought on my mind. After all, we aren’t experiencing the most intense impacts - drought, hurricanes, flooding coastlines, massive fires - all destroying property and, worst yet, taking lives - are we?

    While we may be spared some of the extremes, our changing climate in Ohio is already having a pronounced effect on farmers, the fishing industry and residents along Lake Erie and other waterways in the state, to name a few interest groups.  

  3. The Ripple Effect of Personal Finances on a Community

    May 14, 2018

    Do you have a family member, friend or neighbor who recently lost his/her job; had to reduce their number of hours at work due to health issues; pay more than 30% of their income on housing; or lost 50% or more of their income due to the death of a spouse, divorce or unemployment? If so, most of them will probably be evicted, face foreclosure, miss housing and utility payments, receive public assistance, etc. Obviously, it’s important for residents to know that these results not only affect the households of their families, but the community at large.