For background information about Ohio, click here to skip below to state info at bottom.

Historic Preservation Tax Credits Awarded in Ohio

Ohio’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, part of a larger economic stimulus plan implemented in June, provides incentives for property owners to rehabilitate historic buildings. The owners receive tax credit awards for 25 percent of all expenditures that qualify as part of the renovation process. The Lieutenant Governor’s office recently announced 48 tax credit awards for 2010 in an October press release. To learn more about passing this type of legislation in your state, see the Restoring Prosperity policy package on state Historic Preservation Tax Credits. Also, for more information on this and other Ohio-related developments, visit the website of our campaign partner, Greater Ohio.

Downtowns key to Ohio rebound, group says

Journal News, Sunday, June 22, 2008

Greater Ohio says cities must work together to keep young professionals in the state.


Former state Representative Gene Krebs said that post-industrial cities like Hamilton may be in a rough spot, but they have a big positive working for them: Downtowns. Revitalizing downtowns would keep young people here and add an economic generator to cities. Krebs said Greater Ohio has identified 32 cities across the state that were post-industrial cities in need of a boost to regain their former glory. Among them are Hamilton and Middletown. Greater Ohio’s program is based on research by the Brookings Institution, which identified nine Ohio cities as economically struggling in a nationwide study. Greater Ohio expanded the list by including cities with smaller populations. Krebs wants to find out what cities need from the state to “put the pieces together.” He believes cities will be able to cooperate despite traditionally viewing each other as competitors.

To view the article in entirety, click here.

For more information, visit greaterohio.org


Ohio — Background

Cleveland photo by Flickr user ifmuth

In the first half of this century, Ohio led the nation in progressive land use planning. But in the last 50 years, the state has lagged behind, promoting sprawling patterns of growth that have turned thousands of acres of productive farmland and environmentally important open spaces into subdivisions, strip shopping malls, and light industrial parks.

In 1998, EcoCity Cleveland joined with the American Planning Association to endorse the Ohio Smart Growth Agenda, an effort to harness the power of state investment to influence the location of new development and promote the redevelopment of existing cities and towns. In 2004, Greater Ohio was established to focus on research, public education, and grassroots organizing around land use issues, regional cooperation, and quality of life issues.  Together, these organizations now chair a statewide consortium of local government, nonprofit, and civic organizations called Rebuild Ohio, which promotes the revitalization and reuse of vacant and abandoned properties in Ohio.

Thanks to the efforts of these groups, Ohio is making strides. In 2007, Greater Ohio developed a widely used candidate briefing book and is now gathering community input in four core policy areas – transportation, economic incentives, workforce education and training, and neighborhood revitalization – to develop a series of policy recommendations that reflect the status of current and emerging state policies.

State Partners: Greater Ohio
Lavea Brachman, Co-Director, lbrachman (at) greaterohio.org