Even as Metropolitan Areas Diversify, White Americans Still Live in Mostly White Neighborhoods

When the 2020 census results are released next year, they will show that America’s population is more racially diverse than ever before, with four out of every 10 residents projected to identify as a non-white racial group. Yet, in the average neighborhood where white residents live, racial diversity will be far less common. Moreover, most black and Latino or Hispanic residents will continue to live in neighborhoods where whites represent a much more modest presence than in their larger community. These likely outcomes of the national headcount are based on an analysis of the 2014 to 2018 American Community Survey (ACS) data released at the end of last year. They show continued broad variation in black and Latino or Hispanic segregation across the country. Yet even in the most racially diverse metropolitan areas, white, black, and Latino or Hispanic residents still live in areas that are not reflective of their entire region’s racial and ethnic diversity.
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The Places a COVID-19 Recession Will Likely Hit Hardest

At first blush, it seems like the coronavirus pandemic is shutting down the economy everywhere, equally, with frightening force and totality. In many respects, that’s true: Across the country, consumer spending, which supports 70% of the economy—is crashing in community after community, as people avoid stores, restaurants, movie theaters, offices, and other public places. Already, the layoffs have begun, with reports coming in from both big cities including Seattle and Atlanta as well as small heartland towns. But as recession forecasts proliferate, it’s not necessarily true that all areas will be hit equally hard. In a huge nation made up of diverse places and varied local economies, a look at the geography of highly exposed industries makes clear that the economic toll of any coming recession will hit different regions in disparate, uneven ways. Follow this link to read more.

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Infodemic: Half-Truths, Lies, and Critical Information in a Time of Pandemics Webinar

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, so does misinformation — thwarting efforts to control the disease and risking lives. In this webinar, Dr. Claire Wardle, a leading expert on content verification, will outline the global trends around information flows and the coronavirus. What misinformation is spreading? How is accurate information being shared? How are newsrooms, health authorities, platforms and businesses responding? During this unprecedented emergency, are we prepared for the impact of rumors and falsehoods that could have serious consequences? Together, we’ll discuss whether we are prepared during this unprecedented emergency for the impact of rumors and falsehoods that could have serious consequences.

The Webinar is being held Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 2-3 p.m. ET.

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Anchor Institutions and their Role in Healthy Food Systems

Anchor institutions are entities that are important, long-term fixtures in a community and take some responsibility for that community’s successful development. They are usually non-profit organizations – such as universities, hospitals, and school systems – but may consist of large corporations, government centers, military bases, or sports teams. We should care about anchor institutions and their role in health because of the power and responsibility they carry. Anchors control large amounts of community capital and can influence the kind of employment options available, the quality of foods that are offered to students and employees, what medical care benefits are provided, or the reach of public transportation. Follow this link to learn more.

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OSU Extension Internship Program

OSU Extension is offering a paid internship this summer in some of our urban counties. Through this internship, interns work closely with local OSU Extension educators as they teach classes, work with volunteers and make a difference in the community. Interns will learn how to use their education to make a difference in people’s lives and realize what they are learning in college can have an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing Ohioans.

This year the internship is being offered in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lucas, Mahoning, Stark, Putnam, Wayne, Columbiana, Portage, Greene, Ross, Fairfield, Washington, and Pike.

If you know of an interested student, please encourage them to complete an application.

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WRTA Service is Trumbull County’s New Development Tool

The arrival of new daily bus service to Warren and other Trumbull County communities isn’t just a boost for passengers looking to get to the grocery store or doctor. It’s finally providing an answer to one of the first questions companies ask when they look at moving into the area. “One of the first things all our economic development agencies tell us that companies look at is transportation. They want to get their people to and from work,” said Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa. “There’s also a health and wellness side. There are so many food deserts, especially in the city of Warren and urban areas. Now, they’ll be able to go to Walmart or Giant Eagle. It’s going to help across the board.” Follow this link to read more.

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Prosperity is Increasing in America’s Largest Metro Areas, but Not for Everyone

Even amid a coronavirus outbreak that is prompting fear of a worldwide economic downturn, it’s worth reflecting that the United States has achieved a record-long economic expansion over the past decade-plus. The nation’s GDP has grown in every quarter since the middle of 2009, and the labor market has added jobs in every month since September 2010. However, GDP and job growth on their own are not sufficient markers of economic health. As the annual Metro Monitor illustrates, economic success involves a combination of growth, prosperity (increasing average value of an economy), and inclusion (improved well-being for everyone)—trends that differ dramatically in their trajectory and magnitude across the nation’s major metropolitan areas. This year’s Monitor tracks the performance of America’s metro area economies in these three respects, from the dawn of the Great Recession in 2008 through 2018 (the latest year of available data). Follow this link to read more.

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University of Dayton Engineering Students Help Mission of Mary Cooperative

University of Dayton engineering students have helped Mission of Mary Cooperative, a Dayton-based urban farming operation, become the city’s first net-zero energy organization through the New Buildings Institute, a third-party non-profit organization pushing for better energy performance in buildings. The Cooperative produced 52,000 pounds of food last year on its 2-acre campus in the Twin Towers neighborhood, all while operating on 100 percent renewable energy. “By becoming the first net-zero organization in Dayton, Mission of Mary Cooperative hopes to inspire other organizations and residents all while continuing to be a catalyst and partner for urban sustainable development,” says Michael Schulz, executive director of Mission of Mary Cooperative and one of its lay Marianist founders.
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