Local leaders, like many of their residents, have had to adapt to a new normal in the wake of COVID-19. From stay-at-home orders to transitioning to virtual meetings, municipalities across the country are adjusting to ensure they stay connected to their residents. The result, in the age of social distancing, is that municipal leaders are finding their residents more engaged. Cities, towns, and villages are seeing all types of engagement, including higher turnout for live-streamed meetings and increased questions from constituents. In some cities, this is making history. Follow this link to learn how Dayton, Ohio made history during the Coronavirus pandemic.
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. Follow this link to read more.
Springboro’s 62-acre city center is the latest place in the area to become a new “urban village.” Beginning on February 2, the area is to be redeveloped using standards established in meetings over the last four months and intended to make it once again a central place where people will come to shop, eat, walk, and gather for special events. The urban village concept also underlies plans to redevelop the former location of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, as well as the Dayton Mall area and other projects around the region. Follow this link to learn more.