Archive for the ‘Finance Fund Partnerships’ Category

Ohio Prioritizes Healthy Food Access


Today at the Statehouse, the Ohio Healthy Food Financing Task Force called upon Ohio’s local and state government leaders to create a culture of support for healthy food retail development in underserved communities. At the news event, the Task Force released a new policy statement “Supporting Grocery Development in Ohio” including analysis and success stories. [...]

Vacant Commercial Properties Bring Potential for Community Revitalization


One of the biggest challenges in Ohio community development is finding ways to revitalize aging commercial strips in neighborhoods and small communities. Realizing the potential of vacant properties and at the same time assisting local residents in starting small businesses was the focus of a recent Greater Ohio Policy Center workshop hosted by Finance Fund [...]

The Arts Matter to Economic Development


Arts and cultural institutions such as theaters, museums and galleries as well as public art installations are an important part of creating livable communities.  They add unique flavor and nuance to each community, enhance civic vitality, and invigorate our lives and public spaces. Earlier in December, I moderated a panel that focused on financing to [...]

Innovative Approaches to a Self-sufficient Ohio


Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope and improves communities. Last week nearly 50 Community Action leaders from across Ohio gathered at the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies’ (OACAA) Innovation Summit to collaborate, discuss and create innovative ideas to serve the needs of low-income people. Throughout the day, executive directors, program managers [...]

Two Million Ohioans, 500,000 Children Lack Access to Healthy Food


Good things happen when knowledgeable, experienced and committed people gather to address a challenge. Finance Fund met with city and state leaders, professionals from the supermarket industry, public health, economic development and civic sectors last week at a Healthy Food Financing Summit, hosted in Columbus at The Columbus Foundation. This concerned and caring group of [...]

Toledo Port’s Ironville Terminal Ready to Launch


Project site visits are the best part of my job. I recently visited the Ironville Terminal in Toledo, Ohio on the banks of the Maumee River where the port is being readied to welcome its first oceangoing vessel. Dredging had removed 65,000 cubic yards of sediment to provide deep water vessels with access to the [...]

A Gathering of Economic Development Champions


A party is always a good time. But when you are surrounded by more than 250 people who are united in their passion for driving economic development in Ohio, the good time becomes a great time.  Finance Fund’s annual Gala was last week. It was our opportunity to shine, celebrate success, express appreciation and generate [...]

EB-5 Partnership to Bring Foreign Investment to Ohio


An exciting new partnership for Finance Fund could attract millions of dollars in foreign investment to Ohio’s disadvantaged communities and at the same time, give wealthy foreigners permission to live in the United States. Finance Fund is one of eight regional economic development organizations that have teamed with MidAmerican Global Ventures to provide EB-5 financing [...]

Ironville Redevelopment Breaks Ground on Final Phase


“Our goal is to once again have thousands of people working on this site,” said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at last  week’s groundbreaking event for the final phase of construction at Ironville Terminal along the Maumee River in Toledo. She noted that 35 percent of area residents are living below the poverty level. “The redevelopment of this land will [...]

Making the Big Give go Further


There’s a hint of fall in the air – it’s a good time to reflect upon the passing year and begin planning for what’s ahead.  My children are already focused on Halloween with all its spooky, sweet, sticky fun. As adults, we work hard to keep our neighborhood a good place to “Trick or Treat,” work, [...]

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