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Ohio Speaker calls for new, urban economic agenda

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/15/10 @ 11:13am

  • The Compact with Ohio Cities, released this week by Speaker of the Ohio House, Armond Budish, calls for a new, urban economic agenda. It seeks regional solutions to address sprawl. It calls on the General Assembly to identify innovative strategies to address housing, public transportation, land regeneration, green space creation and labor force challenges.
  • When Ohio House Bill 1 passed last year, Athens became the first city in Ohio to set up a Special Energy Improvement district and a revolving loan fund for home solar installations. The Ohio Senate this week introduced S.B. 223 which would expand the program to wind, geothermal, biomass and energy efficiency (it was a hot topic at today's Great Lakes Energy Task Force meeting).
  • New federal rules could lead to more streetcars, light-rail systems in the U.S. Improving livability replaces cost as yardstick for next round of Stimulus funds. Link.
  • Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a rain barrel art program. Artists can pick up a 55-gal. barrel, paint it and have it displayed with their statement throughout the region. Email Amy Roskilly or click here for more information. 
  • Opera Cleveland announced it adopted a Green Opera Initiative. The company has committed to estimating its carbon footprint so it can "actively (and realistically) chip away at it." Already the company has purchased a stage set that was headed to a landfill, and will mitigate an estimated 65 tons of carbon generated by cast, crew and audiences in transportation by making donations to local carbon reduction projects at the Cleveland Carbon Fund.

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