About this Toolkit

This toolkit builds off Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities: Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell, a policy focus report produced in partnership by Greater Ohio Policy Center and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. That report examined the unique challenges and opportunities facing older-industrial communities with fewer than 200,000 residents that are located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States.

Eight strategies for small city urban revitalization emerged from that report, and this toolkit is meant to provide additional resources to practitioners working on the ground to implement them. This toolkit remains a work in progress, and will be updated with new resources as they emerge. If there is a resource that you think should be added to the toolkit, please let us know on the contact page.

Acknowledgements

This toolkit benefited from the knowledge and expertise of a number of researchers and practitioners. In particular, we would like to thank participants from the September 2017 civic capacity roundtable who were responsible for the creation of this resource in the toolkit. We would also like to give a special thanks to Colleen Dawicki and the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for sharing their extensive library of capacity-building resources.

Civic Capacity Roundtable Participants
Keith Burwell, Toledo Community Foundation
John Collier, Greater Ohio Policy Center
Kimberly Cutcher, LISC Toledo
Colleen Dawicki, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Katie Grace Dean, Center for Community Investment
Kyle Fee, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Ben Forman, MassINC
Andy Fraizer, Prosperity Indiana
Alison Goebel, Greater Ohio Policy Center
Jessie Grogan, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Frances Jo Hamilton, Heritage Ohio
Torey Hollingsworth, Greater Ohio Policy Center
Bryan Kieler, IFF
Alicia Kitsuse, The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Susan Longworth, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Tim McGourthy, The Research Bureau
Peg Moertl, PNC Bank
Mary Helen Petrus, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Lisa Ramsey, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership
Joshua Smith, City of Hamilton, Ohio
Jeff Sprague, Allen Economic Development Group
Nicole Steele, Citywide Development
Jim Van der Kloot, Environmental Protection Agency
Andrew Wiand, enFocus

Additionally, this toolkit benefited immensely from the participation of interviewees from the case study cities, who helped us to illustrate these strategies in action:

Case Study Interviews
Lancaster
Jonathan Coleman, ASSETS
Dan Jurman, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County
Jim Shultz, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership
Marshall Snively, Lancaster City Alliance

South Bend
Suzanna Fritzberg, City of South Bend Mayor’s Office
Gary Gilot, University of Notre Dame
Aaron Perri, City of South Bend – Venues, Parks, and Arts
Andrew Wiand, enFocus

About the Partner Organizations

Greater Ohio Policy Center
www.greaterohio.org
Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC) develops and advances policies and practices that value our urban cores and metropolitan regions as economic drivers and preserve Ohio’s open space and farmland. Through advocacy, research, outreach, and education, GOPC strives to create a policy and political climate that allow our communities to stabilize and thrive for statewide economic growth.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
www.lincolninst.edu
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide.