Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

Creating a more Vibrant, Resilient & Sustainable NEO


Welcome to a Special Edition of the Vibrant NEO Newsletter!


One major goal of Vibrant NEO 2040 is to provide meaningful opportunities to learn, share, create and act  . . . together.

We are happy to share our upcoming engagement events for Fair Housing and Scenario Planning.  These conversations throughout the region are the critical component of developing the Vibrant NEO 2040 Vision and Framework as well as the tools to move this vision forward.

This edition also contains an exploration of the upcoming scenario planning process and the schedule over the rest of 2013.



You are invited to attend!  NEOSCC is currently undertaking a study to evaluate fair housing throughout the 12 Counties of Northeast Ohio.  It is known as a Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. Through a series of Fair Housing Forums, we are reaching out to each of the 12 Counties to listen to your thoughts on this important issue.

March 11

9:00am - Summit County, Akron Urban League (President's Hall), 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron
1:30pm - Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (Corporate Offices, Board Room), 8120 Kinsman Rd., Cleveland
6:00pm - Cuyahoga County, Hall of La Sagrada Familia, 7719 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

March 12
9:30am - Wayne County, Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority (Training & Conference Center), 1273 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster
2:00pm - Medina County, City of Medina, City Hall (Multi-purpose Room), 132 North Elmwood Ave., Medina
6:30pm - Lorain County, Lorain County Transportation & Community Center, 40 East Ave., Elyria

March 13
9:30am - Ashtabula County, Ashtabula County Head Start (Lake Erie Room), 4510 Main Ave., Ashtabula
2:00pm - Lake County, Lake County Administration Bldg., 105 Main St., Painesville
6:30pm - Geauga County, Geauga Metropolitan Housing Authority (Community Room), 385 Center St., Chardon

March 14
9:30am - Portage County, Portage County Regional Planning Commission, 124 N. Prospect St., Ravenna
2:00pm - Trumbull County, The Wean Foundation (Western Reserve Room), 147 W. Market St., Warren
6:30pm - Mahoning County, Covelli Center (Community Room), 229 E. Front St., Youngstown

March 15
9:30am - Stark County, The Metropolitan Centre, 601 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Canton

For anyone in need of special accommodations, please provide advance notice at least five days prior to the event by contacting Anthony Kobak (NEOSCC) at 330-375-2949.


 You can download a PDF of the schedule here



This year, you have the opportunity to help create a new, shared vision for a more vibrant, resilient, and sustainable Northeast Ohio.  The first opportunity is just around the corner - so save the date!


The VibrantNEO process will look at the future of Northeast Ohio based on what we know about the present and what we know about how the world works.  What will it look like in 2040 if we keep doing what we're doing?  What are the potential outcomes if we do things differently?  

Work Shop Schedule


We have selected six city locations throughout the region for your convenience.  Pick a date and location that works for you!


April 30:

Oberlin (Lorain, Medina, and western Cuyahoga)

Warren (Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula)  


May 1:

Cleveland (Central Cuyahoga and inner-ring suburbs)

Canton (Wayne and Stark)


May 2:

Akron (Summit and Portage)

Warrenville Hts. (Lake, eastern Cuyahoga, and Geauga)



Exact locations and registration will be available soon.


We can only answer these questions together

VibrantNEO scenarios will tell stories about our possible futures, based on where Northeast Ohio is today and the choices we might make about how we use land and how we invest.  These scenarios will be created in part through the input of thousands of Northeast Ohioans through a series of public workshops and online tools where we will look at likely future outcomes.Pick a date and location that's most convenient for you and add you voice!


For more information, visit VibrantNEO.org


What is 'Scenario Planning?' 
SCENARIOS are stories about the future.  They summarize likely future outcomes based on what we know about the present and what we know about how the world works.  Every weather forecast, for example, presents a scenario for the future, based on what meteorologists know about the current weather and what they know about how weather patterns develop. 


VibrantNEO 2040's scenarios will tell stories about our possible futures, based on where Northeast Ohio is today and the choices we might make about how we use our land and how we invest our resources.  Once we create these scenarios, we will be able to compare how successful they are at achieving our common goals for the region, judge which choices would be best for Northeast Ohio's future, and create a shared vision and framework for the future around those choices.

VibrantNEO 2040's Scenario Planning

Step 1: Where is Northeast Ohio today?

Every VibrantNEO 2040 scenario will start with measuring where we are now and identifying trends that may affect our future: These include what is happening with our population, how are we using land, what policies are we pursuing and enacting, what are we investing in, and many more factors.


Step 2: What if we keep doing what we are doing now?

The first scenario VibrantNEO 2040 will develop is called "Business-As-Usual." It outlines what Northeast Ohio's future will look like if we keep doing what we are currently doing - what will our communities look like, how successful will our economy be, and how much will it likely cost us, if we keep our current policies and approaches to land use, transportation and development in place?
Sasaki Diagram


Step 3: What if we pursue different priorities?

Once we know what will happen if we keep doing what we are currently doing, we can begin to ask how the future might change if we start doing things differently.  What if we decide to protect certain types of land use or choose to make broadening the different types of housing options available to Northeast Ohioans our number one goal? Each of these choices could lead to a different scenario.

To know which scenarios to create, VibrantNEO 2040 is asking people from all across Northeast Ohio to participate in scenario-building exercises that will help make sure we are focused on the things Northeast Ohioans think are most important.

Working with the information gathered through these exercises and the other ways the public can participate, we will develop a small set of ALTERNATIVE scenarios about Northeast Ohio's future to go along with the Business-As-Usual scenario.
SP Schedule 1  


Step 4: What scenarios lead to the best outcomes?

To judge the choices we make in the Business-As-Usual scenario and the other scenarios we develop, we will need to identify Scenario Indicators, which allow us to measure and compare trends and likely outcomes in the different scenarios.  These indicators will reflect Northeast Ohio's priorities, will be easy to understand, will work across all the scenarios being reviewed, and will help show our region's long-term health.  The indicators that we settle on will serve as a scorecard to rate the different scenarios.  Based on this scorecard we will be able to judge the results of the choices we might make.


SP 2

Step 5: How should we prioritize our choices for Northeast Ohio?

In addition to knowing the likely results of the choices we make, we also need to know what our choices will cost, and how they might pay off.  For this, VibrantNEO 2040 will develop a detailed Fiscal Impact Analysis, which will allow us to explore the financial trade-offs we might have to make to achieve our goals for the region.  With our scenarios, indicators, and fiscal impact analysis in hand, VibrantNEO 2040 will challenge Northeast Ohioans to have a thoughtful, region-wide conversation about what we really value about our region and what we are willing to invest in those values.


  SP Scd 3

Step 6: What does our preferred vision of Northeast Ohio's future look like?

Knowing what we as Northeast Ohioans value and how we prefer to prioritize our region's choices and investments, VibrantNEO 2040 will take what we have learned from its different scenarios - what worked best in each scenario in pursuing Northeast Ohio's goals and priorities - and build a new scenario for the region that maximizes our outcomes.  This will be the final product of VibrantNEO's Scenario Planning: Our region's Preferred Scenario for its future.

SP Sched 4


VibrantNEO's Preferred Scenario will represent the best path that Northeast Ohio can take to create the kind of future it wants for this region.  Once the Preferred Scenario is complete, VibrantNEO 2040 will turn to its next step of moving Northeast Ohio down this path: IMPLEMENTATION.


Need to catch up on the Vibrant Daily Blog?
Here are the Vibrant Daily Blog entries from the last couple of weeks.
The City of Elyria Fair Housing Board is sponsoring a Fair Housing Conference on April 4, 2013.
Speakers include:

Marija Georgievski, Executive Director, Lake Erie Landlord Association (Landlord Best Practices)


Dennis Muzilla, Manager, First Federal Savings & Loan of Lorain (Compliance with Fair Lending Practices)


Mindy Wright, Housing Manager, Lorain County Urban 

League (Foreclosure Counseling 101)


Emily C. White, Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Rent to Own:  Beware of Scams)



 Like me on Facebook  Follow me on Twitter  View my profile on LinkedIn 
 View my videos on YouTube  View my photos on flickrFind us on Pinterest 


Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium