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- Social Network Analysis Assists Startup Toledo
UAC Director, Dr. Neil Reid, gave a presentation to StartUp Toledo. The title of Dr. Reid's presentation was "Social Network Analysis: What Your Position in a Network Says About You". StartUp Toledo (www.startuptoledo.com) meets monthly and provides a forum for local innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives to come together to network, discuss ideas, and listen to inspiring presentations. April's meeting was held at Joenstas' Gallery (http://joenstas.com/) in downtown Toledo.
- Trending Now ...
by Neil Reid, UAC Director
Welcome to the inaugural issue of Trending Now, a publication of The Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo. Three to four times a year, we will bring you what we consider to be cutting edge developments in the area of economic development and growth. Each issue will have a thematic focus and will cover an industry or an economic trend that we believe is new, exciting, and trending. Whatever the topic Trending Now will cover it from a variety of perspectives — national, regional, and local.
The focus of this first issue is America’s burgeoning craft beer industry. Commercial production of craft beer in one of America’s fastest growing industries.
>> Read the first issue of Trending Now
- The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
This process for northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan has been a work-in-progress for nearly two years.
UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid has been part of the CEDS Working Group. Along with Silverlode Consulting, the Working Group has completed the final draft of the NW Ohio/SE Michigan Regional CEDS.
- Lucas County is Losing Residents
UAC Director Neil Reid was quoted in an article in the March 28, 2014 Toledo Blade that discussed the declining population of Lucas County as well as those of other Ohio counties. The article states: "With a net loss of more than 800 residents, Lucas County is following Ohio's trend of losing more residents than it’s gaining, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau annual reporting estimates." In contrast, Wood County showed an increase of about 550 people. Dr Reid suggests that the estimates suggest a regional stabilization in population:
"There is not much shifting, and this could be part of a trend,” Mr. Reid said. "This could be the light at the end of the tunnel and we might start seeing things starting to pick up in the housing market."
- UAC Staff Member Named to Mayor-Elect's Transition Team
UAC Assistant Director Sue Wuest has been named to the transition team of Mayor-Elect D. Michael Collins. Ms. Wuest will serve on the Neighborhood/safety/community relations committee. She was one of the 45 people gathered at the Maritime Academy of Toledo on Saturday, November 16, 2013; the meeting was covered by the Toledo Blade.
- Better Together: How the Maumee Valley Growers Came to Be
A recent online article in Green Profit magazine recounts the beginnings of the Maumee Valley Growers, an industry-based agriculture producer group committed to working together to strengthen our local greenhouse industry. Read the article here.
- The Northwest Ohio Food Council
(by Paula Ross, The Northwest Ohio Food Council)
The Northwest Ohio Food Council is a collaborative network of organizations and individuals working together to build a healthy Northwest Ohio food system. Our mission is to promote a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system in the Metropolitan Toledo Area and the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan Region. We will pursue this mission by fostering a network of collaboration throughout our local food system, initiating, supporting and promoting programs in the above areas, and promoting local and state policies that support our local food system.
Please visit the Council's website http://foodcouncil419.org/ and its "virtual library" of resources we are developing. If you have additional resources to suggest, please send them to email@example.com. You can also "like" our facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/FoodCouncil419?fref=ts; anyone can post and it's a good place to share items of interest.
- Academy Greenhouse Delivers Produce & Lessons for Students
UAC and the Maumee Valley Growers have provided assistance to a student greenhouse project at St. John's Jesuit High School. This project gives students opportunities to learn first-hand about preserving the environment, green intiatives, and growing cycles of plants. Read the article published in Titan Topics, the SJJHS newsletter.
- UAC Staff Edits Book: Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions
Dr. Neil Reid (UAC Director) and Paula Ross (UAC Research Associate) have collaborated with Jay D. Gatrell of Indiana State University in the editing of a new book about local food systems: Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions. Published by Ashgate Publishing, this book explores the "explosion of interest in local food systems-among policy makers, planners, and public health professionals, as well as environmentalists, community developers, academics, farmers, and ordinary citizens. The book represents a first attempt to provide a systematic picture of the opportunities and challenges facing the development of local food systems in old industrial regions." Click the above link for more information.
- On October 25 & 26, 2012, Greentown Toledo will be held at the SeaGate Convention Center. GreenTown is a zero waste, carbon neutral event designed to "connect the dots" between the public and private sector to create a stronger platform for common ground and building community. One of the presenters will be Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center, who will give his presentation "Developing Local Food Systems in Northwest Ohio" View the conference announcement and agenda here.
- On October 5 2012, UAC presented Catherine Tumber, a visiting scholar in Northeastern University's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, who discussed her book "Small, Gritty, and Green -- The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World". Catherine Tumber has spent much of her life in Rust Belt cities. In this book she suggests that smaller cities can be a critical part of a sustainable future and a productive green economy. Following her presentation, we engaged in a discussion about our community's efforts to create a sustainable future for northwest Ohio. Click here to view the full announcement.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross is one of the organizers of Toledo SOUP, a community effort that aims to "activate local initiatives with microgrants," according to its website. As noted by the Toledo Free Press on February 14, 2012, "The local initiative is part of an international microfinancing movement that has been building for years and gaining momentum in recent months, said Paula Ross, one of Toledo SOUP's organizers. The idea behind the model is that public buy-ins as low as $5 can fund small projects that can have a large impact on the community." Read the full article here.
- “A State of Inequity in Ohio:
Funding and Service Disparities between Municipalities and Townships in Montgomery County, Ohio”.
The Greater Dayton Mayors and Managers Association asked UAC to examine
the issue of service and tax equity in Montgomery County.
How is it that Montgomery County townships are able to provide services
without taxing the incomes of their residents?
The study considered the following questions:
- Are the County's incorporated areas (cities and villages) paying for the costs of County services delivered to the unincorporated areas (townships) and then paying again for the same services for their own residents?
- Are current policies and practices, as historically developed, serving as a vehicle for the reallocation of public resources, economic opportunity, wealth, and population from cities to unincorporated areas?
- Are there hidden subsidies for people and businesses locating in unincorporated areas?
- Is there a financial penalty for living in a City or Village?
- UAC 2011 “Year in Review”: UAC's 2011 Year in Review summarizes the main events and achievements of UAC during 2011, including its work with local food systems and with local economic development. Click here to read the UAC 2011 Year in Review. (Prior UAC newsletters are also available.)
- UAC Director Appointed NARSC Executive Director: UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid has been appointed as the next Executive Director of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC). NARSC is an interdisciplinary organization whose mission is focused on promoting the scholarly exchange of ideas and knowledge that applies to understanding the functioning of urban and regional economies in North America and across the globe. The Council organizes an annual international conference that provides a forum for interaction and discussion. Dr. Reid learned of his appointment at the annual NARSC meeting that was held in Miami, Florida last month. He will assume his responsibilities on January 1, 2013. During the upcoming twelve months he will shadow the outgoing Executive Director, Professor Jean-Claude Thill of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
- Local, Fresh Food Club On Campus Thrives During Test Run: UAC's work with Riehm Farms to continue a local fresh food club was highlighted by UT News in their October 28, 2011 issue. Accordng to UAC Research Associate Jeanette Eckert, UT and Riehm Farms hope the number of campus participants will double in the coming year and reach a goal of 250 overall in the northwest Ohio region. Read the complete article here.
- Local Food Strategies on Facebook: UAC's 2011 event, Local Food: Strategies for Jobs and Health, is continuing on Facebook: click here to join the discussion.
- Fresh Local Produce Available Through Community Supported Agriculture: For anyone who lives near UT, here's a way to get fresh, locally-grown, chemical-free produce for your family this summer, conveniently available for pick-up at the Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator (2600 Dorr Street, see map). Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative distribution system linking local farmers to families who purchase, in advance, a weekly share of the season's harvest. Riehm Farms, a family farm located near Tiffin, Ohio, uses organic growing practices. Their produce is available at the farm, at some area farmers markets and, through their CSA, at the University of Toledo. Click here for more information about the Riehm Farms CSA.
- UAC Staff Member Coordinates Local Food Day: UAC Research Associate Jeanette Eckert was the local coordinator for Food Day in Toledo on October 24, 2011. She was quoted in the Toledo Blade in the October 23, 2011 Food section: Locally, the day is being celebrated with a food drive at the University of Toledo to support the Feed Your Neighbor program. In addition, pamphlets and other material will be available at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's Main Library (325 Michigan St.) and Sanger Branch (3030 West Central Ave.). According to local coordinator Jeanette Eckert, "what we're fighting for is sustainable, humane, healthy, accessible, and safe food." She added that the organizers are hoping to make Food Day an annual event.
- Highlights of Northwest Ohio Food & Farm Economy: Click here to review the highlights of a data compilation of the local farm and food economy of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, compiled by Ken Meter.
- Ohio's Food Systems — Farms At the Heart of It All: UAC commissioned a study of Ohio's food system by Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center a non-profit organization that works with communities and their allies to foster democracy and local self-determination. From the study's Options for Action: This study has found that the prevailing food system in Ohio has failed to build health, wealth, connection and capacity in Ohio communities to the extent that Ohioans deserve. Indeed, the food system often frustrates these purposes. In response, residents are actively building community-based networks that include clusters of food businesses, with supportive social connections, popular organizations, and policy inititives, that strive toward a better future for Ohio. Click here to read the study's full report; click here to read the study's Executive Summary. This study was funded by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
- Additional US Census 2010 Links Released:
The 2010 US Census has released more data. Use the links below.
These links are also on UAC's online data sources page; check there for regular updates.
- http://2010.census.gov/2010census/: Census 2010 Home Page
- http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/: Census 2010 main data page
- http://2010.census.gov/2010census/popmap/: 2010 Census Interactive Population Map, a fantastic demographic visualization tool
2010 Census US Profile Maps (click here for the Ohio profile)
- http://factfinder2.census.gov/main.html: American Factfinder 2, the new Census 2010 resource
- A Web Site for Local Foods, maumeevalleyfood.org: UAC is pleased to offer a web site dedicated to providing information about Northwest Ohio local food vendors: maumeevalleyfood.org. This information is compiled by the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc., the local administrators of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Local farm stands and farm markets are listed, along with addresses, operating hours, phone numbers, and links to location maps. There is also a version for mobile devices.
- UAC Hosts IGU Commission Website: The UAC is proud to host the website for the International Geographical Union's Commission on "The Dynamic of Economic Spaces". This commission is dedicated to advancing international research and scholarship in economic geography. Dr. Neil Reid, UAC Director, is currently the Chair of this Commission, and among his duties recently hosted a conference in Toledo that focused on Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions.
- In 2010, what was the UAC Press became the independent UT Press. Today the UT Press is thriving, publishing 13,000 books and 28 titles since forming nine years ago. Read all about it in the August 14, 2011 Toledo Blade.
- UAC Director, Dr. Neil Reid, recently taught a week-long class in July 2011 in Poland as a visiting professor at Czestochowa University of Technology in Poland. Dr. Reid resided in the southern Polish city of Czestochowa from May 30 to June 3 to teach a course titled Industrial Location and Regional Development. Read more about Dr. Reid's experiences here from UT News .
- Luc Peeters visit to Toledo on June 27, 2011 to present "Greenhouse Crop Production, Distribution and Marketing in Belgium: A Model for 21st Century Agriculture" to the Maumee Valley Growers was highlighted in UT News.
- UAC's Joe Perlaky, Maumee Valley Growers Project Manager, was quoted in the May 2, 2011 Toledo Blade article spotlighting the Plant Purple — Grow Hope campaign organized by a group of 16 participating Maumee Valley Growers; click here to read more.
- UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid was quoted in the Toledo Blade on March 11, 2011 about changes in population for Toledo and its neighbors as evidenced in the 2010 US Census.
- More than half of The University of Toledo community surveyed recently by the Urban Affairs Center responded they were "very likely" to participate in a fresh, local food buying club on campus. UAC survey center manager Jeanette Eckert gave the details to UTNews on March 7, 2011.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross was quoted extensively in the February 26, 2011 issue of the Toledo Free Press in an article about buying local and supporting local businesses.
- Students were challenged to lobby for "real food" in the dining halls at the University of Toledo when the Real Food Challenge visited the campus on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Read more about the event here.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross was interviewed by the Independent Collegian about how "Toledo's once tight-knit food market" of local stores serving local communities locally-grown food "has been effectively dismantled over the years and replaced with a new system - one dotted with big box stores and franchise supermarkets. Click here to read the article and view Paula's interview.
- Want a snack on campus, but something fresh and not from the vending machine? The Urban Affairs Center partnered with faculty in the College of Health Science and Human Service and conducted a market feasibility study regarding fresh, local produce delivery on campus. Read about the details here.
- Local restauranteurs are buying more of their food from local growers, as noted by UAC Research Associate Paula Ross in a Toledo Blade feature article on September 6, 2010.
- UAC was mentioned for inclusion in a proposed citizen group to study Lucas County government reform by Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, as noted in the Toledo Blade on June 9, 2010.
- Maumee Valley Grower Program Manager Joe Perlaky was recognized by Ohio's largest nonprofit group as Volunteer of the Year by Green Energy Ohio. This award was noted in the Toledo Blade on April 11, 2010.
- The Maumee Valley Growers were featured in a Sunday Toledo Blade article on May 9, 2010 that highlighted their ability to compete through cooperation and sharing resources.
- Congratulations to UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid, one of the recipients of UT's Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement for 2010.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross was interviewed by The Erie Wire to discuss her work involving sustainability and local food systems. Click here to watch to the interview.
- UAC business service officer Pam Crabtree was profiled in the February 15, 2010 issue of UT News for her work with Yell & Tell: Stop Child Abuse Now. Congratulations to Pam for her efforts in helping to form this important organization.
- The new book by the UAC Press, What A Time It Was, a book based on some of the Veterans’ History Project interviews that are archived in the Ward M. Canaday Center of The University of Toledo’s Carlson Library, was highlighted in the November 9, 2009 issue of UT News and in the November 11, 2009 issue of the Toledo Blade.
- UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid was part of a collaborative group of BGSU and University of Toledo researchers that was recognized recently for taking a fresh approach to determining the most promising sites in Ohio for production of the giant windmills. Read about it here.
- A University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center study on domestic violence was noted in an article in the September-October 2009 issue of the Toledo City Paper.
- UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid was one of the presenters at a forum to pinpoint where the local economy is and where to focus future efforts. His presentation was highlighted in the Toledo Blade on September 29, 2009.
- The benefits of buying and consuming locally produced food was highlighted the July 9 issue of the Toledo City Paper. This article mentioned a UAC-sponsored study conducted by UT assistant professor Gbenga Ajilore on the impact to the Lucas County economy of a local merchant.
- During his recent trip to Australia to share his knowldege of economic clusters, UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid visited the University of Western Sydney to discuss cluster development with local growers. His presentation was featured in the August 5, 2009 issue of the Hawkesbury Gazette.
- Maumee Valley Growers Program Director Joe Perlaky was quoted in the July 29, 2009 Toledo Blade article that discussed the new hoop-house at St. Johns Jesuit High School that is being installed with the assistance of the MVG. Click here to read more.
- UAC's Downtown Toledo Walking Tours for 2009 were profiled in the July 7 2009 issue of UT News.
- UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid and Maumee Valley Growers Project Manager Joe Perlaky were featured in a segment on WGTE TV's "Plugged In" series that discussed how the Maumee Valley Growers, part of UAC's Northwest Ohio Economic Research Collaborative, are changing their "flower power" by adopting green energy practices. Click here to watch (this is an eight minute segment - it will take some time to load and is viewable with Quicktime).
- UAC's Downtown Toledo Tours were profiled in the Spring 2009 issue of UT's Alumni Magazine.
- UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid, Associate Professor of Geography & Planning, was the recipient of UT's Outstanding Researcher Award for 2009. Dr. Reid's work as an internationally recognized authority on cluster-based economics (which emphasizes collaboration between business, academia, and the community) was cited as the main reason for the award.
- UAC Business Services Office Pam Crabtree is also president of Yell & Tell, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse through education. Yell & Tell's recent April 2009 rally was the focus of a Toledo Blade article on April 6, 2009.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest was quoted in a Toledo Blade article on April 6, 2009 citing Toledo's 'job sprawl' as less pronounced than in other metropolitan areas.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross was profiled in the Toledo Blade on April 5, 2009 for her involvement in The University of Toledo Women and Sustainable Agriculture Series.
- Dr. Neil Reid, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning and Director of the Urban Affairs Center at the University of Toledo, recently received a Distinguished Service Award from the Planning and Regional Development Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Reid’s award was in recognition of his outstanding contributions to scholarship in the area of cluster-based economic development.
- The Maumee Valley Growers were profiled in the March 2009 issue of Country Grower Midwest in an article highlighting how the growers "collaborate to compete".
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross has contributed a great deal of time and effort to the Toledo Farmers Market. On January 27, 2009 she was recognized for "community service dedicated to the Farmers Market" at their fourth annual meeting.
- As the the Toledo Blade article of December 7, 2008, says, "Mark the date: It's time for a Toledo calendar", and the Maumee Valley Growers' 2009 Calendar is prominently featured in their review of local calendars.
- The 2007 UAC-funded study of a City of Sylvania - Sylvania Township merger prompted perhaps the last article for a while in the Toledo Blade on Thursday, November 13, 2008 in which the results of the November 5th general election vote was discussed.
- The 2007 UAC-funded study of a City of Sylvania - Sylvania Township merger was cited in a Toledo Blade article on November 5, 2008 that reported the results of the election issue in which voters in Sylvania Township rejected the idea of exploring a merger with the city of Sylvania, voting overwhelmingly against the formation of a merger commission.
- On Saturday, October 4, 2008, The Toledo Blade reported that Sylvania Township trustees voted unanimously against a November ballot issue that would form a commission to develop a plan to merge the township with the city of Sylvania. In March 2007, UAC performed a study of the proposed merger between the two.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross was quoted in the Toledo Blade issue of September 7, 2008 regarding efforts to encourage those on food stamps to take advantage of the values offered at the Toledo Farmers Market.
- UAC's contribution to the local quality of life was noted in the September 2008 section of the UT Matters web site.
- UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid was quoted in a Toledo Blade article that discussed the state of public transportation regionally, as well as efforts to revive it, on August 12, 2008.
- UAC hosted a group of Toledo and Lucas County officials, neighborhood groups, housing advocates, and others to discuss what to do about the vacant homes that blight a host of neighborhoods in our area, as reported in the July 19 edtion of the Toledo Blade.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross is a founding member of Slow Food Maumee Valley, which organization was profiled in the Toledo Blade on July 15, 2008 on its first anniversary.
- UAC Research Associate Paula Ross (UT MBA '86) was profiled online in by the UT Alumni Association, highlighting her work at UAC "with Maumee Valley Growers, a nonprofit association of regional growers, assisting them in making the local economy bloom."
- Further reaction to Dr. Hugh Hinton's report on the potential merger between Mongomery County's Washington Township and Centerville City in Montgomery County, Ohio can be read from the Dayton Daily News and the Centerville-Bellbrook Times.
- UAC Research Associate Dr. Hugh Hinton recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the financial impacts of a potential merger between Mongomery County's Washington Township and Centerville City in Montgomery County, Ohio. Initial local reaction to his report can be read in the Dayton Daily News, the Centerville-Bellbrook Times, and the Montgomery County Washington Township web site. You can also view a video of Dr. Hinton's presentation (courtesy of the Miami Valley Communications Council).
- The Maumee Valley Growers web site has been refreshed with new content and more information about the Growers. The MVG are also co-sponsoring a new locally produced environmental education program: EcoTrack 11.
- The Maumee Valley Growers and Bostdorffs Greenhouse of Bowling Green hosted a pointsettia judging event that was covered by Toledo's 13ABC TV.
- UAC Director Neil Reid presented his analysis of possible local industry clusters to a who's who of Northwest Ohio's economic development community as they met Nov. 30, 2007 at the Dana Conference Center to identify opportunities for coordination and collaboration among their organizations. This meeting was covered by the Toledo Free Press in their December 7, 2007 issue.
- UAC Assistant Director Sue Wuest attended the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago (the world's largest conference of building industry manufacturers and designers with an interest in energy-efficient, sustainable structures) and was quoted in the November 13, 2007 edition of The Oregonian.
- The Maumee Valley Growers will be part of the Maumee Uptown Business Association's 2007 Halloween festivities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., where they'll hand out pumpkins and discount coupons for locally grown flowers and plants. Read more about it in the October 25, 2007 issue of the Port Clinton News Herald.
- UAC Director Neil Reid and Assistant Director Sue Wuest appeared on Toledo's NBC affiliate station, NBC24, as part of an October 8, 2007 story citing Toledo's nomination by a United Nations committee to a list of 5 cities competing internationally for the title of “Most Livable City”.
- The collaboration agreement between UAC and BGSU's Center for Regional Development and its positive effects was noted in an article in the June 22, 2007 issue of the Toledo Free Press.
- UAC Research Assistant Anastasia Mirzoyants is active in tutor/mentor leadership and recently co-hosted a workshop at the 2007 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago. Her participation was noted in the Tutor/Mentor Connection Blog entry of Tuesday, June 7, 2007 and she wrote an article for that blog on Tuesday, May 15, 2007.
- The work of UAC's former director, the late Dr. Patrick McGuire, on the subject of “brain drain” as it relates to our area was profiled by the Toledo Blade on Sunday, June 3, 2007.
- According to a recent study released by the Brookings Institution that was discussed in a Toledo Blade article on May 26, 2007, “Toledo could experience an economic revival if their state governments adjust some public policies”. UAC Director Neil Reid and Assistant Director Sue Wuest were both quoted in this article, and Dr. Reid was quoted in a Blade editorial on May 31, 2007 on the same topic.
- UAC was mentioned in an article in the Toledo Blade on Friday, May 11, 2007 that reported the Toledo City Council's discussion of a possible connection between convenience stores and crime.
- The discussion of a possible City of Sylvania - Sylvania Township merger continued on March 2, 2007 at a public forum covered by the Toledo Blade.
- The analysis of possible financial impacts of a proposed Sylvania Township - City of Sylvania merger by the Urban Affairs Center has been discussed at public meetings that were covered by the Toledo Blade on February 8, 2007 (Reactions Mixed for Merger Plans and Study Finds Tax Benefits), and on February 15, 2007 (Sylvania-Area Residents Mull Merger).
- In an article published on February 1, 2007, the Toledo Blade highlighted a public meeting to be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 that will discuss the results of a study performed by the UAC that examined the financial aspects of a possible merger between Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania.
- Toledo Local Initiatives Support Corporation awarded its largest grant ever - $200,000 - to a project called "Connecting the Pieces" aiming to improve neighborhoods adjacent to the Marina District. The UAC is one of the project's key players, according to the January 7, 2007 article in the Toledo Free Press.
- Kathie Smith, Toledo Blade columnist, mentioned the efforts of UAC Research Associate Paul Ross to assist the Toledo Farmer's Market during 2006 in her December 31, 2006 column.
- The UAC's November 13, 2006 What Works session titled "Organzing for Regional Collaboration", and the researchers who presented it, were covered by the December 2006 issues of Development News (Toledo Business Journal) and The Greater Toledo Business Advantage.
- The economic impact study of the "new" UT conducted in collaboration by the UAC and by the BGSU Center for Regional Development was highlighted by the Independent Collegian on December 4, 2006 and by UT News on November 29, 2006.
- The Toledo Free Press highlighted the 2007 Maumee Valley Growers Calendar.
- As part of a series studying Ohio's economic problems, The Toledo Blade highlighted the research done by Dr. Patrick McGuire (former UAC Director) regarding the state's inability to retain graduates of science and technical fields in a feature article on October 1, 2006.
- The work done by Dr. Neil Reid and Dr. Michael Carroll to help organize Northwest Ohio's greenhouse growers into an industrial cluster was profiled in the August 2006 issue of Greenhouse Product News.
- UAC is conducting a study on the possibility of a merger between the City of Sylvania and Sylvania Township. This was reported in the Toledo Blade on Thursday, July 27, 2006.
- Dr. Barbara Mann, the author of the latest UAC Press book, Land of the Three Miamis, gave a book talk at Borders Books on July 20, 2006 that was covered by UTNews.
- The Maumee Valley Growers, and the efforts of the UAC and the BGSU Center for Regional Development to assist them were profiled in the June 5, 2006 issue of UT News.
- UAC's upcoming "What Works" event on Public Markets, Fresh Food, and Our Local Economy was noted in The Blade on May 21, 2006 in Food Editor Kathie Smith's column.
- The Maumee Valley Growers were mentioned in a Blade article on April 24, 2006 about the creation of a garden at Our Lady of Lourdes in celebration of National and Global Youth Service Day.
- CATNeT, a UAC-supported program, was mentioned in the Toledo Blade on April 11, 2006 as a part of an article on the efforts of the Lucas County Solid Waste Management District's annual electronics recycling event.
- Dr. Neil Reid, Interim Director of the UAC, was cited for his contributions in the recently released State of the Workforce study by the Workforce Investment Board of Lucas County (WIB). Read the article from the April 2006 issue of the Toledo Business Journal (opens in the full window).
- On March 22, 2006, UAC and the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University signed an official Memorandum of Collaboration (view the signing ceremony). UAC and its Interim Director, Dr. Neil Reid, were mentioned on January 24, 2006 in the The Toledo Press in an article about the Maumee Valley Growers and how they are organizing as an industry cluster.
- UAC's work as part of the Northwest Ohio Economic Research Collaborative (NWOERC) was higlighted in a Toledo Blade article of December 8, 2005 about the Maumee Valley Growers.
- UAC participated in an urban planning session held by the Uptown Association and the Toledo Warehouse District Association. This session was discussed in the Toledo Blade on Friday, October 25, 2005.
- Dr. Neil Reid, Interim UAC Director, was quoted inThe Toledo Blade on Monday, September 5, 2005 in an article about local families who discover the minimum wage can’t cover minimum needs.
- On September 6, 2005, UT News discussed the recent research of Dr. Carter Wilson, UAC Research Associate and UT Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, regarding Educational Attainment of People of Color in Toledo and Cincinnati.
- Dr. Patrick McGuire's contributions as UAC Director were celebrated during a reception on August 25, 2005 noted by UT News that also marked the 25th anniversary of the UAC and of the Urban University Program.
- UT News listed UAC's Discover Downtown Toledo Walking Tours in the Calendar of its July 18, 2005 issue.
- The Toledo Blade once again highlighted the Discover Downtown Toledo Walking Tours in an article published July 8, 2005.
- On July 6, 2005 the Toledo City Paper discussed how regionalism may be what Northwest Ohio needs to solve the area's economic woes.
- The UT-UAC Press was profiled in a Toledo Blade article on Sunday, June 19, 2005.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest wrote a letter to the editors of The Toledo Blade that discussed the East Toledo Marina Project on Tuesday, May 31, 2005.
- UAC Director Dr. Patrick McGuire is quoted in Toledo Blade columnist Roberta DeBoer's column of May 26, 2005 as she laments the current state of the Westgate Shopping Center.
- UAC Assistant Director Sue Wuest was quoted extensively in an article on May 18, 2005 of the Toledo Free Press the discussed the 25th anniversary of the UAC and its work in Northwest Ohio.
- The Toledo City Paper highlighted UAC's Downtown Toledo Tours in their article of March 31, 2005.
- According to the Toledo Blade, a study co-sponsored by the UAC and the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Community Partnerships "that focuses on public K-16 educational institutions in Toledo and Cincinnati shows that people of color from low-income urban areas are facing serious and ongoing problems when it comes to getting an education." Read the Blade article of 3-25-05 and their editorial on the study of 4-5-05 (read the study here).
- The release of the latest UAC Press book, The Irish in Toledo: History and Memory, was noted by the Toledo Blade on Sunday, March 13, 2005, and by UT News on March 14, 2005.
- A recent study sponsored by UAC finds that "there is a major disconnect at many area companies between a desire for a sophisticated information technology system and a willingness to buy needed software and properly train employees". Read the article discussing this study from the Toledo Blade on March 5, 2005.
- According to the Toledo Blade, "The cost of filing civil claims, evictions, driver's license suspension appeals, and garnishments in Toledo Municipal Court has risen to make Toledo's costs comparable with other jurisdictions". This action was taken in part as a result of an April 2004 study sponsored by the UAC. You can read the January 10, 2005 Blade article documenting this decision here.
- The City of Toledo has reached a decision about its 2005 budget that avoids layoffs of key personnel, as reported by the Toledo Blade on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 and in an editorial on Monday, December 27, 2004. This result was in part attributed to the City's acceptance of its revenue forecast for 2005 by Dr. Paul Kozlowski, UAC Research Associate.
- The Toledo Blade highighted the City of Toledo's budget woes regarding its capital improvements program in a December 17, 2004 article. UAC Research Associate Dr. Paul Kozlowski's forecasts of City income tax revenues was noted in this article (his latest forecast can be read here).
- Toledo Blade columnist Roberta DeBoer has a novel suggestion for Toledo's economic woes: print your own money! Her December 12, 2004 column cites a recent UAC study on the effects of buying locally.
- Dr. Neil Reed and Dr. Michael Carroll, UAC Research Associates working on the Northwest Ohio Economic Research Collaborative, visited the Wolverhampton region of England meeting with business and academic leaders to learn from their experiences with industrial clusters. This four day visit was noted in UTNews on November 12, 2004.
- A press conference discussing the UAC-funded study on domestic violence recidivism was covered by the Toledo Blade on Saturday, October 23, 2004. The study was also covered by UTNews on December 6, 2004.
- UAC Research Associate Donna Johnston (chairman of the Metro Toledo Smart Growth Partnership) coordinated a meeting that invited leaders of 14 cities and villages in Lucas and Wood counties, as well as city officials from Monroe, Michigan, to discuss the issues raised by population moving outward from urban centers to the suburbs. The Toledo Blade discussed these issues and quoted Ms. Johnston in an article on Sunday, September 26, 2004, and The Blade wrote a follow-up article about the meeting's results on Thursday, September 20, 2004.
- UAC's Discover Downtown Toledo Walking Tours were highighted in the August 2004 issue of Business Advantage.
- An Urban Affairs Center study of the economic impact of local business on the economy was reported by UT News on September 7, 2004.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest chaired a meeting of a group called "Friends of the Market" that wants to assist the Erie Street Market. This meeting was covered by The Toledo Blade on July 27, 2004.
- The Toledo Blade profiled UAC's Downtown Toledo Walking Tours and its newly updated “Discover Downtown Toledo” Tour Guide in a July 19, 2004 article.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest attended a day-long regional hearing on in Monclova Township (sponsored by the state House of Representatives' subcommittee on land use and growth) that discussed the idea of regional sharing of taxes from metropolitan growth. This hearing was covered by The Toledo Blade on March 25, 2004.
- UAC Research Associates Sue Wuest, Dr, Neil Reid of UT, and Dr. Michael Carroll of BGSU were featured in an article in the March 15, 2004 issue of UTNews that discussed the Northwest Ohio Economic Research Collaborative.
- UAC Research Associate Joel Lipman, UT Professor of art and English, composed an editorial on the February 23, 2004 issue of UT News in which he lamented the passing of Westgate Shopping Center's Boogie Records and cites UAC's leadership in the Westgate commercial district.
- UAC was cited in The Toledo Blade article of February 23, 2004, that discussed City of Toledo Mayor Jack Ford's "unigov" unified government proposal for our area.
- During his 2004 State of the University address, UT President Dr. Daniel Johnson cited the UAC as an example of an organization that has "an explicit mission of engagement" with the local community. The Toledo Blade covered his address on January 22, 2004.
- UAC's on-going study of Northwest Ohio's industrial base was covered by the Toledo Blade on January 21, 2004.
- A UAC-sponsored study of the positive health benefits for senior citizens of reminiscence therapy was covered by The Independent Collegian on January 29, 2004, and by UT News and WSPD Radio on January 20, 2004.
- UAC Director Dr. Patrick McGuire was quoted in a Toledo Blade article on January 4, 2004, that reviewed the results of U.S. Census "long form" data indicating that a significant precentage of those who work in Toledo live there. Dr. McGuire was also cited on January 13, 2004, in the Blade's editorial opinion on that issue.
- UAC Research Associate Dr. Paul Kozlowski (UT College of Business) presented his tax revenue forecast for 2004 to the City of Toledo on December 11, 2003. His remarks were covered by the Toledo Blade on December 12, 2004. (View the 2004 forecast here.)
- CATNeT and Director Anne Robinson received national recognition: the first Education Think Tank TEC Champion Award for Outstanding Community Technology Leaders from the Community Technology Centers Network during a recent ceremony at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. UT News covered the story on October 20, 2003.
- A Toledo Blade editorial on October 13, 2003, discussed the recent report by Ameregis on sprawl and its effects on Northwest Ohio. Also, an article in UT News on that same date in which UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest was quoted discussed that report.
- The Toledo Blade continued its coverage of the discussion of sprawl in Northwest Ohio with an article on October 9, 2003 that covered the presentation by Myron Orfield of Ameregis discussing their report (the full Ameregis report can be found here).
- The Toledo Blade published an article on October 7, 2003 discussing Myron Orfield's report about urban sprawl in Northwest Ohio in which UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest is quoted.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest was quoted in UT News during her participation in the September 10, 2003 meeting on the Toledo Science and Research Corridor.
- CATNeT was featured as the cover story of the August 21-27, 2003 issue of the Toledo CityPaper.
- UAC Director Patrick McGuire worked with Toledo Public Schools, KnowledgeWorks, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help secure grants for Rogers and Libbey High Schools. The Toledo Blade wrote about these grants on August 21, 2003.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest was quoted in the Toledo Blade on August 17, 2003, in an article on "rumbling heard for city, county to unite services".
- As reported in the Toledo Blade on July 22, 2003, Toledo Public Schools vowed to reduce their Hispanic dropout rate. The article cited the recent UAC-sponsored study on education of Hispanic/Latino students in Toledo.
- The June 30, 2003 issue of UT News highlighted UAC's downtown Toledo walking tours.
- UAC was featured in the June 2003 issue of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship E-Newsletter.
- Articles from June 19, 2003 in the online UT News and June 27, 2003 in The Toledo Blade discussed the findings of the study by UAC Research Associate Paul Kozlowski on the consequences of changes to the Northwest Ohio financial industry (view the study results here in a PDF format).
- On June 16, 2003 the Toledo Blade covered the UAC-sponsored project to create the first online arboretum in U.S.
- The Toledo Blade's article of 5-19-03 highlighted the plight of CATNeT and other outreach programs sponsored by the UAC. Quoting the Blade article, "Proposed state budget cuts, however, could impair the centers from continuing their work."
- UAC Research Associate Paul Kozlowski gave his latest budget projections for the City Of Toledo (The Toledo Blade, May 2, 2003).
- The March 27, 2003 issue of UT News, the May 8th issue of the Toledo City Paper, and the June 8, 2003 issue of the Toledo Blade all highlighted Hungarian American Toledo, a book co-authored by Dr. John Ahern, professor emeritus in the College of Education, and Dr. Tom Barden, associate dean for humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences. The book was published in association with the Urban Affairs Center; click here to find out how to obtain a copy.
- On 02-05-03 Toledo Blade discussed the draft report on the Westgate planning process (Walk Westgate) by the Gibbs Planning Group.
- A letter to the editor of The Toledo Blade on December 23, 2002 discussed the recent UAC-sponsored study of the education of Hispanic/Latino students in Toledo.
- Two articles written by William Pusk�s for publication talk about the 28th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, help August 17-18, 2002 (view the article and an insert about the Birmingham neighborhood).
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest was quoted in The Toledo Blade by columnist Roberta DeBoer on October 24, 2002 when Ms. DeBoer discussed the recent national survey about sprawl, Toledo's ranking, and the recent Lucas County Commissioner's debate.
- UAC Research Associate and Toledo Plan Commission member Sue Wuest was quoted in the Toledo Blade on October 22, 2002 about the results of a recent national survey citing Toledo's sprawl as mild. The Blade also covered the Lucas County Commissioner debate on October 21, 2002 that was co-sponsored by UAC.
- UT News noted the upcoming October 22, 2002 meeting to discuss the plans for rejuvenating the Westgate area (view the meeting announcement).
- The Toledo Blade reported the announcement of the results of the UAC-sponsored study of the education of Hispanic/Latino students in Toledo on October 15, 2002 (view the study results here).
- The study of the fiscal impact of public service delivery practices in Lucas County, Ohio garnered an editorial opinion from the Toledo Blade on the effects of those practices. In a related story, the Blade covered the presentation on urban sprawl by Dr. Sam Staley to the Toledo Chamber of Commerce.
- A proposal from Lucas County Engineer Keith Earley could bridge a tax gap said to exist between the municipalities and townships of Lucas County (Toledo Blade article, October 11, 2002).
- In their October 10, 2002 article, the Toledo Blade covered the study of the fiscal impact of public service delivery practices in Lucas County, Ohio, conducted by researchers with Toledo City Council and the Urban Affairs Center at The University of Toledo (view the study here).
- On September 23, 2002, the Toledo Blade discussed Robert Gibbs' presentation on the Westgate area (a "What Works" program co-sponsored by the UAC and the Toledo Plan Commission), and expressed their opinion about the current state of Westgate on September, 27, 2002.
- A Toledo Blade article on August 15, 2002 highlighted the Downtown Toledo Walking Tours program, co-sponsored by UAC and the Toledo Lucas County Public Libraries.
- The Select Committee on Ohio’s System of Higher Education met on August 13, 2002, at the UT College of Law, and UAC was mentioned prominently by Jack Ford, Mayor of the City of Toledo (article by the Toledo Blade).
- UT News documented a $30,000 gift from Key Bank to CATNeT, the UAC program offering access to computers and technology. The July 2002 issue of Commercial Advantage also covered the donation. The June 25, 2002 event was held at Michaelmas Manor, a CATNeT computing center.
- An article in The Toledo Blade on July 1, 2002, dealt with the cuts in funding by the State of Ohio to the voucher program implemented by Lucas County's Department of Jobs and Family Services, a program that was "deemed effective by a study this year by the University of Toledo’s Urban Affairs Center and Lucas County Human Services" according to the Blade article.
- UAC is partnering with U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, Toledo City Council, and other local groups to fund a study of urban sprawl and identify its effects in the Toledo area to be conducted by The Metropolitan Area Research Corporation, a non-profit group directed by Myron Orfield (Toledo Blade article, June 27, 2002).
- Dr. Dale Dwyer, chair and professor of management in UT's College of Business Administration and a UAC research associate, published the results of her study of the future of jobs in Northwest Ohio (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). This study was covered by the June 21, 2002 issue of the The Blade and on the web by UT News.
- UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest, co-chair of Toledo Mayor Jack Ford's Transition Team, participated in the creation of Mayor Ford's plan for the City of Toledo. She was present at Mayor Ford's announcement of the plan (as reported in the Toledo City Paper, May 30 - June 5).
- UAC Director Dr. Patrick McGuire and Research Associate Sue Wuest were quoted in the Toledo Blade article of June 4, 2002 about income movement in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan as shown by the 2000 UC Census.
- UAC recently received the Toledo-Lucas County League of Women Voters Olive Colton award (noted also in the Toledo Blade, Monday, June 6, 2002).
- UAC's recent brownfield redevelopment research project was mentioned in the Spring 2002 issue of UT's Toledo Alumni Magazine.
- Dr. Patrick McGuire, UAC Director, is quoted in The Toledo Blade's article of May 13, 2002, about the Toledo Public Schools’ proposal to rebuild and renovate the district’s buildings.
- The Blade quoted UAC Research Associate Sue Wuest in their recent opinion about Toledo and Northwest Ohio's challenges regarding economic growth.
- The University of Toledo and UAC Research Associate Donna Johnston have been working with The Toledo International Hostel/Guesthouse Corp., a nonprofit group coordinating the hostel’s development (by Rachel Zinn, The Toledo Blade, 4-24-02).
- UAC will be conducting a survey of Toledo's Hispanic community (by Clyde Hughes, The Blade, April 1, 2002).
- The Blade's Roberta de Boer writes about current trends in mall development locally and nationally: see her article from March 19, 2002 about tax abatement and the Southwyck Mall, and her article from March 14, 2002 about how the proposed Fallen Timbers Mall in Maumee bucks current trends nationally.
- Joel Lipman, Professor in the College of Art, was named a University College Fellow for 2001. He was nominated by Dr. Patrick McGuire, Director of the UAC.
- Jim Drew's Statehouse Notebook column of March 10, 2002 discussed the UAC's role in assisting Toledo City Council, according to Council President Peter Ujvagi.
- A Charrette event, co-sponsored by the UAC, took place in the Old West End Renascence Area neighborhoods. This event was covered by the Toledo Blade on March 7, 2002. (The presentations from Team 1, Team 2, and Team 3 are also available.)
- Sue Wuest, UAC Research Associate, was appointed co-chair of City of Toledo Mayor Jack Ford's transition team. This was covered by The Blade and by UT News.
- UAC co-sponsored a debate among candidates for at-large Toledo City Council members.
- UAC co-sponsored a debate among candidates for Toledo Public School Board.
- UAC released the results of recent studies, including Brownfield Redevelopment and the tax revenue forecast for the City of Toledo for 2002.
- CATNeT received donations of $45,000 from 5/3rd Bank, and $15,000 from CDBG $ sponsored by Councilmembers Luddeman, Wozniak and Escobar.
- The Blade covered a study (a collaboration by the UUP including the UAC) of the state of the IT industry in Ohio on October 16, 2001.
- UAC announces the availability of ICPSR Direct, a data download service to social science researchers at UT offered by ICPSR at The University of Michigan.
- UAC has recently made more US Census 2000 data available online.
- Dr. Barbara K. Chesney, Associate Professor of Sociology, was recently honored as a University College Fellow. She was sponsored by UAC.
- UAC is co-sponsoring a forum for all of Toledo's Mayoral candidates on August 26, 2001, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at UT's Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium. Click here for more information.
- The Toledo Blade article of June 20, 2001 and an accompanying editorial on June 21, 2001 covered Myron Orfield's presentation at the McMaster Family Center for Lifelong Learning at the main branch of the Toledo/Lucas County Public Library.
- The Toledo Blade article on May 20, 2001 and an accompanying editorial opinion on May 23, 2001 analyzed the results of the 2000 US Census of the city of Toledo.
- A study conducted by the UAC citing the benefits of a comprehensive downtown Toledo college campus was covered by a Toledo Blade article on May 23, 2001. You can view the study's contents and executive summary as well as the complete text (both require Adobe Acrobat Reader).
- UAC sponsored a talk covered by the Toledo Blade on April 28, 2001, by Dr. Thomas Klier, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Chicago, about Toledo's location in the automaking hub.
- The Toledo Blade article on April 20, 2001 covered the open forum co-sponsored by UAC on innovations in contemporary urban education.
- Myron Orfield, author of Metropolitics, will speak in Toledo on June 19, 2001. Details are being worked out, but the major public event will be during the morning of June 19, 2001, at the Main Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Click here for more information about this event.
- UAC is co-sponsoring a forum with UT, the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education of BGSU, and the Toledo-Lucas County League of Women Voters titled "School Reform: Getting From Here To There" on Thursday, April 19 from 7-9pm at the SeaGate Centre. Click here for more information.
- UAC is co-sponsoring (with the UT Finance and Business Economics Dept, UT Center for Family Business, UT Exective MBA program) a luncheon talk by Tom Klier, of the Chicago Federal Researce Bank. He will talk about the problems of second and third tier auto suppliers in a presentation entitled "Geography in Today's Changing Automobile Industry." The talk will be held in the UT Student Union Room 2582.
- Got a good idea? The Urban Affairs Center wants research proposals!
- UAC co-sponsored the recent "Managing Growth" event, featuring Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute, at the Main Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Click here to view Mr. Katz's presentation (it will display in a new window; click here to read hints for viewing web-based presentations).
- A Blade article on January 5, 2001 discussed the assistance rendered to the City of Toledo by Dr. Patrick McGuire of UAC and Dr. Paul Kozlowski of UT's Business College during the city's 2001 budget process. The reports associated with their work are available from our Publications section.
- Roberta de Boer's column of October 28, 2000 highlighted a recent UT workshop on "sweatshop" labor practices overseas and how these relate to American consumers.
- UAC is a proud participant in the Walk Westgate project, which recently won an award from CityScape. The Toledo Blade has featured articles about the Walk Westgate design charrette on the following dates:
- The Child and Family Research Institute is now co-located with the UAC.
- UT is joining BGSU in a Gear Up grant to assist East Toledo school children to prepare for college (from the Toledo Blade, September 26, 2000).
- James Drew's Blade column of July 9, 2000 discussed UAC's study of transportation equity.
- Roberta de Boer's Blade column of May 11, 2000 discussed urban planning and design.
- The Private Industry Collaborative (PIC), of which UAC is a member, will disburse a $2 million federal job retraining grant (from The Toledo Blade, June 28, 2000).
- UAC and the Ohio Urban University Program were featured in Jim Drew's Blade column of April 9, 2000.
- Dr. Douglas Kelbaugh of The University of Michigan spoke at two seminars on "the new urbanism" March 2, 2000, in which specific ideas for the Westgate area were discussed. Here is an announcement of these seminars as well as a review from the Toledo Blade.
- View the results of the metropolitan planning transportation study, the mock web site, and a recent article about it from the Washington Post.