ECC Article Published in the Economic Development Journal of the IEDC


The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Economic Development Journal for Winter 2014 features an article written by Chris Schock, Mark Rembert, Dr. Pete Mallow, and Taylor Stuckert, titled, “Growing Forward in Response to an Economic Disaster.”

According to the IEDC, the Economic Development Journal is “the premier publication of [the] profession, featuring in-depth articles on important programs, projects, and trends in the United States and around the world.”

The paper highlights the award-winning programs that have been produced by Energize Clinton County and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission in response to the DHL crisis and in an effort build a strong economic and community development foundation for Clinton County as it moves forward. You read more about ECC’s programs by clicking HERE.

To read the IEDC article, click HERE.

IEDC features ECC in monthly newsletter

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) featured ECC it its November 4th e-mail newsletter. The newsletter is for members only, but the IEDC has generously provided a copy to share with our supporters. You’ll find the article on ECC beginning on page 6.

Download: November 4th IEDC Newsletter

Young Professional Survey

Across the country, regional economies attracting and retaining young professional talent are thriving, while those losing their best and brightest are suffering. Our community’s long term competitive position will be closely tied to our ability to continually attract, recruit, and retain young, highly skilled workers to fill the voids in our aging workforce.

Since 2007, the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, along with many partners, has run a Community Attitude Survey in an effort to understand community attitudes and thoughts. This year’s survey was designed specifically for young professionals by Ohio University’s School of Communications, Ohio University’s Sociology Department, Wilmington College, the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Wilmington along with the CCRPC and Energize Clinton County.  The development of a survey resulted from a first ever Young Professionals Roundtable meeting hosted last year by Mayor Randy Riley, where the need for an objective and scientific assessment was highlighted.  “Our goal is to make sure that Wilmington appeals to all generations of residents, with your help, we can make this happen,” said Randy Riley in his invitation to stakeholders to take the survey.

The research team was lead by Dr. Anna Wiederhold, Dr. Laura Black, Dr. Ted Welser of Ohio University and Dr. Corey Cockerill of Wilmington College.   “We are using a combination of surveys and focus group interviews to investigate the factors influencing young people (age 18-40) in their decisions regarding where to live, work, and spend their money,” said Dr. Wiederhold (a Wilmington High School alum) who recently received her PhD and whose dissertation focused on Wilmington and this process.

To date the survey has been completed by over 300 local citizens, it is open to all ages and everyone countywide is encouraged to take the short survey.  If you’ve not taken the survey, take it now:


Wilmington Clinton County Trails & Greenways Plan

Clinton County Trails + Greenways Plan

The new Clinton County Trails and Greenways plan has been completed and posted to our new website devoted to planning, visioning, and design projects. Check it out. Congratulations to Parker Hoar, Taylor Stuckert, and Chris Schock for the awesome work.

ECC/CCRPC offers “wisdom” to Wise Economy Workshop podcast

Check out this awesome interview with ECC Co-Founder Taylor Stuckert and Clinton Co. Regional Planning Commission Director Chris Schock offering up some “wisdom” on local economic development for the Wise Economy Workshop podcast.


ECC Receives Award from the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio

Yesterday, ECC was honored to receive the 2013 Partnership Recognition Award from the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) at the 2013 Clean Energy Challenge competition at Ohio State University.

The purpose of the UCEAO Partnership Recognition Awards program is to highlight projects and organizations in Ohio that:

  • Exemplify the UCEAO goal of collaboration between the public and private sectors, including the academic community;
  • Add value to the state’s economic development efforts; and,
  • Promote the development and deployment of advanced energy technologies.

For 2013, the UCEAO chose to recognize local and regional organizations that are making a difference in their communities. Energy issues are an important component of each recipients’ programming; at the same time, they are interwoven with broader themes of sustainability, environmental protection, and economic development.

We share this recognition with the University of Dayton, the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission, the Toyota/Audubon TogetherGreen Fellowship program, and for supporting our community energy efficiency efforts.

ECC was proud to join the three other inspirational organizations receiving this year’s award:

Green Umbrella

The Green Umbrella is a non-profit organization working to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the region around Cincinnati by maximizing the collective impact of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability.

In partnership with the area’s leading planning initiatives — Vision 2015 in Northern Kentucky and Agenda 360 in Southwestern Ohio — Green Umbrella facilitates collaboration among over 100 area non-profits, businesses, educational institutions and governmental entities focused on the environmental aspects of sustainability.  With its members, Green Umbrella aims to meet the environmental, social, and economic needs of today while preserving the ability of future generations to do the same.

Rural Action

Rural Action’s mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Rural Action builds model sustainable development projects and encourages a broad civic conversation around Appalachian Ohio’s assets in order to create sustainable development paths for the region. Although chartered for all 32 counties in the Appalachian Ohio region, Rural Action’s home office is based in northern Athens County. Its members and projects are concentrated in Athens and the six counties surrounding it. Since its founding, in 1991, Rural Action’s role as a social enterprise incubator has produced many initiatives and organizations.

GreenCityBlueLake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The GreenCityBlueLake Institute is the sustainability center of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It believes that on rapidly urbanizing planet Earth, the key to sustainability is the development of ecological cities where people can live healthy lives with reduced environmental footprints. GreenCityBlueLake wants to help make Northeast Ohio a leader of this transformation — a metropolitan area that demonstrates how urban revitalization can work with nature.

The GreenCityBlueLake Institute works by thinking and doing. It researches the best solutions, brings people together and participates in community initiatives, conducts demonstration projects, communicates the best ideas, and advocates publicly for change.

This is the third year that UCEAO has presented the awards.  In 2011, LEEDCo and Turning Point Solar – two major Ohio-based renewable energy projects – were honored.  In 2012, awards were given to the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and the Center for Automotive Research at The Ohio State University, entities that are ensuring Ohio’s competitive advantage in two industry sectors of critical importance to the state.  At the same time, The University of Toledo received a special award for serving as the first UCEAO Host Institution.


ECC/CCRPC Receive National APA Award

The Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) and Energize Clinton County (ECC) have been recognized as recipients of the 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development from the American Planning Association. The award recognizes ECC’s and the CCRPC’s collaborative approach to holistically addressing economic development and planning in Clinton County by focusing on 5 key interconnected areas including: local business, young professionals, local food, energy, and visioning.

The ECC and CCRPC plans and programs implemented since 2008 have achieved various milestones, including development of one of Ohio’s most successful buy local campaigns, an award winning energy efficiency program in collaboration with the University of Dayton, a young professional development program called Clinton Community Fellows highlighted by MSNBC and a renewed focus on local visioning noted as a model for rural towns in testimony to the US Senate Agriculture Committee.  ECC and the CCRPC will receive the award formally in April at an Awards Luncheon at the APA’s National Planning Conference in Chicago.  This national award builds on recent accolades, including being recognized as a Top 3 ‘Best Innovation in Economic Development’ by the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) in 2012.

More information from the APA.

About Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC)

Clinton County Regional Planning Commission was created in 1970 and charged with the social, physical and economic development of Clinton County, the City of Wilmington and the Villages of Blanchester, Clarksville, Midland, Martinsville, New Vienna, Port William and Sabina in southwest Ohio.  The CCRPC created the Buy Local First campaign in 2008 and funds Energize Clinton County and consultant teams to implement the various plans and programs.  Information about the CCRPC can be found at