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.
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 www.clintoncountyrpc.org.