The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC), in partnership with the U. S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Ladders of Opportunity Initiative, seeks to revitalize communities, connect people to resources, and improve economic vitality and socioeconomic mobility.
Recent activities from the Miami Valley Equity Initiative along with notable resources from local and national organizations are highlighted below.
Ombudsman Program on DATV
MVRPC's Executive Director, Brian O. Martin was interviewed by Mrs. Diane Welborn, Ombudsman, Dayton & Montgomery County, Ohio on the Ombudsman’s bi-weekly television show on DATV Dayton AccessTelevision about the Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile in January 2018.
The full interview is available here: https://youtu.be/IdSuOZClC7M
Let’s Talk about Inequity in the Miami Valley at the Miami Valley Planning and Zoning Workshop
MVRPC hosted the session "Let's Talk about Inequity in the Miami Valley" at the Miami Valley Planning and Zoning Workshop on December 1, 2017. The purpose of this session was to discuss what roles planning professionals should play in increasing access to opportunity in the Miami Valley Region.
Following a brief presentation summarizing the findings from the Equity Regional Profile, representatives from Sinclair Community College; Learn to Earn Dayton; United Way of Greater Dayton; and National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton shared their insights and current initiatives. The remainder of the session focused on an in-depth small group dialogue discussing barriers to achieving equity and roles of planners. The session was moderated by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University.
The session summary report is available to download.
Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile Presentation at the Dayton Unit NAACP
MVRPC's Executive Director, Brian O. Martin and Regional Planning Director Martin Kim were the invited guest speakers at the Town Hall event hosted by the Dayton Unit NAACP in November 2017.
The Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile was the topic of the event, and MVRPC shared the findings with the general public, including NAACP members.
Miami Valley Equity Initiative Kickoff Listening Session
MVRPC hosted its first Listening Session to kick off the Miami Valley Equity Initiative with representatives from various public and non-profit organizations on October 26, 2017. The goal was to seek guidance in figuring out what our next steps should be in addressing the issue of inequity in our Region from experts who have insight and experience dealing with the issue of equity.
A total of 17 participants represented diverse organizations including Sinclair Community College, Miami Valley Urban League, National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Greater Dayton, United Way of Greater Dayton, Dayton Human Relations Council, East End Community Services, Grace United Methodist Church, Premier Health, and Learn to Earn Dayton. The two hour discussion was facilitated by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University.
The summary of the Listening Session is available for download.