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.
The 2017 Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile communicates the need to address inequity across our Region and identifies important guiding principles of investing in equity:
- Invest in all of the Miami Valley’s people and communities.
- Promote policies and investments that address the consequences of inequity.
- Provide tools and resources that break down remaining barriers to opportunity.
Equity means that all people, regardless of where they live, have access to the resources and opportunities that improve their quality of life, allowing them to reach their full potential. Our Region’s future growth and prosperity depends on integrating all residents into the economy, including investing in the places and people that have been left behind.
“Understanding and addressing the issues of equity is essential to building a more resilient and sustainable Region. Inequity affects the Miami Valley’s ability to keep and attract people and jobs. The choices we make about future transportation and development projects can help expand access to opportunity in our Region”
Brian O. Martin, AICP
MVRPC Executive Director
Launched in the fall of 2017, MVRPC’s Miami Valley Equity Initiative focuses on addressing existing inequity in the Miami Valley Region. Working together with our residents, community leaders, and private and public organizations in the Region, Miami Valley Equity Initiative achieves the following two goals:
- Increase the awareness of our pressing matters of racial and economic inequity by sharing and disseminating the findings from the Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile.
- Take collaborative action steps to ensure that our Region, communities, and neighborhoods provide adequate resources and access to opportunities for all residents to succeed and take part in the Region’s future prosperity.
For more information about MVRPC’s Miami Valley Equity Initiative or to schedule a presentation on the Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile, please contact Martin Kim, Director of Regional Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent activities from the Miami Valley Equity Initiative along with notable resources from local and national organizations are highlighted below.
Miami Valley Regional Equity Profile
The Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile, published in July 2017, provides insights on the issue of equity and tells the story of inequity in the Miami Valley Region.
Developed in partnership with the nationally recognized Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, the Miami Valley Regional Equity Profile provides historical context on the issue of equity and examines equity in terms of places, people, and their access to opportunity. The profile presents an analysis of equity at the regional and sub-regional level including historical trends from 1980 to 2010 and a comprehensive look at equity for 2014 with interactive maps.
Visit www.mvrpc.org/miami-valley-equity-regional-profile for the Miami Valley Regional Equity Profile.
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.
Local and National Resources on Equity
MVRPC’s Miami Valley Equity Regional Profile provides an extensive list of resources and tools on Equity. Additional notable resources from local and national organizations include:
- Learn to Earn Know the Gap Close the Gap report https://learntoearndayton.org/
- Miami Valley Urban League The State of Black Dayton: Opportunities Lost report http://www.gcul.org/miami-valley-urban-league/
- Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/
- National League of Cities on Equity http://www.nlc.org/topics/leadership-management/equity
- American Planning Association on Equity https://planning.org/resources/equity/
- Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) http://www.racialequityalliance.org/