Power of 32 Community Conversations took place in 32 counties in 4 states. Thousands of pages of data were collected from this ambitious grassroots effort one of the largest visioning projects ever undertaken. From this input, Issue Teams were formed to address ideas for change in six key categories of economy, education, environment, people and community, government, and transportation and infrastructure.
The Issue Teams considered best practices and researched current initiatives to develop aspirational yet achievable goals, policy options and projects to achieve the public vision of a thriving region by 2025. These goals were transformed into a regional agenda with 15 initiatives.
Create a regional 'Early Stage Fund of Funds' to support start-ups, stimulate entrepreneurial environment, and create high quality jobs across diverse industries.
Launch a fund to assist development of high-quality sites, emphasizing redevelopment of brownfields, to support business relocations and expansions to the region.
Improved academic achievement and mastery of 21st century skills (such as the abilities to deconstruct problems, think flexibly, and work with others to design solutions) through the cultivation of student creativity and inspired learning.
Create a standardized and seamless career education system that coordinates curricula between high school and higher education, based on employer hiring needs and job qualifications in regional growth industries.
Create an Ohio River Headwaters Committee to promote policies and resources to protect our region's water, including with respect to diversions and withdrawals from the watershed.
Develop a regional air quality improvement strategy and promote the coordination of efforts across the Power of 32 region.
Develop a 3-state strategy to capitalize on “downstream” opportunities from shale gas by encouraging the development of manufacturing using chemical feed stocks derived from shale gas.
Design and deploy a process to create a regional Energy Plan and Strategy, beginning with establishing a regional energy baseline, to meet the region's energy needs while creating abundance in economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental quality.
Develop strategic state and federal collaborations including the formation of a caucus of the region's representatives.
Create a "Best Practices Bank" to share ideas and proven concepts to help governments be as cost-effective as possible.
Create a comprehensive regional trail network.
Maximize the transition to alternative fuels for all forms of transportation, prioritizing fleet vehicles and river tugs.
Develop and maintain a sustainable, multi-modal, interconnected freight transportation system that enables the region to compete globally.
Create a regional traveler information system to provide real-time information to enable modal and route choices for people and freight.
The Capture Team was created to attract federal and philanthropic funding to the region and maximize regional success in identifying and competing for funding.