City of Hamilton Releases First Comprehensive Sustainability Report

Aug 23, 2017 | News, Newsletter


City of Hamilton Economic Development Department.

The City of Hamilton’s first comprehensive sustainability report, Sustainable Hamilton 2017, was released in late July. This report highlights an integrated approach to economic, social, and environmental responsibility in an effort to create a more sustainable community. More than a year in the making, Sustainable Hamilton 2017 was produced with extensive input from City staff across multiple departments, as well as from numerous external partners. The report’s overarching goal is to build a thriving community that is economically prosperous, socially inclusive, and environmentally healthy in order to advance the City of Hamilton’s vision of becoming a purposeful destination for working, living, and playing.

Sustainable Hamilton 2017 celebrates the City’s achievements and highlights current initiatives that are moving Hamilton forward, while also serving as a three-year action plan to strengthen the City’s strategic vision. The report identifies opportunities for further action and provides a method for tracking and reporting progress toward specific objectives and priorities within eight sustainability target areas: Built Environment, Transportation, Economy, Energy, Resource Efficiency, Natural Systems, Health & Safety, and Community Empowerment. Progress will be reported annually and a revised set of goals and strategies will be developed for 2020 and beyond.

The City of Hamilton understands that sustainability is especially important for continued economic growth. In June 2016, Hamilton Utilities, in partnership with AMP, completed Meldahl Hydroelectric facility, a ten-year, $650+ million project on the Ohio River. With Meldahl’s generation assets, more than half of Hamilton’s power now comes from green, renewable sources, and customers can enjoy lower and more stable rates due to the reliability of hydroelectric power.

To learn more about the City of Hamilton’s sustainability vision and goals, click HERE. You can also view the entire Sustainable Hamilton 2017 report HERE, and a one page executive summary HERE.

A Stronger Workforce through Understanding Mental Health and Addiction

About three months ago, we launched our Recovery Within Reach campaign, a first-of-its-kind effort to educate Ohioans about the financial effects of opioid addiction — and to connect them with treatment options close to their homes.

Our goal is to create a new way of talking about addiction, one in which people consider the facts and practical realities of how substance use disorder affects their lives. Not long ago, Gov. Mike DeWine challenged all of us in state government to think of ways we could help Ohioans navigate the opioid crisis that has affected our state for so long. For us, that meant considering the financial effects of addiction — and providing tools and trainings to help Ohioans and financial advisers talk about addiction and access care.

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Newark Development Partners continues to make strides in Downtown Newark

Newark Development Partners (NDP), the community improvement corporation for the City of Newark, continues to further development in the Downtown through various projects. The sale of the Hudson Avenue Church with surrounding property, the renewal of the Downtown Special Improvement District and the commencement of construction at the Historic Arcade are all recent successes for the City of Newark.

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