The Kirwan Institute was commissioned by The Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus to assess the trends which have shaped community conditions and impacted community development in Franklin County’s diverse neighborhoods. This study is intended to provide data analysis and mapping to help inform Columbus’ and Franklin County’s community development capacity and strategy in the context of regional change. This study will inform a facilitated discussion at the Community Development Collaborative Neighborhood Summit on January 24, 2012, regarding how area nonprofit, for profit, government and philanthropic sectors can envision a strategic, proactive response to the demographic and economic changes underway in Franklin County.
We thank The Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus (CDCGC) for this exciting opportunity to explore our region together. We are grateful for the generous support of The Columbus Foundation, which made this study possible, and we thank the sponsors of the Community Development Neighborhood Summit, which promises to bring together a vibrant community of practitioners, academics and residents to generate productive ideas for the future of Franklin County. We have been helpfully guided in our research by the members of the Community Development Neighborhood Summit Planning Committee. Last but not least, we thank the survey respondents who took time out of their busy work revitalizing neighborhoods and strengthening communities to provide their thoughts on the past, present and future of community development in Columbus and Franklin County. We hope this report provides a useful and complementary perspective on community development, alongside the decades of research, investment, and community building that has made Columbus the vibrant city it is today.
by Jason Reece, Christy Rogers, Matthew Martin, Liz Colombo, Dwight Holley and Melissa Lindsjo