July 25, 2014

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Elyria mayor says focus is on improving city’s image

Holly Brinda

Holly Brinda

Elyria has an image problem, and Elyria has an economic development problem.

The two go hand-in-hand.

Just as a good reputation precedes an attractive location, Mayor Holly Brinda said Elyria has to do a better job at changing the public opinion of the city among outsiders as well as residents. It’s about making Elyria the first choice among those looking for a place to live and move their businesses. That is at the heart of what drives economic development.

In the first of four presentations to City Council, Mayor Holly Brinda presented Monday night the first goal in her four-prong economic development plan: Promote Elyria.

“Our best sales people are the people that live right here in this community,” she said. “The things that you don’t think of as economic development really are connected. These are the things that matter to people. They are about quality of life. They play a part in job retention and expansion because they are the things Realtors hear from people looking to move into our city.”

While strategies to bring businesses together and attracting new companies top Brinda’s plan, she said she chose to start with the city’s image because it’s hindering progress. Other areas she plans to cover with Council in the near future include retaining, expanding and attracting businesses; creating a business-friendly climate; and nurturing sustainability, entrepreneurship and workforce training.

Brinda was joined by James Graham, the city’s economic development specialist. He said economic development is a community-wide initiative, but resources would focus on downtown — the locale for many community events.

“Your downtown is your living room and if your downtown is not healthy, the other areas of your city are called into question,” he said.

So what exactly should Elyria do to better promote itself? Brinda said simply play up the good already happening in the community. Increase the number of volunteer-driven organizations, block watches and community service groups. Expand upon community events people love — holiday lights program, summer concert series and free summer camps.

A push to involve local business in revitalization efforts also is important, the mayor said. As such, Brinda said the city is six to eight weeks away from launching a Downtown Elyria Alliance and soon to follow up with a Midway Area Merchants Association. Both will be member-based groups that she hopes will drive development in the city.

Other strategies include forming an Elyria marketing plan, redesigning the city website and adding signage at the city’s gateways.

Brinda said the message she wants to get across from the simplest additions like landscaping at city boundaries to more important business development roundtables is that Elyria is open to and welcomes business.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

 

  • Sis Delish

    Yawn…

  • Mark B

    Landscaping at city boundaries, The city cant even get the city workers to trim around light poles, signs and trees now , you expect they are capable of maintaining landscaping. last year there was weeds growing everywhere and the city looked like hell because of it .

  • bigmacky

    let’s see here – limit the amount of “directors, assistant whatevers, supervisors ect, not all people of Elyria are low life scum so the police need to act accordingly to each person they interact with, stop the “I’ve got a badge so I am mr. badass to you, stop the rampant overtime in the two most visible departments – EPD/EFD, weed out the lazy city workers – the ones that stack up in trucks 3 plus deep and ride around all day, make it attractive for businesses to come here – use the street department for more than snow and grass cutting – we have potholes and such – hello streets? yeah we have a department for that but don’t utilize them properly. its a start I think

    • Americaschild

      cops prevent crime and there’s plenty of scum, drugs, crime ,dumb in elyria, and lorain

  • SniperFire

    Another meaningless political press release published as ‘news.’ While useless daydreaming dependency pimp politicians such as Brinda do nothing in Democrat sheetholes such as Elyria, the rest of the State is starting to rock under John Kaish’s leadership.

    Why would the C-T ignore THIS press release put out by our Governor’s office last week which tells how Ohio is doing outside of the dependency sewers run by the Democrats?:

    • Americaschild

      Great job Ohio Gov. Kasich–you have done a great job! and Elyria not, Lorain Not, Cleveland not.

      • SniperFire

        Most people have no idea. This is the danger when the local media goes exclusively partisan in their reporting and agenda.
        It is quite Stalinist, and unfortunately, quite common these days for Leftist media to silence by omission news which does not fit their political agenda.

    • Bob Owens

      Typical RW hypocrisy, take credit for sometging you opposed: http://ohio15th.blogspot.com/2013/08/kasich-was-against-auto-bailout.html

      • golfingirl

        Detroit is bankrupt, but the Italians are cheering the U.S. auto bailout.

        After being the beneficiary of billions in U.S. taxpayer dollars, Fiat, the Italian auto company, bought the final stake in Chrysler from that other big bailout recipient, the United Auto Workers.

        Yes, the UAW sold out!!!! Chrysler’s now fully an Italian auto company.

        The Italians must think Americans are really generous, especially the UAW, who finally gave full control of Chrysler over to them.

        Not to mention the GM bailout cost U.S. taxpayers $11B.

        Kasich wasn’t even in Congress when the bailout was passed!

        If the intention of the bailout was to preserve the U.S. auto industry, Kasich was right with Chrysler, they are no longer an American company, are they?

        • rob

          Yes Golfingirl, John Kasich was the Managing Director of Lehman Brothers up to its collapse in 2008. He had only just started campaigning for Ohio Goveror after he had accumulated his wealth from the hardest hitting investment banking failure of the Great Ressesion. He didn’t have a chance to fight the auto bailout as Governor.

    • golfingirl

      Not to mention he erased an $8B deficit, turning it into a surplus go $1.5B.

      Looks like the Democrat from Cleveland, Ed FitzGerald, is “toast” come November.

      He is running on a platform of poor economic times in Ohio. I think he may spoke too soon. Should have run on his own accomplishments.

      My mistake, he did not have any.

      His city, Cleveland is the one holding back even greater economic growth.

  • Americaschild

    crime, poor costly parking, litter, closed stores, nothing but the apple festival, outdated, poor traffic pattern, slum housing areas, high taxes, too many laws to bring a business to town–awful. LOOK AT LAKEWOOD–they do it so well! concernts, plenty of police, family events, and on and on.

    • JB

      I agree 110% with this statement. Elyria needs to take more pride in its
      city and rid of the many troubled hotel/motels that attract unwanted crime and
      trash. I was raised in Elyria and moved away in the early 90′s only to recently
      move back to the area 2 years ago. What a letdown to say the least. The city is
      a crap hole and let’s face it, it’s not improving. If so, where?

      Mayor Brinda, please take note, your city is an embarrassment! please act now
      and not 8 weeks from now. Clean up the area businesses that are nothing but
      trouble for the city and dilapidated housing. Offer tax incentives for new businesses/corp similar to upstate NY’s business plan.

      Enough is enough with the excuses. Take action now before it’s too far gone
      to recover from.

  • Sis Delish

    Huh?

    “Increase the number of volunteer-driven organizations, block watches and community service groups.”

    Is the City a 501(c)3 or a Municipality?

    Ms. Mayor, you are running a City, not a Girl’s Clubhouse.

    • Guest

      I agree 110% with this statement. Elyria needs to take more pride in its
      city and rid of the many troubled hotel/motels that attract unwanted crime and
      trash. I was raised in Elyria and moved away in the early 90′s only to recently
      move back to the area 2 years ago. What a letdown to say the least. The city is
      a crap hole and let’s face it, it’s not improving. If so, where?

      Mayor Brinda, please take note, your city is an embarrassment! Please act now
      and not 8 weeks from now. Clean up the area businesses that are nothing but
      trouble for the city and dilapidated housing. Offer tax incentives for new businesses/corp similar to upstate NY’s business plan.

      Enough is enough with the excuses. Take action now before it’s too far gone
      to recover from.

      • SniperFire

        Deep down inside, people like Brinda HATE businesses and the dirty profits they produce.

        That is just how they are wired.

  • Steve L

    Ride down Clinton Ave and see all the garbage that’s on the street and curb side, needs to be some neighborhood pride. I like this city so hope things go in the right direction for it.

  • Really?

    Madame Mayor. This is a heartfelt suggestion. The two ways to revitalize a city are: 1.) Clean up the riff raff. I know they are guaranteed democrat votes, but if you really want to move this city forward then it’s what you have to do. 2.) Make it profitable for a business to operate here. Businesses aren’t in business to break even or run at a loss. Elyria has such a geographic advantage with all its waterfront property, yet it’s filled with section 8 housing and slum apts. There is no reason that that should not be taken advantage of. Cleveland had overlooked their waterfront as well…. look where they are. Get it together and get this city turned around.

    • Mark B

      where does Elyria have water front property ?

      • Really?

        Seriously?

      • bROWNS77

        Along the river

        • Mark B

          The Black river that stagnates and smells like hell most of the summer.

  • SniperFire

    If she wants to start an image improving campaign, how about an anti-obesity program?

  • Mark B

    “Your downtown is your living room ”
    And there is trash and weeds everywhere , what kind of impression does that make? Every road leading into town is a Hall Way , with weeds 3 feet high around every pole, sign , and tree. What kind of impression is that. The guys running the lawn mowers will not step off the mower to pick up any papers and trash, now instead of 1 large piece of paper they mow over it and now you have 50 pieces of trash littering the streets. The fact is that this will never change because the Unions will protect the Lazy workers.

  • Donald Duck

    This whole paragraph bothers me. (So what exactly should Elyria do to better promote itself? Brinda said simply play up the good already happening in the community. Increase the number of volunteer-driven organizations, block watches and community service groups. Expand upon community events people love — holiday lights program, summer concert series and free summer camps.) Why do we need Police? Why do we need a economic development director? Why do we need a Mayor and staff? If we have all these volunteers and (COMMUNITY Groups) doing everything. We can get rid of these high paying salaries jobs. Wow Elyria would really be rolling on the dough. EVERYTHING listed is either volunteer or something FREE. NOW YOU SEE WHATS WRONG WITH DEMOCRATIC RUN MUNICIPALITIES. They expect and we should give, Be it money through taxes or to volunteer our time in community organization. i have to go throw up now. Please excuse me.

  • ched

    Again…if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it. This City needs Positive People, not the Negativity that is being posted here!

    • SniperFire

      Negativity has its’ place in exposing misinformation. You want less negativity? Don’t treat us like ignorant sheep. Deal with it.

    • Sis Delish

      Agreed. This and the previous administration has been NEGATIVE for the City, meaning the opposite of Growth.

      Time for things to go in another direction.

    • Simon Jester

      Be quiet ched, grownups are talking.

      • ched

        Adults???? You need to look in the Mirror REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY HARD!

        • Simon Jester

          Unless you’re a preschool teacher or Oddball from Kelly’s Heros, the whining about negativity is something I’d expect from a 5th grader.

          • ched

            Typical Reply

  • stop ur whining part deux

    On the upside at least Elyria has hit rock bottom. There is no way to go but up.

  • Mark B

    Not to mention that Elyria is becoming a Police State , if EPD is not Stopping every other car on the road you have The Ohio State Patrol over running the city with their hand in your pocket.

  • TheRustyScupper

    Give me a break !!!
    This is nothing but ploitical rhetoric, with a bunch of Mother & Apple Pie.
    We started to negotiate with the area for a 168-person manufacturing facilty and backed out due to situations we fouind in Elyria. We still have two sites in mind (one in Lorain County), but Elyria is out. Why would we put a modern, attractive, environmentally friendly, renewable energy plant in a declining/dying city? Besides, since we need educated and techno-savy folks, we would probably have to go outside of the city for employees. Until Brinda and the other liberal politicians start to listen to business leaders instead of their own passe beliefs, there will be few new businesses coming into town, and no doubt more failures of existing businesses. Even the Team Lorain County development folks were almost useless and hugely unaware of business needs in order to relo to the area.

    • SniperFire

      Failed ‘leaders’ such as Brinda will never change. They are elected by dependency minded freeloaders and the Unions to deliver handouts in exchange for votes. It is the other half of the citizenry who must boot these poverty pimping losers, but once they become the minority of voters, which may already be the case in Elyria, the future can only be urban blight, dependency, suck and fail.

      • Simon Jester

        Almost makes ya miss Grace. One has to work pretty hard to make his tenure as Mayor look awesome.

        Brinda managed.

    • Sis Delish

      Hey, I thought all the levies for L.C.C.C. was to provide high-skilled technical workers of the future in Lorain County? Yeah, right.

      I wouldn’t re-locate a shoe shine business in Brindaland.

      F.Y.I. These are the same folks who are responsible for the stellar performance by the schools in Elyria. Sort-of a Political Musical Chairs, if you will.

  • Sis Delish

    Fireworks Update:

    Target Amount: $60,000.00

    Amount Raised: $3,509.39

    Amount remaining to hit Target: $56,490.61

    • Sis Delish

      Fairness in Reporting Update on Fireworks Fundraising:

      Target Amount: $60,000.00
      Amount Raised: $10,398.29
      Amount remaining to hit Target: $49,601.71

      Only $50gs. to go!

      Row harder!!

  • BroDelish5566

    By these posts, sounds like Elyria has alot of whiners. Hope they raise enough money for their fireworks so we can stop hearing from the biggest whiner .

    • stillsleepyeyes

      that’s a tough one………………..bahahahahahaha……………would that be you or your sis…………………rotflmao

  • Mark B

    Lets not forget the image of City workers riding around in city vehicles , wasting fuel paid for with our tax dollars and never getting out of the trucks to actually do any work.. Here is a open challenge to anyone here , if you see a city worker actually out of the vehicle actually doing some work , snap a picture of it and post it here , because it is a rare occurrence.

  • golfingirl

    I have an idea for a quick infusion of cash into the City of Elyria.

    Invite the producers from The Walking Dead to tape an episode in Elyria.

    Perfect background….abandoned, apocalyptic looking buildings. Vacant property along desolate looking streets. Abandoned factories.

    Maybe they could even help with some blighted areas. Need a building to blow up? There are plenty right here in Elyria.

  • tommtomm

    u want to improve the city image burn down wilkes villa and southpark, aka midway crossings. and let epd do their job and clean up middle ave. epd has a ton of aux police get them sworn in and arm them to help epd get some of the scum out of elyria. i worked in those appartments for years they need to go.