Energize Clinton County

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 23, 2012 including the following stories:

- Emily McCord reports on "Dropoly," a joint initiative from the University of Dayton and Energize Clinton County to help residents save money.

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Kent Youngman, CEO of the Greene County Mental Health and Recovery Board, about substances abuse and mental health issues and awareness in the area.

- Two speeches from the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Adam Hochshild, the nonfiction winner, and fiction winner, Anderw Krivak. 

Study Shows Benefits Of Buying Local

Sep 26, 2012

A new study finds that buying locally could generate millions of dollars for parts of Southern Ohio, As Emily McCord reports for WYSO, it could benefit an economy still recovering after shipping company DHL left Wilmington.              

Wilmington Readies For Glenn Beck Visit

Dec 15, 2010

When Glenn Beck tells the story of Wilmington, it's a town like Bedford Falls, from the holiday movie classic, "It's A Wonderful Life". He's in Wilmington today to showcase, what he calls, a town that gets it', one built on self reliance in the face of economic devastation.

"And this town hasn't taken any money from the government. They don't want any money from the government. They don't want any money. And I ask them why? They say God will provide. If we have faith, he will provide. We don't need it from the government," says Beck on his show.

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 5

May 14, 2010
Photo by Briana Brough

Wilmington's future remains uncertain. Even if the recession is showing signs of ending, the town still needs to provide jobs for the many unemployed living there. But there's hope for a green economy, and Energize Clinton County has been working towards that goal for over a year now. In the final piece of her series, Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, Emily McCord explores what this year has meant for the young men who started it all.

"We Are Integrated Into The Community"

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 4

May 13, 2010
Photo by Briana Brough

The federal stimulus package provided at least $60 billion dollars to develop environmentally sustainable projects. There are state incentives as well. So, the idea behind Wilmington's Green Enterprise Zone was to prepare the town to take advantage of all the funding on offer. Emily McCord sat in on a community meeting, and as part of her series, Wilmington's Homegrown Hope, she reports on how the town is moving forward with going green.

"It Takes That Generation"

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 3

May 12, 2010
Photo by Briana Brough

Clinton County has the highest unemployment rate in Ohio. A local agriculture program called Grow Food Grow Hope in Wilmington is helping during the worst economic crisis the town has seen since the Great Depression. Yesterday, WYSO's Emily McCord reported on how the program is feeding families as they learn how to garden for food. She continues her series "Wilmington's Homegrown Hope" at the local farmers market where selling produce and goods is more important than ever.

"For Some, It's Their Livelihood"

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 2

May 11, 2010
Photo by Briana Brough

Last year, Wilmington College received stimulus money from the Americorps Vista program to bring in volunteers for a project called "Grow Food Grow Hope". The goal is use local agriculture to help struggling families get food. Yesterday, as part of her series "Wilmington's Homegrown Hope", Emily McCord introduced us to Eric Guindon, who returned to work on the project. Today, Emily follows Eric to the backyard of one family that needs a garden.

"Right Now, There's Nothing"

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 1

May 10, 2010
Briana Brough

The state of Ohio is awarding one million dollars in stimulus money to Wilmington to invest in energy efficient projects. The money comes as the town is at crossroads. It celebrates its bicentennial this year, but it's also reeling from devastating job loss in the wake of DHL leaving the town. Emily McCord first started reporting on Wilmington's transformation more than a year ago, and this week she brings us her series "Wilmington Homegrown Hope"

Thursday night, Wilmington officially became a "Green Enterprise Zone". It adopted the plan in response to DHL moving its operations and taking more than 9000 jobs elsewhere. That's where Mark Rembert and Taylor Stuckert come in. They're two recent college graduates who put aside their plans for the Peace Corps to help save their hometown by helping Wilmington go green.

Wilmington, Ohio is still suffering from the economic effects of DHL's decision to stop domestic operations at the airpark there. That's why a community organization is lobbying hard to get help from the federal stimulus package.

The group, called Energize Clinton County, is now lobbying for 30 million dollars from the federal stimulus package. They plan is to weatherize 10,000 homes and create over 1,000 jobs in southwest Ohio. Co-Founder Mark Rembert says this project could create immediate jobs.

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