Energize Clinton County

Around the Miami Valley
10:27 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 3

Dessie Buchanan runs the Clinton County Farmers' Market.
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"

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Around the Miami Valley
10:40 am
Tue May 11, 2010

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 2

John Cropper and Eric Guindon
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"

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Around the Miami Valley
10:42 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Wilmington's Homegrown Hope Part 1

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"

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Around the Miami Valley
12:12 pm
Fri July 17, 2009

Wilmington Adopts Green Economic Plan To Revitalize Town

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.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:04 am
Wed February 11, 2009

Wilmington Group Looks to Federal Stimulus Package for Help

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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