New Volunteer and Donation Opportunities for 2008 Program
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 19, 2007--Today, City of
Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. stood with community
leaders from Clifton Heights/ University Heights/Fairview (CUF),
Westwood, and Evanston and U.S. Bank (NYSE:USB) Cincinnati Market
President Jim Schwab to announce the 2008 Neighborhood Enhancement
Program is coming to those neighborhoods. The program, begun in 2007,
brings together city staff and neighborhood partners for 90 days to
focus and integrate services and community redevelopment efforts to
jumpstart improvements to the quality of life for residents and
businesses. For 2008, the program is also launching a volunteer and
donation component to help increase the program's effectiveness.
Through the program, partners focus on developing neighborhood
assets. Integrated services delivery include:
-- Concentrating building code enforcement
-- Identifying and 'cooling down' crime hot spots
-- Cleaning up streets, sidewalks, vacant lots
-- Beautifying landscapes, streetscapes and public right of way
-- Engaging property owners and residents to create and sustain a
more livable neighborhood, after the first 90 days.
"We know that people in the area care a great deal about the
health of Cincinnati's communities," said Dohoney, "so we are inviting
people to donate money and time to help the quality of life in the
city." He added, "When we can successfully address issues in
neighborhoods in need, the entire city and the entire region
U.S. Bank is providing $3,000 seed money to each of the
neighborhoods to help in their community enhancement efforts and as a
call for others to also support the program.
Schwab said, "On behalf of our 3,000 employees who live, work,
give and play in this community, U.S. Bank is stepping up to the plate
to help the City of Cincinnati and its community partners. We applaud
the City for this focused, coordinated effort, and challenge other
businesses and residents to also give their time, talent and treasure
to the Neighborhood Enhancement Program." Schwab noted that U.S. Bank
recently received an outstanding rating from the Office of the
Comptroller of Currency for its efforts in meeting the credit needs of
its communities, including the Greater Cincinnati and Tri-State area.
"Partnering with the City on this project furthers our goal of helping
to revitalize communities in our market."
People may donate to the program at any U.S. Bank branch in the
Cincinnati area and may designate a particular neighborhood, or
contribute to the Neighborhood Enhancement Program overall. Each
community will help to identify what the funds are most needed for in
their neighborhood such as paint, ladders, flowers, trash cans, litter
sticks, etc. that will help improve the cleanliness, beauty, safety
and quality of their neighborhood. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will
administer the funds to each neighborhood.
Additionally, in 2008, the Neighborhood Enhancement Program is
seeking volunteers from corporations, community groups and other
organizations to help with clean up, beautification projects, and
other improvement projects. At today's announcement, Job Corps was
recognized for their commitment of volunteers for the 2008
Neighborhood Enhancement Program. Job Corps is the nation's largest
and most comprehensive residential education and job training program
for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24, and has skilled and unskilled
workers who can help on projects. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is
coordinating volunteers and can be reached at (513) 352-4380 or at
Each area of the three neighborhoods in the 2008 Neighborhood
Enhancement Program, was identified through an analysis of building
code violations, vacant buildings, disorder and drug calls for Police
service and drug arrests, as well as incidences of graffiti, junk
autos, litter and weeds.
The program's measures of success are: achieving decreases in
baseline "blight index" and crime statistics, completion of
inspections of properties for building infractions, and serving as an
overall catalyst for community re-building.
In 2007, Price Hill saw a 16% decrease in blight at the end of the
90 days according to the Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Blight Index, a
visual survey of elements such as graffiti, litter, weeds, and
neglected properties. Avondale experienced a decrease in the baseline
blight index by 12% in that neighborhood's focus area and Northside
experienced a 17% decrease.
On going community partners for the Neighborhood Enhancement
Program include: U.S. Bank, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, People Working
Cooperatively, Inc., The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati,
Inc. and the United Way Place Matters Initiative, Community Partnering
Center, Duke Energy, Uptown Consortium, Urban League of Greater
Cincinnati, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Citizens on Patrol,
Xavier University's Community Building Institute, and the Cincinnati
Human Relations Commission.
The City services team includes staff from Police, Fire, Board of
Health, Community Development, Buildings & Inspections, Cincinnati
Recreation Commission, Transportation & Engineering, Park Board and
the Public Services departments.
For more information about the Neighborhood Enhancement Program,
visit the City of Cincinnati's website at
CONTACT: City of Cincinnati
Meg Olberding, 513-352-5358
SOURCE: U.S. Bank