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Research Institute of Construction and Economy, Tokyo, Japan

February 20, 2008 - The Research Institute of Construction & Economy in Tokyo, Japan was interested in infrastructure concerns that the Youngstown 2010 Citywide Plan addresses due to similar situations happening across Japan. The Japanese government-affiliated research institute sent Yoshihiro Karaki (Executive Fellow) and Yuichiro Nakagawa (Researcher) to Youngstown to learn about the 2010 Plan strategies and implementation related to infrastructure issues.

Field Study - Youngstown, Ohio

Research group from Japan

September 12 - 14, 2007 – A research group of university professors from five different cities in Japan visited Youngstown over the course of three days to learn about the smart-declining practices of Youngstown 2010. The group, led by Dr. Hiroshi Yahagi from the Graduate School of Creative Cities, Osaka City University, met with various city officials, neighborhood groups and community leaders to gain insight on population decline strategies to possibly apply them to the future of Japanese cities.

Conference Session - Marketing, Public Participation, and Successful Planning

American Planning Association National Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 17, 2007 – A crowd of approximately 50 people, many of whom lead planning processes themselves, attended this conference session to hear Anthony Kobak (Chief Planner & 2010 Project Manager, City of Youngstown), Richard Hahn (President, Keynote Media Group) and Barbara Faga (Executive Vice President & Principal, EDAW) discuss the techniques and choices that lead to the success of the Youngstown 2010 planning process.

Winner - Economic Opportunity Award

Ohio's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration

January 11, 2007 – The State of Ohio’s 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration pays tribute to individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance King’s dream of racial equality. Youngstown 2010 won an award for one of the seven award categories. “Our communities and our state are better because of these honorees’ commitment to justice, equality, love and respect,” said Governor Ted Strickland. The mission of 2010 is to improve the quality of life for the city and reverse its severe economic downturn since the demise of the steel industry. Youngstown 2010 has been instrumental in revitalizing neighborhoods, creating and supporting businesses, as well as supporting health care, education and technology and more.

Winner - National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach

American Planning Association

December 19, 2006 – Building public support for the Youngstown 2010 vision and comprehensive plan involved a far-reaching marketing and public education campaign. More than 5,000 people directly participated in the planning process. For this effort, Youngstown has been named recipient of the American Planning Association (APA) 2007 National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach. “From radio, newspaper and television coverage, to billboards, tee-shirts and balloons, city officials left no stone unturned in it’s public outreach campaign,” said Carol Rhea, AICP, chair of the APA Awards Committee. APA’s national planning awards are considered by U.S. planners to be the profession’s highest honor.

Best Idea - "Creative Shrinkage"

The New York Times Magazine

December 10, 2006 – The New York Times Magazine sixth annual year in ideas looked back at the best of 2006. The magazine looked back on the passing year from a distinctive vantage point: that of ideas. Youngstown was recognized for 2010 and planning for a smaller city.

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Conference Session - “Marketing, Public Participation and the Planning Process: A Relationship for Success”

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Planning Conference, Cincinnati, OH

October 5, 2006 - The Youngstown 2010 planning process was the featured case-study for the conference session presented by Anthony Kobak (Chief Planner & 2010 Project Manager, City of Youngstown), Richard Hahn (President, Keynote Media Group) and Ken Ryan (Principal, EDAW) to a standing-room only crowd of 70+ urban planners, elected officials, consultants and others interested in the latest planning trends and techniques.

Feature Case Study - Youngstown 2010, Youngstown, Ohio

Designing Public Consensus

March 10, 2006 - The Youngstown 2010 planning process is a featured case study in a book entitled Designing Public Consensus. Barbara Faga, chair of the board of EDAW – an international design firm, authored the book about public participation in the planning process. She highlights other projects such as the World Trade Center site in New York City, a park designed above Boston’s “Big Dig” and a new zoning code for the City of Chicago.

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Winner - Outstanding Community Planning

Ohio Planning Conference

September 30, 2005 - The Youngstown 2010 Citywide Plan and Process was chosen as the winner in the Outstanding Community Planning category for the 2005 Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) Awards Program. The Ohio Planning Conference is the state chapter of the American Planning Association. As noted in The Ohio Planner's News (Nov/Dec 2005 issue), "The [awards] committee was struck by the sheer scale of this planning process. The marketing effort was extraordinary and generated the high level of public involvement required by the plan. This planning process stands as a model for all communities."

Keynote Speaker - Third Tier Cities Series

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

November 19, 2004 - Youngstown 2010 was the subject of all the talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when Jay Williams, Community Development Director and Sarah Lown, Economic Development Director at Eastgate Regional Council of Governments visited. They served as keynote speakers for a discussion series on third tier cities - defined as smaller industrial cities which serve as the primary centers of the regional economy. Youngstown 2010 was held up as a model planning process for urban revitalization.

Winner - Public Service Award

Public Service Institute, Youngstown State University

June 22, 2004 - The Youngstown 2010 planning team accepted a Public Service Award from the Public Service Institute of Youngstown State University on behalf of the Youngstown 2010 initiative. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary public service and dedication to the Mahoning Valley community. This was the first time since the inception of the award program in 1998 that a project, not an individual, has won the award.