NOACA Strategic Plan


The NOACA region has public infrastructure assets, including roads, bridges, airports, transit investments, and water and sewer infrastructure, valued in the billions of dollars. Maintaining these systems in perpetuity will cost billions of dollars more over the next 30 years. Over that time period, population growth in the NOACA region is projected to be negligible, while the median age of the population will continue to rise. The continuation of current trends -- namely new infrastructure and greenfield development without the population growth to support it -- could result in the deterioration of our existing infrastructure assets and the quality of life in our region. A financial analysis performed by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium found that our current infrastructure trends are fiscally unsustainable, not only as a region, but on an individual county basis.

NOACA is one of the few agencies in Northeast Ohio that has a specific, regional focus. As such, it is well positioned to take a leadership role and serve as a catalyst for the regional cooperation that will be required to face the challenges that the future holds. As one of her first actions as Executive Director of NOACA, Grace Gallucci identified the development of a regional strategic plan as being elemental to defining how the agency prioritizes the allocation of its resources in the future. The first step in the strategic planning process was to identify a vision statement for the agency; the statement that says "who we want to be" rather than "who we are." The 45-member NOACA Board worked together to develop and adopt the following vision statement, which encompasses the five goals of the strategic plan:

NOACA will STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Please join us in the conversation. What do you envision for the future of our region, and what role will NOACA play in realizing that future?


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June 4, 4:00-7:00 PM

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Reports & Other Resources

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
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Atlanta Regional Commission
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