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Imagine Pomeroy
Participants vote to prioritize potential opportunities under four theme areas as a part of a visioning process for Imagine Pomeroy. From left to right, Tony Dingess, Mayor Welker (background), Karen Walker, Paul Reed and Councilman Dru Reed
Bob Gordon

Imagine Pomeroy

Zoe Graham
October 14, 2013

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has collaborated over the past six months with the Village of Pomeroy to develop a road map for local growth. This effort called Imagine Pomeroy has received attention in the tri-state area.

The Voinovich School has assisted Pomeroy in developing a long-term strategic plan, including a community profile and survey, the creation of committees, and the branding "Imagine Pomeroy."

Pomeroy, located 25 miles south of Athens, along the Ohio River and West Virginia border, is a village "full of driven and enthusiastic community members" said Bob Gordon, lead facilitator of the community initiative.

Community members use Facebook as a bulletin board to share news and ideas. In two months, the page has received over 2,500 likes, including followers from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Imagine Pomeroy has a photo essay and t-shirt campaign to help change the image and attitude of Pomeroy. They hope to capture and renew Pomeroy's heritage, and increase riverfront and market opportunities.

"It's the community's vision,” Gordon said. “It's their words, their thoughts. A proud place to call their home."

Robin Stewart, Voinovich School team member, says the community’s desire to transform Pomeroy into a vibrant place to live, work and visit makes this project unlike any other the Voinovich School has participated in. This type of interaction where the community actively participates on a widespread local level is a key tool for success and something the Voinovich School actively encourages.

The Voinovich School takes pride in working with community members on the implementation of individualized projects and providing each community with clear tools for success.  The Voinovich School has provided valuable resources to help the project become a working, volunteer-driven initiative through assistance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

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