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Expanded Farmers Markets Among TNP Highlights for 2017

January 24, 2018

WARREN, Ohio – Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership rehabilitated 50 houses, expanded its farmers markets and completed a food security assessment in 2017, Executive Director Matt Martin said in the organization’s annual report.

“2017 has been nothing short of transformational for TNP and for our community,” he said in the report.

TNP’s blight remediation efforts saw the demolition of 150 houses in Trumbull County, as well as the remediation of 50 others that are now occupied by owners. In addition, the Building a Better Warren program completed its first full year. Through the program, vacant homes are renovated if possible and, if not, any reusable materials are salvaged to be used elsewhere in the community.

For the lots left empty by demolitions, 153 were sold to neighbors in 2017 and 30 residents were awarded $250 gift cards to help them buy the tools necessary to maintain it.

When it comes to access to fresh food, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership completed its Community Food Security Assessment. The data was used to create a strategic plan for the city with recommendations made in four categories: transportation, education, urban agriculture and local food economy.

TNP added a second farmer’s market site, expanding to Quinby Park, where four markets were held last summer with an average of 36 visitors to each. The Courthouse Square market was held 17 times, drawing an average of 11 vendors and 231 visitors. In total, $29,729.67 was spent at the Courthouse Square market in 2017.

The organization also completed several public art projects, expanded its court-ordered community service program and hosted a Better Block events on Pine Avenue.

The full annual report can be read here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.