To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.
To promote nonpartisan journalism excellence and audience engagement in Ohio during the 2016 presidential election by supporting the Informed Citizen Akron (ICAkron) project to conduct nonpartisan in-depth polling and, nonpartisan civic engagement, to help newsrooms listen more closely and respond to the broad information needs of Ohio voters.
Encouraging visitors to explore remote regions of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by providing services and amenities, such as help with travel arrangements and baggage transport, that make it more accessible.
Providing new life for an abandoned section of the highway by creating a “bicycle park” that promotes cycling, encourages new riders and attracts cyclists from throughout the region and nation.
To strengthen a culture of civic engagement in three Knight communities by supporting nonpartisan workshops that surface new nonpartisan projects intended to make the voting experience more joyful.
To attract and retain talent in Akron by enhancing the capacity of the Women's Network of Northeast Ohio to provide leadership programs to women in the community
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To increase civic engagement in Akron by enhancing the historical Towpath Trail as the civic, recreational and transportation spine for the city.
Turning a vacant property into an AirBnB hostel and cultural hub in Akron’s North Hill to tap the entrepreneurial potential of the neighborhood’s growing Bhutanese population.
To introduce educators in Knight communities to action civics through the Mikva Challenge's 'New Civics Practitioners Conference' in June 2015.
To support and help shape the agenda of the 2014 National Day of Civic Hacking.
To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.