The City of Norwood has caught the fever of a former/late prominent resident Mr Carl Lindner- philanthropy.
The City of Norwood is a small self managed City that began as the northern most City within the Cincinnati Metro area. The famed subway, that never saw completion, was to operate at its furthest North route which was parallel to present day Norwood Lateral, or OH-562. The industry in the area was a major employer for the region and many of the workers lived within the bedroom community. As the Cincinnati Metro expanded, Norwood which is 6 miles from Downtown became the center of the City and the wealth from Norwood fled north to the new areas of Blue Ash, Montgomery, Madeira built in the 1950’s. During the 90’s the redevelopment of the former LeBlond Machine Tool Company became a popular outdoor mall called Rookwood Commons. Since then, they have developed 3-4 phases and the area is a national tenant property. Xavier University has been a fixture at the corner of Dana and Victory Parkway and within the last 12-15 years has master planned and expanded to the artery of Montgomery Rd, taking up a ‘superblock’ which is now the Student Village. The continued deconstruction of the late manufacturing facilities and the advent of the newly constructed commercial properties will bring an economic base back to the community and provide it a rich future.
As the City of Norwood evolves and changes from manufacturing to medical office buildings, its location leads most to believe that it is on the verge of another chapter of success!
With direct intent to entice and make higher education a reality for its residents, the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash satellite campus and the City of Norwood have partnered to assist the residents access to their curriculum and the excitement that higher education can offer. The press release attached is from 2012. Below is the main body of the article’s link.
“The Norwood City School District, the “Norwood Promise” and the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College are proud to announce the formation of an educational partnership that will provide extraordinary opportunities for the children of Norwood. The Norwood Promise, a nonprofit organization, founded by Norwood residents is working to partner with businesses, alumni and parents. The ultimate goal of this organization is to raise the necessary funds to provide graduates of the Norwood City School District with 100 percent of their tuition and mandatory fees at a state university, community college, trade school or private learning center.
The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College has enthusiastically agreed to partner with the Norwood City School District and the Norwood Promise to assist in making the dream of an affordable and accessible college education a reality for graduates of the school district. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, all Norwood graduates attending UC Blue Ash will receive a voucher providing for $250 per semester for textbook costs. Along with this tremendous support, UCBA will provide free UCBA campus tours, admission application and financial aid application assistance for all prospective Norwood High School students and their families.”
I spoke with the Superintendent and he informed me that they are still working on the endowment funding, but that they are close and should be making an announcement in the near future. Further, the Superintendent informed me that this program is modeled after a program in Kalamazoo MI.
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