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The Mansfield Rising Plan needs community support. Notice what stands out to you, what projects get you excited and identify where you could lend your expertise. Do you see an idea that you would be willing to be a financial supporter for?

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In Austin, among leaders from communities all over the world, we heard the stories of struggles and triumph, strategies and actions. As easy as it was to identify the stark differences between places like Kansas City, London and Mansfield, what became clear to me were the similarities.   

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A lot has happened in the last year in the rust belt city of Mansfield, Ohio. Not all of it has been good. There’s still crime, there’s still an opioid problem, and the schools still struggle to compete in the rigged game that is state test scores. The city government continues to operate with a shrunken tax base, and there are large parts of our neighborhoods that have seen better days. There’s no point in looking away, because this is the canvas on to which we’ll paint our future.

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Downtown Mansfield is in the midst of a transformation. It already has many big city amenities such as places for kids, entertainment venues, food and drink options, and a selection of unique retail stores. And we know that more changes are on the horizon.

I hope you made it out to the Renaissance Theatre last Thursday for the public forum. If not, you missed a spectacular event.

SXSW blogger Jennifer Kime addresses a problem that she's noticed. She knows it'll be "hard and "uncomfortable" to address the area's self image, but she's up for the challenge.

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This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

 

Chelsie Thompson reflects on what she's learned at the SXSW conference in Austin, TX. 

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

Maura Teynor ponders how Mansfield can be marketed after seeing cities like Akron showcased at SXSW. 

Aurelio Diaz recounts how he spent an evening with a homeless man while attending the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, TX and explains how it impacted him. 

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County. 

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County. 

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.

This blog is written by one of 15 individuals attending the South By Southwest Conference in Austin with the intention to bring back ideas and to reimagine Richland County.