Read More About How the Resurgence is Real and the Momentum is Building...
Dear Fellow Elyrian,
Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this important information. You see, there is much at stake in the upcoming General Election and I think it’s important for everyone to have a firm understanding of the progress being made, the work that still needs to be done, and what is needed from you to make sure Elyria continues to move forward.
It is an honor serving as your Mayor – and I cannot do it alone. You, along with others working in partnership with the City, are collectively making a difference. Just look around and you will see evidence of progress at almost every corner. The resurgence is real and the momentum is building! And steady, proven leadership at the Mayoral level needs to continue if we want to keep Elyria moving forward. That is why I am humbly asking you to support my re-election in the upcoming General Election this fall.
With Team Work, Elyria is on the Rise…
At present, seasoned city, school, library, parks, nonprofit, business and health leaders are working closely together across institutions and organizations to create the synergy that has helped spur over $400 million of public and private investment in Elyria. In fact, Elyria is featured in the June 2019 edition of Cleveland Magazine, and the February 2019 edition of Cleveland’s Community Leader Magazine, describing in detail the very significant improvements, strong taxpayer support, and the many partnerships and collaborations that have helped make our success possible. To read these articles and more go to www.cityofelyria.org.
The Momentum is Real!
It is an exciting time to be in Elyria. Our public school system is completely rebuilding itself, with all new state-of-the-schools, a new stadium and athletic complex. Our library system is reinventing itself with a new downtown library and south branch. There are over 350 new housing starts and the number is growing. New investors are working with the City to help redevelop downtown and the Midway Mall area, expand and improve traffic at Chestnut Commons, and expand industrial areas of the City. And your City, with your support, is making other significant progress improving infrastructure, parks, neighborhoods, business districts and more.
Yes, we have our challenges with a few industry relocations and the opioid crisis, but our resilient and proud community is turning the negatives into more positives. And better yet, private investment is following public investment. As businesses see Elyrians invest in themselves, they in-turn invest in Elyria! Our manufacturing community is thriving, supported by new business incentives and a workforce development program.
Private Investment is Following Public Investment
There are over 50 new businesses in town, five new industries and eleven manufacturing expansions. Some of our recent new companies to Elyria include Hydro-Air, Stanley Black & Decker, Amware, RUF US, and Perry Fiberglass. Other existing Elyria Manufacturers expanding or have recently expanded like Crane Aerospace/Lear Romec, Ridge Tool, Elyria Foundry, Duraline, Multilink, Nelson Stud Welding, Cascade Pattern, BASF, Ohio Metallurgical, American Hood and Perfection Fabricators.
What Mayor Brinda Has Done…
Saved taxpayers over $3 million.
Audited and made personnel and operations adjustments in every city department.
Improved business climate.
Created City’s First Economic Development Plan, new business incentives, new Community Improvement Corporation, revised Design Review Guidelines, new public-private partnerships.
Marketing Elyria to the region and nationally.
Participating in state-level economic development, site selection and marketing activities and strategies.
400 new jobs created.
Over 50 new businesses, 5 new industries, and 11 major manufacturing expansion projects.
New Workforce Development Program.
Elyria Works Now trains and places Elyria residents free of charge in good-paying manufacturing jobs.
Reinstituted Narcotics & Neighborhood Impact Unit, better equipped and expanded police force, new
Quality Review process for EMS services.
Over $75 million of infrastructure improvements.
Includes street, road, bridge and sewer improvements. Reducing and eliminating basement flooding and overflows.
Refurbished park system.
New neighborhood spray parks, bike and walking trails, improved ice arena, major Cascade and Elywood park upgrades with new lease agreement between City and Lorain County Metroparks.
Improved and safer neighborhoods.
Demolished over 300 vacant and nuisance houses, created community gardens, encouraged
expansion of police-supported block watch organizations, repaving streets and replacing sewers.
New streetscapes, lighting, crosswalks, planters, fountain; major corridor improvements; a new Arts
District and Pioneer Plaza; Bicentennial murals; a new library site; renovated buildings, façade improvement incentives; new investors and businesses.
Midway Mall Area redevelopment.
Completed a $23 million highway reconfiguration to the Mall; commissioned a redevelopment
plan; incentivized the redevelopment of Macys to a regional business and building of new hotel and Shops at 57; attracted new investors to redevelop the property.
Chestnut Commons Expansion.
Annexed 34 acres to the south for further development; building the Broad Street/Chestnut Commons Connector Road to help alleviate traffic.
350 New Housing Starts.
Among them include K. Hovnanian Homes, Thomas Williams, Ryan Homes, Cottages at Riverview, Yost Construction.
Cleaned up the former General Industries site.
Worked with federal, state and regional agencies to leverage funds for remediation.
Working with public schools, library, metroparks, county health district.
Assisted Library system with site acquisition and preparation, schools with fee reductions and land repurposing, metroparks with Cascade and Elywood lease agreement, merged with Lorain County Health District.
No-cost and low-cost child and youth programming.
Started the Partnership for Elyria’s Youth that brings community providers and businesses together to provide no-cost and low-cost programming like the Reach & Rise Discovery Camps.
Quality of life programming.
Returned it with donations and volunteers that help support fireworks, concerts, festivals, holiday lights, art shows and more.
Encourage open and responsive government.
Meet with residents four times per year at Community Dialogue Sessions; offer information through the City website, the Mayor’s Blog, Cable Channel 1025, the Elyria Citizens Facebook account and Instagram @ CityOfElyriaOhio.
What Mayor Brinda Will Do In Her Next Term…
Continue small business expansion.
Introduce more targeted small business incentives in the under-served neighborhoods in south and west Elyria and downtown.
Continue advanced manufacturing expansion.
Work with industry partners to construct a new industrial park off of Leo Bullocks Parkway. Further implementation of an economic development plan that uses the latest and best tools and practices.
Expand the available workforce.
Recruit more manufacturing companies to place Elyria residents through the Elyria Works Now workforce development program and other community affiliations.
Continue with Phase IC of the Eastside Relief sewer.
Install and connect major sewer infrastructure from the intersection of Whitman and North Abbe to Poplar and through the St. Jude neighborhoods to eliminate basement flooding and sewer overflows.
Ongoing street, road and bridge improvements.
Complete street and road repaving and replacement projects earmarked with Issue 6 and other funds.
Further revitalize downtown.
Work with investors on the redevelopment of properties to include residential, co-op work spaces, a brewery, a party center, a permanent market, more local niche businesses, additional office space, expansion of the arts district.
Ongoing Redevelopment of the Midway Mall area.
Work with current and new investors on property conversions that may include more regional anchors; light industrial/distribution, high-end discount, family entertainment, medical and office.
Expand and improve traffic patterns at Chestnut Commons.
Work with existing businesses, investors and developers to expand development, grow the tax base, improve access and egress.
Continue neighborhood improvements. Repave and replace streets, improve sewers, eliminate blight, incentivize new housing in-fills where homes were demolished.
Additional recreational improvements.
Address pool reconstruction needs, expanded bike and walking trails, create a dedicated senior center.
Expand focus on health and well-being.
Partner with more organizations to provide residents better access to programs that prevent disease and substance abuse, minimize the effects of chronic diseases, and promote mental and maternal health.
Your Continued Support Is Needed to Keep the Momentum Going…
As you can see, I am excited and committed about continuing to serve the citizens, businesses, industries and organizations of Elyria, Ohio. But before I can serve again, I need your support. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your continued support and vote in the General Election.
Thank you in advance for your unwavering commitment to our City and to your Mayor. If you would like to learn more about my background, my candidacy, please continue reading or visit my personal facebook page.
Holly C. Brinda, Mayor
City of Elyria
ABOUT MAYOR HOLLY BRINDA
- Master of Public Administration - Cleveland State University
- Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management – Cleveland State University
- Bachelor of Arts in News Editorial Journalism – The Ohio State University
- Total Quality Management Training – W. Edwards Deming Fellowship Academy
- Ph.D. Level Classes: Urban Studies & Public Affairs – Cleveland State University
- Graduate – Elyria High School - Class of 1976
- Mayor's Institute - Syracuse University
- Mayor, City of Elyria
- Transitional Housing - Director of Development
- West Side Ecumenical Ministry – Vice President of Advancement
- Applewood Centers – Vice President of Fund Development
- Hattie Larlham Family of Agencies – Director of Development
- Resource Solutions Network – Principal Consultant, The Midwest/Northeast
- Cleveland State University – Director of Development, Operations & University Relations Cleveland State University & Adjunct Faculty (strategic planning & political science)
- Elyria City Schools – Director of Development & Community Services
- Ad Art Graphics & Advertising – Account Executive
- The Morning Journal – Sports Columnist: A Woman’s View
- Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting Company – Copy Writer
COMMUNITY - Current
- Elyria Community Improvement Corporation – President
- Northeast Ohio Area Wide Coordinating Agency – Board Member
- Ohio Mayor’s Alliance – Board Member, Largest 30 City Mayors Consortium
- Lorain County Chamber of Commerce – Trustee
COMMUNITY – Former
- Main Street Elyria – Board Member Lorain County Visitors Bureau - Board Member
- Northeast Ohio Sustainable Community Consortium (NEOSCC) - Trustee
- Elyria Board of Education – 12-Year Member & Past President
- Elyria Chapter of the NAACP – Member
- Elyria Sunrise Rotary – Charter Member
- Elyria Plan 2015 – Member, Community Learning Committee
- Envision Elyria – 2006 Steering Committee
- Leadership Lorain County – Trustee & Graduate
- Lorain County Urban League – Trustee
- Lorain County Voices for Children Guardian Ad Litem Program – Founding Trustee, President
- Elyria Family YMCA – Trustee
- Ohio Urban Schools Commission – Member
- Downtown Cleveland Merchant’s Association – Trustee, Planning Facilitator
Holly Brinda is NOT a career politician. Holly worked for 30 years before she became Mayor and came to the position as a seasoned and successful administrator and organizational advancement professional with over 30 years of management, planning, development, marketing and public engagement experience in private business, K-12 and higher public education, government and non-profit organizations. Holly thinks and manages openly and strategically and is considered by many as a caring and compassionate leader and skilled facilitator and motivator. She is competent and comfortable in all the key functions of managing critical processes in large organizations and has executed all of these functions in her career experiences.
Holly Understands the Big Picture. Organizations engage Holly when they want someone capable of understanding the big picture and developing the processes and resources necessary to advance the mission and vision. Several of her past career associations have involved launching strategic planning initiatives, executing campaigns for major capital building projects, implementing quality improvements, launching new programs, and counseling existing programs facing significant challenges.
Holly’s Family is Her Greatest Achievement: A fourth generation Elyrian, Holly met her husband Greg in 1980 at her first job out of college at the Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting Company, where Greg was a reporter and Holly was a copywriter. Love blossomed. A year later they were married. Holly and Greg have four grown children, including 36-year-old twin sons Matthew and Nicholas, daughter Marielle, 33, and daughter Rachel, 30. Their grown children are all college graduates; one from The Ohio State University, two from Miami University of Ohio, and one from Columbia College of Chicago.
Matthew is an English teacher at Elyria High School. Nick is a microbiologist in Sydney, Australia where he lives with his wife Laura, an engineer. Nick and Laura are expecting their first child, a little boy, in early November 2019. Holly and Greg, alias “Lolly and Pop” are very excited to be first-time grandparents! Daughter Marielle is a film editor in Hollywood, California. Youngest daughter Rachel is a manager for international recruitment at Chase Morgan Bank in Columbus. Greg, Holly’s husband of 38 years, is the “Dean of Sports”, Cleveland’s longest running sports radio talk show host and can be heard on WTAM 1100. Holly enjoys being Mayor, visiting her children, and caring for her St. Bernard mix Juno and her cats.