Read More About How the Resurgence is Real
and the Momentum is Building...
Thank you for visiting my re-election website. As I conclude my second term as Elyria’s Mayor and seek my third, it is an honor to serve the caring citizens, visitors and workforce of our historic river and rail city. Continuing the tremendous success of our 200th birthday, we are building momentum, working together, and using our proud past and pioneering spirit to shape Elyria’s rebirth.
With the help of caring citizens, an energized City Council, new organizational partners, and volunteers who are second to none – Elyria is on the rise. But our work is not done. And that is why I am seeking a third term as your Mayor. Working together we have already taken many proactive steps to re-position Elyria for success. No, we are not yet where we want to be, but we are making great strides and your continued support and votes are needed and appreciated to keep Elyria moving in the right direction.
In all, there is over $400 million of investment happening in Elyria right now!
To learn more, click here to view the June 2018 special section about Elyria’s resurgence in
Take a look around and you’ll see the evidence everywhere. Elyria is in the process of building all new state-of-the-art public schools and a new stadium and complex. Our Elyria Public Library system will be constructing a new main library and will be refurbishing other library facilities. Cascade and Elywood parks, the jewels of the Western Reserve, are being completely revitalized thanks to a new lease agreement/partnership between the City of Elyria and the Lorain County MetroParks. Moreover, the City of Elyria and my administration have spear-headed many projects outlined below that are changing our community for the better.
Recent Accomplishments of the Brinda Administration
New business incentives, business-friendly policies, and a new Elyria Community Improvement Corporation are creating new jobs as businesses expand and relocate to Elyria. Just since 2017, 10 new businesses have moved into Elyria and expansions are taking place currently at five major industries. Of note: Amware has taken over both the former Riddell and 3M buildings, and Perry Fiberglass has taken over the former Moen building. Expansions are underway with Nelson Stud Welding, Dura-Line Corp., MultiLink Inc., Ridge Tool, Elyria Plastics, and several others.
Elyria Works Now, the City’s new workforce development program, is helping Elyria residents gain access to higher-paying manufacturing jobs – and helping Elyria manufacturers fill entry-level positions. The program provides participants with connectivity, support, education, training, and access to employers who have committed to hiring goals, family-friendly practices. And working with community partners to remove barriers to employment.
Street, road, bridge and sewer improvements have become a focus of the Brinda administration – with over $74 million in current projects to be completed over the next two years. Upon completion, residents can look forward to far less basement flooding and better street conditions.
Park improvements abound, with a new lease agreement with the Lorain County MetroParks improving Cascade and Elywood parks, two new spray parks at West and South parks, and other improvements at the North Park Ice Arena and East Park trails.
Downtown Elyria is undergoing a revitalization with new streetscapes, new lighting and a new fountain; a new Arts District and Pioneer Plaza Marketplace; new downtown core streets; and private investment and development in nine buildings that will feature restaurants and entertainment, office space, the arts, apartments and more. The newly established Elyria Arts Council and Art Works Gallery now houses over 30 working artists. A County renovation of the courthouse and hopefully return of passenger rail downtown will add to the renaissance.
The Midway Mall area has been improved with a $23 million highway reconfiguration that widened SR57, removed the 49th Street Bridge, and opened additional property for development. So far this investment has prompted a new hotel, a new powers sports company in the former Macy’s, a new fashion warehouse in the former Office Max, a new national automotive parts retail and distribution center in the former Walmart to come in 2019, and a new commercial development to come in 2019 at the former site of the 49th Street Bridge.
Neighborhoods are improving with over 300 blighted residential properties demolished as of 2018, an expansive road repavement program, and the expansion and support of Community Block Watches.
The burned out former General Industries property has been cleaned up and will serve as a site for business expansion in 2019 thanks to funds leveraged from JobsOhio by the new Elyria Community Improvement Corporation.
Safety and addressing the opioid epidemic are priorities with reinstitution of the Narcotics and Neighborhood Impact Unit, reinstitution of the Downtown Foot Patrol, investment in the police department, and new partnerships with local addiction recovery agencies and organization to help address the root cause of the problem. Moreover, the Elyria Police Department has taken on the tall order of voluntarily adopting national standards and best practices through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies that has made Elyria one of the premiere municipal law enforcement agencies in Ohio and the United States. Only 7 percent of all law enforcement organizations are CALEA certified. Likewise, the Elyria Fire Department (EFD) achieved state accreditation for Emergency Management Services education, allowing the city to be more self-reliant and reduce training costs. A new Joint Quality Improvement Board has been created with EFD, LifeCare Ambulance and University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center to maximize coordination of emergency services delivery, monitoring of care and direct performance improvement measures.
To date over $2.5 million in cost-saving efficiencies have been identified and implemented through a voluntary performance audit and careful internal oversight. Examples include consolidation of the Elyria Health Department with the Lorain County Health District, the new lease agreement with the Lorain County MetroParks for the revitalization and maintenance of Cascade and Elywood parks, department consolidations, energy conservation programs, and the reduction of longevity benefits. All city employees have gone through customer service training, a new city software system is replacing 13 antiquated software platforms and is improving work, billing and communication processes, and a new Human Resources Department and preventative measures like a focus on employee wellness is resulting in lower healthcare costs.
The return of quality life programming through philanthropic support and volunteerism is creating a sense of pride and family activities with fireworks, concerts, camps, holiday lights, festivals, art shows and more. Through the Mayor’s Office on Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) over 400 volunteers work to better the city annually through Pride Day, community gardens, and support for the city’s many events and activities.
Regular dialogue and communication with residents is key as the City holds quarterly Community Dialogue Sessions, and offers current information through its website, the Mayor’s Blog, Cable Channel 1025, The Elyria Citizens Facebook account, and through Instagram @CityOfElyriaOhio.
Thank you in advance for your past support and your current consideration. I humbly request your vote on or before May 7, 2019.
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 35-year-old twin sons Matthew and Nicholas, daughter Marielle, 32, and daughter Rachel, 29. 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 industrial engineer. Marielle is an editor for Vin Di Bona Productions in Hollywood. And Rachel is an associate at Chase Morgan Bank in Columbus. Greg, Holly’s husband of 36 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 many cats.