WHAT IS G3?
Greening Greater Greenfield, also known as G3, is an informal organization dedicated to improving life in and around Greenfield, Ohio.
The group first convened on Nov. 18, 2010 as part of a project with the George Voinovich School of Ohio University called REAP (Regional Economic Adjustment Program). The early sessions were facilitated by Robert Gordon and Zach Holl of the Voinovich School, who helped guide us through evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of the community, brainstorming, agreement on the geographical territory involved, and through the establishment of goals, a mission statement and a vision for the community. Greenfield City Manager Betty Bishop invited a core group of area citizens to take part in the process.
The brainstorming was particularly interesting as we discovered or rediscovered many wonderful qualities about the Greenfield area. With its rich history, natural beauty and easy access to recreational sites, it became apparent that Greenfield is a special place and has qualities that a lot of communities lack.
We determined that the best description of the community would not be the city limits but rather the borders of the Greenfield Exempted Village School District.
G3 established five goals to strive for. Those goals involve the following:
1. IDENTIFY A GREENFIELD “BRAND” (Greenfield, Ohio – “A Greene Countrie Towne Since 1799.”).
2. MAKE GREENFIELD GREEN & CLEAN.
3. DEVELOP A BUSINESS READINESS PLAN.
4. DEVELOP A TOURISM PLAN.
5. EXPLORE FUNDING PARTNERSHIPS.
G3 approved the following vision and mission statements to help articulate what we’re trying to achieve:
GREENFIELD: a Great Rural Economical and Environmental Neighbor to all.
Greenfield, Ohio: An historic community preserving the past while moving forward in an opportunistic and innovative way; developing “Green” technology to enhance business, education, and recreation; creating a harmonious living environment for both residents and visitors.
During the visioning and planning process many small steps have been taken towards the goals of G3. Part of our purpose is simply to communicate information about events and attractions that already are part of the community and network with other individuals and organizations. Through these collaborations, members of G3 have taken part in Greenfield Clean Up Day, planted flowers downtown, brought back the old “Greene Countrie Towne” logo and arranged for banners to be flown downtown.
G3 supports Greenfield’s efforts to become a “Green” community through the feasibility study of wind energy at the Industrial Park, the installation of solar panels at the water treatment plant, the “Light Up Greenfield” project and the project you will hear more about this evening. In addition, we are helping to shape Greenfield’s identity as a community that welcomes innovation and creative thinking. The arrival of the company known as Visibly Green in Greenfield is an example of this. These entrepreneurs are full of creative ideas and need a supportive environment in which to work. Greenfield, Ohio is that place!
As G3 strives to enhance business, education, recreation and a “green and clean” lifestyle in the community, we have been made aware of a new opportunity that seems like a perfect fit for our G3 goals.