Theme: Continuing Challenges - NEOSCC Conditions & Trends
Northeast Ohio has work to finish and emerging challenges to meet
Finding: The funds available for transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance are declining. Northeast Ohio is unlikely to see additional freeway or rail transit network development in the foreseeable future and will need to maintain the infrastructure it has in place.
Public entities at the local, state and federal levels that are responsible for infrastructure investment are facing long term constraints as a result of economic investment trends. Infrastructure cost increases have far outpaced resources from employment growth, per capita wage growth, and property value increases that are generated for capital investment.
Finding: Northeast Ohio residents in select urban and exurban communities have shorter overall life expectancies and suffer disproportionately from chronic illness than their suburban and exurban counterparts.
These disparities are shaped by social, environmental, and economic conditions that affect both the choices available to them and their health outcomes.