Newburgh Heights breaks ground on new home for first time in 50 years

Newburgh Heights breaks ground on new home for first time in 50 years

"This is another step in a long process we’ve engaged in to revitalize Newburgh Heights and make it a community where homebuyers seek to put down roots and raise their family,” said Mayor Trevor Elkins about the groundbreaking.

‘It just seems right’: Newburgh Heights celebrates first new home built in 50 years

‘It just seems right’: Newburgh Heights celebrates first new home built in 50 years

"We started putting tools in place, tax abatements, a student loan assistance program, things of that nature that made it incentive for people to buy here and develop here to generate a market here," explained Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins.

A Simple Plan - How Newburgh Heights aims to rebuild from within using creative means.

A Simple Plan - How Newburgh Heights aims to rebuild from within using creative means.

“Newburgh Heights didn’t get this way overnight,” Elkins explains. “It took 30 years of not planning for the long term to get to a place where we were very nearly insolvent… We aggressively went after public money for sewers, roads, demolitions. [We] did foundation work quickly and aggressively to show residents even though it’s long term, you can see tangible short-term success that will lay a foundation to layer these growth incentives on top. Start with incentives, you put them on top of nothing.”

Newburgh Heights Offers Student Loan Assistance For New Homeowners

Newburgh Heights Offers Student Loan Assistance For New Homeowners

“I’ve tried to, in my time here as mayor, use my local, home-rule power to address more global issues that are national issues in a way that impacts us locally,” Elkins said.

Lawsuit against Channel 5 a success.

Lawsuit against Channel 5 a success.

Elkins said one of his main objectives in filing the lawsuit was to show the story was “bogus.” “Judge Friedman’s opinion expressly confirms all of this, and in light of this recognition, we’ve concluded that it is no longer worth undertaking the burden and expense of this lawsuit any further," Elkins said in a statement. "In our view, it has been a success. We also hope it is now clear that recovering Village funds from legally obligated insurance companies is just good policy.”

Northeast Ohio Community Offers Program to Attract New Homeowners

Northeast Ohio Community Offers Program to Attract New Homeowners

“New homeowners tend to really invest in their community, they become active in athletic programs, they become active in civic organizations, in their churches," he said.

Newburgh Heights Creates Student Loan Assistance Program

Newburgh Heights Creates Student Loan Assistance Program

Mayor Elkins stated, “This is a great first step in providing our partners in the real estate community with the tools needed to grow Newburgh Heights and help us transition from a residential population based around manufacturing to the modern knowledge based economy.”

CNBC Highlights Newburgh Heights Student Loan Program

CNBC Highlights Newburgh Heights Student Loan Program

"We wanted to provide an incentive for them to stay and put down roots here in the community, transitioning from the old Rust Belt manufacturing economy to a knowledge-based economy of health care and technology," he said.