RTA Board Trustee Trevor Elkins Targeted by County Political Establishment for Bucking the Status Quo

RTA Board Trustee Trevor Elkins Targeted by County Political Establishment for Bucking the Status Quo

"I served my three years [on the RTA board] in the way that I know how," he told Scene by phone. "I tried to shake up the status quo and challenge the way we were operating. The county's choice seems to be a return to the status quo. I think they just don't understand how important this transit agency is to the region economically." 

Mayor Elkins to Leave RTA Board Despite a Tremendously Productive First Term, County Payback Machine at Work

Mayor Elkins to Leave RTA Board Despite a Tremendously Productive First Term, County Payback Machine at Work

During Elkins’ three years with RTA, he helped delay a proposed fare hike, questioned outsourcing, and vainly pushed for a local sales tax hike. He also helped work out the departure last March of long-time President George Dixon III amid allegations of taking undeserved RTA heathcare benefits and the phasing out of former General Manager Joe Calabrese, now a senior advisor due to leave in 2020.

Clevelanders for Public Transit Back Mayor Elkins for RTA Board Re-election

Clevelanders for Public Transit Back Mayor Elkins for RTA Board Re-election

“Mayor Trevor Elkins has been a Board member who has consistently spoken out for positive change. He is the voice of reason, a voice of reform and he has a vision for a positive future for the RTA,” CPT stated.

Home sweet home: Newburgh Heights passes college loan payment plan

Home sweet home: Newburgh Heights passes college loan payment plan

It's a move city leaders hope will give people an incentive to call Newburgh Heights home. They say already they are surprised and excited by the volume of calls and interested people wanting to move from other states like Georgia and New York.

Howard Hanna Agent Excited to Bring New Residents into Newburgh Heights, Ohio

Howard Hanna Agent Excited to Bring New Residents into Newburgh Heights, Ohio

“Newburgh Heights is an ideal location to begin a career and take the next step in life. We are virtually within a 10-minute drive of every major hotspot in greater Cleveland, have access to one of the best K-12 school systems in the state, and an ample stock of great, affordable century homes or brand-new construction,” said Mayor Elkins. “Newburgh Heights is safe, clean, walkable, and has fast become one of the most popular destinations for new homebuyers.”

Tackling Student Loans and Sustaining a Village

Tackling Student Loans and Sustaining a Village

Mayor Elkins, who has a background in government finance, has proposed a well-thought-out plan that would enhance his city and clearly help people with student loans. 

Small Suburb Looks to Boost Population by Paying Off Student Loans for New Homebuyers

Small Suburb Looks to Boost Population by Paying Off Student Loans for New Homebuyers

“So we wanted to find a way that we could help students but also address some of our local, immediate problems that we have with a shrinking tax base and an aging population,” Elkins says.

Newburgh Heights Seeks To Attract Residents With Student Loan Payments

Newburgh Heights Seeks To Attract Residents With Student Loan Payments

“I figured I could kill two birds with one stone by tackling both problems in a way that was a win-win for Newburgh Heights but also for individuals that had a challenge of their own as it related to student debt,” said Elkins.

Newburgh Heights hoping to attract new homeowners by paying off student loans

Newburgh Heights hoping to attract new homeowners by paying off student loans

“The stipulations are, you have to purchase the home after you've graduated from a four-year accredited college; the home has to be valued at $50,000 or more -- single family, and it has to be an arm's-length transaction so it can’t be a short sale or sheriff’s sale or something like that,” said Elkins.

Newburgh Heights' Bold Idea for Attracting Young Professionals: Pay For Their Student Loans

Newburgh Heights' Bold Idea for Attracting Young Professionals: Pay For Their Student Loans

This is one of those sensible ideas that nevertheless may be perceived as radical strategy because it proposes to give to individuals — a generous financial incentive — what is ordinarily reserved for businesses.