At a press conference at 1:00pm on Friday, October 19, 2012, Marc Morial, President/CEO of the National Urban League joins local Cincinnati and Dayton officials to announce that the boundaries of Greater Dayton and Greater Cincinnati will be consolidated into one region covered by one Urban League organization.
The economic recession of 2007 – 2010 claimed many for-profit and non-profit organizations. After 63 years of continuous service, the Dayton Urban League (Dayton, OH) closed its doors and ceased operations in December, 2010 due in large part to what that board considered to be insurmountable financial losses and programmatic disruptions.
Over the last year, members of the board and management staff of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) and civic and business leaders in the Dayton community, who are interested in continuing Urban League services in the Dayton area, have been meeting to discuss the best strategy to consolidate the Cincinnati and Dayton regions into one Urban League service area. The group has decided that the least intrusive structure for both areas is one that maintains the unique character and autonomy of each area, but is governed by one corporation. The name of the parent corporation will be “Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio” with the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and the newly organized, Miami Valley Urban League as subsidiaries. The board of the new organization will be comprised of members from both communities. The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and the Miami Valley Urban League will each establish a regionally based Advisory Board to provide local insights regarding issues and opportunities that may impact the work of the organization.
Over the next two years, plans are to augment the programs the Urban League is currently providing in the Greater Dayton/Montgomery County area by adding additional training programs that teach those skills employers are most searching for and/or assist job seekers in finding employment, or a better job. We will also begin to add programs offered by other Urban Leagues around the country such as GED, financial literacy, after school and tutoring programs as well as other family and community-strengthening initiatives.
Donna Jones Baker, President/CEO of the newly created Greater Southwestern Ohio Urban League, notes that the organization, and members of both the new subsidiaries in Cincinnati and Dayton, is excited about this new development and determined to build a dynamic and invigorating array of programs and services for both jurisdictions.
Says Morial of the expansion, “The precision with which they have crafted this new organization is exemplary. We are proud of both that care and concern for both communities and for the extraordinary work that I know will come from this effort.”