Elyria Community Partnership
To revitalize the Elyria community including downtown and its neighborhoods, respecting the history of the city and improving the quality of life for residents.
Elyria is a thriving, racially equitable, vibrant, economically growing community with quality and affordable housing and a vibrant downtown.
Who We Are
The Elyria Community Partnership is a new nonprofit organization which has been created to revitalize the City of Elyria including downtown and its neighborhoods, respecting the history of the city and improving the quality of life for residents. The organization seeks to ensure that Elyria is a thriving, racially equitable, vibrant, economically growing community with quality and affordable housing and a vibrant downtown.
The Elyria Community Partnership will leverage Elyria’s past to develop the City for the future. As Lorain County’s population grows, Elyria has the opportunity to renew itself as a vibrant and highly desirable place to live and as an urban destination. The Elyria Community Partnership will help to change the narrative of the City from a place that has a great past and a great history to one that also has a dynamic and promising future. The organization will do this by catalyzing investment in the city and attracting people to live in, visit, shop in and enjoy Elyria.
To accomplish this the Elyria Community Partnership will be a catalyst, a planner, an implementer, a supporter, a developer, a partner, or whatever role is necessary to leverage the assets of the City. All this will be done in close partnership with the City of Elyria, residents, and all relevant stakeholders. The board of the organization represents a cross section of these stakeholders and will engage the residents of the City to achieve the organization’s mission.
Nord Foundation Grant
The Elyria Community Partnership is deeply grateful to the Nord Family Foundation for early seed funding that has supported the development of the organization. In 2021, the Foundation first provided a grant of $60,000 without which the organization would not be in existence. The Foundation later followed up with a very significant grant of $100,000 which is allowing for further development of the group. These grants have positively enabled all the efforts to convene key stakeholders, develop a board and organizational infrastructure and well as to put on the Third Thursday events. The group is currently involved in a strategic planning process which would also not be possible without the Nord Family Foundation’s generosity. The Elyria Community Partnership is deeply grateful to all its funders, but particularly would like to salute the Nord Family Foundation for their significant early funding.