‘Fairfield Bucks’ and the Draft Plan Community Open House

The Draft Plan Community Open House was held on Thursday evening, September 19, 2019 at the A.D. Lewis Community Center. Meeting attendees were given the opportunity to view the core elements of the Plan and provide input on the Plan’s Priority Projects.

Fairfield Bucks’ Tally

Open House attendees spending ‘Fairfield Bucks’ on Project Ideas that are most important to them

The Plan contains 12 total Priority Projects that were identified throughout the community engagement process and are designed to serve as positive catalysts for neighborhood revitalization. Meeting attendees were able to favorite or prioritize the Plan’s Priority Projects by spending $10,000 (comprised of ten $1,000 bills) of ‘Fairfield Bucks’ on the ideas that were are important to them. Meeting attendees were able to drop their Fairfield bucks into buckets that represented the 12 Priority Projects.

The three Priority Projects that received the most Fairfield Bucks from meeting attendees were:

These three Priority Projects will be highlighted in the Final Plan as the three most prioritized or most important of the 12 Priority Projects. They will be expanded upon in further detail and given special attention in the Plan document.

The nine other Priority Projects were ranked as follows:

  • $59,000 – Create a summer youth employment program that partners with Marshall University, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall Health Network, Huntington Police Department, Huntington Fire Departments, and other organizations. (People Plan – Education & Youth)
  • $50,000 – Leverage the grocery store to spur additional commercial development and amenities to the immediate neighborhood such as banks, pharmacies, barber shops, and restaurants. (Neighborhood Plan)
  • $48,000 – Connect Fairfield residents and first-time home buyers to housing assistance, finance, credit improvement, and home ownership programs. (Neighborhood Plan)
  • $38,000 – Support more vocational training classes at Huntington High School and apprenticeships at area firms to encourage more youth to enter the trades. (People Plan – Employment & Job Training)
  • $37,000 – Create a one-stop shop for multiple job services and assistance modeled after the Reeb Avenue Center in Columbus, OH. (People Plan – Employment & Job Training)
  • $35,000 – Replace poor or damaged lighting with enhanced lighting to create a more visible and safe nighttime environment. (People Plan – Safety & Health)
  • $23,000 – Encourage community policing efforts such as Coffee with a Cop and a Hoops In the Hood-style program (LISC) that creates positive interactions with law enforcement and the general public. (People Plan – Safety & Health)
  • $22,000 – Create a holistic community health initiative modeled after the Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families Initiative at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH to improve positive health outcomes to the Fairfield neighborhood. (People Plan – Safety & Health)
  • $21,000 – Leverage Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall University as anchor institutions modeled after the Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative (Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH) that prioritizes local hiring and helps facilitate multiple workforce development training opportunities. (People Plan – Employment & Job Training)

Below are the posters displayed at the Open House:

The First Draft of the Fairfield Innovation Plan is Now Available!

After more than nine months of intensive community engagement through listening and learning, visioning, and problem solving to make the Fairfield a better, more equitable, and connected neighborhood, the planning team is happy to release the first draft of the Fairfield Innovation Plan. This is only the first draft of the plan, and a final version of the Innovation Plan will continue to be refined to make it the best plan possible for neighborhood revitalization until January 2020 when the plan is expected to be completed.

Your voice matters and the greater likelihood of the plan’s success will partially be determined by your direct input. For any comments or questions, please contact Scott Lemley, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Huntington at lemleys@cityofhuntington.com or (304)-696-4486, Ext. 1020.

List of Fairfield Job Fair Vendors

Reminder: The Fairfield Job Fair is this Thursday, June 13 from 2-7PM at the St Peter Claver Catholic Church. The full list of vendors is finalized and includes:

  • Voters Registration
  • Huntington Fire Department
  • Cabell County Huntington Hospital
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • The Result Company
  • The Tri-State Transit Authority
  • Unlimited Future
  • Coalfield Development
  • HADCO
  • Mountwest
  • GC Services
  • Homecare Assistance
  • MedExpress
  • Huntington Junior College
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 2020 Census
  • Veterans Vocational Rehab
  • MU Recruiting
  • Airforce and Army Recruitment
  • Huntington Police Department
  • Enlisted Accessions Recruiter
  • Starlight Behavior Health
  • Classic Construction
  • Marshall University
  • WV Corrections and Rehab

We hope to see you there and good luck!

Fairfield Jobs Fair scheduled for Thursday, June 13!

When: June 13. 2019

Time: 2pm-7pm

Where: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church (828 15th Street, Huntington, WV)

You voted for it and we responded. As part of one of the Early Action Projects, the Fairfield Innovation Plan planning team is organizing a Jobs Fair for Thursday, June 13th from 2-7PM at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.

More than 20+ employers will be offering part-time and full-time employment opportunities to all job seekers. This event is free and open to the public.

To prepare, please dress in proper business attire, communicate professionally and efficiently, and bring plenty of resumes.

We hope to see you there and good luck!

Community Meeting 4 Scheduled for Thursday, May 16

When: Thursday, May 16th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

Where: A.D. Lewis Community Center (1450 A.D. Lewis Avenue, Huntington, WV)

Come on down and join us at the Fairfield Family Feud Meeting to test your knowledge of the Fairfield neighborhood in a gameshow-style competition! Contestants will be asked a series of questions based on the results of the Choice Neighborhood Resident Surveys. The Surveys were completed by local residents and workers in the Fairfield community to help better understand neighborhood conditions, needs and desires. The Fairfield Family Feud Meeting will also feature an update on new and exciting changes coming to the Fairfield neighborhood!

You can download a meeting flyer here. Children are welcome, and food and refreshments will be served!

For more information, contact:
Scott Lemley
Director of Planning & Development
(304) 696-4486
lemleys@cityofhuntington.com

The Fairfield Choice Neighborhood Resident Survey is now live!

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Residents and workers of Fairfield, we need your help!

The Fairfield Innovation Plan planning team invites you to participate in our Choice Neighborhood Resident survey. We are conducting this survey to help us better understand neighborhood conditions and the needs of you and your neighbors.

Eligibility: The survey may be taken by anyone who lives or works within the Fairfield neighborhood of Huntington, West Virginia

Deadline: Completed surveys are due by TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 AT 5:00PM

Sections: This survey includes four (4) sections that you may complete:

  • Neighborhood, Housing and Mobility
  • Education and Youth
  • Safety and Health
  • Employment and Job Training

You are not required to complete each section, but you are encouraged to
complete those sections that interest you most.

Raffle: For each section that is completed and submitted, you will receive
one (1) raffle ticket that will automatically enter you for a chance to win one (1)
of the following prizes:

  • A $150 Amazon Gift Card (Quantity: 1)
  • A $50 Amazon Gift Card (Quantity: 3)

Each participant may earn no more than four (4) raffle tickets. Your name
and email or phone number must be provided to be entered into the raffle.
The drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. You do not need to be
present at the drawing to win.

Submission: The survey may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Scott Lemley, Director of Planning & Development
Room L7, City Hall, 800 Fifth Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701

Continue reading “The Fairfield Choice Neighborhood Resident Survey is now live!”

Community Meeting 3 Scheduled for Thursday, March 28

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When: Thursday, March 28th

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

Where: A.D. Lewis Community Center (1450 A.D. Lewis Avenue, Huntington, WV)

Please join us at Community Meeting 3 to provide your input on what should happen within important areas of the community, help to prioritize projects to improve the quality of life for local residents, and get the scoop on new and exciting changes coming to the neighborhood!

You can download a meeting flyer here. Children are welcome, and food and refreshments will be served!

For more information, contact:
Scott Lemley
Director of Planning & Development
(304) 696-4486
lemleys@cityofhuntington.com