Happy 200th Birthday to Our Great American City
On the occasion of this significant milestone in Elyria’s history – our 200th birthday, it is with great pride that I welcome you to our great city. I would also like to express my gratitude to the 100 volunteers who comprise our Bicentennial Committee. They have enthusiastically stepped forward to craft a year of educational, recreational, and cultural events and activities that will help us honor our past, celebrate our present, and shape our future. Within these pages you’ll learn more about Elyria’s celebration and our compelling history. We hope you’ll join us!
The creation of a city requires the emergence and empowerment of people with vision who can become its founders. However the vision becomes a City only when citizens gather and become one. When Heman Ely founded Elyria at the fork of the Black River in March of 1817, the untamed countryside of 12,400 acres was teeming with endless possibilities. He could have only imagined his impact, and the impact of those in the intervening decades and centuries, who have made Elyria what it is today.
Now Ohio’s 14th largest city and the county seat, Elyria is the past and present home of leaders, innovators, and caring, hardworking people who have made it a city of “firsts”. Elyria is the founding home of the Easter Seal Society, the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains, the sewing machine, the modern day bicycle seat, the rubber heal, and a host of world renown actors, writers, musicians, doctors, scientists, industrialists, and athletes. We are in the midst of celebrating our current, three-time Olympic track and field gold medalist Tianna Bartoletta.
Our 54,533 active residents have helped create the amenities that make our city a wonderful place to live, work, and raise our families. World-class companies and high quality, affordable health care and educational systems are complimented by historic and modern eclectic housing choices; strong faith-based and non-profit communities; a scenic park system complete with a river, nature trails and waterfalls; and recreation centers in each quadrant of the community. And within only 7 miles from Lake Erie and 26 miles from Cleveland, Elyria boasts of providing access to all of the wonderful amenities that Northeast Ohio has to offer.
Our beautiful and historic downtown is enjoying a rebirth, with new streets and streetscapes, new businesses and restaurants, the arts, an outdoor market and much more. The Midway Mall business district is benefitting from a new $23 million highway reconfiguration that is attracting new business opportunities. And new economic development strategies, incentives and careful planning are strengthening Elyria’s already robust advanced manufacturing sector and other businesses.
Elyria is a historic, beautiful, great American rail city that is established, yet still growing, evolving, innovating, and making way for the new. Our bicentennial theme is: Making history then and NOW. Join us during this exciting year as we remember, celebrate, and set the stage for the best that is yet to come. You can be a part of it! Happy Birthday, Elyria!
Holly C. Brinda, MPA
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For information on volunteering yourself or your group, please call 440-326-1402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midway Mall Redevelopment Plan
Welcome to the City of Elyria’s website, a window to Ohio’s community of opportunity.
Alive with enthusiasm and rich in diversityand imagination, as residents of Ohio’s 14th largest city we take great pride in our can-do pioneering spirit, history of innovation, natural beauty, commitment to volunteerism, and welcoming door to all people.
Founded at the fork of the scenic Black River in 1817 by Heman Ely, Elyria is a city of “firsts” and has all the right ingredients to put Elyrians first again. To name just a few, you are looking into the home of the Easter Seal Society; the first chartered high school west of the Allegheny Mountains; the sewing machine; the modern, padded bicycle seat; the rubber heel; the term “hamburger”; the colored golf ball; Heisman trophy winner Vic Janowicz; and author Sherwood Anderson.
Armed with a vision and a plan, our 55,000 residents continue to be committed to making the best use of our time, talents and many community assets. Today Elyria is the world headquarters of companies like Ridge Tool, Invacare Corporation, EMC Corporation, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Diamond Products. In 2012, EMH Elyria Medical Center was named an America’s100 Best Hospital by HealthGrades, one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Lorain County Community College is a leader in lifelong learning and a catalyst for business innovation and training in Ohio. The grand opening of Elyria’s new $70 million public high school speaks to the value our community places on education, rounding out the myriad of public, parochial, private and charter school choices in the community.
Our world-class companies; high quality, affordable health care, and education systems are complimented by historic and modern, eclectic housing choices; a scenic parks system complete with waterfalls, nature trails and recreation centers in each quadrant of the city; and an expansive and active faith-based community. Nonprofit organizations work closely with the City and other public organizations to provide responsive services to our residents. A testimony to our community working together are this summer’s Reach and Rise Discovery Camps offered to Elyria children and youth free of charge thanks to the collective support and collaboration of many public, private and non-profit organizations.
Only seven miles from Lake Erie, and 26 miles from Cleveland, Elyria boasts of providing easy access to all the wonderful amenities that Northeast Ohio has to offer. We hope you’ll join us!