Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Dear Fellow Elyrians,

Please enjoy this video of you, your friends and neighbors coming together to enjoy this wonderful holiday season.  Elyria is such a caring community and I am so very humbled and proud to be your Mayor.  Because of the generosity of many, every child and youth in our community had an opportunity to experience the joy of the season and make memories that will last a lifetime.  For a complete list of Holiday Lights Donors, please view cable channel 12 or the City of Elyria Website. 

In gratitude,
Holly C. Brinda

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Heritage Tour

The City of Elyria Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission is organizing an historic tour to visit many sites integral to the history of our country and specific to the Civil Rights movement. In our current day, it is more important than ever to remember our history, and there is no better way to teach our future leaders than to show them in person the places of our struggles, our victories, and how far we have come as a country and as a people. For most people this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the sites we usually only read about.

The tour will run through March 23-28, 2015 and will visit Atlanta, Tuskegee, Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham and Memphis. Specific points of interest will include: National Underground Railroad Museum♦Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home Museum ♦Martin Luther King Center ♦ Tuskegee Airfield & National Museum ♦ Historic Tuskegee Institute ♦ Booker T. Washington Museum ♦ The Renowned National Voting Rights Museum ♦ Historic Edmund Pettus Bridge ♦ The Rosa Parks Museum♦ Southern Poverty Law Center Civil Rights Memorial ♦ Dexter Avenue Baptist Church ♦ Brown Chapel AME Church ♦ The Famed Sixteenth Street Baptist Church ♦ The Birmingham Civil Rights Museum ♦ Kelly Ingram Memorial Park ♦ Lorraine Hotel National Civil Rights Museum


Tour prices start at $390.00 and include transportation and lodging. More information can be found here, or feel free to contact Commission Chair Dr. LaTaunya V. Conley at (440) 326-1407 or Email her at: lconley@cityofelyria.org.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

JumpStart Elyria Designed to Revitalize Elyria’s Downtown, Midway and Cleveland Street Areas


The City of Elyria has received a $93,000 federal grant to conduct a market analysis and create redevelopment plans for its commercial business districts, including Downtown, Midway and Cleveland Street.  The City has hired some of the top urban planners and market analysts in the country to help us figure out how to best position Elyria for success in the region.  The entire process will take about 12 months.

The video presented here covers the first two JumpStart community meetings that were help November 12 and 13 at the Elyria Transportation and Community Center and Council Chambers of Elyria City Hall.  The Mayor shared the City’s redevelopment strategy; the City’s planning consultants from the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative of Kent State University and Streetsense of Bethesda, Maryland made a presentation of local, regional and national market indicators and what they mean for Elyria; and Elyria business owners and residents were offered an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the process.  There were 120 participants at the meetings.  

A second set of community meetings will be help in February to share the full results of the market analysis and initial recommendations for redevelopment.  For more information contact Mayor Holly Brinda at (440) 326-1402.    

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elyrians Encouraged to Access Affordable Healthcare

Now Through December 15 for Coverage January 1
The Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business with a new and improved application process, and access to even more providers in Ohio. Elyria residents are encouraged to visit one of the following healthcare enrollment providers or log on to the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov . To find a local assister, view the enrollment providers below or please visit https://connector.getcoveredamerica.org/widget/. For more USDHHS Region V updates, be sure to follow @HHSRegion5 on Twitter and use the hashtag #GetCovered.