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May 18, 2011

How Elyria, Ohio, Is Putting Money Back in Its Citizens' Pockets

Elyria might be the quintessential middle-class American town. Located just off the coast of Lake Erie in northern Ohio, Elyria boasts a rich history rooted in the successes of an array of small businesses dating back to the early 19th century. Unfortunately, more and more of those businesses have had to close up shop in recent years due to the economic challenges facing many of our historic rust belt towns.

So, when the city was awarded $535,500 as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, city officials decided to take that money back to the people by encouraging homeowners to make energy improvements and weatherize their homes through rebate incentives. See the Energy Blog post.