The First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio (FSC-SWO)
The First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio (FSC-SWO) is an organization of members in Hamilton County jurisdictions (and a combined population of approximately 270,000 (including Springfield and Colerain Townships)) that are first-ring suburbs of the City of Cincinnati.
FSC-SWO strives to establish working relationships between our elected state officials and our member communities. We seek regular communication and discussion concerning issues relevant to first ring communities such as declining population, older housing and declining tax bases that are not keeping up with the need to maintain infrastructure and provision of basic services. The Ohio Department of Development recognizes the unique status of first ring suburbs as having distinct needs and issues from the urban core or the suburban and rural areas of the state.
The Village of Addyston (pop. 1,000) is a friendly community located on the Ohio River, ten miles west of downtown Cincinnati. It was awarded a WeTHRIVE! Mini-Grant in November 2011. Built by the Ohio Pipe Foundry for its employees in 1891, the village is on the National Register of Historic Places. Village council adopted the WeTHRIVE! Community Wellness Resolution on February 7, 2012. The Addyston WeTHRIVE! team's goal is to make their village a "community that's on the move!" Key components of the action plan include creating eight walkable/rollable routes throughout the village, complete with benches, waste and recycle receptacles and distance signage. Mayor Dan Pillow is the President of First Suburbs Consortium of Southwest Ohio.
The beauty and serenity of mature trees, one-acre lots, and open green spaces belie Amberley’s location at the center of the I-275 circle, with easy access to all major highways and the entire metropolitan Cincinnati area. Varied architectural styles, including mid-century modern, contemporary and traditional, add to the unique ambience. Though fairly small in size with 1,388 households, Amberley provides a high level of service to residents.
From its founding in 1940, the Village has emphasized public safety, and today’s police/fire officers continue this tradition, offering extra services such as house checks while you’re away, security/fire safety audits and educational classes in addition to law enforcement. Leaf and brush pick-up and the most efficient snow removal in the area also are especially valued by residents.
Incorporated in 1889, Arlington Heights, Ohio, in Hamilton County, is 3 miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Less than a square mile, the village is almost completely contained within the wide median of the Mill Creek Expressway (Miami Erie Canal), one of the few urban splits of freeway lanes in the country.
Arlington Heights has always lived within the geographic limits to its growth. The generations of families who live here have never recognized those boundaries in their love for their community.
Located just 20 miles north of Downtown Cincinnati, Blue Ash offers a unique blend of small town charm, top-rated amenities, major employers, and big city access that makes it the perfect place to raise your family, advance your career, have fun, and enjoy the good life. The popular real estate website, Movoto.com, recently ranked Blue Ash as the third top city in Ohio for amenities. A long list of great restaurants, free summer concerts, annual festivals that attract more than 300,000 people. Blue Ash also offers the state-of-the-art Blue Ash Recreation Center, the Blue Ash Golf Course, which is ranked as one of the top 75 municipal courses in the country by Golf Digest magazine, and several beautiful parks, including our newest gem, Summit Park.
Welcome to the City of Deer Park, Ohio, a great place to live, work and play. Our motto is "Deer Park, The Right Town for a Bright Future". Our city administration is dedicated to maintaining a safe community and providing quality service to the residents and businesses of Deer Park.
Centrally located in Hamilton County, Deer Park is a suburb of Cincinnati with easy access to both Interstates 75 and 71, making for an easy commute into Downtown Cincinnati or throughout the entire tri-state area.
Home to beautiful neighborhoods and 3 world headquarters, Evendale is Cincinnati’s best kept secret. Outstanding services and award winning recreation and cultural arts centers. Discover the unique Gorman Heritage Farm. Live, work and play amenities all within 4.5 square miles located just 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati with immediate access to I-75, I-275 and I-71.
The Village of Fairfax was founded in 1955. Just east of Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout and south of Madisonville in the City of Cincinnati, Fairfax is safe, tight-knit community of 1,938 residents. We provide police, recreation and public works services to our residents and are a member of the Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District. Fairfax is also part of the top-rated Mariemont School District.
Forest Park is a planned community since its inception, Forest Park is now the third largest city in Hamilton County, Ohio, with approximately 18,720 residents in 7,900 households. We are located only 14 miles north of downtown Cincinnati.
Incorporated in 1855, the Village of Glendale is known for its winding, curvilinear street scapes; its thick tree canopy; its historic homes; & quiet, peaceful living; the citizens of Glendale enjoy a tranquil existence. Glendale is the only village in Ohio designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The village maintains its own volunteer fire department, ranked in the top 2% of all Ohio departments. Our police department is recognized for its competency and professionalism, operating out of the oldest, continually operated station in the U.S. We operate our own water and waste water treatment facilities and benefit from the extraordinary efforts of our service department. This small town ambience and care for maintaining our urban forest: our oasis of calm in an otherwise hectic world, is yet another of the many aspects of Glendale that make it a wonderful place to live.
Due to the Village’s location, at the juncture of I-75 & I-275, residents enjoy quick and easy access to all the amenities of Greater Cincinnati. Glendale consists of a land area of 1.7 square miles and a population of 2,155.
Established in 1947, Golf Manor became a thriving developed community. Golf Manor seeks to create a “Great Village” by creating a “friendly, livable and self-sustaining community.” The jurisdiction is governed by a mayor and six council members. Their guiding principles are customer service, quality, accountability, and efficiency and effectiveness. These principles lead the business in Golf Manor and improve village operations.
Greenhills, Ohio is one of only three “Greenbelt Towns” built in the United States. The other two are Greenbelt, Maryland and Greendale, Wisconsin. The three towns had their start during the Depression Era. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created a program to build new suburban communities as part of his New Deal plans for the country. The overseeing department was the Resettlement Administration which later became a part of the Farms Security Administration. The building of these towns provided much needed jobs for those in the trades (brick layers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.), as well as people not in the trades who worked at clearing land, digging trenches, etc....Nearly 4,000 residents inhabit 1,660 homes, with many families including third and fourth generation descendants from original "pioneers."
Green Township, located just 12 miles from downtown Cincinnati, is one of twelve townships in Hamilton County, Ohio. It was formed in 1809 and has since then grown to a population of 58,000 people. Green Township’s mission is to create a thriving, safe, family-friendly community. They provide responsive, efficient, and high-quality services to ensure their mission. A board of three trustees governs the township and other departments help provide services to create a thriving and family-friendly community.
Located in the Mill Creek Valley, Lincoln Heights was established in 1923. Lincoln Heights has made constant efforts to provide safety and services for the growing community. The community is focused around family and strives to create a prosperous community. The Village is working on improving infrastructure, education, income equality, parks and recreation, creating a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment, maintaining a financially thriving community, and providing job opportunities for the whole community.
Lockland’s development dates back to 1828 when the community was built alongside the construction of the Miami-Erie Canal. The canal has since been replaced by I-75, as a useful route for transportation for those in and out of Lockland. Lockland prides itself in its businesses and provides many opportunities for the residents of Lockland. It is a thriving neighborhood that continues to develop.
For the 4th time in 7 years, CINCY MAGAZINE named Madeira the #1 ‘Burb in Greater Cincinnati for 2015-2016. Madeira is a wonderful community comprised of many caring and involved residents, a thriving business district and our outstanding Madeira City Schools. With its hometown feel and terrific location - near Kenwood Towne Center and approximately 12 miles northeast of downtown Cincinnati with convenient access from I-71 - Madeira is known for its well maintained properties and vibrant central business district where visitors and residents can shop and dine. Madeira is consistently recognized for its charming atmosphere, high quality of life and being a family friendly place to live and work. The communities closest to Madeira include The Village of Indian Hill to the east, Cincinnati and Mariemont to the south, Sycamore Township (Kenwood), and Blue Ash and Montgomery to the north and west.
Mariemont is one of but a few planned communities in the United States, with a rich and unique history that is the the hallmark of the village. The Village was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007. We not only encourage you to visit Mariemont, but take the time to learn what makes us so welcoming and unique. Information about the Village’s history is available through the Mariemont Preservation Foundation. Visitors are welcome in the Foundation’s Archives Room, located at 3919 Plainville Road, on Saturdays from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. For more information about Mariemont’s history, we encourage you to visit the Mariemont Preservation website.
Miami Township was founded in 1791. It's name is derived from the Great Miami River, which is one of it's boundaries. The Township is comprised of 21 square miles in the southwestern tip of the state of Ohio.
Montgomery is a vibrant, high-quality, family oriented suburb of 10,200 located northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio, that embraces its future while valuing the traditions and history of its past. Founded in 1795, Montgomery was known for generations as a stopping point along the old “3-C” Highway (Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland). Montgomery is now easily accessible at the crossroads of I-275, I-71, Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway and US 22/Ohio 3, or locally known as Montgomery Road, the “main street” through town. The colorful landscape, tree-lined streets and miles of brick paver sidewalks in Montgomery lend themselves to the charming “Americana” feel of this well-preserved, historic community. It is home to wonderfully quaint old buildings that are a reminder of a quieter, slower time in the community. The treasured Montgomery Heritage District, located in and around Montgomery Road, is a diversified and unique destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment with storefront shops, nationally-recognized and fine ethnic restaurants, galleries, services and performance venues.
The history of our city is very unique in many ways. Mt. Healthy was first settled as a village in 1817, and was originally named Mt. Pleasant. With many of its citizens surviving the Cholera epidemic of 1850, this small community was later renamed as Mt. Healthy. Officially becoming a City in 1951, our city has prospered for over 190 years and, continues to flourish. Conveniently located, Mt. Healthy is just 15 miles north of Downtown Cincinnati, and minutes from I-275 and the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway. Our community consists of a collection of individually designed and unique homes situated among lofty trees that provide a natural and enchanting atmosphere. Mt. Healthy is a pleasant residential community striving to provide a quality way of life. Its strong tradition has attracted outstanding citizens dedicated to positive community value.
Reading is the “Crossroads of Opportunity” for families and businesses. Located in the heart of the greater Cincinnati region and near two major interstates, Reading has great schools, safe streets and a friendly, hometown feel.
Reading also has a strong business environment and a thriving retail district, including a nationally recognized marketplace for wedding apparel and services.
Silverton was first incorporated in March of 1905, but it had been a train and railroad stop associated with Cincinnati for many years prior. Originally an outlying farm community settled in 1809, Silverton is today an inner ring suburb of the City of Cincinnati.
This community is the most racially integrated community in the region, a place that was inclusive well before it became expected that it be so. Silverton is fifteen minutes from downtown, ten minutes from uptown, and three minutes from Kenwood Mall. Homes here are well-built and have character, ranging from the cute Cape Cod to bungalow-style to the Victorian. While our homes are made from durable materials that are no longer affordable in our commoditized homebuilding world, they are nevertheless quite affordable for working families. Montgomery Road traverses Silverton, providing a commercial stream easily accessed on foot from many residential tributary streets. Silverton has unique businesses that are regional brands, such as Meier’s Winery, the BMW store, and HJ Benkens Florists. Silverton is, in a word, authentic.
St. Bernard is centrally located in Greater Cincinnati, right outside of I-71 and I-75. It was laid out back in 1851 between Vine Street and the Miami Erie Canal, making it a prime location for an industrial hub. Over the years it continued to grow and is now a thriving community. It is near many great schools including top-ranked universities and is also nearby many renowned medical facilities. The community is family-oriented and has many community events that make the community thrive.
The City of Sharonville was incorporated in 1911 and received rights in 1962. It’s location right outside of I-75 makes for great transportation access. The City of Sharonville has many great parks nearby, with Sharon Woods located at the center of the community. The community has many outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities and is a family-friendly community. The thriving community is dedicated to providing first class services and facilities.
Springdale is the ideal setting for new families starting out and seniors looking for a safe and secure living environment. In Springdale, we have easy access to excellent school systems K-12, post secondary institutions, employment opportunities and recreational offerings. Springdale boasts an 72,000 sq. ft. Community Center that includes a fitness center, indoor walking track, gymnasiums, game rooms, exercise studio, senior lounge and computer lab. Springdale offers a variety of housing opportunities from single family homes to apartment and condominium living. Community events such as the Farmers' Market are centered on Springdale Town Center and retail shopping opportunities abound in the Springdale Tri-County Retail District with over 4 million square feet of stores. Springdale's certified award winning City departments provide the best services in police, fire and EMS protection, recreational opportunities and health services. Springdale is a great place to live, work, learn and play.
Springfield Township is distinctive in landscape, character, and service, yet united in vision. We are a unique community that has embarked upon changes to meet the demands of the future, while retaining those special qualities that attracted residents and businesses long ago. Founded in 1795, Springfield Township covers 16 square miles and has a population of 36,319 residents, according to the 2010 census report. The tree-lined, picturesque streets of Springfield Township include many diverse and unique neighborhoods.
Woodlawn is located right outside of I-75 and within proximity to many airports, making it great for transportation access. It is a great place for businesses, from mom-and-pop shops to industrial companies. The community offers an array of businesses as well as recreational opportunities such as enjoying the outdoors at the Trillium Trails Wildflower Preserve. It is a great community for families and provides many opportunities and has many quality services and amenities to offer.
Located just north of the City of Cincinnati along I-75, Wyoming offers excellent quality of life in a highly desirable and central location to the 8,428 residents who call Wyoming home. To most, a sense of community means having a place to belong, having access to community leaders, and developing friendships with neighbors and community members. Life in Wyoming takes the typical sense of community to a heightened level…life in our community is an opportunity to establish deep and genuine relationships with friends and neighbors beyond the passing “hello.” Folks who move to Wyoming are quick to realize that this structure of community creates opportunities to run into neighbors and friends at a variety of events and venues; it is an opportunity to meet others because children are the same age in school; it is where the community comes together for celebrations, concerts, festivals, and holidays; it is where volunteers serve on a board or commission or coach the pee wee soccer team. Life in Wyoming means feeling connected to each other and having the chance to extend family into the community – Living in Wyoming is a unique and special way of life.