New Resident

Montgomery Resource Guide – “Montgomery Light”

We are pleased to welcome you to the City of Montgomery and are happy that you have selected our community as your new home. We believe you will find that the City of Montgomery is an exciting community that prides itself on its high quality of life, excellent City services, exceptional public schools, and suburban location. We treasure and celebrate our historical past, while planning for and directing our community toward a successful and positive future.

Once you get settled, we encourage you to take advantage of the many civic and cultural community organizations and activities in Montgomery. You will find this is a very welcoming community; one with friendly and active neighbors and one that values the participation of all residents. Not only will you personally gain by becoming involved in community activities, but the entire community will benefit from your participation as well!

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SUPERIOR SERVICES… For You!

City CouncilMontgomery provides outstanding government services and regularly receives high ratings from citizens to prove it! Led by an innovative and responsive City Council and implemented by its dedicated and efficient City staff, Montgomery offers a range of services including police and fire protection, street and infrastructure maintenance, City parks and recreation programs, building and zoning administration, and financial and tax services. Those of us privileged to serve this community believe in our mission statement, “Providing superior services with integrity.  Partnering with you to build a great community!” We work hard to deliver quality and diverse services that are based on financially sound principles and are of high value to you.

With this level of dedication to service, your local government has been recognized repeatedly for its efforts in continuous improvement and for its excellent delivery of service to our citizens, by both our residents and corporate citizens, as well as outside professional and governmental organizations. The following speak of our commitment to good government operations and consistent high-quality service delivery:

  • Through community-wide surveys, our citizens consistently evaluate City services with an overall rating of 97% satisfaction. Additionally, 95% of the households contacting the City of Montgomery rated the service they received as courteous, and 80% felt that the services they received are a good value for their tax dollars.
  • The City of Montgomery has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers’ Association Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 12 consecutive years, which translates to sound financial management of your tax dollars.
  • Montgomery further safeguards your precious tax dollars through its Aaa Bond Rating, and is one of 16 entities in the Ohio with such a rating.
  • Montgomery was recognized for having the “Best Web Site in the Nation for Cities with Population under 65,000″ by the Government Webmasters Association for ease of use, content, and accessibility to keep current and vital information at your fingertips.
  • In the important arena of environmental consciousness, the City has received the Tree City USA Recognition for 13 years and the prestigious Growth Award for 10 years.

VIBRANT, DIVERSE, UNIQUE… Montgomery Businesses

Bethesda North HospitalMontgomery’s diverse business base has entrepreneurial energy, a spirit of innovation and economic vitality. Additionally, the economic contributions of our businesses, in the form of jobs, cooperative corporate neighbors, goods and services, and municipal revenue support are critical to the City’s continued prosperity and excellent quality of life.

The treasured Montgomery Heritage District is a “mallternative” destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment with storefront shops, nationally recognized and fine ethnic restaurants, galleries, services, and performance venues set along tree-lined streets. The brick-paver walkways running throughout the historic downtown allow for patrons to stroll in an atmosphere of yesteryear while they shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and personalized services. Beyond the Heritage District on Montgomery Road, residents will find that most of their day-to-day shopping needs can be met at one of the convenient shopping centers, banks, or destination retail stores.

Montgomery’s northern business area is characterized as a premier medical campus that boasts a regional trauma center, a leading-edge hospital and treatment services, and many related medical offices and specialized care facilities that are highly respected throughout the greater Cincinnati area.

From the national headquarters of a major financial institution to the many commercial retailers that offer unique goods and services throughout our community, Montgomery values the support and dynamic diversity of the more than 500 businesses that add to our community’s balance between economic development and residential stability.

Take the time to patronize our businesses and enjoy the bountiful diversity of excellent services and exciting shopping right here in your own hometown!

EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE!  Pride in our Schools

Sycamore Community SchoolsWith an enrollment of more than 5,600 students, the Sycamore Community Schools has a history rich in tradition and a present brimming with innovation. Because of its excellence, the Sycamore Schools are often cited as the number one reason people move to Montgomery!

Sycamore’s culture fosters high student performance and has earned the district the highest rating from the Ohio Department of Education for eight consecutive years. In 2007, 31 Sycamore students were named National Merit Semifinalists and 30 were named Finalists-the most in the state of Ohio. Being a National Merit Semifinalist or Finalist is an honor that less than one percent of the country’s high school students achieve. Offering the complete student experience, the district also boasts 111 athletic teams, 56 student organizations, and classes featuring seven global languages.

For more information on the wonderful educational opportunities available in our City, contact the Sycamore Community Schools at 513-686-1700, or visit the district online at www.sycamoreschools.org.

Montgomery – Our Town USA!

Downtown MontgomeryThe City of Montgomery, founded in 1795, is rich in history and diversity. Much of that history is preserved in the eclectic buildings scattered throughout the Heritage District and surrounding neighborhoods. Many of the area buildings and homes are registered landmarks and add to the quaintness of the community.

Today, Montgomery is a thriving northeastern suburb of Cincinnati, situated with easy access to three main highways. Montgomery spreads over 5.2 square miles and has a population of approximately 10,000 residents who have a respect for tradition and an admiration for the “Americana” feel of a community with a well-preserved history.

The 3,600 homes within Montgomery offer diverse options, ranging from large family homes, to comfortably sized condominiums and ranch-style homes that are perfect for empty-nesters and young professionals. The addition of the Twin Lakes Retirement Community in 2004 and the development of the Vintage Club just north of I-275 expanded housing options and added to the vitality of the community.

Montgomery is a well-planned, aesthetically pleasing residential community with a well-balanced mix of accessible retail and medical services. Our “neighborhoods” offer a sense of community by enabling relationships that bring about a true feeling of belonging. The miles of sidewalks make Montgomery very walkable and the connectivity brings people together.

There are also several prominent private schools in or near Montgomery, including Ursuline Academy, Moeller High School, and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. These schools are also recognized for their quality private education opportunities for Montgomery students.

IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY… Volunteer Engagement

volunteerMargaret Mead, renowned anthropologist, said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Be a part of changing the world by making a commitment to a local civic organization, faith-based institution, school, neighborhood association, or area club. The City of Montgomery’s many commissions, committees, and volunteer opportunities also provide an outlet for dedicated citizens to contribute to the success of our community.

Each of these groups relies on residents dedicated to making a positive impact in Montgomery. Discover what they are about and how you might play a role in enriching the community. The Montgomery Light booklet, included in this packet, provides contact information for local organizations, as well as opportunities for volunteer involvement in the City of Montgomery.

You truly do make a difference, no matter where you invest your volunteer hours. We sincerely hope you will choose to make a difference in our community!