The University District Organization (UDO) is a non-profit planning and community improvement organization incorporated in 1971 to work toward the stabilization and revitalization of the University District. An “organization of organizations,” the UDO is governed by a board of trustees representing community groups, social service agencies, businesses, churches, local government, and institutions. It also works to coordinate interests and policies of the University Community Association, University Area Commission, and University Area Review Board to promote effective change in the district.
Primarily a planning organization, the UDO acts as a liaison between the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, and University District neighborhoods to coordinate community improvement projects. It also seeks funding to implement projects that improve the livability of the district and engage residents in neighborhood participation. The UDO provides information and referral services to residents, potential residents, community organizations, and business owners. The UDO also acts as a fiscal agent for several community groups.
2017 Strategic Plan update
The 2017 Strategic Plan Update continues the work of the organization's first strategic plan drafted in 2013. The plan provides a vision for the work of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director for the development of programs and projects that meets the organization's mission to improve the University District. New recommendations include promoting the arts and building upon success of the University District Special Improvement District.