On October 22, 2013, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the keynote address at a neighborhood revitalization conference in Columbus. The conference, "Revitalizing Ohio's Vacant Properties: Tools and Policies to Transform Communities," was sponsored by the Greater Ohio Policy Center and Thriving Communities Institute. The conference discussed techniques and strategies to address vacant and abandoned property challenges and generate redevelopment opportunities.
DeWine devoted $75 million from the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement to help demolish abandoned properties in all 88 Ohio counties. By removing blighted and abandoned homes, neighborhoods are stabilized and can begin the process of rebuilding and revitalization. Under DeWine's leadership, Ohio was commended as the largest state to use 100% of its mortgage settlement dollars on housing and related programs, according to a report by the Enterprise Foundation.