About CBI

The Community Building Institute Middletown, Inc. is an asset-based community development organization created in 2009 after Forbes Magazine noted Middletown, Ohio, as one of the United States 10 fastest dying cities. Prompted by that article, Dr. Kelly Cowan, former Dean of the Miami University Middletown, partnered with the Community Building Institute out of Xavier University, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the Middletown Community Foundation to create Community Building Institute Middletown.

CBI is passionate about seeing Middletown transform one child, one family, and one neighborhood at a time. Our goals for Middletown are to see children adequately prepared to enter kindergarten, students reading on grade level by the third grade, the youth set up for success post-graduation through college and career preparedness, and families in poverty move to self-sufficiency. By helping families at every generational level, we affect the community as a whole through sustainable programs that revitalize the Middletown area. We are happy you decided to visit our website. Don’t hesitate to check out what we have going on, and feel free to reach out to one of our staff members.