THREE ORGANIZATIONS UNITE TO LEAD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOODS/MERGER PRESENTS TRANSFORMATIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND, OH — After decades serving and catalyzing Cleveland neighborhoods, the boards of directors and members of three unique organizations, Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI), Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition (CNDC), and LiveCLEVELAND!, recently voted unanimously to merge into a new, unified organization focused on advancing community development, positively impacting Cleveland neighborhoods, and improving the quality of life for all who live and engage in our City. The effective date of the merger was July 1, 2013.
For more than 20 years, NPI has been Cleveland’s leading community development funding intermediary, focused on investing in the revitalization of city neighborhoods. “This is an exciting and critical moment for our City, which is experiencing a renaissance downtown and rebirth of many of our neighborhoods,” said Joel Ratner, president & CEO of Neighborhood Progress Inc. “Merging our organizations presents Cleveland with a unique platform to build on our city’s momentum and transform all of its diverse neighborhoods into communities of choice and opportunity.”
Each organization has complementary strengths, spurring the logical step to consolidate and begin collectively executing a comprehensive community development agenda. For more than 30 years, CNDC has been an active player in the community development area through its more than 30 members, made of mostly community development groups, forming its dynamic trade association.
CNDC Executive Director, Colleen Gilson, said: “CNDC has long supported its members that work daily to make our City neighborhoods more attractive and vibrant communities for everyone to experience. It’s in our DNA to work collaboratively, and this merger is a truly visionary step to unite and advance the work of community development in Cleveland. This merger matters, not just for our organizations, but for everyone in our neighborhoods who will benefit from our combined and strengthened mission.”
In addition to making our neighborhoods better places to live, work, learn, and play, the merger will help market them as destinations to visitors and new residents. Since 1983, LiveCLEVELAND! has been promoting positive stories about our City’s neighborhoods, particularly with its attractive guide and website. “Our efforts to give visitors a welcome mat to Cleveland’s neighborhoods will be greatly enhanced by this merger,” said Jeff Kipp, executive director of LiveCLEVELAND!. “We look forward to positively projecting these unique destinations, and the hard work of our community development groups, to audiences everywhere.”
The new organization will initially do business as Cleveland Neighborhood Progress as it explores creating a new name and brand identity for the unified organization. The new organization will hold an event in late September to commemorate the history of their individual organizations, present the new name and identity, and highlight its future work in the community among hundreds of expected community development partners, neighborhood stakeholders, and other attendees.
For more information about these organizations, please visit livecleveland.org, cndc2.org, and npi-cle.org or contact Jeff Kipp at email@example.com