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take place at CNDC, 3751 Prospect Avenue unless otherwise noted.
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INDUSTRY ITEMS OF INTEREST
Be Carried Away at the 36th Cleveland
International Film Festival, March 22-April 1, 2012 at Tower City
Cinemas. With approximately 150 feature films and 130 short subject
films representing more than 60 countries, there will be something for
Programming will be announced at www.clevelandfilm.org
in late February with Program Guides hitting the streets the first week
of March. Tickets go on sale to CIFF members on Friday, March 2nd
and to non-members on Friday, March 9th. Regardless of
membership status, use code CNDC at checkout to receive $2 off the
regular ticket price.
For more information, please visit www.clevelandfilm.org
or call 216-623-3456.
ReImagining Cleveland Receives National
Planning Award ReImagining a More Sustainable Cleveland, a creative land
reuse initiative to transform empty city lots into gardens, orchards and
farms, has received the American Planning Association's National Planning
Excellence Award for innovation in Sustaining Places.
The program, which is led jointly by
Neighborhood Progress (NPI), the City of Cleveland, Kent State
University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and LAND Studio, was
first launched in 2010. In its first round, the program funded 56
vacant land reuse projects, including 13 community gardens, 10 market
gardens, six pocket parks and three vineyards.
Now in its second round, ReImagining Cleveland will spend $1 million in
2011-2012 to turn city-owned vacant lots into community green spaces and
expanded side yards for residents. To date, nearly 60 homeowners
have applied for side yard expansion and 16 green space projects are
being implemented. For more information click here.
Urban League of Greater Cleveland -
Empowering Communities, Changing Lives The Cuyahoga Small Business
Development Center (CSBDC) of the Urban League provides management
training, business education, one-on-one consulting, and technical
assistance to entrepreneurs. A leading resource for small business,
the CSBDC delivers entrepreneurs a comprehensive and innovative
experience. Their signature training and development includes:
Small Start Boot Camp, Making Yourself Legal Clinic and a Pre-Loan
Packaging Seminar. In 2010 and 2011 CSBDC received the Economic
Impact Award for the most business start-ups in the State of Ohio.
In 2007, they were awarded the "Best Performing SBDC" of
Ohio. For more information, log onto www.entrepreneurohio.org or
call 216-622-0999, ext. 215.
Restoration Society Makes Changes to
Heritage Home Loan Program The Cleveland Restoration Society's team
of highly trained professionals knows what makes older houses tick.
They can help you determine what improvements will increase your
older home's value and help you preserve the historic character that you
fell in love with in the first place. Financial assistance is
available to make it all possible.
The interest rate charged on new Heritage Home loans in the City of
Cleveland proper has been reduced to 1.4% per annum for 2012. The
interest rate on loans outside the City of Cleveland will remain at 3.5%,
but CRS is working on reducing that rate as well. The term of the
loan remains at 12 years and must be used for historically sympathetic
A Heritage Home loan can now be provided to houses in Cleveland even if
they have been modified with vinyl or aluminum siding or windows.
Previously, a house with aluminum or vinyl siding was rejected.
Now, the house will be eligible for a Heritage Home loan provided
that the project being funded does not involve the installation of vinyl
or aluminum siding or windows. Any home built prior to 1962 is
eligible for the Heritage Home loan. For further information,
216-426-3116 or visit
MedWorks To Offer Free Medical Care If you don't
have health insurance and can't afford a doctor's visit, mark Saturday,
February 25th on your calendar. That is the day that MedWorks
will provide free medical care to as many people as possible.
The group's first FREE clinic of the year will be held in Slavic
Village at the Fleet Avenue Medical Building located at 6511 Fleet
Avenue. MedWorks expects to have family-medicine specialists,
internists and others on duty to perform physical exams and treat
OB-GYN services, dental and eye exams will not be offered at this time.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in patients are also welcome.
For more information, visit medworksusa.org or
Assisting Veterans and Non-Veterans on
the Road to Self-Employment The Greater Cleveland Veterans
Business Resource Council provides small business training to Veterans
and non-veterans through the small business development program.
This program provides training on resources necessary to start or
grow a business. All classes are held at The American Red Cross
located at 3747 Euclid Avenue, on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm.
Classes begin on March 8th and run through July 5th. Please
contact Nick Early at 216-431-4506 for more information.
HUD Awards CMHA Choice Neighborhoods Grant The
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) has been awarded a
$300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The planning grant will focus
on the Central neighborhood adjacent to Cleveland's downtown. " This
grant will be used to work with the residents and community stakeholders
to develop a plan that will be cohesive with various economic
development, educational strategies, and sustainable activities that are
being planned within the comnmunity," said Jeffery K. Patterson,
CMHA's Interim Chief Executive Officer.
the plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the
public housing units in the Cedar/Central Community. The goal of
the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant is to transform
neighborhoods by revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted
housing and leverage investments in well-functioning services, high
quality public schools and education programs, high quality early
learning programs and services, publis assets, public transportation, and
improve access to jobs. In addition, Choice Neighborhoods will
ensure that current residents will be able to benefit from this
transformation by preserving affordable housing or providing residents with
the choice to move to affordable and accessible housing in another
existing neighborhood of opportunity.
DCA Seeks Applicants for Popular City
Advocates Program The City Advocates program is an effort by the Downtown
Cleveland Alliance (DCA) to engage young professionals in the
revitalization of downtown. For two years, City Advocates attend
monthly meetings and take on projects that will help advance downtown.
Every two years, a new batch of skilled community leaders emerges
from the program.
In March, the City Advocates program will select and announce 16 new
participants. Those selected must make a two year commitment to
DCA's program. Qualifications are simple: live or work in
downtown, and have a passion to generate change in the civic-realm.
DCA is looking to assemble a group of diverse individuals who
represent a wide array of interests, professional backgrounds, and
relationships to downtown.
The deadline to apply for the upcoming session is February 5, 2012.
More information and application instructions can be found here. You
may also contact Laura Kushnick at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 216-325-0975
DATE!!!!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!
The Ohio CDC
Association 28th Annual Conference October 4 & 5, 2012 at the
Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square. More details to follow in
upcoming issues of INFOMAIL.