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Economic Development -June 7th at 9 am
Organizers - June 7th at 11:30 am at
Mt. Pleasant Community Zone 11019 Kinsman Rd., 44104
All meetings are held at the offices of CNDC,
3751 Prospect Avenue unless otherwise noted.
COMMITTEE NEWS & NOTES
Development: The May meeting consisted of a briefing by Kristin Puch and
Valerie Schumacher from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture
about their new online resource, www.mycreativecompass.org
designed to help artists navigate Cleveland as a place to work and live.
Of special interest to CDCs is the portion of the site that
advertises available space to live and/or work. CPAC invites all
CDCs to enter information about available space in their neighborhoods.
Next, Jeff Kipp discussed additions to the LiveCLEVELAND! website
and also invited CDCs to submit information. The last agenda item
was an announcement by Allan Rooz of Y.O.U. of the availability of youth
to install rain gardens. Y.O.U. is looking for suggestions for
locations for the summer of 2013. For more information on Y.O.U.
click here. For
more information on rain gardens, click here.
Organizers: The May meeting of the Community Organizers and Allies
was hosted by the Detroit Shoreway Community Development
Organization (thank you Angela!). Committee member Joel Solow set
the tone for the meeting by asking those present to speak about what
organizing means to them and how the work they do can be elevated to a
higher level within the neighborhoods they work. Answers and
reactions to the posed question created a fruitful dialogue among
members. The meeting also included continued discussion about how
healthy living and healthy lifestyles can/should be woven into the fabric
of neighborhood development and community building.
Committee: The Committee welcomed to their May meeting The Honorable
Judge Raymond Pianka from Cleveland Housing Court and members of his
staff. The Judge narrated a powerpoint demonstration about the
workings of the Court, how the Court helps residents with code violations
and what can happen to those that don't comply. The Judge discussed
the many intervention programs the Court offers to first-time offenders.
For more infromation on Cleveland Housing Court go to www.clevelandhousingcourt.org.
Next on our agenda was Paul Herdeg, Housing Manager for the
Cuyahoga County Department of Development. The County is in the
process of developing housing policy recommendations and is looking to
the CDCs for their input. The County is looking at three outcomes:
attracting residents and newcomers, retaining residents and
conserving and investing in resources. Paul gave the committee some
specific questions to help frame our discussions and he will be returning
to our July meeting to go in-depth about our issues and comments.
CNDC also co-sponsored two very important summits in May designed to
bring new insights and information to the industry:
On May 11th, the Healthy Cleveland Summit was held to
continue discussion initiated by the passage of the Healthy Cleveland
Resolution last year. Participants heard a variety of speakers that
are actively working towards eradication of health inequalities in
Cleveland. For more information on the summit and topics discussed,
please click here.
May 17th was the Neighborhood Solutions Summit, held in the
recently restored Tudor Arms Hotel. Over 300 people, representing
many perspectives of neighborhood development, listened to panel
discussions, participated in roundtable discussions and registered their
comments through an electronic voting system. The purpose of the
gathering was to begin creating a common vision for the future of
community development work. For more information, please click here.
Produce Perks at Cuyahoga County Farmers' Markets Seventeen
farmers' markets throughout Cuyahoga County are participating in a
program that offers incentive dollars to customers utilizing the Ohio
Direction Card. "Double Value Produce Perks" is an initiative
established by the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.
The initiative partners with several local foundations and a new
national partner, Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit focusing on access
and affordability of healthy, local foods in underserved communities.
Produce Perks are incentive tokens given to customers at
participating farmers' markets who use an Ohio Direction Card to purchase
food. A customer can swipe their card at one central terminal and
ask to withdraw a desired amount. The market will then provide
tokens for the transactions in additon to Produce Perks that can be spent
on fruits and vegetables. The incentive is a dollar-for-dollar
match to every dollar spent (up to $10). There is no minimum
purchase amount to qualify, but as the name suggests, Produce Perks are
only good for purchasing fruits and vegetables.
For more information on the program and to see a list of participating
markets in 2012, visit the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy
Coalition's website at www.cccfoodpolicy.org.
Sustainable Cleveland 2019 The robust
participation of a diverse group of stakeholders is the secret to the
success of Sustainable Cleveland 2019. We are reaching out to
people from all walks of life to attend this year's summit in order to
continue transforming Cleveland into a Green City on a Blue Lake.
To that end, you are encouraged to register for the 4th Annual
Sustainability Summit which will be September 20-21st at Cleveland Public
Auditorium. Mayor Jackson hosts an Annual Sustainability Summit to
report progress to the community and to co-create our sustainable future.
Each year leading up to 2019, Cleveland will have a sustainability
themed Celebration Year. This year's summit will have two tracks:
One focused on the current Celebration Year - Local Foods - and the
other on the upcoming Celebration Year - Advanced and Renewable
Energy. For more information and to register for the Summit, click here.
The Sheep at the Shoreway The St.
Clair Superior Development Corporation has teamed up with a group called Urban Shepherds to
bring in 12 sheep to "Stop Mowing and Start Grazing." The
flock is managing the grass of a vacant lot on North Marginal Road, next
to the Quay 55 apartment building. They've moved in temporarily as
part of an urban grazing experiment, which is being done to show how some
land can be kept in shape without the need for mowers. The grazing
program will run from June through October. Over forty members of
the community attended a training program to learn how to become
volunteer shepherds. In addition, a llama has joined the herd.
According to Michael Fleming, SCSDC director, when llamas are
around a flock of sheep, they act as a natural guard dog to keep other
The Goats in Clark-Fulton Mow Goats is a
pilot project sponsored by the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn
Centre Community Development Office to establish a new evironmentally
sustainable alternative to city mowing - a crew of goats. It is
estimated that the goats will "mow" through a standard vacant
lot in 2 1/2 days. They will be grazing on six lots in the
neighborhood for 25 days (M-F from 9-5) and will be tended by a
neighborhood goatherd at all times. The community development
office recently held a "meet and greet" to welcome the mowing
crew to the neighborhood - Clover, Buffy, Princess and Rosie.
Show Us Your Cleveland LiveCLEVELAND!, a
civic marketing agency, invites visitors and residents to explore
Cleveland through the eyes of a photo lens. Participants are
encouraged to explore City neighborhoods througout the contest and
capture the best of what Cleveland has to offer through the art of
photography. This year's contest runs through August 31, 2012.
To be considered for the Grand Prize, participants must enter at
least one photo in each of these four categories: 1)
Recreation/Active Living, 2) Nature/Green Space, 3) People of Cleveland,
and 4) Imaginative Skyline. There are two additonal categories just
for the fun of it: Black and White and HDR photography. For
more information and to see the judging criteria visit www.livecleveland.org/contest
Cudell Website Wins Prestigious Award Cudell
Improvement was a winner in the 2012 Graphic Design USA website
competition. This award is well known in the graphic design
industry. Cudell created the site as a brand for the fashion and
entertainment venues in the West 117th Street area (the edge of Cleveland
- the edge of Lakewood). Cudell is in good company with other
winners such as Chipotle, Mattel, PlayStation, The Boston Lyric Opera and
the San Francisco Art Institute. Take a look and patronize all the
venues that make The Edge district so special. Go to www.ontheedge.ws
to check out all the excitement.