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CNDC Board - May 22nd at 8:30
Housing - May 23rd at noon
are held at the offices of CNDC,
3751 Prospect Avenue unless otherwise noted.
Industry Items of Interest
Pledged to Help Cleveland's Neighborhoods
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that he is committing $75 million
of the money awarded to Ohio in a 49 state settlement agreement with the
nation's five largest mortgage lenders for the demolition of vacant and
blighted structures. To that end, the Cuyahoga Land Bank, the
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and the City of Cleveland came together to
determine what they could do to insure that sufficient monies come to
Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to address vacant and abandoned properties
that are waiting to be demolished. The Cuyahoga Land Bank has
committed $5 million this year and into next year, the City of Cleveland
has committed $4 million and the County Prosecutor has committed $5
million, designating $1 million for demolition in the City of Cleveland.
The partners are asking the Attroney General to match this $14
million total in order to assist with countywide demolition efforts.
Recycling in Your Business The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste
Management District invites all business owners to a waste and recycling
seminar. Join Business Recycling Specialist Doreen Schreiber as she
walks you through the steps to launch a successful recycling program in
your place of business. The first session is set to take place on
Tuesday, May 22nd from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The cost is FREE and
will take place at District headquarters located at 4750 East 131st
Street in Garfield Heights. For more information, contact Doreen
Schreiber at 216-443-3732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is required. Register online at www.cuyahogaswd.org.
These same sessions will also take place on
Wednesday, June 27th and Thursday, September 20th.
YES You and the Environment
Cleveland Composting and Recycling Forum This symposium
will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at 9 a.m. at the Downtown YMCA
located at 2200 Prospect Avenue. The symposium will feature keynote
speakers Bob Gedert, Director of Resource Recovery in Austin, Texas and
Neil Seldman, President of the Institute for Self-Reliance in Washington,
DC. The forum will also feature local experts on composting and
recycling and what the plans are for recycling programs in Cleveland and
across the country. Sponsors include CNDC, Evironmental Health
Watch, Earth Day Coalition, Sierra Club and GreenCityBlueLake with
support from the George Gund Foundation. For more information
contact Sarah Batke at email@example.com or at
Bike Cleveland Announces Summer Long
collaboration and months of development, Bike Cleveland is excited to
present Cleveland neighborhoods with the Bike Cleveland Bike Challenge.
This FREE challenge runs from May 1 to August 31, 2012 and
will be held as part of a national effort. This collaboration has
resulted in a calculator that allows you to log your miles, check how
greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced, calories burned, and money
saved just by biking and logging your miles. Participants can
compete as individuals and teams of 10. Because of the tie to the
national challenge, you can see your standing on both local and national
levels. There's even an app that can be downloaded to smartphones
which will track and log the trips you take. To learn more about
the Challenge, visit BikeCleveland.org/Challenge.
Participants can join the challenge directly at nationalbikechallenge.org.
For more information, email Jacob VanSickle at Bike Cleveland at Jacob@bikecleveland.org
or by phone at 216-245-3101.
Retail Spaces Update May is the month
dedicated to the upcoming quarterly updates to the CNDC website, retailspacescleveland.com.
If your CDC is not already included on this website, the
deadline for information is May 18, 2012; if you have been included on
the website in the past, but have a new listing, the deadline is May 25,
2012. Send information and/or questions to Chris King at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 440-918-1313.
Legal Aid of Cleveland offers Free Legal
Advice Clinics Legal Aid is hosting a series of FREE
clinics in the month of May. All clinics are on a first come, first
serve basis; clients are asked to bring all relevant paperwork with them.
The following clinics are scheduled for this month:
5th from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health
Center, 13944 Euclid Avenue.
9th from 5-7 p.m. at the American Legion of Ashtabula, 1804 West
24 from 2-4 p.m. at the West Side Community House, 9300 Lorain Avenue
24 from 2-4 p.m. at Catholic Charities, Lorain Family Center, 203
West 8th Street.
The goal of Legal Aid is to make Legal
Aid as accessible to as many as possible. For more information call
888-817-3777 or visit lasclev.org.
CNDC COMMITTEE UPDATES:
Executive Director Lunch Meeting Marcia Nolan of CASH and Matt Yourkvitch
and David Moore of the Laurentum Group, LTD shared with CDC Executive
Directors their report entitled REHABILITATION LENDING ACTIVITY IN
CLEVELAND: an alternative policy response to the foreclosure crisis. Several
strategies have evolved as a result of the great work completed by
Marcia, Matt and David including: 1) promoting rehabilitation and
preservation programs available in the City of Cleveland as an alternate
to demolition; 2) Establishing an oversight committee to monitor rehab
lending and to suggest policy in relation to the findings; 3) special
attention and counsel on toxic issues; 4) relationship development with
local lending institutions to encourage products and programs that
encourage rehabilitation; 5) education and relationship building between
home repair agencies and CDCs in terms of programs available to
homeowners; and 6) public education for community residents.
and Allies Committee This month the committee continued their focus on
health inequity and how health relates to community development.
Participants viewed the next in a series of the multi-part
documentary, Unnatural Causes. A robust discussion about
racial and socioeconomic inequities in health followed with members
sharing experiences, reactions and suggesting ways to change present
Committee In March, the commitee heard from Paula Miller of
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland with an overview of
the programs and training they offer to the residents of Cleveland and
Cuyahoga County. Frank Ford updated the group on what VAPAC (Vacant
and Abandoned Property Action Council) is and what they have accomplished
since their creation in 2005. Some of those highlights include 1)
developing guidelines for Municipal CRA agreements; 2) developed mortgage
servicer guidelines for REO disposition; 3) developed an REO Code of
Conduct; 4) prepared recommendations for Cuyahoga County Tax Lien Sales
to minimize irresponsible flipping of abandoned property; and 5)
sponsored a county-wide Code Enforcement Summit. Michael Halpern of
Safeguard Properties updated the group on what information can be found
on the Compliance Connections website and April Hirsch of Case Western
Reserve University told the group about some interesting and useful
updates to the NST Web App. The next meeting of the Housing
Committee will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd at noon.
Development Committee The Economic Development Committee hosted Daavid
Cooper, Deputy Director of Building & Housing with the City of
Cleveland at their April meeting. Deputy Director Cooper shared
information about the Building & Housing Department, such as new
procedures and policy changes. He also presented upcoming
improvements to the B & H website, including added information that
will be available on line, (i.e. plan review and status). Most
importantly, he listened to committee feedback and indicated some of the
suggestions would be implemented. The committee also discussed
Cleveland Bike Month (May 2012) and opportunities to showcase
retail/commercial districts in conjunction with Bike Month activities.
Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization is conducting a Best
Business Plan Competition to attract independent retail start-up
businesses. Awards for the top three business plans are as follows:
place will receive one year of free rent (maximum value of $10,000).
place will receive six months of free rent (maximum value of
place will receive three months of free rent (maximum value of
Applications will be accepted until June
29, 2012. For more information and application guidelines,
please contact Nick Fedor at email@example.com or by phone at 216-961-4242.
Healthy Cleveland Resolution :
Moving from Ideas to Practice CNDC is proud to
be one of the sponsors of this summit set to take place on Friday, May
11th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Cleveland City Council Chambers.
This event emerged from Resolution 257-11, the Healthy Cleveland
Resolution, which was passed by Council a year ago. This resolution
outlines the framework for tackling the root causes of the health
disparities which exist between communities of means and low income
communities. This summit was made possible due to the generous
support of ReachU.S. (a program of the YMCA) and the St. Luke's
Foundation. For more information and to RSVP, email Colleen Gilson
Please RSVP by May 7, 2012.