Economic Development Committee
Organizers & Allies
ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE
OFFICES OF CNDC, 3751 PROSPECT AVENUE, 44115 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
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CNDC Housing Committee Update
The CNDC Housing Committee was hosted
last month by the Burten, Bell Carr Development Corporation at
Cornucopia Place at the Bridgeport Place Shopping Plaza. Larry
LaPrade of BBC gave us a brief history and background of Cornucopia
Place and the Bridgeport Cafe. Both are wonderful assets to the
neighborhood bringing fresh food and new jobs to what was labeled a
"food desert". All food served at Bridgeport Cafe is
fresh; no fried foods here. Cornucopia Place is a wonderful
meeting space and they even hold cooking classes for both young and
old. We had a wonderful lunch and thank Larry and the staff at
the Bridgeport Cafe for graciously hosting our meeting.
Cornucopia Place and the Bridgeport Cafe are located at 7201
Kinsman Road. They can be reached at 216-266-0140 or at bridgeportcafe.com.
The group heard a presentation from Darlene English of
the Housing Research and Advocacy Center on Fair Housing Laws.
Believe it or not, in 1937, discrimination was quite prevalent when
it came to FHA loan underwriting. Not until 1964 when the Civil
Rights Act was signed, did Fair Housing Laws become applicable.
Fair Housing serves two purposes; to prevent discrimination and
to promote residential integration. It is a civil right
protected by federal, state and local laws. For more
information about Fair Housing Laws and to learn more about the Housing
and Research Advocacy Center go to
The Committee also heard from Terry Robbins from the
City of Cleveland Land Bank. The Land Bank is in the process of
streamlining its process for "side yard expansions".
The criteria for yard expansions is limited to landscaping,
fencing and gardens. Garages are not permitted on yard
expansions. The Committee gave their input and were very happy to
hear that this process will be made much easier and more resident
The next meeting of the Housing Committee will be held
on January 23, 2013, location to be determined.
Career and Job Fair
HandsOn Northeast Ohio (HandsON NEO) is organizing a
Career and Job Fair at Anton Grdina Elementary School located at 2955
East 71st Street, 44104 on Tuesday, December 11th from 2:30-5 p.m.
HandsOn NEO will bring together employers, businesses and
organizations to provide both job readiness workshops and networking
opportunities for Garden Valley residents and community members.
Workshops will range from resume-building to mock interviewing and
business etiquette. Meanwhile, the career fair will offer
students of Anton Grdina and other local schools the opportunity to
explore new professions. HandsOn NEO will be running this
career fair in partnership with Principal Marwa Ibrahim. If you
would like to participate and find out more information, contact
Katrice Williams at 216-432-9390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Bike Cleveland Survey
As part of their ongoing work to make
Greater Cleveland a truly bicycle-friendly region, Bike Cleveland is
eager to learn about your experiences and opinions on bicycling.
If you ride a bike anywhere in Greater Cleveland, every day or
only once in a while, they want to hear from you. As Bike Cleveland
looks toward the next year, your opinions and experiences of biking
in Greater Cleveland will be essential in shaping their important
work of supporting anyone who wants to ride a bike. The link to
the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BikeClevelandSurvey.
The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete. For more
information about Bike Cleveland visit bikecleveland.org.
NHS of Greater
Consumer Law Center
Housing Services of Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce the
opening of the NHS Consumer Law Center. This new effort in
consumer protection will give consumers from Northeast Ohio and
beyond the knowledge and confidence to pause before they spend their
hard-earned dollars on a transaction that might not be in their best
interest. Consumers in today's marketplace are at constant risk
of being steered into purchasing decisions that are designed,
primarily, to benefit the sellers. The proliferation of scam
artists, short-term lenders and a weakened economy are all conspiring
to harm every consumer's buying power.
Wiseman, director of the NHS Consumer Law Center remarked "we
will be able to arm our citizens with the knowledge needed to make
buying and borrowing choices that benefit their own households,
instead of benefitting the scam artists and charlatans who are
prowling our neighborhoods, disguised as legitimate businesses."
Law Center services are free of charge and intended for anyone
seeking information about consumer issues. Those interested can
learn more by visiting www.nhsconsumerlawcenter.org or
by calling 216-458-4663, ext. 314.
Donate Your Used Car to the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
If you planning to
discard your late model car, truck or RV, consider helping thousands
of needy individuals in Northeast Ohio by donating it instead to SVDP
Cleveland's Car Donation Program. Not only will you not have to
worry about the hassles of insuring, repairing and selling your car,
you won't have to contend with negotiating trade-ins with automotive
Whether or not your vehicle
is still running, SVDP Cleveland will provide free towing within 24
hours. Your donation is tax deductible. In fact, SVDP
Cleveland will even mail you the completed required tax forms.
Best of all, SVDP Cleveland receives nearly 80% of the car proceeds
to help fund numerous vital programs that assist the poor in our
To donate, call
800-322-8284 or donate on line: http://www.svdpcle.org.
The Cleveland Foundation
Summer Internship Program
The Cleveland Foundation's Summer Internship Program provides a
limited number of college students or recent graduates an opportunity
to work in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations or governmental
agencies during the summer months. All interns are required to
work full-time as designated by their host organization. In
addition, interns attend a weekly seminar highlighting key
organizations and programs conducted in the local nonprofit and
Some of the criteria for the program are as follows:
a senior staff member to serve as the intern's supervisor.
ample supervision, feedback, and support to the intern.
meaningful work and learning experiences for the intern.
a workspace and other resources (access to a computer, telephone
and reference materials) needed for the intern to complete work
the intern as a temporary employee of your organization for the
11-week term of the internship program. This includes
distributing the intern stipend in accordance with your
organization's normal payroll procedures. The foundation provides funding to cover
the intern's salary.
Please submit a request in writing no later than November 30, 2012 addressing the
describe your organization in one or two paragraphs;
describe the project(s) you would plan for an intern to
undertake during the eleven-week internship period; and
any additional information that you believe will be helpful to
the Foundation in making a decision.
Supporting Member, the NRP Group
Receives Prestigious Award
CNDC is proud to announce that the NRP Group was awarded the
Multifamily Development Firm of the Year Award by the National
Association of Home Builders at the annual Pillars of the Industry
Awards program. The NAHB Pillars Awards promotes excellence in
apartment and condo design, development, marketing and management and
are considered the most prestigious and coveted multifamily
recognition program of its kind and a showcase of future trends in
successful multifamily housing.
The NRP Group is a fully integrated, premier multifamily developer,
general contractor and property management company. Founded in
1995, NRP has developed and constructed over 21,000 residential units
in thirteen states. NRP Management is a full-service property manager
with over 12,000 luxury, family and senior rental units encompassing
nearly 100 properties managed in 11 states. For more
information about the NRP Group visit www.nrpgroup.com.
The Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition (CNDC),
established in 1982, is an industry trade association that
advances neighborhood community and economic development organizations.
The CNDC represents community development groups, government officials,
educational institutions, nonprofit agencies, private sector firms,
funders and foundations and together they sustain the city's