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Cleveland Connects is a new project that presents engaging dialogue,
community events, and multiple media coverage with the goal of
illuminating and advancing solutions on topics important to our
region. Topics for each Cleveland Connects focuses on key issues
facing our region.
Colleen Gilson, Executive Director of the Cleveland Neighborhood
Development Coalition had the privilege of being one of the panelists
in the Community Conversation "Place Matters" on September
20th. Place Matters asked the question: "Can
distinctive restaurants, food-related businesses, and urban farms
nourish the rebirth of Cleveland's neighborhoods"? The
panelists, which also included Patrick Conway, founder of Great Lakes
Brewing Company, Randall McShepard, VP of Public Affairs for RPM
International and co-founder of Rid-All (an urban garden which
produces fresh vegetables and farm-raised tilapia in the Central
neighborhood) and David K. O'Neil of the Project for Public Spaces
tackled this and other questions all revolving around the rebirth of
Cleveland's neighborhoods. While the topic centered on the West
Side Market and the Ohio City neighborhood, the panelists discussed
their strategies on how everything related to food has really fueled
this neighborhood's success. Can this same model be used for
the rebirth of other Cleveland neighborhoods and can the local food
movement really seed healthier neighborhoods? To watch the entire
broadcast and to find out the answers to those questions, click here.
Economic Development Committee Update
The September Economic Development committee agenda
featured financial and technical assistance resources for
entrepreneurs and small businesses. Eric Diamond, Economic and
Community Development Institute (ECDI) VP-Cleveland Market, discussed
the ECDI loan application process and specifics related to client
eligibility and terms of the loans (www.ecdi.org). Jonah Wineberg,
Executive Director, Hispanic Business Center explained HBC resources,
including a newly designed 6-week session that teaches small business
fundamentals including the development of comprehensive business
plans. The next session begins November 10, 2012 (www.hbcwenter.org). Next, the
group heard about Bad Girl Ventures from Reka Barabas, Director of
Operations. BGV provides entrepreneur education as well as
mentoring and the chance to compete for a start up grant. BGV
runs two, nine week sessions per calendar year. The next
session starts early 2013 (www.badgirlventures.com).
Finally, Patricia Grospiron, Network Development Director at
JumpStart discussed the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 small businesses.
For more information regarding the Goldman-Sachs initiative,
please see the article below.
Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Accepting Applications
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative was
launched back in May of this year in the Greater Cleveland area, the
7th location in the United States.
This unique, innovative program is an 11-week business management
education program which helps small business participants develop the
practical skills needed to grow their company. The program is FREE but interested
individuals need to apply. Eligible companies have to have been
in operation for at least 2 years, with a minimum of 4 employees and with
business revenues between $150,000 and $4.0 million in the most
recent fiscal year. This program provides hands-on advice that
a small business owner can apply the next day in their company.
It offers access to business advisors and leverages the regional
network of resources.
Classes are set to begin in February 2013 at Tri-C's Corporate
College East in Warrensville Heights. To learn more about the
program in Northeast Ohio, visit www.tri-c.edu/10ksb or
contact Patricia Grospiron at JumpStart, Inc. at 216-456-2643 or by
email at email@example.com.
All applications are due by Monday, November 5, 2012.
Cleveland Restoration Society Program Offers Free Technical
Assistance and an Affordable Interest Rate
home repair and improvement season is in full swing, and the folks at
the Cleveland Restoration Society are excited to tell you about a
newly revised program available to homeowners in 15 of Cleveland's 19
wards. The Heritage Home Program offers homeowners free advice
on a variety of the maintenance and repair issues that are unique to
older homes (at least 50 years old). Through its free technical
assistance service, HHP makes on-site visits with its construction or
other specialists to discuss the owner's concerns and questions,
provides preservation advice and resources about restoring and
maintaining the style and features of the older home, helps with
choosing appropriate color pallets, and much more.
homeowners also have the option of applying for a low-interest,
fixed-rate Heritage Home Program loan (rates are currently at
1.4%). There are no income restrictions, closing costs, or
points involved with the Heritage Home Program loan. And, the
interest is tax deductible! Successful loan projects have
included exterior and interior painting, roof and porch repair and
replacement, kitchen and bath upgrades, basement waterproofing,
window repair, new mechanical systems such as boilers, green and
sustainable updates like insulation, addressing code violations and
much more. The Heritage Home Program can be used for both
owner-occupied and rental properties of three units or less.
professional team at HHP will work with the homeowner and the
contractor from start to finish. We can facilitate the loan
process, assist with project planning, and provide contractor
referrals and specifications for the work to be done.
HHP at (216) 426-3116 or email HHP at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Manor Wins Readers' Choice Award for Historic Rehab
In the July/August issue of Affordable Housing Finance
Magazine, St. Luke's Manor was chosen by its readers as a finalist in
the Historic Rehab category. Neighborhood Progress, Inc., and
Pennrose Properties have teamed up to transform this historic
hospital on Shaker Boulevard in Cleveland into 137 units of
affordable housing for lower-income seniors 55 and older.
St. Luke's Hospital was built in 1927 and has been
vacant since 1999. Careful attention was taken to preserve the
historical facade of the building, and the team worked with the Ohio
Historic Preservation Office to find windows, insulation techniques,
and HVAC systems that preserved the historic nature of the building
in an energy-efficient way.
The first two phases are expected to achieve LEED-Silver by the end
of the year. The first phase contains 72 units; the second
phase will have an additional 65 units. Also being built on
site will be a brand new inter-generational school set to open by
next school year.
Many of the current tenants have a special tie to St.
Luke's. They were born there, were treated there and some even worked
Congratulations to Neighborhood Progress and Pennrose
Properties on receiving this special award.
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