Along with partners across the City, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is working to provide a boost to local businesses by coordinating the Eat & Explore CLE initiative. While we know that our locally owned, neighborhood based shops and restaurants can benefit from this added exposure, some may still require more assistance.
The City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development has assembled a robust listing of resources that city businesses may take advantage of. In some cases, the City of Cleveland manages the programs described. In others, local partners, state organizations or federal institutions take the lead. Regardless, they are all important and valuable resources to assist businesses that are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Destination Cleveland, a trusted partner of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress for Eat & Explore CLE and other efforts, is currently running its Roam the “Winter Wonder” Land campaign. This promotional initiative reminds Clevelanders and the city’s visitors that there is always something fun to do in the city – even if it’s cold! Check out www.RoamtheLandCLE.com to find a long list of places to visit, things to do, and local businesses to support.
Also, you’ll see Destination Cleveland’s Neighborhood Spotlight feed on this web page. It features all of the participating neighborhoods in Eat & Explore CLE (so far) and highlights many of the cool and unique businesses in each of those neighborhoods.
Downtown Cleveland features some the city’s top dining destinations from favorite fast casual to fine dining and everything in between. Dining options include a Clean Committed dine in experience, takeout and delivery to accommodate guest comfort levels and dining needs. Pick up lunch for you and a coworker, grab to-go dinner for you and your family and discover awesome places to eat outdoors. Read more about the Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week on Cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brite Winter, Cleveland’s annual outdoor winter music festival, has shifted to focus on the digital sphere this year. The nonprofit organization has dropped its 2021 in-person festivities in the West Bank of the Flats due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read the full article on Cleveland.com.
The Eat & Explore CLE initiative is part of a three-pronged promotional effort to boost business and activity in Northeast Ohio during the winter months. Specifically, Eat & Explore CLE is a coordinated effort to drive residents and visitors into Cleveland neighborhoods to patronize restaurants and explore other nearby small businesses. Check out www.EatExploreCLE.org.
“On the Ground” is an embedded journalism program that focuses on the La Villa Hispana and Fairfax neighborhoods in Cleveland — uncovering the people, places, and projects that are shaping and driving these neighborhoods. Along with reported stories, content includes photo essays and multimedia, as well as a live event.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, along with its LiveCleveland! campaign, is proud to be a partner in this effort. The On the Ground initiative is also made possible by partnerships with Dollar Bank, Hispanic Business Center, Northeast Ohio Economic Development, Esperanza Inc, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Clinic/The Adcom Group, Inc., FreshWater, Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation and the PNC Fairfax Connection.
Freshwater Cleveland launched this effort in Cleveland in 2018 with coverage of Old Brooklyn. Many of those articles can be found here.
At the 5th annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch on June 7, 2019, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress unveiled a new video promoting educational opportunities in the city of Cleveland. Produced in partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), this promotional resource advocates for the many educational options, choices and opportunities that exist in Cleveland’s neighborhoods.
Families living in Cleveland always have the choice of selecting the school that works best for them and their child. A wide variety of public, charter and private schooling options exist for Cleveland families. And with CMSD being an open enrollment district, families and students may choose any CMSD school to attend.
And now, students attending CMSD High Schools have the amazing opportunity to attend college at no charge. Cleveland is now a Say Yes to Education partner city! To learn more about these tuition scholarships to hundreds of public and private universities, please visit https://sayyescleveland.org/
Norm Krumholz receives the 2019 Morton L. Mandel Leadership in Community Development Award from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Five other winners announced at the 5th annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch
CLEVELAND, June 10, 2019 — On Friday, Cleveland’s thriving community development industry celebrated the many organizations, individuals, programs and initiatives that contribute to the vibrancy of Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress hosted the fifth annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch, where 550 city leaders, stakeholders and community development professionals gathered to celebrate leading neighborhood revitalization efforts. The event was presented by Delta Dental. Guests gathered at Euclid Beach Park in Collinwood, where they appreciated scenic views of Lake Erie and the brand new pedestrian pier completed by Cleveland Metroparks. All guests enjoyed an outdoor lunch coordinated by Zack Bruell Events. The event honored 16 total award finalists and recognized numerous other successes.
Norm Krumholz, former Planning Director for the City of Cleveland and professor at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs, received the prestigious Morton L. Mandel Leadership in Community Development Award. He is the author of many books, including Making Equity Planning Work and Advancing Equity Planning Now. Krumholz, who was travelling and unable to attend, thanked Neighborhood Progress and noted his appreciation of being in the company of past award winners via video acceptance speech. He also spoke briefly on equity.
“Issues of equity have been paramount throughout my professional life. It is the prime objective here in the city of Cleveland, to lift those neighborhoods that have fallen behind and lift the people that live in those neighborhoods,” stated Krumholz.
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress President & CEO Joel Ratner offered enthusiastic praise for all of the vital partnerships and collaborative efforts that have improved our city. “The passion, vision and dedication of Cleveland’s community development system is on display daily,” stated Ratner. “We are proud to honor the leading programs, services and developments taking place in the city’s neighborhoods. These efforts create stronger neighborhoods and continue to make the City of Cleveland a desirable location to live, work and play.”
Five other Vibrant City Awards were presented. They include:
CDC Placemaking Award: University Circle Inc.; for its partnership role in the Nord Family Greenway
CDC Economic Opportunity Award: Metro West Community Development Org.; for its partnership role in Las Tienditas del Mercado
CDC Neighborhood Branding & Marketing Award: Burten Bell Carr Development; for the creation of WOVU 95.9 FM
Urban Developer Award: First Interstate Properties; for One University Circle
Civic Champion Award: Anita Gardner; for her community activism and founding of Concerned Citizens Community Council
The CDC Neighborhood Branding & Marketing Award was determined by audience vote after each CDC finalist offered a brief pitch as to why they deserve the award and the $2500 that goes to winning CDCs. Burten Bell Carr Development received 58% of the votes. Additional audience interaction yielded the following:
• 39% of attendees were attending their first Vibrant City Awards Lunch
• 67% of attendees have attended, or plan to attend, Racial Equity & Inclusion trainings
• 65% of attendees have participated, or plan to participate, in REI Film series or the Undesign the Redline exhibit
Jeff Kipp, Director of Neighborhood Marketing for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, noted the importance of highlighting these efforts taking place across the city. “The Vibrant City Awards allows us to highlight activities and programs that strengthen urban neighborhoods and attract new residents into the city. We are proud to celebrate these efforts and want the greater Cleveland region to better understand the innovative strides we are taking when it comes to neighborhood revitalization.”
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ Climate Resiliency staff partnered with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, Rust Belt Riders and Zack Bruell Events to make this a Zero Waste Event. Collectively, the partners diverted 328 pounds of trash and food waste away from landfills at the event. Additionally, fourteen trays of leftover food were preserved and donated to local charity.
Today, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress proudly presents 16 finalists for its Vibrant City Awards. Winners will be announced on June 7, 2019 at the fifth annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch, hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and presented by Delta Dental.
“Cleveland’s community development system is nationally recognized and the organizations and individuals being honored at the Vibrant City Awards Lunch are a big reason why. These award finalists have positively impacted the neighborhoods they serve and we are excited to recognize them for their successful efforts,” says Joel Ratner, President & CEO of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. “Over 600 city leaders, community partners and stakeholders will join us at Collinwood’s Euclid Beach Park. It is an honor for Neighborhood Progress to host this event, which showcases the leading neighborhood revitalization efforts taking place across the city’s magnificent landscape of urban neighborhoods.”
For these awards, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress received nominations from the community development industry and from various community stakeholders.
“The efforts being recognized at the Vibrant City Awards Lunch are just a sampling of the valuable work being performed in Cleveland’s neighborhoods on a daily basis,” states Jeff Kipp, Director of Neighborhood Marketing for the organization. “We deeply appreciate the opportunity to share these accomplishments with the entire community and encourage the region’s residents and stakeholders from near and far to better understand and appreciate the importance of neighborhood development in Cleveland.”
The 2019 Vibrant City Awards finalists are:
CDC Placemaking Award:
Famicos Foundation – Circle North neighborhood Famicos Foundation and many other partners are ushering in new development, commercial opportunities, landscape and excitement to this portion of Glenville that is adjacent to University Circle.
Ohio City Inc. – The Quarter development at West 25th & Detroit Avenue Ohio City, Inc. worked closely with Snavely Group and numerous community partners to bring an anchor development to the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue.
University Circle Inc. – Nord Family Greenway University Circle, Inc. was influential in ensuring this attractive public greenspace successfully connected the University Circle and Hough neighborhoods.
CDC Economic Opportunity Award:
Burten, Bell, Carr Development – Anton Grdina programming Burten Bell Carr Development serves as the lead agency for the Community Wraparound Initiative at Anton Grdina School, where it identifies community resources and social supports for the school and the surrounding community.
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization – Voter engagement Detroit Shoreway CDO was a recipient of a Cleveland VOTES 2018 grant and leveraged these funds to increase community engagement, improve voter mobilization and provide direct outreach to Hispanic residents in the neighborhood.
Metro West Community Development Office – Las Tienditas del Mercado Metro West CDO is one of many community partners that assisted in the creation of this small business incubator space in La Villa Hispana, providing a new opportunity for local entrepreneurs.
Slavic Village Development – P16 Initiative Slavic Village Development, along with Third Federal Foundation, leads a community vision for fostering healthy, productive, and safe learning environments for the children and youth of the Slavic Village neighborhood.
CDC Neighborhood Branding & Marketing Award:
Burten Bell Carr Development – BBC Radio Burten Bell Carr launched its community radio station, WOVU 95.9FM, that informs, engages, and entertains residents of Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods and beyond.
Ohio City Inc. – Brite Winter Ohio City Inc. is an event partner that worked to promote this unique wintertime festival with 40+ performers and artists that attracted approximately 20,000 attendees.
Slavic Village Development – SlavicVillage.org website redesign Slavic Village Development redesigned its online presence and enhanced users’ experience while providing valuable information on neighborhood news, programs and events.
Urban Developer Award:
First Interstate Properties First Interstate Properties opened One University Circle, a 20-story, 300-unit luxury apartment building on Euclid Avenue that brings new high-end residential options overlooking the surrounding scenic neighborhood.
Knez Homes Knez Homes is bringing quality, new construction homes into multiple Cleveland neighborhoods, including Ohio City, Tremont, Clark Fulton, Detroit Shoreway, Glenville, Fairfax, Midtown, Slavic Village, Downtown and West Park.
Snavely Group Snavely Group opened The Quarter in 2018 at the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. This multi-phase development includes luxury and affordable apartments, The Music Settlement and new retail and dining options.
Civic Champion Award:
Robin Brown Robin Brown is a community activist dedicated to educating Cleveland families on the dangers of lead poisoning. Recognized nationally for her work, Robin’s efforts have reached over 800,000 people across Northeast Ohio.
Earl Ingram Earl Ingram is the director of the Boys & Girls Club in Buckeye and also a physical education teacher at The Intergenerational School. He dedicates the majority of his time to all of the youth that come through the doors of Saint Luke’s Pointe.
Anita Gardner Anita Gardner is an activist and change agent in Mt. Pleasant. She is the founder of Concerned Citizens Community Council and has dedicated her efforts towards creating opportunities for neighborhood youth while advocating for positive change and accountability among city leaders.
Additionally, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will present the Morton L. Mandel Leadership in Community Development Award. Past Mandel Award winners include Daryl Rush (2015), Joe Cimperman (2016) Judge Raymond Pianka (2017), and Bobbi Reichtell (2018).
All of the finalists will be recognized at the Vibrant City Awards Lunch, when civic leaders, community development professionals, local developers, investors, realtors and passionate Clevelanders will gather to celebrate city neighborhoods on Cleveland’s lakefront. This event will be hosted in the Collinwood neighborhood at Euclid Beach Park. Zack Bruell Events will be coordinating an authentic Cleveland BBQ for lunch at this lakefront setting.
The event is open to the public. More information concerning event details, tickets and registration is available at www.ClevelandNP.org/VCAL .
About Cleveland Neighborhood Progress:
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is a nationally recognized nonprofit that works in partnership with community development corporations, local foundations, the business community and government to support Cleveland’s neighborhoods and improve quality of life for city residents.
About Delta Dental:
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We recently unveiled the video, Cleveland: This is Where I Live at our fourth annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch. Hear from city residents that are choosing to live, work and play in the city and see why more people are choosing to call Cleveland home.
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The 2018 edition of City Life magazine is now available! This publication serves as the official guide to Cleveland’s neighborhoods and provides useful information on events, destinations and residential opportunities in the city.
Don’t miss these incredible events that will take place in the city’s neighborhoods this month. From attending festivals and art walks to participating in farmers’ markets and neighborhood 5ks, there’s no better way to learn about the culture of each unique city neighborhood. Check out LiveCleveland.org/calendar for a complete listing of neighborhood events.
“I love city living because of the community feel and the abundance of neighborhood amenities. I enjoy being so close to my neighbors, friends and recreational outlets. Our family chose to live in the city and we appreciate being connected to so many others that also value city living – whether they are young professionals, growing families, or retirees. We love how Old Brooklyn’s cultural diversity contributes to our thriving neighborhood and helps foster a better place to live.”
Ashly Little Larchmere/Fairhill
“I have been a resident of the Larchmere/Fairhill area for all of my life. It has been a wonderful 33 years and I cannot say anything bad about this area. My father and mother continue to reside in the neighborhood and have been here since 1985. I enjoy the quiet neighborhood; however, the uprising of festivals is an additional delight. Shaker Square continues to be an accessible hub of dining, shopping and cinema and Larchmere continues to excel with eclectic stores and restaurants. All are within walking distance for my family and me. The neighborhood offers a variety of housing options and is close to University Circle, major hospitals, and neighboring suburbs. This community is something I have grown to love and encourage everyone to explore the area as it has so much to offer and continues to grow and improve.”
This beautiful single family detached 3 bedroom, 2 bath colonial was built in 2006. Large family room with plenty of windows for natural sunlight. The gorgeous dining room leads to an eat-in-kitchen. The master suite has plenty of room for your king sized bed set and also has a walk-in closet. The lower level is finished for the whole family to enjoy and the private fenced-in yard is perfect for your own paradise in the city. Close to everything including all the major hospitals and museums, and only minutes from Downtown where you can enjoy all that our great city has to offer.
Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 full bath on a dead-end brick street that overlooks the zoo! A tasteful and meticulous renovation has been completed over the years by the current owners. Features include beautiful hardwood floors and natural woodwork throughout, living room with fireplace, large dining room with bay window, first floor full bath with ceramic walk-in shower, unique round 2nd floor foyer leading to bedrooms, Master bedroom with screened sitting porch, huge 3rd floor studio/bonus room, 2-car garage with an extra bay for storage and inviting flagstone patio. Updated electrical, newer concrete drive. New furnace in 2006 and roof in 2003.
NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: WESTOWN
This magnificent former Carnegie Library building now serves as a community
development center in the neighborhood.
Westown is a vibrant, historic and culturally diverse neighborhood of classic early 20th century inspired architecture with tree-lined residential streets. Halloran Recreation Center offers year round fun including a winter skating rink and warming house and a new water park and pool. Residents and visitors enjoy access to Lorain Avenue’s 8-mile corridor of shopping, dining and history that links Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Downtown Cleveland. Once an early stagecoach route, Lorain Avenue is an eclectic mix of classic to retro specialty shops, ethnic markets, and restaurants, entertainment, and scared landmarks.