Marc Lefkowitz | 12/15/06 @ 2:51pm
The Cuyahoga Valley Initiative (CVI) is the most far-reaching attempt in Northeast Ohio to imagine — through the lens of sustainability — how people, cities, economic activity, and nature will co-exist in the future. The County Planning Commission is already working on pilot projects that support this vision centered on the restoration of the Cuyahoga River, the Valley and the river tributaries, including plans to establish an eco-friendly industry cluster.
In order to turn concept into action, the planning commission is in the process of designing a new organization that will restore the economic, social and environmental health of the Cuyahoga Valley.
The intention is for any new organizational capacity to work on the entire Valley and be designed to complement, not duplicate, the work of the many organizations currently active in the Valley’s revitalization, writes the commission’s director Paul Alsenas.
The commission is inviting those connected to or working in the valley to participate in the process of building the new organization. Local social networking guru Valdis Krebs of Org.net built a “network map” of Valley activity to increase awareness of who, is working on what, with whom in the Valley. If you have a connection to the valley, log on here and take the 5-10 minute survey – you can help build the infrastructure for a healthy valley.