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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Leadership in community innovation award

Enterprise Community Partners and the Levin College Forum Program are pleased to host a public event to highlight the finalists of the LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY INNOVATION AWARD, sponsored by KeyBank. Enterprise received eleven impressive and innovative proposals. The three finalists will be identified by February 13, and a top winner for a $25,000 prize will be chosen at this event.

The objective of the Award is to recognize an innovative program, project or activity that creates a new model, sets new directions and shows lasting impact toward sustainable community and economic development in Greater Cleveland. In doing so, we seek to bring light to the evolution of the future of community development in the region.

The finalists:

Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Case Western Reserve University: Selected for their Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application, which aggregates a previously disparate array of parcel-level property data in a searchable, downloadable, online database, empowering local government and community organization users to inform policies and solutions in the areas of foreclosures, vacant land and housing disposition.

City of South Euclid: Selected for their Green Neighborhoods Initiative, which focuses on three areas-the green rehabilitation of formerly foreclosed bungalows, the creation of community gardens and park space, and the establishment of an infill lot redevelopment program designed to revitalize through public-private partnerships the neighborhoods hit hard by the housing crisis, creating increased demand for existing housing, increasing property values and neighborhood pride.

Ohio City Incorporated: Selected for their Ohio City Market District Initiative, which is transforming the area into a thriving commercial corridor by establishing a collective vision, leveraging the district's existing assets, engaging in robust partnerships with neighborhood institutions including the West Side Market, targeting investment in local artisan businesses and leveraging the local food movement through the redevelopment of vacant land.

Western Reserve Revitalization Management Corporation (CMHA): Selected for their Kinsman Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, whichis a two-pronged approach to aiding the urban revitalization efforts in the Kinsman Neighborhood through redeveloping the 29-acre Garden Valley Homes Estate with services and a variety of living options to provide quality housing for existing and new residents in the neighborhood, and through re-locating the administrative headquarters for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CHMA), both of which helped to energize other projects and attract additional investment to the area.

The judges who will determine the winner include:

  • Bruce Murphy, President of Community Development Banking, KeyBank,
  • Leslie Strnisha, Senior Program Director, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland,
  • Jordan Yin, Ph.D., AICP, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University.
Enterprise Community Partners and the Levin College Forum Program are pleased to host a public event to highlight the finalists of the LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY INNOVATION AWARD, sponsored by KeyBank. Enterprise received eleven impressive and innovative proposals. The three finalists will be identified by February 13, and a top winner for a $25,000 prize will be chosen at this event. The objective of the Award is to recognize an innovative program, project or activity that creates a new model, sets new directions and shows lasting impact toward sustainable community and economic development in Greater Cleveland. In doing so, we seek to bring light to the evolution of the future of community development in the region. The finalists: Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Case Western Reserve University: Selected for their Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application, which aggregates a previously disparate array of parcel-level property data in a searchable, downloadable, online database, empowering local government and community organization users to inform policies and solutions in the areas of foreclosures, vacant land and housing disposition. City of South Euclid: Selected for their Green Neighborhoods Initiative, which focuses on three areas-the green rehabilitation of formerly foreclosed bungalows, the creation of community gardens and park space, and the establishment of an infill lot redevelopment program designed to revitalize through public-private partnerships the neighborhoods hit hard by the housing crisis, creating increased demand for existing housing, increasing property values and neighborhood pride. Ohio City Incorporated: Selected for their Ohio City Market District Initiative, which is transforming the area into a thriving commercial corridor by establishing a collective vision, leveraging the district's existing assets, engaging in robust partnerships with neighborhood institutions including the West Side Market, targeting investment in local artisan businesses and leveraging the local food movement through the redevelopment of vacant land. Western Reserve Revitalization Management Corporation (CMHA): Selected for their Kinsman Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, whichis a two-pronged approach to aiding the urban revitalization efforts in the Kinsman Neighborhood through redeveloping the 29-acre Garden Valley Homes Estate with services and a variety of living options to provide quality housing for existing and new residents in the neighborhood, and through re-locating the administrative headquarters for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CHMA), both of which helped to energize other projects and attract additional investment to the area. The judges who will determine the winner include:
  • Bruce Murphy, President of Community Development Banking, KeyBank,
  • Leslie Strnisha, Senior Program Director, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland,
  • Jordan Yin, Ph.D., AICP, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University.

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