NEO Shopper

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 12/01/2005 - 13:09.

It's December 1st already! Only 24 days to find a special gift for everyone on my list -- and that includes some hard to please friends and relatives. Where do you shop in Cleveland if you hate Walmart and try to avoid the crowds and monotonous merchandise of the malls? There are plenty of galleries, boutiques, books stores, thrift stores and websites with unique gifts and shopping them can help support local artists, entreprenuers and charities.

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The Birthing of a Blog... Sudhir speaks out!

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Mon, 11/28/2005 - 16:22.

With great anticipation, I dive into the blogosphere with this initial entry.  My name is Sudhir Raghupathy and I am a recent graduate of the Weatherhead MBA program at Case, with specialties on Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior.

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Great Discussion on Entrepreneurs and VC at BFD

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/23/2005 - 09:10.

Over at BrewedFreshDaily there is a great discussion of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. Worth reading through the comments with the exception of one individual whom seems a tad bit warped..

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The Search for CEO for Cleveland Schools - Schools Host Community Meetings

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 11/21/2005 - 21:47.

The Cleveland Schools are hosting a series of meetings to generate input from the community on what they want for a CEO. For a school system not always anxious for public input, this is a great way to start a search process.

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Submitted by robataka on Fri, 11/18/2005 - 07:06.

We have setup a developing/staging site with the latest and greatest. As you have noticed over the last couple of weeks, we have changed some of the styling here at realneo, and we are planning more changes. We will be doing some testing prior to upgrading this site, but we have made some progress.

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Speaking of which...

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 23:14.

In my last post, I mentioned that I want to add wiki functionality to this site. Another thing I think this site should have is trackback functionality. The issue with trackbacks, of course, is spam. I am going to turn trackbacks on and see how it goes. If we get too much spam to handle efficiently, I'll turn it back off.

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"We Media"

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 22:52.

I missed it, but apparently on the Lehrer-Mcneil Report, there was a section on increased individual participation in "journalism", or what they called "We Media". A large piece of the report was focused on wiki technology. Of course they mentioned Wikipedia. Apparently, wikipedia has over 2 billion hits per month. "Subscribers" to wikipedia outnumber the subscribers to the New York Times, Washington Post, the LA Times(and maybe one or two others) combined.


Submitted by robataka on Thu, 11/10/2005 - 18:06.

I saw today that Novell will be focusing on GNOME as there Desktop Envirionment for SUSE, etc. Being a KDE fan I was a little disappointed to see that. But in that same article, I saw a link to an item where the founder of Ubuntu, a Debian-based distribution almost soley focused on Gnome, in fact uses Kubuntu, a KDE focused version of Ubuntu. And that in fact that he wanted to see Kubuntu become more mainstream within the Ubuntu organization.

Chinese Halloween with Intel

Submitted by robataka on Sat, 11/05/2005 - 10:25.

Found an interesting article over at LXer (pronounced Elexer) which posts portions of what is supposedly an internal Intel document suggesting that they will anticipate to sell hundreds of millions of Linux computers in China. From the summary at the top of the article:

Arts and the Cleveland Mayor's Race

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Mon, 10/31/2005 - 09:19.

Both Mayor Campbell and Council President Jackson met with the arts community last week.  Attendance was low, both at the Play House on the east with Campbell and Cleveland Public Theatre on the westside with Jackson. The Campbell strategy was to identify a top 20 list of reasons Campbell has advanced the arts, with art summits, expansion of live/work zones and public funding through the "1% for arts" set aside that is a part of public construction contracts.  She says her track record merits her return to office for another four years.  Jackson said, through his leadership, he deserves credit for these initiatives as well, and his record in council deserves the public’s faith and confidence that he will work to represent them well.  But what would be an election without an added dose of cynicism? 

Help pick a new leader for the Cleveland Public Schools

Submitted by johnmcgovern on Thu, 10/20/2005 - 15:28.

Dear Cleveland Citizens,

The future of our great city is highly dependent on the quality of education that our youth receive. If you, like any concerned citizen, are looking for a way to have an impact on the hiring of a new CEO for the Cleveland Municpal School District (CMSD), please download the attached excel spreadsheet which contains a list of the members of the Community Advisory Panel. The members of this panel were appointed by the School Board.

Two Telecom Mergers, One Digital Divide

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 10/20/2005 - 12:21.

The Ohio Community Computing Center Network, the umbrella organization for free public computer centers and teaching centers, has provided testimony to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio stating that the SBC/AT&T Merger and the Verizon/MCI Merger are not in the best interests of the public.   The following is a summary, raising the concern that further telecom consolidation will reduce vital high-speed Internet opportunities for low-income urban and rural areas.  Today, high-speed Internet is critical for education, work and other activities of daily life.  While technological advances in more robust networks, immense Internet speed and additional services are exciting, if only a portion of spciety can participate in yet another technological evolution, Ohio will again be left struggling.  The testimony called for efforts to reduce the divide that finds low-income and rural communities with lower levels of broadband access and an end to telecom efforts to limit the rights of cities to invest in broadband services directly, on behalf of their residents.

From "Planning Livable Communities" Blog

Submitted by jsmuscatello on Sat, 10/15/2005 - 16:11.

There is probably no need for Planners to consider this for Cleveland's downtown; however, this may be the way to help struggling neighborhoods within the city, as well as the the older, inner-ring suburbs - by encouraging pedestrian activity instead of vehicular.
I suppose the fast-food industry would put up a big fight to keep things as they have been.

Our Moment in the Sun and Akron's Plan for the Future

Submitted by el jefe on Mon, 10/10/2005 - 13:02.

Booyakasha! Much Respek! And I'll let you know that it's about friggin' time. 2 years this site has been going. Sometimes strong and sometimes slackerish. But let's face it, if there ever were a mirror for the people of Akron, this would be it. Hell this IS Akroness in all it's glory. That said, it's only fair that once every two years or so we get our just dues. This time our just dues mean David Giffels finally pimped us a bit in Akron's daily BJ. And to think we didn't even have to whore ourselves out too much to get it. It seems somehow mystical that our 'moment in the sun', as it were, came on the tails of telling some dumb chick how dumb she is. Perhaps there really is a God. Still doesn't make Pat Robertson any better though.

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My Own Civics Lesson - Reforming Ohio

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Wed, 10/05/2005 - 09:02.

On Election Day, I stood at a polling location on Cleveland's eastside and talked to voters about Reform Ohio Now (RON) and issues 2-5 on the ballot in November. The voting location was JFK High School, one of the largest polling stations in ward one, the wealthiest and biggest voting ward in the African-American community. I was the one who learned a lot.

Philadelphia chooses vendor for muny Wireless project

Submitted by DerekArnold on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 17:22.

Philadelphia has chosen a provider for their municipal wireless network and the winner is...Atlanta-based Earthlink over HP.Click here to read the story .

Insights for NEO: Partnerships emerging in Wisconsin

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 07:54.

In Wisconsin, new regional allliances are beginning to emerge, as civic leaders in Madison and Milwaukee recognize that they have more to gain from collaboration.

Here is a good article that surveys some of the recent developments. Read more.

Angel capital networks on the North Coast: Finding lessons in Albany

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 07:48.

In Albany, the Center for Economic Growth is a major player in the transformation of the economy. CEG is one of the leading organizations to support innovation in regional economic development.

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Indiana's wireless networks

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 07:46.

In an interesting move to stimulate collaboration among their campuses, Indiana University and Purdue University are integrating their wireless networks.

The powerful aspect of this announcement comes in the next step. According to one of the project leaders, "[W]e should continue to work toward extending these capabilities across Indiana to other universities, colleges and related organizations." Read more.

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New opportunity for Nortech?

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 07:37.

The Kauffman Foundation has launched a new web-based tool to accelerate the flow of innovative ideas from universities to the marketplace.

The foundation's research showed that potentially valuable technologies lie dormant in universities too long. So, the foundation is investing in a new tool to tighten the connection between university labs and commercial markets. Initiallly, seven universities will participate in a pilot. Learn more.

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Michigan's e-learning strategy: Lessons for NEO?

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Tue, 10/04/2005 - 07:33.

Developing brainpower will determine the long term prosepects for our regional economy. As a result, we have a deep stake in improving the performance of the our high schools.

Few economic development investments are as sound as investments -- early childhood development, drop-out prevention, post-secondary education incentives -- that improve educational outcomes.

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Building inner city wealth

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Sun, 09/25/2005 - 16:51.

One of the biggest challenges facing Cleveland comes in building the networks needed to build wealth in our inner city neighborhoods.

The inner city is an important economic development frontier, and new models of development show promise. Some years ago, Michael Porter established the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City to apply cluster approaches to these markets. Learn more

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Waterfront Plan

Submitted by jsmuscatello on Fri, 09/23/2005 - 02:16.

More pictures from the final Waterfront Plan presentation on Tuesday.

What Happens When the Federal Government Can’t Get Emergencies Right? Lessons From the Sourthern Evacuee Assistance Center

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Wed, 09/14/2005 - 07:49.

What Happens When the Federal Government Can’t Get Emergencies Right? And what does it say about our level of preparedness for disasters, wrought by nature or terrorists, even after the 9/11 disaster and the debate, planning and funding that all follows?

iNGENUiTY 05 Photos

Submitted by jsmuscatello on Tue, 09/06/2005 - 11:02.

Had a great time this weekend at iNGENUiTY.
The family enjoyed it as well.

Here are some photos I took with my crappy camera.

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