Economy

East Cleveland on the move toward transformation

Submitted by Sandy Kristin P... on Sun, 03/12/2006 - 02:02.

Hannah Fritzman writes  http://www.cleveland.com/weblogs/theview/index.ssf?/mtlogs/cleve_theview/archives/2006_03.html that Mayor Eric Brewer of East Cleveland is in conversation with the Civic Innovation Lab. I have also heard that leadership at the Intergenerational School is in conversation about the possibility of expanding into the city of East Cleveland. If the city can reverse perceptions about its safety and the quality of its schools, perhaps it can become home to young professionals who will launch independent small businesses and generate a second heydey for the home of John D. Rockefeller...

GLOBALIZATION OF THE THIRD WORLD or 3rd WORLDIZATION™ OF THE USA

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 03/10/2006 - 12:45.

   

We hear of CAFTA, NAFTA, PAFTA, and how our government wants to help those people in areas with low wages by spreading democracy, “stabilizing” their governments, and letting our companies go and set up shop there. Reducing tariffs - we are told - will bring economic prosperity to economically “underdeveloped” regions.

 

Synfuels: the next miracle cure for sustainable mobility?

Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Thu, 03/09/2006 - 08:06.

Fantastic new article on the World Business Council for Sustainable Developments website  regarding biofuels  that I wanted to make you aware of.   It is freely available to those with internet access. If you dont have internet access, you dont know, unless you bring trees into the mix.

Can we explain Cleveland's unemployment issues

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Tue, 03/07/2006 - 15:06.

    At the last Cleveland Next meeting, Guhan Venkatu, an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, made a presentation .  He has kindly let us post his power point with the usual sort of proviso...the views espressed are his and "not necessarily those of the FRBC, the board of governors of the FR or its staff".

Since we have spent a lot of time, on this site and at roundtable discussions sponsored by Realneo, discussing the region's strengths and weaknesses, I thought readers might be interested in Mr. Venkatu's experiments comparing Cleveland's economy with that of the nation and also with the rest of Ohio. Perhaps we can suggest some other parameters to be considered.

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Challenges facing smaller manufacturers

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Tue, 03/07/2006 - 14:58.

A new report outlines the future for small and mid-sized manufacturers.

The Future Success of Small and Medium Manufacturers: Challenges and Policy Issues outlines two important trends that are shaping the future of these smaller manufacturers.

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NEO Car Shopper

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Mon, 03/06/2006 - 14:19.

How does one shop for a car online? I am going to find out!

 I need a new car. I think I know approximately what I am looking for -- excellent safety rating, high fuel efficiency, attractive design, comfortable enough for long road trips, roomy enough to carry skiis, bikes or some large piece of art. I'm convinced I should buy foreign (unless someone can convince me otherwise) because what I hate most is taking my car in for repairs often. What ever I buy I plan to keep it 10 years or more.

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I-Open: An Invitation to Learn

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sun, 03/05/2006 - 19:02.

New Approaches to Economic Development: Building Prosperity through Open Networks

Date: Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28

Midtown Wednesdays: EcoCity Cleveland's GreenCityBlueLake Network: The Future of Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sat, 03/04/2006 - 10:41.

Date: Wednesday, March 8

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Place: Myers University, Chester Campus

CPAC hosting a Voices and Choices Community Conversation

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 03/01/2006 - 23:44.
03/07/2006 - 16:00
03/07/2006 - 18:00
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Join arts and cultural professionals from around the region to discuss Northeast Ohio’s economic future. The Cuyahoga County Cultural Roundtable is hosting a Voices and Choices Community Conversation.

Location

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
United States

REEL NEO - inventing a new economy around film in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/28/2006 - 22:37.

The February 28, 2006 Excellence Roundtable on the film industry was unique. One local film maker at the roundtable explained this was the first time he had sat down with the industry.

For an outsider, like myself - a fan of film and an economic development professional who recognized the broad value of the film industry - this roundtable was a thrill in that we had so much talent in the room - accomplished film professionals who have shown in the world's festivals and distribute product globally. These successful artists are invisible (often struggling) entrepreneurs in this community, and this was the first time I'd met nearly every one.

NEO Film Excellence Roundtable at the City Club

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 16:10.
02/28/2006 - 11:30
02/28/2006 - 13:30
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Please join a casual collaboration of Northeast Ohio leaders interested in supporting "Film" as a cultural, educational, technological and economic engine of this community. "Film" is an important factor in the NEO economy, with many talented "film" professionals involved here in management, production, creative and other roles, creating $ millions in spending and wealth and making NEO a more interesting and fulfilling place to grow up and live. But, what is film, and what matters to the community and our economy?

Location

City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue 2nd Floor in the Pogue Room
Cleveland, OH
United States

2006.02.28 NEO Film Excellence Roundtable at the City Club

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 08:06.

Please join a casual collaboration of Northeast Ohio leaders interested in supporting "Film" as a cultural, educational, technological and economic engine of this community. "Film" is an important factor in the NEO economy, with many talented "film" professionals involved here in management, production, creative and other roles, creating $ millions in spending and wealth and making NEO a more interesting and fulfilling place to grow up and live. But, what is film, and what matters to the community and our economy?

Midtown Wednesdays: Creating an Informatics Culture: Technology, Learning & Visualization

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sat, 02/25/2006 - 20:50.

Date: Wednesday, March 1

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Place: Myers University, Chester Campus

3921 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH

A National Legacy of African American Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Thu, 02/23/2006 - 23:03.

African American community leaders came together at Myers University to make new connections, share an appreciation of Cleveland's rich history of African American cultural institutions and long standing leadership contributions to the history of American innovation and entrepreneurship.

Notes from the Midtown "Trench" Meeting

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Thu, 02/23/2006 - 18:16.

 
    At the meeting ODOT held on 2/21/06 at the Myers University Club to discuss the Midtown trench and its on and off ramps, I noticed one behavior that struck me as emblematic of ODOT’s relationship with the public.  I know that people speaking at meetings or calling in to talk shows  will begin with thanking the “sponsor”,  so to speak, but at Tuesday’s meeting the majority of audience members who lined up to comment or ask questions began with drawn out thank- you’s to the various members of ODOT for coming to Cleveland, for having the meeting etc. etc.  My classes in “social relations” were years ago, but it seems to me that the typical audience behavior at Myers suggested people who viewed themselves as supplicants, placating the authorities first in the hopes that whatever they wanted to ask or state might at least be allowed utterance.  Now I am not naïve, and I know ODOT is in the power position here, but ultimately the taxpayers can bring about change in the balance of this relationship by letting their elected officials know that the people who make the final decisions are not really listening to the public but rather just allowing them to “vent”.

Huge breaking story: Jury holds 3 ex-makers of lead paint liable

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 02/22/2006 - 16:36.

Huge news in Rhode Island today - "Jury holds 3 ex-makers of lead paint liable" - will have major impacts in Cleveland. Cleveland is one year into a major regional initiative to eradicate lead poisoning in Greater Cleveland, where elevated blood level rates are some of the highest in the country, and it is very important that the paint companies are part of the solutions being developed. Rhode Island is where the battle against lead poisoning has proceeded the furthest in court, and now a jury has ruled against three paint companies, including our home-town Sherwin-Williams. Imagine some possible next steps... lead goes the way of asbestos and the old paint companies go bankrupt, and so goes away Sherwin-Williams and all its jobs in the region, with the assets going to our next Mittal... yet the bankruptcy settlement and asset sales help pay to eradicate lead poisoning here so our next generations are not mentally impaired and are able to contribute to the economy. What do the people of NEO rally around - saving jobs or saving minds... I can see the fanatical lines being drawn now. Is that the best we can do? Or can lead be viewed as a new frontier for open, responsible collaboration across our community (as is already happening in Greater Cleveland) AND with one of the biggest players on the industry - our own Sherwin-Williams - allowing us to respond here to our dirty laundry being aired in the RI courts, and in the process making Sherwin-Williams a stronger corporate citizen, in a safer, healthier, smarter community more worth living in. Read the complete story, from the Providence Journal.

NEO Film

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/21/2006 - 16:41.

"Film" is an important factor in the NEO economy, with many talented "film" professionals involved here in management, production, creative and other roles, creating $ millions in spending and wealth and making NEO a more interesting and fulfilling place to grow up and live. But, what is film, and what matters? Read on below:

The Djembe or Talking Drum: An Aesthetic that Speaks of Human History, Culture & Art

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Tue, 02/21/2006 - 14:16.

Join us today for Midtown Wednesdays to learn about Cleveland's rich history and bright future supporting African American culture.

Date: February 22

NEO African American Cultural Center

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/21/2006 - 01:20.

A community of interest focused on developing an African American Cultural Center and driving innovation in the sharing of understanding and strengthening of African American and all culture in Northeast Ohio.

ODOT-Midtown Innerbelt Public Meeting

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 02/20/2006 - 12:34.
02/21/2006 - 09:00
02/21/2006 - 12:00
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Participate in a public meeting where the community and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will debate the merits of ODOT's plans to alter exisiting freeway access within the Innerbelt Trench, including the planned elimination of Carnegie and Prospect Avenues.  

Location

Myers University Club
3813 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH
United States

TRUST IS NOT ANONYMOUS

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 02/19/2006 - 21:25.

Betsey,

It didn't dawn on me until after I had finished commenting regarding the network map that I had blown the main point.

The reason names are critical in a network map is because trust cannot be anonymous. 

"building trust" - we hear it at all the meetings, we hear it from Jack, from Valdis, from Norm, from Ed, from Tom, from George, from Berlin, from William - but you can't build trust with anonymity.  We need names and faces - lots of them - like in high school - to connect to and listen too.   Then trust will come.

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The 02-15-06 Midtown Innovation Map with Names

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sun, 02/19/2006 - 17:15.

Here is yet another version of the Midtown Innovation Map. Colors have been added for a visually interesting affect.

Software designer, Valdis Krebs, likens these portraits of communities to works of art. Snapshots of social relationships.

Building Quality, Connected Places: Envisioning a NEO African American Cultural Center

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sun, 02/19/2006 - 11:20.

In 1915 a pair of Oberlin graduates, Russell and Rowena Woodham Jelliffe, established a place where people of different races, creeds and religions could seek cultural excellence together. The location later became known as Karamu House. Join us to celebrate Cleveland's rich history of African American institutions continuing to strengthen culture and history.

Be a part of envisioning a new African American Cultural Center and brainstorming new ways of sharing knowledge and resources for a dynamic entrepreneurial place in NEO.

Learning to Look at the Networks in New Ways

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sat, 02/18/2006 - 14:00.

Thank you for the comments and insights. All maps should be considered open community contributions and resources. We can post Maps with Names every week. Let us know what would be most valuable to you. If you have questions, contact myself (betseymerkel [at] aol [dot] com) or Dennis Coughlin (denniscoughlin [at] i-open [dot] org) for a copy.

ON-DEMAND WORK CORPS

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 02/17/2006 - 12:23.

 When is the last time you saw a job application like this?

 

CAREER POSITION  

 CONSTRUCTION LABORER

We are an

Unequal Opportunity Employer

 

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