CNP E-news – June 2017


Cleveland Neighborhood Progress would like to thank all of our sponsors, award winners and attendees for making the 2017 Vibrant City Awards Lunch such a success. We are honored to host this event that celebrates leading neighborhood revitalization efforts in the City of Cleveland. You can see more from this event at


Also at the Vibrant City Awards Lunch,Cleveland Neighborhood Progress provided advance copies of its newest publication to all attendees. This is Where I Live: Cleveland People and Their Neighborhoods is now available to the public. The book is written by local author Justin Glanville and former Cleveland planning director Bob Brown. The project, which was being worked on for more than a year, is a celebration of people and place in the City of Cleveland. We are appreciative of our community development partners that helped us identify many of the topics, stories and individuals that are featured.

This is Where I Live: Cleveland People and Their Neighborhoods is now available for sale through Neighborhood Progress’ LiveCLEVELAND! website ( and some local bookstores. The retail price is $24.95. Support for this publication was provided by the George Gund Foundation, Vintage Development Group and the Saint Luke’s Foundation.


Since Slavic Village emerged as the host neighborhood for Cleveland Chain Reaction, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and its partners have been working to solicit applications from local small businesses to compete in this economic development project. We received official interest from over 90 small businesses! And on June 13th, the partners and investors heard pitches from the top 23 companies. Currently, our investors are evaluating these companies and will narrow the field to ten. By August 2017, the final five businesses will be announced. Stay tuned to Fox 8, as we will make announcements during Kickin it with Kenny broadcasts during the morning news.

The Chain Reaction partners are COSE, GlazenUrban, Fox 8 and Neighborhood Progress. to learn more about how this economic development project will bring approximately $1M of investment into Slavic Village in 2017.


Have you seen the May recap for our Racial Equity & Inclusion programming? You can access it here.

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SAVE THE DATE AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Cleveland NeighborhoodProgress is pleased to announce that the 2017 Progress

Institute will take place on Tuesday October 31. The all-day learning symposium will occur in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Community development professionals and partners are invited to attend. Stay tuned for more details.

NEW in 2017! Cleveland Neighborhood Progress staff is joining with Cleveland CDCs to walk their neighborhoods. Over the course of this summer, we will take a hike through six neighborhoods to see successes and challenges up close and to learn more from CDC staff on how each organization is working to improve its neighborhood. We visited with St. Clair Superior Development Corp. and Famicos Foundation this month and are looking forward to more walks in July and August.


City Life by LiveCLEVELAND! is now available. The 11th edition of this annualpublication gets a makeover, including a new name and expanded content. This is the ultimate resource for discovering the city’s neighborhoods. Supported by the City of Cleveland and produced by our partners at Great Lakes Publishing, this magazine offers stories of urban vibrancy from Cleveland’s neighborhoods and our CDC partners. A downloadable copy is available here and also can be found on the homepage. More than 50,000 copies of this publication are in circulation, helping locals and visitors learn more about CLE neighborhoods. Get your copy today!

Schofield Mansion Update: Renowned Cleveland architect Levi Scofield built his private residence in Buckeye back in 1898. New Village Corporation, the development subsidiary of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, is leading partners through the pre-development process to determine the most feasible rehabilitation strategy for the 10,000 sq. ft mansion.

There’s still a long way to go at the Scofield mansion, but it received a long overdue face-lift earlier this month, thanks to a huge effort by volunteers and equipment from Precision Environmental, Cleveland Restoration Society, and our staff. 90% of the already-completed stabilization and clean-out work has been donated, and we remain humbled and thankful for the incredible roster of partners, which also includes Cuyahoga Land Bank, Saint Luke’s Foundation, Safeguard Properties/Community Blight Solutions, Coon Restoration & Sealants Inc., First Choice Roofing, and others.


COMING SOON! Next month, we will be releasing the Community Financial

Center’s Impact Report. We look forward to sharing it with you. In the  meantime, check out these program highlights from the CFC effort thusfar…
  • Over 300 clients served
  • Over 1,000 coaching sessions completed
  • 11 clients have purchased homes
  • Over 20 vehicles have been purchased by clients
  • Over $1M in total debt reduced by CFC clients
  • Over $2M in total savings created for CFC client


UCI’s NextStep Strategies for Business Growth program is now recruiting for its Fall 2017 program. In 2014, UCI launched this 7-month program as part of the Greater University Circle Initiative with the goal of helping to grow existing businesses in or near the GUC neighborhoods.  26 local small business owners from three cohorts have graduated from this program. The first two cohorts have obtained $2.2 million in public, private, and anchor institution contracts, retained 190 jobs, and created 31 new ones.
The fall program begins on September 26.  UCI is seeking businesses located in GUC, businesses located in the city of Cleveland, minority owned businesses from NEO and those that are doing business with the GUC anchors. Check out and please consider forwarding the link to any business owners you believe would benefit from the program.


Click HERE to read the latest Policy & Advocacy update concerning:

– Local, State and Federal budgets
– Lead poisoning
– Predatory lending
– County housing plan
– Mayor Jackson’s Healthy Neighborhoods legislation


Note the upcoming events below or check out our calendar here.
July 06 –
Organizers & Allies Meeting
July 11 –
For the Love of Cleveland: The Geography of Gentrification 
July 18 –
WELD Leadership Series – Just Do Your Dream
July 18 –
For the Love of Cleveland: It takes a Neighborhood
July 24 –
REI Training  (Lorain County session)
July 24 –
July 25 –
For the Love of Cleveland: The Challenges of Success
July 25-26 –
REI Training (Lorain County session)
July 31 –
August 03 –
Organizers & Allies Meeting
August 7 –
August 14 –
August 15 –
WELD Leadership Series:
Growing Your Business in the Current Economic Climate
August 21 –
Neighborhood GROWS Summer Session: Small Business Accounting
August 28  –
 August 29-30 –
October 31 –
SAVE THE DATE – Progress Institute


Bianca Butts

Bianca Butts is the new Manager of Climate Resiliency & Sustainability forCleveland Neighborhood Progress. Bianca leads our efforts to improve climate resiliency and sustainability in four Cleveland neighborhoods: Central/Kinsman, Detroit Shoreway, Glenville, and Slavic Village. In this role, Bianca works with CDC partners, a team of Neighborhood Climate Ambassadors, and other partners around the city on implementing climate resiliency and sustainability initiatives. Her goal is to make Cleveland communities more sustainable, vibrant, and equitable by improving neighborhood emergency preparedness, knowledge about energy consumption, home weatherization efforts, and many other strategies. As the voice of climate resiliency and sustainability initiatives at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Bianca engages with community organizers, sustainable development professionals, and champions of environmental justice from around the city, region, and country.

Prior to joining Neighborhood Progress, Bianca worked for nearly six years at East End Neighborhood House in various administrative capacities, most recently as the Director of Marketing & Outcomes. Bianca is a native Clevelander and now lives in the Greater Buckeye neighborhood. She feels very fortunate to live and work in the same community.

We’re also happy to introduce our 2017 summer interns. We appreciate all the work they are doing for Cleveland’s residents and neighborhoods:
(L-R) Avery Martens (Cleveland State), Jennifer Chandler (Cleveland State), Rachel Elson (Vassar), Glodie Mujinga (Yale), Devonta Dickey (Denison), and Cole Norgaarden (Cornell).