CNP E-news – October 2017

All over Cleveland, Neighborhood Progress is helping community
development corporations resourcefully configure neighborhoods to
respond to the real needs of residents. Together, we generate big ideas,
advocate for them, fund them and promote them.

Come to engage in meaningful dialogue with your community development colleagues and partners and explore creative solutions to community development challenges.

Be inspired by:
  • Keynote address by Dr. Mark Joseph, the Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Associate Professor in Community Development at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Founding Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, and Faculty Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
  • Capacity building workshops on topics such as Data, Tech, and Digital Citizenship,
    Beyond Block Clubs: Getting Thousands in the Game, and Creative Stepping Stones to Employment for Your Residents and more!
  • Special session for community allies and organizers and a session with Paul Brophy to discuss America’s Middle Neighborhoods: A Neglected Resource
  • Walking tours of the Old Brooklyn neighborhood
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Progress updates
All are welcome! – CDC staff, Board members, and partners



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Professional Development Calendar is now live!
Our CDC Advancement Team has developed a Professional Development and Capacity Building Calendar that compiles learning and networking opportunities for community development and nonprofit professionals. We encourage you and your colleagues to explore this resource and discover new opportunities for you and your colleagues.
You can access the calendar on our website here.

PLEASE NOTE: October is the last month to reserve the Clean & Green trailer. This landscaping and neighborhood clean-up resource was utilized more than 35 times by community partners this year. Thanks to all who chipped in to clean-up our neighborhoods!


Please join us for the dedication of the Intergenerational Playscape & Garden on Thursday October 19, 2017.  Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and many partners and supporters will be on hand to formally open the newest neighborhood asset on the Saint Luke’s campus. The event begins at 3:00 pm on the front lawn of the Saint Luke’s building. RSVP here.


A note from Elise Hara Auvil of the Bond Accountability Commission…
I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of the Bond Accountability Commission. There is much for me to learn, but I have started with Segment 7 of the Cleveland construction plan that includes seven K-8 schools and two high schools, located in Wards 1, 6, 8, 12, 13, and 15.

School Name & Ward
student capacity
Sq. feet
Projected Commitment
Fullerton K-8,W12
Skyline/Sunbeam K-8, W6
Waverly K-8, W15
Rainey Harper K-8, W13
Eliot/Young K-8, W1
H. B. Booker K-8,W15
O.H. Perry K-8, W8
West Side HS, W15
Total for new construction
These projected cost numbers are as of August 2017 and will most likely change. Part of my responsibility is to track changes and understand why these costs fluctuate over time. As a reminder, each segment is co-funded by the state. The state matches the local funds, (so for every local dollar, the state provides two additional dollars).   Recently, CMSD requested an updated enrollment report from the State, presumably to obtain more co-funding based on increased enrollment forecasts. This report should be forthcoming by January 2018, if not sooner.
If you have questions regarding school construction in your ward, or general questions about the project as a whole, please attend our BAC meetings, open to the public. Our next meeting is on November 27th at 6:30 PM. More information on the meeting location will be posted on the website at


Get out and Vote!!! Election Day is Tuesday November 7th!

City of Cleveland residents will elect the Mayor and all City Council representatives at the general election in November.  Judicial candidates are also up for election. Please consider checking out these two great resources to learn more about judicial candidates:

  • Judge4Yourself: The ratings for the  judicial candidates are now available to review.
  • Judicial VOTES Count: Spearheaded by Supreme County Justice Maureen O’Connor, this website provides detailed information on Ohio’s court systems and all judicial candidates.

Additionally, county and state issues are on the ballot. Please check out all the information at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website or in the League of Women’s Voters 2017 Election Guide.


check out our calendar here.
Oct 17 –
 Neighborhood Solutions Awards – CDC presentations
Oct 18 –
  Racial Equity Training – half day (Trumbull County)
Oct 19-20 –
  Racial Equity Training – 2 day (Trumbull County)
Oct 19 –
 Intergenerational Playscape & Garden Dedication
  Oct 23-25 –
Oct 31-
Nov 7 –
Nov 23 –
 Happy Thanksgiving!
  Nov 28-29 –
Nov 29 –
 Racial Equity Training – half day
Dec 7 –
 Organizers & Allies meeting
Dec 13 –
Dec 14-15 –
Jan 1 –
 Happy New Year!


Arleesha Wilson is the newest hire for Neighborhood Progress. She recently graduated from Cleveland State University with a dual degree in Law and Urban Planning and a graduate certificate in Urban Real Estate Development & Finance.  While at CSU, Arleesha actively participated in extracurricular activities; she was a financial analyst in the annual ULI Hines Student Competition and a participant in Cleveland Marshall’s Trial Advocacy Team.  Additionally, Arleesha gained practical experience by completing two Graduate Assist
antships in the Center for Community Planning & Development and in the Levin College Dean’s Office.  She also completed a two year internship at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress on the Placemaking Team before being offered a full time position.
As the Real Estate Portfolio Manager for New Village Corporation (NVC), the development subsidiary for Neighborhood Progress, Arleesha ensures that corporate and legal obligations are met and maintained for the NVC family of companies.  She also oversees service provider and contract selection processes, drafts legal documents, manages project carry obligations, and works with the Director of Real Estate to set project budgets and financial goals. Arleesha says, “I’m passionate about community development and very excited to be so closely engaged in the work of fostering inclusive communities of choice and opportunity in Cleveland neighborhoods!”