Progress Institute

A day long symposium bringing together the community development field
for learning, connecting, and inspiration.

Located in the MidTown neighborhood @ The Agora

All Are Welcome!
CDC staff, Board Members, and partners

• Capacity building workshops on topics such as developing a diverse and engaged board, social enterprise opportunities for CDC’s, financing options and opportunities, using evaluation and data, power of resident led initiatives, and more
• Keynote address by Bina M. Patel the CEO and Founder of Saathi Impact Counseling
• Lunchtime Pecha Kucha
• Walking tour of the MidTown neighborhood
• Cleveland Neighborhood Progress updates

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Progress Institute 2018 summary

On Friday November 2, 2018, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress welcomed 275 community development professionals to the 5th annual Progress Institute. This day-long professional development event was hosted in partnership with Union Miles Development Corp. and took place in the Union Miles neighborhood.

In addition to an opening address by Joel Ratner and a keynote speech by Ben Hecht, CEO of Living Cities, the 2018 Progress Institute offered over 20 learning sessions that addressed important issues and challenges that our industry is facing. The lively lunchtime panel discussion, which included India Lee (Cleveland Foundation), Bob Jaquay (Gund Foundation), Jamar Doyle (Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp.) and Joy Johnson (Burten Bell Carr Development) along with Moderator Joe Cimperman (Global Cleveland), covered the history and future of community development in Cleveland.

At the event, Neighborhood Progress also announced the 2018 recipients of its Neighborhood Solutions Awards. This years’ grants are focused on Civic Engagement and the following organizations were awarded funds:

  • Midtown Cleveland – $30,000
  • Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corp. – $30,000
  • Detroit Shoreway Community Development Org. – $25,000
  • Burten Bell Carr Development – $25,000
  • Metro West Community Development Org. – $15,000

To learn more about each organization’s winning proposal, please visit

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress would like to thank the hundreds of partners, colleagues, presenters and attendees that made this event successful. We look forward to convening again in the fall of 2019.