Progress Institute

In light of this new climate, we are reimagining Progress Institute 2020. We will be offering free monthly virtual workshops all year, alongside Progress Talks, bringing to the community accomplished speakers and opportunity for further engagement and development.

check back soon for more sessions.

Past sessions:

September 29, 2020
Progress Talk#1: “Amplifying Equitable Civic Engagement in Cleveland’s Neighborhoods”
Moderator:
Erika Anthony, Co-Founder, Cleveland Votes
Panelists:
Joy Johnson, Executive Director, Burten, Bell, Carr, Inc.
Kristian Hunter, Community Engagement Manager, Greater Collinwood Development Corporation
Krystal Sierra, Economic Development Specialist, Greater Collinwood Development Corporation
Scott Rosenstein, Community Involvement Manager, Tremont West Community Development Corporation
Dharma Valentin, Community & Equity Organizer, Tremont West Community Development Corporation
Jeremy Taylor, Director of Community Involvement, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Watch this session here.

August 27, 2020
Revitalizing Retail Districts in the Midst of COVID-19
Michael Elliott, David Lukas, Kevin Schmotzer
This session discussed the new reality that exists for both Economic Development professionals and the business communities they serve, and examined what can be done to revitalize retail districts, and support businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Watch this session here.



Progress Institute 2019 summary

On Friday November 1, 2019, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress welcomed 275 community development professionals to the 6th annual Progress Institute. This day-long professional development event was hosted in partnership with MidTown Cleveland Inc., and took place in the MidTown neighborhood at The Agora.

In addition to an opening address by Joel Ratner and a keynote speech by Bina M. Patel, CEO and Founder of Saathi Impact Counseling, the 2019 Progress Institute offered over 15 learning sessions that addressed important issues and challenges that our industry is facing. The lunchtime Pecha Kucha was performed by Joi Carter, Community Engagement and Marketing Manager of MidTown Cleveland; Letitia Lopez, Executive Director of Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center and Oluremi Ann Oliver, President Emeritus of the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.

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 2020.

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 http://www.clevelandnp.org/cdcgrantmaking/

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.

Progress Institute 2017 summary

On Tuesday October 31, 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress hosted over 250 community development professionals from northeast Ohio at its fourth annual Progress Institute. At this day-long learning symposium, we convened Cleveland’s community development field for learning, connecting, and inspiration. The event was held in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood and Dr. Mark Joseph offered the keynote address,  “What If We Got Really Serious About Promoting Racial Equity in Cleveland?”

Resources from the 2017 Progress Institute:
Keynote by Dr. Mark Joseph (ppt)
Workshop materials from Dr. Mark Joseph

Progress Institute 2016 summary

On Thursday November 3, 2016, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress hosted community development professionals at its thirds annual Progress Institute. At this day-long learning symposium, we convened Cleveland’s community development field to learn, connect, and innovate.

Progress Institute 2015 summary

On Tuesday October 27, 2015, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress hosted 200 community development professionals at its second annual Progress Institute. At this day-long learning symposium, we convened Cleveland’s community development field to learn, connect, and innovate.

Guests attended informative sessions at various venues along Waterloo Road in Collinwood’s Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. Additionally, they heard inspirational remarks from keynote speaker Majora Carter and received valuable industry updates from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. To access the 2015 Progress Institute program, please click here.