Vibrant City Awards Lunch

The fourth annual Vibrant City Awards Lunch took place on Friday June 8, 2018, where a sell-out crowd of 600 city leaders, stakeholders and community development professionals gathered to celebrate leading neighborhood revitalization efforts. The event was hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and presented by KeyBank. Guests gathered at Cleveland’s Lakefront Reservation on the border of the Glenville and St. Clair Superior neighborhoods. They appreciated scenic views of Lake Erie, Gordon Park and Dike 14 from the Metroparks location and enjoyed an outdoor lunch coordinated by Chef Chris Hodgson of Driftwood Catering. The event honored 18 award finalists and eight Vibrant City Award recipients.

Kenny Crumpton, Fox 8 personality and partner alongside Cleveland Neighborhood Progress for Cleveland Chain Reaction, served as emcee.

Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (NOACA) received the Vibrant City Impact Award for being an invested neighborhood institution that is contributing to the lives of Clevelanders every day through its transportation related services and programs.

Bobbi Reichtell, recently retired executive director of Campus District, Inc. was named the recipient of the 2018 Morton L. Mandel Leadership in Community Development Award. Reichtell has dedicated her career to neighborhood development, working at settlement houses, community development corporations and intermediaries over the last four decades.

Additionally, six other efforts received Vibrant City Awards. They include:

CDC Community Collaboration Award: Famicos Foundation – Glenville Arts Campus
CDC Placemaking Award: Slavic Village Development – Fleet Avenue Revival
CDC Economic Opportunity Award: Burten Bell Carr Development – Arbor Park Place
CDC Neighborhood Branding & Marketing Award: Midtown Cleveland Inc – “Town” Branding & Video
Urban Developer Award: Sustainable Community Associates
Civic Champion Award: Marilyn Burns

Here is a slideshow from the event:

We hope you will join us at the 2019 Vibrant City Awards Lunch.

VCAL 2017 summary
VCAL 2016 summary
VCAL 2015 summary

For information, please contact Jeff Kipp, Director of Neighborhood Marketing at 216. 453.1453 or