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Online event to focus on uncertain future of historic tax credits

Per the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), last month, several people responded when word circulated that the House Ways and Means Committee Republicans were meeting to discuss tax reform legislation. CRS members and staff heard from numerous constituents about how the historic tax credit leverages private investment in underutilized historic buildings and their request for it to remain part of the tax code. 
A very incomplete list of local projects that have benefitted from the state and federal historic tax credits includes the ongoing West 25th Street Lofts, the boutique Kimpton Schofield Hotel, Heinen's Downtown and the Wagner Awning Building.
To follow up on the issue, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding a free webinar on Thursday, January 19 from 2 – 3 p.m. to share the results of interested parties' efforts and to discuss follow-up actions. President and CEO of the National Trust, Stephanie Meeks, will initiate the conversation and describe steps the National Trust is taking to address these and other policy challenges. A panel of top Washington advocates will be on the call to describe the legislative environment and what should be done to protect the historic tax credit.  
The webinar is free but registration is required. Click here to register. Click here for more information.

Monday: Ice Fest, free admissions to Science Center, Rock Hall

Come join the City of Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland Alliance and North Coast Harbor for Ice FEST this Monday, Jan. 16. The wintry action will take place between the Great Lakes Science Center and the Roll Hall starting at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
More than a dozen ice displays will be set up on the walk way between the Science Center and Rock Hall. In addition, both venues will host free admission for the day.
Full details and scheduling here.

Will drilling expand in Cuyahoga Valley National Park under Trump's plan?

From Annie Knox and Kim Palmer, with additional contributors, for Reuters:

President-elect Donald Trump aims to open up federal lands to more energy development, tapping into a long-running and contentious debate over how best to manage America’s remaining wilderness.

The U.S. government holds title to about 500 million acres of land across the country, including national parks and forests, wildlife refuges and tribal territories stretching from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico. They overlay billions of barrels of oil and vast quantities of natural gas, coal, and uranium.

The article goes on to include the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) as one federal holding pertinent to the controversy. The CVNP is one of the nation's few parks that already allows drilling on account of privately owned mineral rights.

Per this article by Kabir Bhatia for wksu, however, park officials do not foresee an expansion:

Right now, there are 91 wells within Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s 33,000 acres. Last fall, the rules governing those wells* were overhauled to give the parks more control. Lisa Petit, head of resource management for the park, says she doesn’t foresee new wells being added in the next several years; instead the focus will be bringing the existing wells in-line with the new rules.

The greenspace is a local mecca for hikers, bikers and those who enjoy watersports on the Cuyahoga River. It is Ohio's only national park.

Further reading: 100 miles of the Towpath Trail, one step at a time

*link added


Whispers: U2 coming to Cleveland?

UPDATE 1/8/17 12 P.M. EST: oWOW Radio is reporting that details and confirmation may come as early as tomorrow.

Rumors are abounding that the legendary band U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree with a stadium tour of North America. The website @U2 taps Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Washington, DC. In addition, one German website also adds Cleveland's to the roster for a possible summer 2017 date.
Per Google translation: "A source told oWOW Radio that U2 was booked for the summer of 2017 at FirstEnergy Stadium."
Bono, The Edge and Co. have not performed in Cleveland since the band's Dec. 10, 2005 concert at Quicken Loans Arena.
If the whispers pan out, this will prove to be one (ahem) beautiful day for area U2 fans, if not, call it Sunday, bloody Sunday.

The man behind Cleveland Kraut earns slot on prestigious list

Drew Anderson of Cleveland Kraut was named as one of Forbes' "30 under 30" for the 2017 food and drink category. Read why here, then scroll through the rest of the list to see the other lofty young foodie professionals that made the list and what they're offering up. (Think: pancakes, curry, toffee, hemp, grass-fed beef and ... cookies!)

19 reasons to celebrate 2016

From bikes and trees to street festivals and offshore wind, the Office of Sustainability takes a look back at the year that was with a fun and fresh roundup of 19 stories and events that made 2016 great here on the North Coast.

Read the whole list here.

Our most popular stories from 2016

A zoomin' fleet of electric go-karts? The next must live neighborhood? What made the RNC such a success? We've got all that – and more.

Click here for a roundup of some of Fresh Water's most popular stories from 2016.

WSJ: 2016 is the year Cleveland got back on the map

From Joe Queenan for the Wall Street Journal:

Every year, one American city steps up to the plate for the nation’s attention. Some years it is Los Angeles, seething cauldron of glamour and elegance, other years New York, financial powerhouse and cultural leviathan. San Francisco, Boston and Chicago have all had days in the sun, as have Memphis, Tenn., (Elvis Presley), Portland, Ore., (hipsterism) and Miami (the “Miami Vice” look).

This year, it was Cleveland.

No one really saw this coming.

See all the reasons Queenan added our fair city to that venerable list here.

oWOW rings in the New Year with Rock & Roll 50

Fresh Water media partner, oWOW Radio, will ring in the new year with a jammin' look back at 2016 by counting it all down with the Cleveland Rock & Roll 50 this Monday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The countdown will spotlight the best new rock and roll album tracks and singles that gained popularity over the last 12 months.
Artists in the 2016 lineup include The Lumineers, Dirty Vegas, Joe Bonamassa, Sturgil Simpson, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Lissie, the Head and the Heart, the Revivalists, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Michael Kiwanuka. A number of local performers will also pepper the 2016 Cleveland Rock & Roll 50 including Welshly Arms, Kristine Jackson, Nate Jones, and Brent Kirby and His Luck.
“It was a banner year for new music in the rock and roll genre, including new music from new artists and new music from established artists,” says John Gorman, chief content officer of oWOW.

Broadcasting from the 78th Street Studios in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, oWOW offers local listeners and those from around the globe a unique Internet radio experience with on-air personalities that bring a welcome dimension to an increasingly automated world. Also on Thursdays at around 11:20 a.m. EST, Fresh Water editor Erin O'Brien chats up Ravenna Miceli about what's new in the publication's pages.

Renner's "Primrose" on its way to Fox TV

In a forthcoming development, Working Title Television has set up three broadcast drama series projects, one of which includes an adaptation of James Renner’s book The Man From Primrose Lane at Fox.

The Man From Primrose Lane, which has a script commitment plus penalty at Fox, is a co-production with 20th TV. It is being adapted for TV by Renner, the local journalist and author, who penned a spec script.

Get the whole story here.

Tomorrow around the Metroparks: chickadees, pups and snowflakes

For those wanting to take back control of winter after the recent reminder of what ol' Jack Frost can shovel out, here are three activities to choose from around the Metroparks for tomorrow.

All events are free and open to the public. Follow the links for more information.

Chickadee Feeding Hike, Rocky River Reservation, 10 a.m.

Wild black-capped chickadees can be remarkably friendly. Join a naturalist-led walk for an attempt to lure this gentle creature to your hand. We'll supply the black oil sunflower seed.

Mill Creek Dog Walk, Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, 10 a.m.

Take a brisk walk with your pup along scenic Mill Creek. Enjoy the flora and fauna as well as hearing a bit of the history of the area. Dogs must be leashed and waste picked up. Walkers without dogs welcome.

Sunday Drop-By: Snowflake Matching, Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation, 1 p.m.

Stop by the Watershed Stewardship Center to celebrate this snowy season with a fun game. Bring your friends to this friendly competition while learning about snowflakes. Are snowflakes truly unique?

Memorial for Senator John Glenn to open this morning at Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center has partnered with the NASA Glenn Research Center to establish a temporary memorial for Senator Glenn.

Members of the public wishing to leave expressions of sympathy may do so beginning Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The memorial exhibit will be in place through Sunday, December 18. (Please note the Science Center will be closed Sunday, Dec. 11 and Monday, Dec. 12.) The Glenn memorial will be placed in the Wintergarden atrium of the Science Center, which is a publicly accessible space that does not require admission.

The Science Center is located at 601 Erieside Ave. at North Coast Harbor.

Presentation this week: Icebreaker Wind - what does it take?

This Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn South Cleveland, 6001 Rockside Rd. in Independence, LEEDCo will host an open house featuring the components of the forthcoming Icebreaker Wind project, including information on the associated equipment, materials, services, and labor. The group will also give a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m. that will be repeated at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information and to register, please click here.

Local student's prom dress collection gets AP attention

Ashley Wilson had her eye on dresses for a birthday gift and not just one dress. Not even just one closet full of dresses. For her 18th birthday on Dec. 17, Ashley asked for dozens of dresses.

Before you conjure up Veruca Salt in full brat mode, before you think of Ashley as selfish or materialistic, know this: She'll never wear any of those dresses. She wants to give them away to girls who can't afford them.

"I thought what better way to celebrate your birthday than helping other people?" said Ashley, a senior at Villa Angela St. Joseph.

Get the rest of the story from the Associated Press here or here


A busy week for new biz loans and programs

While most Clevelanders were finally finishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers, these organizations were busy announcing loans and programs aimed at helping area small businesses, entrepreneurs and employees with good ideas.
-A unique collaborative of organizations and institutions has launched a small business lending program to help African American and minority businesses create and maintain jobs for residents and build community wealth. With a focus on bringing capital to underserved groups, the National Urban League’s Urban Empowerment Fund, Morgan Stanley, the National Development Council, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County have come together to offer the Capital Access Fund of Greater Cleveland (CAF).
CAF is a three-year program that provides minority business owners with access to capital offering 50 loans totaling $8 million as well as pre- and post-loan counseling to ensure the success of those small business borrowers. With a goal of creating or maintaining a minimum of 300 jobs within those three years, CAF already has completed 8 loans totaling $1.4 million helping to create or maintain 70 local jobs.
Read more here.
-Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland celebrated their fall 2016 graduation and five-year anniversary on November 30th by awarding two $15,000 loans, in partnership with the Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), to the following women entrepreneurs: Liza Rifkin of Liza Michelle Jewelry and Angelina Rodriguez Pata of Blackbird Fly Boutique. Both are located in Ohio City.

-The MetroHealth System hosted its second Think Tank Competition on November 30. Modeled after the ABC show Shark Tank, employees submitted their ideas for a chance to win money to fund projects for the betterment of MetroHealth. Two winners were awarded a cool $150,000 each.
Their projects include one aimed at the development of a strategic approach to reduce the risks of opioid dependence and addiction for patients and the community through integrated pathways, analytics, informatics, and education. The other will create a formal team/department to administer and coordinate all of event medicine needs.

Read more here.

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