Doug Guth
Douglas J. Guth

Stories by: Douglas J. Guth

Douglas J. Guth is a Cleveland Heights-based freelance writer and journalist. In addition to being senior contributing editor at FreshWater, his work has been published by Midwest Energy News, Kaleidoscope Magazine and Think, the alumni publication of Case Western Reserve University. A die-hard Cleveland sports fan, he also writes for the cynically named (yet humorously written) blog Cleveland Sports Torture. At FreshWater, he contributes regularly to the news and features departments, as well as works on regular sponsored series features.
The dawn of ChatGPT: Artificial intelligence could be a boon for the manufacturing supply chain
It seems like the world is watching how the new AI platform ChatGPT can help students write papers or cheat on exams, but what can this AI technology do for the future of the manufacturing industry? MAGNET CEO Ethan Karp talks about the possibilities.
Boomers are now contemplating retirement amid uncertain economic times
Many Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, are well past retirement age, yet have continued to stay in the workforce. Signs are now indicating "The Great Retirement" may be on its way.
Positive momentum: Local CDC puts Buckeye neighborhood plan into motion
In August, Cleveland's City Planning Commission approved a new master plan designed by Burten, Bell, Carr Development to lift the Buckeye neighborhood from the swamp of disinvestment, structural racism, and population loss it has dwelled within for years.
In the thick of it: New MAGNET HQ designed as a neighborhood manufacturing linchpin
With MAGNET's new 53,000-square-foot headquarters now up and running in the Hough neighborhood, officials hope to demystify local manufacturing and draw a new, diverse pool of talent into the industry.
Where are the workers? Employers must adapt to worker sentiment post-COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to rethink their priorities, their work environments, and career choices. As more workers head toward gig work and freelance work-from-home jobs, employers are looking for new ways to attract and retain workers in a dwindling workforce. 
Ingenuity Cleveland keeps creative fires burning with help from CDC friends
The St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation and Famicos Foundation tout the assets of this cultural melting pot of a neighborhood with community events like IngenuityFest, Ignite! Neighbor Nights, and the hands-on Bal Fundraiser.
The long-haulers: Long Covid clinics guide patients on the slow path to recovery
Long Covid causes a myriad of health problems that can last weeks, months, or even years—keeping two million to four million Americans out of work. Multi-disciplinary teams of medical experts at three of Cleveland's major hospital systems are working to alleviate the ailments of long-haulers with Long Covid clinics.
Custom orders: MAGNET tailors its services to bring Cleveland builders to market
When MAGNET hosts its annual Mspire pitch competition—Ohio's only pitch challenge exclusively for manufacturing-focused entrepreneurs—the organization adapts to its individual entrepreneurs to offer the services they need to scale up and get to market. 
High-tech living: Assistive technology apartments are a boon for Clevelanders with disabilities
The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and North Coast Community Homes have partnered to create four assistive technology apartments in Lakewood to helps people with disabilities determine if independent living—with some high-tech help—is the right choice for them.
Innovation Square set to bring jobs, housing, and a bright future to Fairfax
The Innovation Square project is set to bring a mixed-use, mixed-income district along the Opportunity Corridor on Cleveland’s southeast side. Along with the new Meijer grocery story, neighborhood residents, business owners, and officials see potential for Fairfax to become an emerging, thriving neighborhood.
A rising tide: SCORE works with Community Development Corporations to uplift local businesses
While small businesses in Cleveland are still recovering from COVID-19, nonprofit SCORE Cleveland is teaming up with area Community Development Corporations to offer the resources and tools that can help these businesses recover.
In the zone: Archaic zoning regulations can hamper construction of new infill housing
Outdated city zoning codes in many Cleveland communities make new construction virtually impossible on the inner ring suburbs’ smaller vacant lots. But some communities are working toward adapting their codes to accommodate modern-day infill housing to meet a variety of needs.
Cedar Lee Meadowbrook development project moves closer to reality
Plans to develop the Cedar Lee corridor in Cleveland Heights are moving ahead after an ordinance to approve a public park on a parcel of land marked for development failed at the polls early this month.
Making an impact: Group marks first investment in growing local businesses in low-income areas
The Arctaris Cuyahoga Impact Program—a partnership among county leaders, the Cleveland Foundation and Boston-based Arctaris Impact Investors—has raised $10 million to grow businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. Last week the group made its first investment.
Leadership job a happy homecoming for new St. Clair Superior director
Jeremy Taylor, who was named executive director of St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, wants to instill some of that community spirit he experienced during his formative years. 
Cuyahoga County’s environmental toolkit sets forth planet-changing sustainability practices
In February, Cuyahoga County released its second Sustainable Cuyahoga report and Tool Kit, a follow up to its 2016 report with best practices for a cleaner, healthier urban core. But the entire community must work together to bring this change, say local experts. 
Puzzle pieces: CDCs a critical part of a neighborhood network for small businesses
Cleveland's Community Development Corporations and a network of supporting organizations joining together on the march to economic progress in city neighborhoods. Learn how this cooperation evolves into great projects. 
Making room: STEM Goes Red opens the door for girls dreaming of high-tech fields
The Cleveland American Heart Association is encouraging more women to enter the high-tech workforce with its annual STEM Goes Red for Girls event.
Improvement plan: New CDC Neighborhood Platform outlines community needs to Bibb administration
A new Neighborhood Platform, launched by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, centers on working with Mayor Justin Bibb on improving housing stock, encouraging equitable neighborhood investments, and fostering renewed public confidence in municipal operations.
Pitch perfect: Chalk paint maker, medical device distributor among 2021 Mspire winners
Meet Hikia “Coco” Dixon, founder of Coco’s Chalky Paints, and NelDerm founder Kevin Nelson—two of the seven winners at MANGET's 2021 Mspire manufacturing pitch competition. They beat out 43 other applicants for a wealth of prizes and services to move their businesses forward.