On April 28, 2015, Cleveland’s community development industry will gather at the Victory Center
, 7012 Euclid Avenue, to recognize the accomplishments of its colleagues and organizations with seven awards during the first annual Vibrant City Awards luncheon.
Event host Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP
) will present the inaugural Morton L. Mandel Leadership in Community Development Award
along with six other awards recognizing an array of community development efforts.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for our organization to convene the community development industry alongside city stakeholders and recognize successful neighborhood revitalization efforts," says Joel Ratner, president and CEO of CNP. "The Vibrant City Awards lunch continues a tradition of celebrating our collective accomplishments and enlisting new city advocates and champions."
"This is a celebration of the city—a celebration of the neighborhoods—and all are welcome," adds CNP's director of neighborhood marketing Jeff Kipp. "Obviously, community development stakeholders will be there, but this is part of our efforts to build up the core base of ambassadors and advocates and champions of city living. So anyone who has any role in that, from a resident to a store owner to a corporate executive, we want them to feel welcome to attend."
Response to the event has been brisk.
"We are very pleased that over 400 people have registered so far," says Kipp, adding that the capacity of the venue is 500.
While the recipient of the Morton L. Mandel award, which recognizes an individual who has had a profound impact in the community development field, will be announced at the ceremony, here is a synopsis of the six other community development awards and the associated finalists.
The three finalists for the Neighborhood Branding and Marketing Award
include the Downtown Cleveland Alliance
for its “You and Downtown
” video, the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation
for the Take a Hike Tour
offering and Tremont West Development Corporation
for its Gay Games 9 Neighborhood Marketing campaign.
Finalists for the Community Collaboration Award
include Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation
and Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation
for their efforts on the One West Park Visioning Study; the Ohio City, Inc
., Tremont West Development Corporation and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization;
for their collaboration on the Near West Recreation
effort; the Campus District Inc.
for its Banner Up! project; and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization/Gordon Square Arts District for its innovative collaboration with Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre and an associated capital campaign.
The Burten Bell Carr Development
for the Market Café and Community Kitchen, the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation
for its Small Box Retail campaign, the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
for its Intergenerational Housing initiative and Slavic Village Development
for its Slavic Village Recovery
project are all finalists for the Community Development Corporation Catalytic Project/Program Award.
Those vying for the Corporate Partner Award
include Fairview Hospital
for its sustained commitment to the West Park neighborhood, Heinen’s Grocery Store
for its successful efforts to realize a full service grocery Downtown at The 9 and Third Federal Savings
for its continued partnership and investment in Slavic Village.
For his work in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, Mike DeCesare of Case Development
is a finalist for the Developer Award
, as are Keith Sutton and Dave Territo of Sutton Builders
for their efforts to revitalize Tremont, Mark Jablonski of CenterMark Development
for his work at Lakeview Road and Superior Avenue and Sustainable Communities Associates
partners Ben Ezinga, Josh Rosen and Naomi Sabel for completing the Fairmont Creamery development.
Finalists for the Urban Realtor Award
include co-owners Keith Brown and Dave Sharkey of Progressive Urban Real Estate
for their continued committed to Cleveland neighborhoods and Mark Lastition of the Howard Hanna Ohio City
branch for his willingness to partner with developers on new construction and community events.
The Vibrant City Awards Lunch is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased via this link. For questions and comments, contact Jeff Kipp at 216.453.1453, or via email.