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A whole new world: Manufacturing offers fruitful opportunities in ‘non-traditional’ jobs
When thinking about manufacturing jobs, often the first thing that comes to mind is dank dystopian machinery, soot-covered workers, and welding masks. But today's manufacturing field holds opportunities that can actually be quite glamorous.
Can the city of Cleveland make better use of its vacant land?
More than 3,700 acres of vacant land in the City of Cleveland can present environmental and health issues. Members of a panel discussion hosted by Global Shapers Cleveland hub share solutions for using the city's vacant land in ways that promote healthy neighborhoods.
How will we equitably shape the future of waste?
The Global Shapers Cleveland Hub recently convened a panel of waste, recycling, and compost experts to discuss ways Northeast Ohio can reduce its waste output and create equitable, profitable business models in re-use.
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry is using solar power to house the homeless
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry and PadSmart have just launched a pilot program to build energy efficient solar-powered homes to provide those experiencing homelessness with affordable a new affordable housing option.
Photo Essay: Pop culture takes center stage at 2023 FAN EXPO
Thousands of pop culture fans descended on the Huntington Convention Center last weekend for FAN EXPO. Managing photographer Bob Perkoski caught all of the fun on film.
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.
Photo essay: The unique architectural details of Playhouse Square's oldest theaters
Playhouse Square boasts some of the more beautiful theaters in the world, with the attention to architectural details that illustrate the talent and dedication of artists and craftspeople who lived a century ago. Managing photographer Bob Perkoski gives us a glimpse at some of these details in four of the theaters.
Safe haven: 5,000 Ukrainians have arrived in NEO over the past year
An estimated 5,000 Ukrainians have taken refuge in Greater Cleveland since February 2022, and Northeast Ohioans are sponsoring their stays and making them part of their families while they wait to return home.
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.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History awarded nearly $800,000 to preserve fossil collection
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that will help preserve its huge fossil collection as part of the museum's ongoing $150 million transformation project.
A thirst for water equity: Local experts express concerns about accessibility to affordable water
Cleveland Global Shapers, an international network of young people driving dialogue, action, and change, recently convened a panel of local thought leaders to discuss water health, equity, and access in our region. Read what the panelists had to say.
Sharing the love: Kids’ Book Bank founder shifts focus to supplying resources to those in need
Kids' Book Bank founder Judy Payne was hit with a notion in early 2021 that she should use her good fortune and resources to help Cleveland's changemakers make life better for others. By 2022, she had opened Goods Bank NEO—a place where nonprofits can "shop" for the resources their clients need most.
Frozen treats: Ice Fest's 40 ice sculptures lure visitors to North Coast Harbor
Clevelanders celebrated winter this past weekend at Downtown Cleveland Alliance's Ice Fest, with ice sculptors carving 40 ice sculptures at Voinovich Park.
Greater Cleveland Partnership launches initiative to bridge IT talent and equity gap
The Greater Cleveland Partnership is creating a sustainable, equitable ecosystem of technology jobs that bridges the IT talent and equity gap with its Talent Accelerator initiative. The first five apprentices signed letters of acceptance with their sponsors  on Tuesday.
Filling a need: Resource closets provide basic supplies and food to struggling Clevelanders
Too many Clevelanders, especially those living in the city's predominantly Black and underserved neighborhoods, struggle to make ends meet as a result of unemployment and underemployment. Many area organizations are working hard to meet the needs of people. Three Cleveland organizations are taking grassroots, creative approaches to supplying basic resources.
Newcomers: 27 groups are first-time recipients of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture project support grants
In November, CAC announced it will invest $1,350,592 in 193 project support grants that will enable a variety of specific programs and events to happen, and 27 of those beneficiaries are first-time CAC grant recipients. We showcase five of the organizations here.
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.
The day the music dies: Reflections on Record Revolution closing after 55 years on Coventry
Making its debut on Coventry Road in 1967, Record Revolution has been the hip mainstay on the street for 55 years. Customers, friends, and others involved with the store from the beginning share their thoughts on the iconic store closing its doors next week.
Shaping the future of the environmental impact of transportation: What’s the solution?
In its series about the environment, Global Shapers recently held a conversation with local thought leaders on the future of transportation and the environment.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture approves 2023 grants for six organizations
The Cuyahoga Arts & Culture board of trustees yesterday voted to approve six Northeast Ohio arts organizations for 2023 grants funding, including four arts and culture groups—Assembly for the Arts, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Karamu House, and SPACES.