Community Development Connection

A better place: Northwest Neighborhoods CDC creating a master plan for equitable, affordable living
Since last fall, Northwest Neighborhoods CDC has been talking to area residents and businesses. The information will help form a strategic master plan to make the near west side an equitable, affordable, and attractive place to live, work, and play. 
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.
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.
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.
Growing roots: Gateway 105 Farmers’ Market returns to Glenville, in a new home and location
After 10 years of operating out of tents on a lot on East 105th Street and Ashbury Avenue, The Famicos Foundation is now running The Gateway 105 Farmers' Market in a new enclosed building down the street in Glenville.
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. 
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. 
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.
Reviewing 2021: A baker’s dozen of the top FreshWater stories of last year
FreshWater takes a look back at 13 of our favorite stories from 2021. Happy New Year!
A look back, a glimpse ahead: CDCs navigated challenges in building up communities in 2021
A trio of local Community Development Corporation leaders are striving to accentuate the positive during the pandemic while casting ahead to a brighter future with the programs they've offered in their neighborhood this past year and the plans they are making for 2022.
Neighborhood renaissance: Partners break ground on next wave of renewal projects in Fairfax
Five community partners broke ground on a $52.8 million project in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood on Tuesday, Dec. 16—bringing a Meijer store, jobs, and apartments to the neighborhood and bolstering ongoing development efforts by Fairfax Renaissance Development.
Work group shines a bright light on the efforts of CDCs to meet regional economic development needs
An assembly of local Community Development Corporation directors—collectively named the Economic Development Working Group—is taking a joint approach in meeting the pressing regional needs of Cleveland neighborhoods to make the city a better place to live.
Deeply engaged: How CDCs are knocking down barriers to voting on Tuesday
With less than one week until election day, Community Development Corporations  are pulling out all the stops to get voters to the polls—from translating voting guides and hosting candidates forums, to voter registration and education drives and even free rides to the polls.
CDC powerhouse: Detroit Shoreway and Cudell CDCs merge, focus on housing, development, fun
For several years, the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Cudell Improvement, Inc. have worked together to promote the area. They have now merged into Northwest Neighborhoods CDC—and the new organization is making a whole lot happen in the community it serves. 
Commercial restoration: How investors and CDCs encourage reuse of historical structures
From former drug stores and medical supply businesses, to classic theaters of days gone by, Cleveland's Community Development Corporations make restoration and preservation of historic buildings a priority. 
Curb the violence: CDCs and residents come together to promote safe communities
The rise in violence that occurred in Cleveland in 2020 reflected a very difficult year, but that has not deterred residents and professionals from addressing it with care. 
An impactful return: Burten, Bell, Carr’s new real estate development manager has big plans
Russell Underwood's real estate expertise and personable nature make the Cleveland native a perfect choice to lead new development projects in the Buckeye, Central, and Kinsman neighborhoods as Burten, Bell, Carr's new real estate development manager. 
Euclid explores potential CDC: How an old idea could spark a new era
A steering committee in Euclid is exploring the potential formation of a new, independent community development corporation to empower residents to help develop their surroundings.
When the Towpath comes to town: Cleveland neighborhoods envision trail’s economic and social impact
As the Towpath Trail Extension Project nears completion, community development leaders envision how connectivity will make a social and economic impact on their neighborhoods and residents.
Food drives and stuffed trucks: CDCs provide holiday season support for Cleveland neighborhoods
Cleveland community development corporations have adapted to change all year due to the pandemic. Now, they are using those lessons to help neighbors in need for the holiday season.