Downtown Cleveland Alliance



  • Downtown Cleveland Alliance names new 2013-2015 class of City Advocates

    March 20, 2013 – 11:17 am

    Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) is pleased to announce the 2013 class of DCA City Advocates.  Fifteen (15) new participants representing a broad range of professional expertise and personal interests will become the fifth class of City Advocates to make a 2-year commitment to DCA’s program.  Launched in 2009, the DCA City Advocates Program serves to provide civic education and fosters active engagement for rising leaders in the Downtown Cleveland community. Through this unique program, participants gain access to Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s staff and board and engage in open dialogue with many established leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  In addition, participants work collaboratively on self-selected projects that support Downtown’s quality of life and ability to attract residents, businesses and visitors.  They emerge from the program with a fuller understanding of community change processes and the various ways one can become active in civic life.

    The new class was selected by a committee of DCA staff members and program alumni. The committee reviewed nearly 70 written applications and interviewed a group of 30 finalists to ultimately invite the following individuals into the program:

    Layisha Bailey, Cleveland Housing Network

    Willie Banks, Cleveland State University, Student Affairs

    Robert Biggar, Key Bank

    Alyssa Henning, Great Lakes Science Center

    Amanda Hoover Lloyd, YMCA of Greater Cleveland

    Nathan Hudak, Cowden & Humphrey

    Katie Kohn, Teach for America

    Samantha Martin, Dwellworks

    Kayla Ott, Greater Cleveland Aquarium

    Jeff Pacini, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

    Jacqueline Pasek, Jones Day

    Jamie Pawlak, Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

    Adam Rosen, Kaman & Cusimano

    Amy Snell, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

    Rachael Sommer, City of Cleveland

    The above will join the following sixteen (16) current City Advocates who are returning for the second half of their 2-year commitment:

    Melissa Carney, Fahlgren Mortine

    Brittany Cutright, Hyland Software

    Chris Fornadel, Great Lakes Theater

    Michael Gersper, Gardiner Trane

    Donald Holbrook, Calfee, Halter & Griswold

    Nita Hoxha, Baldwin Wallace College

    Laura Klingler Doyle, Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

    Barbara Lum, Thompson Hine

    Timothy McCue, O’Neill Foundation

    Calvin Ng, Safely Home

    KC Petraitis, Ostendorf-Morris Company

    Joseph Platten, R.J. Platten Contracting

    Marc Pupillo, CVS/Pharmacy

    Lauren Wiant, Cumberland Development

    Ron Willner, Cleveland Convention Center

    Mark Wright, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Alliance is pleased to see its program graduates continuing to be civically engaged in a variety of ways, including volunteerism, membership in a variety of young professional groups, board service, and forming an active alumni network for the City Advocate Program.

    “The City Advocates program attracts the brightest, most passionate people in the community,” says Laura Kushnick, Director of Development and Community Relations at DCA.  “This illustrates the positive energy in Downtown Cleveland that is driving people to look for meaningful ways to experience the forward momentum firsthand and support the city while doing so.”

  • DCA Member Spotlight: Ohio Savings Bank, a division of New York Savings Bank

    March 19, 2013 – 1:50 pm

    With deep roots entwined in the community for more than 120 years, Ohio Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank (NYCB), has experienced a lot of change – just as Cleveland has. But at least one thing hasn’t changed a bit.

    “We’re proud to be good neighbors who are actively involved in our community through volunteer service, financial support and more,” says NYCB Chief Administrative Officer Cindy Flynn, echoing something the institution’s founders could well have said back in 1889.

    Ohio Savings Bank’s original branch, at W. 25th Street and Bridge Avenue in the heart of the Market District, has been serving that neighborhood’s banking needs and its social services needs from the very beginning.  Today, Ohio Savings Bank has 28 branches in northern Ohio and is a division of New York Community Bank.

    “NYCB and its more than 1,000 employees in Ohio are deeply committed to making Greater Cleveland an even better place to live and work,” Flynn adds. “We’re pleased to provide a wide range of financial products and services to meet the personal and business banking needs of this community. Just as importantly, we are pleased to support other needs of the community as well.”

    Ohio Savings Bank’s community outreach supports programs that directly benefit families and children, education, employment, chamber and business associations, arts and cultural organizations and more. Among the many organizations the bank supports is Providence House, Harvest for Hunger, United Way, Toys for Tots, Cleveland Food Bank, Shaker LaunchHouse, local Chambers of Commerce and the Cleveland PlayHouse.

    Last fall, Ohio Savings Bank donated $250,000 to Providence House’s “Protect the Promise” campaign to help complete the first phase of the largest campus expansion in the crisis nursery’s history. That support represented its second substantial grant to Providence House, the first having come in 1989 to enable the organization to purchase and renovate a large Victorian House on W. 32nd Street to serve more children.

    In addition, the bank partners with the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition and its lead organization, Enterprise Community Partners, to provide tax preparation and financial literacy training for individuals and families in the community. At a recent Super Saturday Tax Preparation event, more than 30 Ohio Savings Bank employees donated their time to help families prepare their taxes and understand the Earned Income Tax Credit.

    And a new, two-year partnership between the Bank and Ohio City Incorporated is helping to provide year-round recreational and cultural programming to attract and retain residents in the urban core. The institution’s support for the Near West Recreation League and other neighborhood programs seeks to build on the population growth over the past decade among 25-to-34-year-olds in Cleveland’s Downtown and near west side neighborhoods.

    “These are just a few of the many ways we at Ohio Savings Bank and NYCB are actively supporting our community, all year long,” Flynn adds.

  • Startup Weekend happening at 5th Street Arcades

    February 20, 2013 – 10:00 am

    The 5th Street Arcades will host a weekend summit for innovative Cleveland entrepreneurs from Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. The summit, called Startup Weekend, is a nationwide program which brings together entrepreneurs from both the technical and business side to pitch ideas and form groups to get their business plans off the ground.

    The grassroots program has hosted more than 400 events in 100 countries around the world. In the span of 54 hours, teams create thorough business plans, which include design, marketing and coding aspects.

    Startup Weekend begins on Friday evening with business pitches in an open mic format. Attendees then vote for the top ideas and form teams based on interest and skills. Teams will be made up of participants with varying technical and business backgrounds.

    On Saturday and Sunday, teams will work to refine their business plans with help from professional coaches. Final presentations are given Sunday evening and are following by judging by local entrepreneurs and awards, which wraps up the weekend. About 80 percent of participants continue work on their startup beyond Startup Weekend.

    The 5th Street Arcades, host of the event, also is the storefront site for winners of the DCA’s small business grant program. The retail space is home to 30 downtown retailers, 10 of which opened in the last six months.

    Registration is open and spots are still available. For more information, visit

  • Did you know?

    February 11, 2013 – 8:50 am

    - Cleveland is one of the Top 10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest! 

    - Cleveland was #1 in the US in attracting venture capital to tech companies, bringing in over $200M for 105 different companies! 

    - Four new restaurants have already opened in 2013 in Downtown, including Chipotle and J. Gumbo’s! YUM! 

    - Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week features over 40 restaurants and runs from Feb 22 – March 3. 

    - The Lofts at Rosetta Center is now accepting leases, adding 97 housing units to meet the pent up demand for Downtown apartments. 

    - New businesses continue to move into Downtown Cleveland: Title Source, a Rock Ventures company, is one of the newest!

    - Downtown Retail Revival: Charter One’s Growing Communities Initiative partners with DCA to attract retailers to the 5th Street Arcades. 

    - Downtown neighborhoods are leading the region in attracting a young, talented and diverse group of professionals to the CLE area.

  • DCA Member Spotlight: The Langston

    January 15, 2013 – 10:12 am

    It’s only been a few months since The Langston opened its doors for business, but the live-work-play community—the single largest residential development in Cleveland in more than three decades – has already seen lots of activity. And it’s proving to be popular for young professionals in the Cleveland area.

    “We have a really nice mix of renters,” said Adam Martin, site manager for The Langston. “And we’re filling up fast.”

    Renters, who work in a variety of settings, including the Cleveland Clinic, GE and downtown’s casinos, are feeling The Langston’s convenient lifestyle perks. Plus, The Langston’s central location is ideal, with connection to Cleveland’s HealthLine, easy access to the I-90 freeway and Cleveland nightlife just five minutes away

    “Living in the downtown Cleveland area is great, and The Langston’s convenient location makes for a very short morning commute for me,” said resident David Klink. “Equally as important, the leasing staff has always been helpful and maintenance requests are handled promptly. I think both professionals and students alike will find The Langston to be a great addition to the downtown apartment complexes.”

    Located at the corner of East 23rd Street and Chester Avenue, The Langston features nine buildings, 300 market-rate apartments, residential amenities and 9,000 square feet of retail space and brings new energy and vitality to the Campus District neighborhood.  Started through a collaborative relationship with Cleveland State University, the modern, stylish community was brought to life by co-developers Buckingham Companies and Polaris Real Estate Equities. The concerted effort has helped create an interesting project that will serve as a catalyst for further investment in the neighborhood’s vibrancy and redevelopment – and something everyone in Cleveland can be proud of.

    The Langston offers a variety of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units, and residents enjoy full kitchens, washers and dryers in every unit, separate bathrooms for every bedroom, an internet café, study areas, onsite parking and a health club quality fitness center.

    Buckingham Companies, property manager for The Langston, manages nearly $1 billion of real estate assets for its own account, clients and institutional partners. The company has managed more than 90 properties consisting of nearly 20 million square-feet of property and approximately 15,000 rental units nationwide.

    All amenities, retail and residential apartments will be finished at the Langston and be open by August 1, 2013. Those interested in leasing an apartment or retail space at the development are encouraged to visit The Langston’s leasing office  at 2044 Euclid Ave to secure a spot.

  • NineTwelve District building awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit

    December 20, 2012 – 12:04 pm

    The Ohio Department of Development has announced that the East Ohio Building, on the corner of East 9th Street and Superior Avenue, is the recipient of the Round 9 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit.   Previous downtown Cleveland award recipients include the Calfee, Halter & Griswold building, a 115,000-square-foot, seven-story structure on the corner of East Sixth Street and Rockwell Avenue.

    “There has been tremendous momentum building in the NineTwelve District over the past 18 months,” said Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.  “We’re pleased that the State is supporting one of the fastest growing employment centers in downtown Cleveland.”

    Within the past 18 months, nearly 2,000 jobs have been pledged or moved into the NineTwelve District.  This includes long-term commitments from current tenants along with the attraction of local and global companies.  The district encompasses the area between East 9th Street and East 12th Street stretching from Lakeside Avenue to Euclid Avenue.

    In 2010, DCA led a community effort to rebrand and market the district.  Over the past two years, the not-for-profit organization has leveraged the renovation of Perk Plaza to host successful events like Walnut Wednesdays, a weekly gathering of Cleveland’s finest food trucks during the summer months, and Pop Up Party at the Plaza, a happy hour gathering, to bring vibrancy to the neighborhood.  In addition, DCA worked with the City of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to create the new NineTwelve trolley, which connects office workers to employers in the district.

    The K&D Group of Willoughby signed a contact to buy the East Ohio Building earlier this year.  The plan is to convert the 21-story building, using historic preservation tax credits and other financing vehicles, into apartments to meet the high demand for residential options in downtown Cleveland.  Huntington National Bank is involved with the financing of the project.  Downtown Cleveland is currently 97 percent occupied with 11,500 residents.

    “Millennials want to live, work and play in urban settings,” continued Marinucci.  “We’re excited to see more housing options available in a mixed-use neighborhood where businesses are locating.”

  • Welcome to your new Downtown address!

    December 19, 2012 – 3:11 pm


    -Willis North America, a unit of insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, has announced the relocation of its Cleveland office to 1001 Lakeside Avenue. They have signed a six-year lease to occupy 10,500 square feet in the building. Read more here.

    -The Westlake Reed Leskosky architecture firm has announced plans to move to the Hanna Building. The firm will occupy the third floor of the Hanna, which is owned by the real estate affiliate of the PlayhouseSquare Foundation. Read more about their move here.

    - Grant Thorton LLP has moved its offices to One Cleveland Center. The accounting and consulting firm is leasing 19,200 square feed in the building known as the Silver Chisel. Read all about it here.

    - Construction for the Westin is underway. The new hotel is scheduled to open at 777 St. Clair in the first quarter of 2014.

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