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Developing Cleveland’s Downtown


CLEVELAND: Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman, who announced his candidacy for the 10th Congressional District on December 4, will speak about development projects in downtown Cleveland and the work he has done to revitalize his ward at noon on Friday, December 14, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Born and raised in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood, Cimperman graduated from St. Ignatius High School and earned a degree in English from John Carroll University. While at John Carroll, he founded Project GOLD, an international award-winning service organization dedicated to helping underprivileged families.

After college, Cimperman worked with Cleveland’s I Have a Dream Foundation. As a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, he worked with developmentally challenged adults in Portland, Maine and at the Don Miller AIDS Hospice in Baltimore. After a stint with the Volunteer Corps, he returned to Cleveland to work at the West Side Catholic Center.

Cimperman is currently the chair of the City Planning Committee, vice chair of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Community and Economic Development and Legislation Committees. He also represents Cleveland on the Landmarks Commission, the City Planning Commission, and the Northeastern Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).


Tickets are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.



A Miracle on East 4th Street

A panel of people who helped make East 4th Street Cleveland’s newest hot spot will speak about their vision for a mixed-use district, how they worked with local government representatives to get the financial and structural support to make it happen, and why business owners from outside Cleveland have relocated there at noon on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland. They will also share ways in which Cleveland can use this “miracle” as a model for future development.


While some Clevelanders may remember a time in the past when East 4th Street was a dark, virtually abandoned alley, it is abundantly clear that those days are now over. East 4th Street is one of the most important mixed-use districts in this region, providing a unique and vibrant combination of several entertainment, dining, and residential living choices.

However, many people do not know the story of how this area was redeveloped to realize its full potential and how several different entities worked together to make it a success, growing this 450-foot district into 14 thriving businesses.


·         Deb Janik, senior vice president of real estate and business development for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, will discuss her continued involvement in supporting public-private partnerships like East 4th Street.

·         Mary Lessick, director of sales and marketing for The Corner Alley, will tell us why they decided to locate on East 4th Street and how the business is fairing one year after opening.

·         Ari Maron, partner in MRN Limited Partnership with his father and brother, will share his family’s bold business vision to redevelop urban properties.


The City Club New Leaders, organizers of this program, develop significant opportunities for civic involvement and freedom of speech among young professionals under the age of 40.


Tickets for this City Club Special Program are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of the event. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.



Education for the 21st Century

Dr. Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, will speak on the topic “Education for the 21st Century” at noon on Friday, December 21, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Shalala, a leading scholar on the political economy of state and local governments, has more than 25 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator. A Cleveland native, she received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University and served in the Carter administration as assistant secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Shalala was president of Hunter College of CUNY from 1980 to 1987, and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. In 1992, Business Week named her one of the top five managers in higher education.

In 1993, President Clinton appointed Shalala U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services where she served for eight years. At the end of her tenure, The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”

Shalala has more than three dozen honorary degrees and other honors, including the 1992 National Public Service Award and the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award, and in 2005, she was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


This Friday Forum is in partnership with Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc.


Tickets are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.








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