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CH City Council votes to form CDC working group

At its July 31 meeting, Cleveland Heights City Council declared its intent to partner with FutureHeights as the city’s community development corporation (CDC) and authorized the city manager to form a working group to flesh out the details. The resolution passed 4-1, with Council Member Kahlil Seren casting the dissenting vote. Council Members Michael Ungar and Jason Stein were absent.

The legislation will take effect Sept. 4, when council returns from its summer recess. City Manager Tanisha Briley will create a nine-member working group that will have three city staff representatives, three FutureHeights representatives, and three members of the community at large. The group will discuss goals and priorities, governance, funding sources and other topics to help guide the CDC and determine the roles of the CDC and city staff.

FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development group that has served the city for 15 years, became a member of the Ohio CDC Association in April 2017—a formal recognition that its activities are those of a CDC. In August 2016, at the mayor’s request, FutureHeights submitted a business plan to the city, outlining a potential partnership in which it would be the city’s CDC.

Both the city’s master plan, adopted in March, and the council-appointed Economic Development Advisory Committee recommended that the city work with a CDC and mentioned FutureHeights as the logical choice.

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