The Greater University Circle Initiative “Writing the Next Chapter in Anchor-Based Redevelopment Strategies”, launched in 2005, is a collaboration working with anchor institutions like Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. It is focused on transportation, housing education, and economic inclusion. My work over the past three years has focused on Programs for the People and the Neighborhood Agenda including:
1) Employer Assisted Housing;
2) Community Wealth and Economic Inclusion through the Evergreen Cooperatives;
3) Supply-Chain Business Attraction working with BioEnterprise;
4) Land Reutilization;
6) Community Engagement and Building Strategies.
In October 2009, we launched the Evergreen Cooperative Laundry, Ohio Cooperative Solar, and in the spring of 2011 Green City Growers will be under construction and will be the largest urban food production greenhouse in the country. Each of the cooperatives hires workers from the seven contiguous neighborhoods around the anchor institutions, who will eventually own these cooperatives. To date eleven of the forty-three workers are owners.
The Fellowship has opened up broad support for my work through the network of Loeb Fellows who guide, advise, and direct me to resources as I grow and learn. The everlasting friendships made are unique. And to Jim and Sally, you are and continue to be the wind beneath all of our wings and for that I thank you. You were always there when we needed you throughout the Fellowship and you continue to guide and support us afterwards. I am proud to be a part of this Loeb family.