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Local Matters

For the Love of Cleveland: Reinvestment and Opportunity

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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"How do you take the vibrancy that exists within neighborhoods and manifest it?" – Keisha Gonzalez

Anchor institutions like Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals purchase upwards of $3 billion in goods and services per year. Their growth as contributed to Cleveland’s emerging identity as a hotspot for jobs in healthcare and higher education - “eds and meds.” This, coupled with millennials’ renewed interest in city living, has positively impacted our “brain gain.”

Yet, despite the driving force that these institutions play in the economy, many neighborhoods surrounding them often lack access to the very resources that envelope them - whether that be education, healthcare, or even food.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Clark-Fulton was bisected by the construction of the I-90 and I-71 freeways which razed parts of the neighborhood, cutting the area off from surrounding resources, including the steel yards and nearby MetroHealth Medical Center. The poverty rate in Clark-Fulton is 46.6 percent, exceeding Cleveland’s overall poverty rate of 35.9 percent. And yet, the neighborhood is starting to see some sparks of investment

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