Cleveland Casinos impact on Midtown

Ed Morrison has recently published an articulate and simple look at the disastrous consequences of Casinos in Cleveland to Midtown.

View the presentation "Impact of Cleveland Casinos on Midtown," by Ed Morrison, Director, I-Open here.

You can read the Crains Cleveland opinion piece, "Time for a New Cleveland Business Leadership?" by Ed Morrison here.

The Cleveland Empowerment Zone Business Development Partners Group

Here is the list sent by our partner, A.C. Alrey:

The Cleveland Empowerment Zone Business Development Partners Group

City of Cleveland Departments/Divisions/Offices
1. Cleveland Empowerment Zone Office Staff (those with direct contact to businesses)
2. Workforce Development Division of Econ. Development Department
3. Mayor’s Office of Equal Opportunity
4. Department of Community Development
5. Planning Department

CDCs involved in the initial creation of the EZ
6. Consortium for Economic & Community Development (Hough)
7. Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
8. Glenville Development Corporation – Darren Harris
9. MidTown Cleveland, Inc.

CDCs located within the EZ and Buffer Areas
10. St. Clair – Superior Development Corporation
11. Burton, Bell, Carr Development Corporation
12. Northeastern Neighborhood Development Corporation
13. Maingate Business Development Corporation
14. The Quadrangle, Inc. -- Bill Beckenbach, Ex. Dir.
15. Garrett Square Economic Development Corporation (currently a defunct group, but may be revived in the future)

Financial, Technical Assistance & Business Services Organizations located within or focused on the EZ
17. Cuyahoga County Development Department
18. The Urban League/SBDC Multicultural Business Development Center -- Debra Meager
19. The Entrepreneurial Academy
20. The WECO Fund, Inc. -
21. Shorebank / Shorebank Enterprises – Courtney McClain
22. Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce – Melvin Hendrix
23. Christian Business League
24. The Northeast Ohio Immigrant & Minority Business Alliance (IMBA)
25. Alex CDC
26. The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)
27. Various labor force vendors that have contracts with the EZ Office

Area Financial Institutions located within or focused on the EZ
28. KeyBank
29. First Merit
30. SkyBank
31. National City
32. US Bank
33. Charter One
34. Huntington
35. Fifth Third
36. Chase (Bank One)
37. Merrill Lynch – Theron Cyrus

Various Ward Offices located within the EZ Boundaries
36. Wards 4
37. Wards 5
38. Wards 6
39. Wards 7
40. Wards 8
41. Wards 9
42. Wards 10
43. Wards 13

If you would like to contact A.C. please do at:

A. C. Alrey
Manager, Business & Community Affairs
Cleveland Empowerment Zone Office
Department of Economic Development
3634 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216/664-4170 x230
Fax: 216/420-8522
City Webpage: