Downtown Cleveland Alliance Update With CEO Michael Deemer - 8-31-22

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Michael Deemer, President & CEO from The Downtown Cleveland Alliance spoke to Bill about What is Downtown Cleveland Alliance doing to attract workers and increase Downtown foot traffic


·  The Connection Is Stronger campaign continues to focus on creating irresistible experiences that remind people of what they love about working and being in Downtown Cleveland.

·  We’re doing it with a heavy emphasis on have been animating Downtown public spaces with live music, building it including:

·         Music on the Malls- Wednesdays on Mall C

·         Walnut Wednesday- Perk Park

·         Warehouse Wednesdays-overlook lunch, Superior Overlook Park

·         Pop-ups at US Bank Plaza, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Lunch and happy hour

·         Final Fridays at US Bank Plaza

· Continuing our placemaking efforts:

·         Opening of Lighthouse Park – Wednesday Aug. 24th at 3PM

·         Superior Hill Park improvements and programming

·         New murals and art installations throughout Downtown

· Development Advocacy

·         Advocated for a development-friendly and investment-ready Downtown through the City’s new residential tax abatement policy, an expanded State Historic Tax Credit program (SB 225), an improved property tax valuation and administration process (HB 126), and a Transformational Mixed-Use Tax Credit award for Millennia’s Centennial project to add over 800 units of workforce housing.

· Advocating for infrastructure improvements

·         We are working with NOACA and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress to advocate for expanded Amtrak service in Cleveland. We are currently seeking community input and support for the initiative through a survey, running through the month of August. Follow us on social media to see think link to the survey

·         5294 respondents so far

What Results are you seeing?

  • Contrary to the study, DCA’s data shows a 77% recovery in Downtown foot traffic in June.
  • Visits to Downtown offices in June were 60% of pre-pandemic levels, sitting above the national average of 50%



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