Downtown Cleveland Alliance Update With Michael Deemer - 4-14-21

Michael Deemer from The Downtown Cleveland Alliance spoke to Bill about Once again, this year Mike and I are back to host the 22nd Annual Ruth Ratner Miller Awards.

This year marks the 22nd RRMA- This Friday, April 16th at 11:30am
  • Will be a virtual event- Purchase tickets at
  • This year’s presenting sponsor-Medical Mutual
  • The Miller Family- To honor the spirit of Ruth Ratner Miller
    • Trailblazer for Cleveland
    • Instrumental in Cleveland’s growth and history
  • Ceremony to honor all the Downtown Cleveland Developments in the past year
  • This year awards will be given to 13 developments that were completed in 2020 totaling $320 million
  • Despite a tough year, development continued- Best indicator of investment
  • This year is pretty special- Honoring Clean and Safe Ambassador with the Ruth Ratner Miller Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Ambassador were essential workers who remained active, working through the pandemic to make sure that our streets were clean and safe
    • Their work and overall grit through such a challenging year is something to be both thankful and proud of- so we honor them this year.
Special thanks to the ambassadors for all the great work they do. Certainly a part of what attracts more development, correct?
Yes, businesses are looking to move or expand in places like Downtown Cleveland because they are clean and safe.
There is even more development in the pipeline:
  • Liberty Textile Building:Plans have been approved to renovate the Historic Warehouse District building into market rate apartments and restaurant space. The project will complete W. 6th Street, and construction will begin by mid-April. 
  • 55 Public Square: K&D has begun work to restore 55 Public Square as one of downtown’s premier mixed-use buildings, including 156 new apartments and a restaurant with a rooftop deck, while maintaining and updating the occupied office space. 
  • Canal Basin Park: City Council has passed the necessary legislation to clear the way for improvements at the park, which will convert excess surface parking spaces into green space that will connect the Towpath Trail more smoothly to downtown. Construction will begin in August. This improvement to downtown’s urban fabric complements theWendy Park Bridge project currently under construction. 
Once again, tune in this Friday at 11:30am for the 22nd Ruth Ratner Miller Awards, and if you are thinking of relocating or expanding your business into Downtown Cleveland, visit