Downtown Cleveland Alliance Update With CEO Michael Deemer - 9-22-21

Michael Deemer, President & CEO from The Downtown Cleveland Alliance spoke to Bill about Last week Downtown Cleveland Alliance hosted its annual State of Downtown at the City Club - Vision for Downtown Cleveland long term

We were excited to return to an in-person State of Downtown event hosted with our friends at City Club of Cleveland.

  • First, thanks to PNC for sponsoring this event
  • State of Downtown was a great opportunity for me to address the community for the first time in a forum like that since becoming President & CEO.
    • DCA Transition & New Leadership across the city
    • Challenges facing downtown
    • DCA’s priorities to accelerate our recovery
  • Ensuredowntownisclean, safe, and welcoming to all.
    • Restore downtown’s vibrancy.
    • Make downtown an exciting, belovedplace to be.
  • Get back on offense in attracting business and investment.
    • Accelerate collaborationto make change.
      • Workclosely with the new city administration. The election is historic.
        • Vision for Downtown Cleveland long term
        •  And how over the last 18 months, (DCA), has fought hard to bring vibrancy back to our urban core

        When you talk about the vision for DT, what does that vision look like?

        • We envision Downtown Cleveland as the inclusive 24/7 hub of a welcoming global city that weaves downtown districts and surrounding neighborhoods into a seamless and equitable urban fabric
        • We’re focused on creating a place where young people want to be, a high-density, walkable, and transit-oriented downtown 15-minute city center, where people can meet their needs within a short trip
        • Place of opportunity- Cross Country Mortgage is relocating their corporate headquarters to Downtown Cleveland, redeveloping historic buildings, and adding 600 jobs to the core. Rocket Mortgage has committed to adding over 600 jobs to its offices in the heart of downtown.

        Last week’s primary election revealed the two final candidates to be Cleveland’s Mayor and we look forward to working with the new administration to make Cleveland an easier and more attractive place to do business, develop neighborhoods and buildings, and live in a welcoming environment. 

        The last thing I will say, as always: Get vaccinated, support Downtown Cleveland businesses, so we can get closer to a sense of normalcy and forge ahead in DT’s recovery.

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