News

2014

Cuyahoga Council Approves Demolition Funds
10/28/14
- Cuyahoga County is making a multi-million-dollar commitment to tearing down vacant and abandoned houses. full story...

Housing Demolition Project - WEWS Cleveland (ABC)
10/29/14
- Cities in Cuyahoga County need to apply to receive this demolition money and then it will go from there, demolition of homes is expected to start by the end of the year. watch the video...

Cuyahoga County Council expected to approve $50 million for demolitions
10/28/14
- Cuyahoga County Council tonight is expected to approve a long-discussed plan to borrow $50 million to pay for vacant property demolitions. full story...

Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation achieve LEED Gold status
10/28/14
- The recently completed Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation have received a Gold Certificate for environmentally sensitive design under the nationally recognized LEED system. full story...

Kaleidoscope - Cuyahoga County Council foreclosure Mediation Program
10/05/14
- WEWS(ABC) Video - the cuyahoga county foreclosure mediation program assists homeowners to work with their lenders in order to keep their homes. watch the video...

Stratos Wealth Partners spent $3.2 million to move from Solon to Beachwood
10/02/14
- Stratos Wealth Partners paid $3.2 million –- partly with a $1.2 million loan from Cuyahoga County's Western Reserve Fund –- to buy and renovate its new Beachwood headquarters. full story...

Stratos Wealth Partners purchase of Park East Building nearing completion with county loan
10/01/14
- Stratos Wealth Partners is closing the loop on its purchase of the Park East Building in Beachwood with the announcement today that Cuyahoga County will provide a $1.2 million loan to the firm, which provides services to financial advisers. full story...

Cuyahoga County chosen in DOJ domestic violence program
09/26/14
- The U.S. Department of Justice selected Cuyahoga County to take part in a domestic violence prevention initiative. Cuyahoga County's Witness & Victim Service Center is expected to receive a $650,000 grant from the DOJ. full story...

Architect for pedestrian walkway to lakeshore chosen: 3 things you need to know about Tuesday's Cuyahoga County Council meeting
09/26/14
- Cuyahoga County Council met on Tuesday night to tackle a busy agenda. full story...

Success for Cleveland's new lakefront pedestrian bridge requires high-speed design excellence
09/09/14
- It was big news for city planning and urban design in Cleveland last week that Cuyahoga County launched the search for a team to design the long-desired pedestrian bridge that would link the downtown Mall to North Coast Harbor. full story...

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Group Plan Commission launch search for firm to design walkway from downtown to lakefront
07/18/14
- Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Group Plan Commission have formally launched the process of creating a long-desired pedestrian walkway to North Coast Harbor by seeking a world-class team of architects and engineers to design the project.  full story...

Ohio to hand out $68 million in casino taxes this month
07/10/14
- Ohio counties, cities, schools and other entities will split more than $68 million in casino taxes collected from April through June. full story...

First renters move into former East Ohio Building, now the Residences at 1717 (gallery)
07/01/14 - Tenants returned to the East Ohio Building on Tuesday, nearly five years after the last office user turned off the lights. full story...

Cuyahoga County Council must pass $50 million bond to fight blight:
07/01/14
- Cuyahoga County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald put it on the table in his State of the County speech last February: Fifty million dollars in new county bonds to demolish blight and "protect and restore our neighborhoods." He forwarded a proposed ordinance to Cuyahoga County Council in April. full story...

Shaker to bolster economic development loans by $750,000 with help from county, SBA
06/10/14 -
Another $750,000 could be set aside for economic development loans, much of it targeting the Warrensville-Van Aken business district currently under construction.  full story...

Cuyahoga County Council to discuss Ed FitzGerald's $50 million vacant property demolition plan at 3 p.m. Tuesday
06/10/14 -
Cuyahoga County Council on Tuesday will discuss for the first time a $50 million vacant-building demolition plan from County Executive Ed FitzGerald, and we'll be covering it live. full story...

Kindergartners in Ohio School District Get $100 College Savings Accounts
06/05/14 -
In addition to learning their ABCs and 123s, kindergartners in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, will also be learning the basics of saving money. At least, that’s one of the aims of the Cuyahoga County College Savings Account Program, a taxpayer-funded universal college savings account initiative that launched last week, reports Cleveland.com. full story...

FitzGerald Announces Cuyahoga County College Savings Account Program
05/27/14 -
The Cuyahoga County College Savings Account program is being created with more than 10,000 savings accounts, each with a $100 deposit. full story...

Cuyahoga County kindergartners get $100 savings accounts
05/27/14 -
Cuyahoga County has put $100 into bank accounts for 10,000 public school kindergartners to encourage them and their parents to save for college. County Executive Ed FitzGerald says it is the largest such program in the country. full story...

Cuyahoga County Announces Program to Open College Savings Accounts for All New Kindergarteners
05/27/14 -
Cuyahoga County announced on Tuesday a unique program for residents of the county that will open up a new $100 savings account for all new kindergarteners beginning this fall. The program will start with the 2013-14 school year. The county will open an account for each student and will deposit $100 in to it. The goal is that parents will continue adding to it themselves. full story...

Cuyahoga County kids receiving college saving accounts
05/27/14 -
(Cleveland) - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald held a press conference at Campus International at CSU today to roll out the new College Savings Account program. full story...

Cuyahoga County seeds college accounts for 10,000 students
05/27/14 -
The county that includes Cleveland has put $100 into bank accounts for 10,000 public school kindergartners to encourage them and their parents to save for college. full story...

Kindergarten college savings plans open
05/27/14 -
A handful of kindergarteners at Cleveland's Campus International School joined Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald for a charming give and take session to help announce the opening of college savings accounts for more than 10,000 current kindergarteners. full story...

Cuyahoga County launches college savings accounts for kindergarteners
05/27/14 -
Thousands of Cuyahoga County kindergarten students now have $100 in a special savings account for college. full story...

Cuyahoga County Launches College Savings Program
05/27/14 -
We all know college can get expensive, and now, Cuyahoga County is hoping to help with that. They’re opening college savings accounts for the kindergarten class of 2013-2014. full story...

Ed FitzGerald's $100 college savings account program launches this week for Cuyahoga County kindergartners
05/27/14 -
(video) Thousands of parents of Cuyahoga County kindergartners enrolled in public schools soon will receive notices informing them a $100 savings account for educational expenses has been opened in their child's name. full story...

Cuyahoga County first to announce college savings accounts for all
05/23/14 -
Cuyahoga County is the only county in the country that has established a college savings account for every new kindergarten student and will announce this at a news conference Tuesday. full story ...

Cuyahoga County Plans $231 Million Sale for Convention Hotel
05/21/14 -
Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s most populous, plans to offer about $231 million in certificates of participation today to fund a new convention center hotel in Cleveland. full story...

Ohio County Selling $230M Certificates for Cleveland Hilton Hotel
05/20/14 -
Cuyahoga County, Ohio is bringing $230 million of low double-A rated certificates of participation to market Thursday for a 32-floor Hilton hotel located adjacent to the convention center in downtown Cleveland. full story...

Cleveland Metroparks board OK's taking over Whiskey Island
05/08/14 -
Cleveland Metroparks formally agreed this (Thursday) morning to take over Whiskey Island from Cuyahoga County. full story...

Cleveland Metroparks board approves receipt of Whiskey Island
05/09/14 -
The Cleveland Metroparks' board of commissioners gave their approval this morning to the receipt of Whiskey Island and three other parcels totaling roughly 70 acres.  full story...

Cleveland Metroparks board votes on accepting Whiskey Island (live coverage)
05/08/14 -
The Cleveland Metroparks' board of commissioners this morning is expected to consider accepting Whiskey Island and other parcels of land from Cuyahoga County. full story...

Bond-financing deal coming together for 600-room Hilton convention hotel in downtown Cleveland
05/07/14 -
A bond-financing deal for the planned Hilton convention center hotel is scheduled to close this month, generating cash to support construction of one of downtown Cleveland's largest projects. full story...

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority will assist financing of convention center hotel
05/07/14 -
The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority on Tuesday, May 6, took a key step to advance construction of the 600-room Cuyahoga County Convention Center Hotel.  full story...

Improvements Coming for Whiskey Island, Heritage Park
05/05/14 -
It’s a deal that’s been in the works for about 10 years now, and soon it will finally become official.  full story...

Cleveland Metroparks adds a lakefront jewel: Whiskey Island (slideshow)
05/05/14 -
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman announced today that the park system will assume ownership and management of Whiskey Island.  full story...

Metroparks to Take Over Whiskey Island from Cuyahoga County
05/05/14 -
The Metroparks are taking over more green space along Cleveland’s Lakefront – this time, Whiskey Island, a piece of land at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.   full story...

Whiskey Island, other prime shoreline property will become part of Cleveland Metroparks
05/05/14 -
After more than a decade as a stepchild, Whiskey Island is becoming part of the Cleveland Metroparks, the regional park system.At a Monday, May 5, news conference at Wendy Park, which is part of the 60 acres along Lake Erie on the western side of the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, Cuyahoga County.   full story...

A deal in the works to transfer prime real estate to the Metroparks
05/05/14 -
A deal is tentatively done to transfer Whiskey Island and other park land owned by Cuyahoga County to the Cleveland Metroparks system.  full story...

Deal with county for Whiskey Island adds another jewel to Metroparks lakefront
05/05/14 -
The Cleveland Metroparks adds another park to its growing stable of lakefront properties. Whiskey Island and Wendy Park, as well as some other downtown parcels, were sold to the Metroparks by Cuyahoga County for $1. In exchange, Cleveland Metroparks will commit $6.25 million to be further invested in capital improvements. full story...

County, Cleveland Metroparks to announce lakefront accord: Press conference today at 1:30 p.m.
05/05/14 -
The county has called a 1:30 p.m. press conference today at Wendy Park where Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman will discuss a partnership involving the lakefront. full story...

'Dazzle the District' unveils Playhouse Square renovations
05/03/14 -
The "Dazzle the District" event unveiled renovations in the neighborhood around Playhouse Square including an outdoor chandelier.   full story...

Developers Break Ground on $272M, 600 Room Hiltion Cleveland/Downtown Convention Center Hotel
05/02/14 -
Cleveland is getting ready to say hello to a new skyscraper. On April 28, ground was broken on the new Hilton Cleveland/Downtown Convention Center Hotel, a massive structure standing 32 stories tall. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson joined Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president of operations for Hilton Worldwide, for the groundbreaking ceremony. full story...

Cuyahoga County loans $1.5 million to expanding Strongsville company
05/01/14 -
Cuyahoga County will loan a Strongsville company $1.5 million so it can move into a larger building.   full story...

Cuyahoga County commits $500,000 for scholarships: Higher Education Roundup 
04/29/14  -
Cuyahoga County Council has committed $500,000 for a scholarship program for high school seniors who plan to attend a college in the county.  full story...

Groundbreaking for Cleveland's new Hilton 
04/28/14 -
Leaders from Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, Turner Construction, and Hilton Worldwide were on hand as ground was broken for the latest downtown hotel.   full story...

Cleveland builds to win national convention -- and other events
04/28/14 -
With Cleveland now in the running for both national political conventions, Monday’s groundbreaking for a 600-room hotel in the midst of downtown took on special significance. full story...

City Leaders Break Ground on Convention Center Hotel
04/28/14 -
With hard hats and shovels in hand, Cleveland city leaders and construction partners ceremoniously broke ground at the site of the new Cleveland Convention Center hotel. full story...

Shovels At the Ready, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Leaders Ceremonially Announce New Downtown Hotel
04/28/14 -
Cleveland-area officials and business partners held a formal groundbreaking ceremony today in the downtown area, for a 28-story hotel. The building will connect to the new convention center and the Global Center for Health Innovation. ideastream’s Brian Bull attended the event and has this report. full story...

Cuyahoga County Convention Center Hotel, already well underway, has official groundbreaking
04/28/14 -
A rendering of the 600-room hotel. Photo credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Much dirt already had been tossed before the ceremonial groundbreaking Monday, April 28, for the Cuyahoga County Convention Center Hotel.Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president of Hilton Worldwide which will operate the hotel.   full story...

Cleveland | Is new hotel a good investment for taxpayers?
04/28/14 -
Amid a lot of talk about Cleveland's revival, chasing conventions and creating jobs, ground was broken for what will become the city's biggest hotel.   full story...

Hilton breaks ground for Convention Center hotel
04/28/14 -
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Ted Ratcliff, senior vice president of operations, Eastern North America, at Hilton Worldwide, made it official with a groundbreaking Monday for the start of construction on the largest hotel project in downtown Cleveland.   full story...

Removing blighted eyesores
04/22/14 -
Cuyahoga County Council is being asked to a approve $50 million dollars in funding to demolish vacant, blighted homes.   full story...

Cuyahoga County Will Establish a Property Demolition Fund to Follow Through on Ed FitzGerald's Promise
04/22/14 -
"Vacant and abandoned properties pose a threat to citizens’ safety, contribute to an environment that fosters crime, slow community development, depress neighboring property values, and accelerate residential flight." full story...

Cuyahoga County Council approves plans for convention center hotel
04/23/14 -
Cuyahoga County has officially committed to building a $272 million convention center hotel in downtown Cleveland, following a county council vote Tuesday night.  full story...

Cuyahoga County OKs $272 Million for Downtown Cleveland Hotel Project
04/23/14 -
The 600-room hotel will go up next to the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation. Inside visitors will find ballrooms, meeting spaces and a bar on the top floor. full story...

$272 million Convention Center hotel project moves forward with vote of Cuyahoga County Council
04/23/14 -
As crews worked installing the 200-foot long caissons at the site of the new Cleveland Convention Center hotel there was work of equal importance taking place just a few feet away. full story...

FitzGerald announces Cuyahoga home demolition plan
04/23/14 -
Cuyahoga County’s top official is launching a plan to demolish thousands of abandoned homes.  full story...

FitzGerald gains support for vacant property fund
04/22/14 -
uyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Thriving Communities Institute Director Jim Rokakis, and Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council Chair Frank Ford joined Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty and other area advocates in announcing their support for new Cuyahoga County legislation that will establish a fund to support the demolition of abandoned and blighted homes.  full story...

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald Asks Council for $50 Million Demolition Fund
04/22/14 -
FitzGerald says the county would raise the money by selling bonds and would then offer the funds up for cities and towns to decide which empty, dilapidated structures to raze. full story...

Ed FitzGerald introduces plan to create vacant property demolition fund
04/22/14 -
While the proposal remains light on specifics, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has taken the first official step toward borrowing $50 million to demolish thousands of abandoned houses throughout the county.  full story...

Flats East Bank developers wrap up phase two financing, with apartment building under way
04/21/14 -
The developers of the Flats East Bank project tied up a financing package last week for their second phase, clearing a path for the 23-acre waterfront district's first apartments to open by June 2015.   full story...

Making the case: Why revamping Public Square in downtown Cleveland would be a wise investment
04/20/14 -
It would be wrong to say that realizing the newly released plan for a sweeping makeover of Public Square in downtown Cleveland is the most important issue facing the city. full story...

Work on Cuyahoga County Convention Center Hotel kicking into high gear (with photo gallery)
03/27/14 -
Construction of the Cuyahoga County Convention Center Hotel is starting to go underground — and that is far below the pit that already sits where the former county administration building stood at 1200 Ontario Street. full story...

Beachwood companies receive $2 million Cuyahoga County loan, ask for city income tax breaks
03/25/14 -
Cuyahoga County has approved a $2 million loan to help two investment firms open new offices in Beachwood.   full story...

MetroHealth's "Enrollment on Wheels" RV helps Northeast Ohioans sign up for health insurance
03/19/14 -
Over the next several weeks, MetroHealth Medical Center will be taking its insurance sign-up outreach on the road -- in a 38-foot long RV. full story...

Ed FitzGerald announces $50 million building demolition plan
02/20/14 -
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced he is seeking the ability to borrow up to $50 million to demolish abandoned properties at his fourth and final “State of the County” address Wednesday. full story...

Strongsville may provide emergency-dispatch services to North Royalton
01/20/14 -
Legislation that would allow Strongsville to share its emergency-dispatch system with North Royalton will appear on both communities’ city council agendas Tuesday night.  full story...

Pay for Success Programs Will be Front and Center in 2014
01/14/14 -
Pay for success: These are the three words that you’ll hear much more often in the human services world this year as governments look for new and creative ways to fund successful programs. full story...

2013

Highland Heights will partake in County health plan beginning February 1, with savings totaling over $38,000
11/23/13
- Cuyahoga County is working to round up support and participation for its regionalized health plan, which is administered by Employee Benefits International. full story...

Four more local governments sign up for Cuyahoga County's shared healthcare plan
12/23/13 -
Taxpayers will save $1.2 million after four local governments recently signed up to provide employees with health coverage through a Cuyahoga County program, according to County Executive Ed FitzGerald. full story...

Why Universal Pre-K Would Be Good for Poor and Well-Off Families Alike
12/20/13
- There's growing evidence that the earlier we invest in children, the larger the returns we get. This holds true for both individual families and society at large. Children who attend quality early education programs later perform better in school and earn more as adults. full story...

Communities surrounding University Circle look at merging economic development districts
12/24/13
- South Euclid, Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights and East Cleveland are making steps toward merging economic development districts by securing a $100,000 grant for a feasibility study. full story...


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