CASH MOB at Cavotta’s Garden Center SATURDAY JUNE 8, 2013

Support a local business impacted by road closure

Cavotta’s Garden Center, located at 19603 Nottingham Road, is a local family business that sells plants, garden supplies, fresh produce and unique gifts. Recently, a road closure impacted the flow of traffic to the business. The road is scheduled to open this weekend and Cavotta’s will be hosting an all-day Cash Mob on Saturday June 8th to make up for business lost during construction. The timing is perfect- get all of your garden plants and flowers and browse their selection of fun items for your home. A little goes a long way when it comes to supporting your local, family owned businesses! Cavotta’s Garden Center will be open from 9-5 on Saturday. Show your support and get your garden ready for summer!


What: Cash Mob at Cavotta’s Garden Center- Support a local business impacted by road closure

Cavotta’s carries vegetable plants and herbs, local honey, brown eggs, fresh produce, vintage items and other interesting items and gifts. For the kids- goats, chickens and baby bunnies!


Where: 19603 Nottingham Road, Cleveland, OH 44110

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013 9am-5pm


Phone: 216.692.0300


Seven Cleveland Projects Receive State Historic Tax Credit Funding


The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $35.9 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 23 owners planning to rehabilitate 45 historic buildings in nine communities across the state. The awards are expected to leverage more that $252 million in private investments and create more than 2,500 construction and permanent jobs. The City of Cleveland itself benefited from seven projects being funded by State Historic Tax Credits, for a total investment of $14,752,441.

About the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program:                                              

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program provides a 25 percent tax credit for the rehabilitation expenses to owners and lessees of historically significant buildings. A building is eligible if it is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places; contributes to a National Register Historic District, National Park Service Certified Historic District, or Certified Local Government Historic District; or is listed as a local landmark by a Certified Local Government. The program is competitive and received applications bi-annually in March and September.

“The Historic Preservation Tax Credit puts empty buildings back into the economic cycle, creating jobs through construction activities and reoccupation of the buildings,” said Christiane Schmenk, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This program has saved some of the state’s most significant historic structures.” According to a Cleveland State University study released in May 2011, $1 million in tax credits generates $8 million in construction spending, $40 million in total economic activity and nearly 400 jobs from construction and operations.

City of Cleveland Projects Awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits:

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East Ohio Building (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $65,229,000

Total Tax Credit: $5 million

Address: 1717 East 9th Street, 44240

The first building in Cleveland to employ a curtain wall system, the mid-century modern East Ohio Building was constructed in 1959. The East Ohio Building and Illuminating Building (55 Public Square) were the first skyscrapers constructed in the city of Cleveland following Terminal Tower’s completion in 1930 and the buildings set a precedent for future high-rise development. Originally an office building, the K&D Group will transform the tower into 135 one-bedroom and 88 two-bedroom apartment units in response to strong downtown rental demand. Construction is anticipated to create 200 jobs.

Globe Machine and Stamping Company

Globe Machine and Stamping Company

Globe Machine and Stamping Company (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $11,989,533

Total Tax Credit: $2,793,800

Address: 1250 West 76th Street, 44102

Constructed as an addition, the 1918 Globe Machine and Stamping Company Building is located directly across from the Battery Park redevelopment in the city of Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood. The vacant four-story building with views of Lake Erie will be transformed into 42 market-rate apartments and 5,700 square feet of commercial space at street level. More than 40 construction jobs are anticipated as a result of rehabilitation activities. An estimated 56 permanent jobs will be created at the site as a result of the redevelopment project.

Ohio City Post Office

Ohio City Post Office

Ohio City Post Office (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $3,439,503

Total Tax Credit: $522,376

Address: 2515 Jay Avenue, 44113

Also referred to as the Jay Hotel, the Ohio City Post Office was completed in 1924. The mixed-use property contained a billiards hall and bowling alley in the basement, a post office on the main level, and a hotel on the upper two floors. Currently abandoned, the rehabilitated building will house eight luxury apartments and 20,000 square feet of commercial space for retail and office tenants. The investment is anticipated to create 115 jobs through construction and occupancy of the building.

Painters Lofts

Painters Lofts

Painters Lofts (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $536,587

Total Tax Credit: $105,213

Address: 8205 Franklin Boulevard, 44102

Painters Lofts is located in the former Acorn Refinery Company Building in the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood of Cleveland. A renovation project to convert the industrial building to 20 residential condominiums began in 2003 and eight condo units remain uncompleted. The project will include significant work to the building envelope in order to complete the remaining units.

Templin-Bradley Company Building

Templin-Bradley Company Building

Templin-Bradley Company Building (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $7,790,554

Total Tax Credit: $1,825,262

Address: 5700 Detroit Avenue, 44102

Although a gritty industrial building at first glance, the Templin-Bradley Company Building once housed one of the country’s largest bulb and seed distributors. Now overgrown, the front lawn featured a lavish garden to showcase the products of the Templin-Bradley Seed Company. Currently vacant, redevelopment plans call for the boarded windows to be reopened and 30 new residential apartments to be created. The project will create at least 50 construction jobs.

West 25th Street Lofts

West 25th Street Lofts

West 25th Street Lofts (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $21.5 million

Total Tax Credit: $4 million

Address: 1526 West 25th Street and 2711 Church Avenue, 44113

Located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, the West 25th Street Lofts project includes the restoration of two historic buildings, the Phoenix Ice Machine Company (2711 Church) and Baehr Brewery/Odd Fellows Hall (1526 West 25th). Redevelopment will include 72 market-rate apartment units and 34,000 square feet of commercial space. An estimated 125 jobs will be created through construction and occupation of the rehabilitated facility.

West Side Community House

West Side Community House

 West Side Community House (Cleveland, Cuyahoga County)

Total Project Cost: $2,977,000

Total Tax Credit: $480,790

Address: 3000 Bridge Avenue, 44113

Originally serving as a youth and community center established by the Methodist Episcopal Deaconesses, the West Side Community House has been vacant since 2005. The building will be adaptively reused to create 22 apartment units and a small restaurant space. An estimated 28 jobs will be created from construction activities.

For more information about the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program click here. Click on any of the images above or click here to view the Ohio Office of Redevelopment Photostream on flickr.

Article prepared by: David Lukas, Project Coordinator, City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development

#shopCLE with Kevin Schmotzer!

Kevin Schmotzer, Executive of Small Business Development with the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, recently hit the CLE streets in search of the perfect holiday gifts.

Kevin and his crew visited the following stores and purchased some awesome gifts from local merchants. Remember to share your holiday shopping experiences and gift ideas on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #shopCLE! There’s still time to #shopCLE for the Holidays!

CLE Clothing Co.

Kevin at the CLE Clothing Store at East 4th and Euclid. Click on the photo for more info!

Collective Upcycle

Kevin and Friends hit Collective UpCycle Pop-Up Boutique! Click on photo for more info!

Kevin and Cleveland’s own Designer Extraordinaire, Valerie Mayen, at Yellowcake. Click on the photo for more info!

Kevin getting bombarded by sweet treats at Sweet Moses! Click on the photo for more info!

Kevin getting bombarded by sweet treats at Sweet Moses! Click on the photo for more info!

Gardening for Greenbacks: Market Gardener Training Application Deadline Approaching!


The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development is proud to offer a unique program that provides funds to develop urban gardens for commercial market sale of fruit and produce. The program, called Gardening for Greenbacks offers grants up to $5,000 (previously $3,000) for eligible costs which include:

  • Tools and equipment
  • Display tables and booths
  • Hoophouses
  • Irrigation systems
  • Rain Barrels
  • Construction materials
  • Signage and fencing
  • Soil

Gardening for Greenbacks aims to establish Cleveland as a model for local food system development and to ensure that every resident has access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.

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Sound interesting? Here’s what you need to apply:

  • You must have an established sales presence OR
  • You must successfully complete Market Gardener Training through OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County.APPLICATIONS FOR MARKET GARDENER TRAINING ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012. You can find the application here. For more information about the Market Gardener Training Program, contact Morgan Taggart.

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  • You must have executed a lease for a farmer’s market vending spot or have a lease on a plot of land OR
  • Have contracts for sales of produce for sales of produce to local venues.

There is a $25 application fee. If you would like an application or have questions about the program, please contact Kevin Schmotzer or Anthony Stella with the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development.


Announcing: #shopCLE for the Holidays!

The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development Invites YOU to #shopCLE for the Holidays!

The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development invites Northeast Ohio to #shopCLE for the Holidays! Shop local this holiday season at the many exciting businesses and stores that call the City of Cleveland home. You can share your favorite shopping destinations and holiday gift ideas on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #shopCLE. You can also tag the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development in your holiday shopping photos and updates and post to our Facebook timeline. Your photos, tweets and updates will be shared by the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development throughout the holiday shopping season to inspire and challenge other gift-seeking folks in the region to #shopCLE.

You can post as many times as you’d like- challenge your friends and family to see who can do the most holiday shopping locally. #shopCLE for the Holidays instructions can be found here. Good luck and happy local shopping!

Our friends in local shopping:

Yelp Shops Local Pledge                                                 

Small Business Saturday

Contact us with questions about #shopCLE for the Holidays.

Healthy Food + Jobs: CornUCopia Place and Bridgeport Café Grand Opening

The Office of Mayor Frank G. Jackson has recognized today, October 24th as Food Day: a celebration of local foods and a campaign to solve food related problems in our schools and communities. The Mayor’s recognition of the importance of Food Day lies in connection with the Year of Local Foods, a designation provided by the Office of Sustainability and the working groups of Sustainable Cleveland 2019. Throughout the year, local and regional accomplishments relating to the local food economy will be celebrated as a driver for economic transformation and for helping to accelerate momentum for current initiatives.


On October 11, 2012, over 150 people gathered to celebrate the latest efforts of Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., a community development organization serving Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods. Kevin Schmotzer and Michael Elliot from the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development joined BBC staff, along with Mayor Jackson, Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland,  Ronn Richard of the Cleveland Foundation, Susanna Krey from Sisters of Charity Foundation, and Maria Thompson of the Third Federal Foundation offered their support for the grand opening of CornUcopia Place and the Bridgeport Café, two of the latest developments in the neighborhood’s Healthy Food Access Initiative.


Located at E. 72nd and Kinsman Avenue, CornUcopia Place and the Bridgeport Café offer healthy alternatives to the convenient store and fast food fare that is available in the neighborhood. The Healthy Food Access Initiative, anchored with these two new projects, aims to drastically change how low-income inner city residents think and react when it comes to purchasing and preparing healthy food. The Bridgeport Mobile Market, a refrigerated food truck that will deliver fresh produce to residents throughout the Cleveland’s east side, is another component.


The Bridgeport Café not only provides healthy food alternatives such as salads, wraps and soups at affordable prices, it also provides jobs for neighborhood residents. CornUcopia Place houses a cold storage facility where community gardeners can clean and store their produce as well as a community kitchen that hosts healthy cooking classes for all ages.

Bridgeport Cafe & CornUcopia Place Project Slideshow:

Bridgeport Café is open weekdays from 7am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm.  To learn more about Bridgeport Café, please visit For more information about CornUcopia Place, including upcoming cooking and nutrition classes, please visit

Partner Appreciation Reception: Improve Consulting and Training Group

On September 20, Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper of Improve Consulting and Training Group, LLC invited the City of Cleveland to attend her company’s Client and Partner Appreciation reception. David Lukas, Project Coordinator for the Department of Economic Development, attended the event. David assisted the company with the relocation of their offices from Medina to Cleveland.

Improve approached the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development with interest in relocating their Medina, OH office to 4600 Euclid Avenue in 2011.  Mr. Lukas helped to coordinate the City’s offer to the company, which included a grant to help with the relocation costs and to encourage the company to hire 5 new employees within three years.

Improve Consulting and Training Group, LLC is a personal and professional developing consulting firm with extensive experience in leadership development and continuous improvement.  They are a minority owned firm that specializes in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification in which they have granted 350 certifications since 2005.  The firm has been providing services to clients in the following key areas; personal and professional development workshops, process improvement training and consulting, curriculum development, individual and group coaching/development, program assessments and evaluations, keynote and guest speaking, and youth and young professional development.

Currently they have 65 clients including American Greetings, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Baldwin-Wallace College.  Over 90% of their clients are repeat clients.

David Lukas placing the City of Cleveland logo.

Dr. Cooper was very appreciative of the City’s participation and spoke very highly of Mayor Jackson and his support staff.  There was also a “wall-building” exercise where all of the company’s partners were invited to place their logos on the wall of her newly remodeled space where they will remain permanently.  Mr. Lukas placed the City of Cleveland’s logo on the wall and spoke on the importance of bringing quality small businesses into the City of Cleveland.

CLE Economic Development: Week in Review

You may be asking, “Who does a Week in Review in the middle of the week?” Well, this week, we do. So much has happened in the Department of Economic Development since last week. Not only did we start reaching out to people like you who want to know more about what goes on in our small but mighty department at City Hall, but we had some great national representation and a big victory all in the past week. The best part- this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what our team members are working on.

For those of you who don’t know, we offer assistance to businesses expanding within or locating to the City of Cleveland including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance.

Have questions? Looking for a site? Interested in one of our programs? Send an email with your inquiry and we will put you in touch with one of our team members.

In addition, please subscribe to this blog, follow us on Twitter and like us on facebook to learn more about how we are working to attract jobs and businesses to the City. There are lots of exciting things happening in Cleveland, and we are happy to be a part of many of them. 

ICIC Conference Recap

Thank you to ICIC for hosting a powerful and informative Summit.

As our previous post mentioned, CLE Economic Development was chosen to present two case studies at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) Economic Summit in Boston, Massachusetts September 19th and 20th. Director Tracey Nichols and Executive of Small Business Development Kevin Schmotzer sat on two separate “What Works for Cities” panels discussing the Greater University Circle Wealth Building Initiative and Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, respectively. You can view Tracey and Kevin’s PowerPoint presentations on Slideshare and can watch video from the Summit here.

“Financing Growth Clusters” panel at the 2012 ICIC Summit

Director Nichols and Kevin Schmotzer both had positive things to say about their experiences at the 2012 ICIC Summit.

“One of the great things about the conference was the networking opportunities. We met people working on similar initiatives – with ideas that we might be able to use and people who can provide information, ideas and resources for what we need. We made some great new friends and hope to have some of these folks come to Cleveland, see our success stories and help us reach our next goals.” -Director Tracey Nichols

ICIC’s Inner City Economic Summit, including the panel discussion to the attendees, was important for telling Cleveland’s ongoing efforts to take vacant, abandoned land and convert it to urban agriculture while creating jobs, leveraging investment, reduction of food deserts, incorporate training to neighborhood residents and offering locally-grown healthy holistic food associated with the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone Project. Attendees from the summit approached me after the panel discussion to congratulate the City of Cleveland and it’s partners for the exciting project. They asked questions regarding the partnerships involved with the project. Members from the CDC from Detroit that were in attendance at the conference said  they research information on what the City of Cleveland is doing with Urban Agriculture due to Cleveland is a leader in the country for Urban Agriculture.   In addition to the presentation on the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone Project, it was great to hear other creative success stories going on with inner city neighborhoods in Cities across the country including their partnerships involved to make projects happen in their respective communities.” – Kevin Schmotzer

Manitowoc Expansion in Cleveland’s Collinwood Neighborhood

Manitowoc test kitchen in Cleveland

Exciting news for the City of Cleveland: Manitowoc Company Inc., a global manufacturer of cranes and commercial food equipment, is consolidating its North American Foodservice Operations, formerly known as Cleveland Range, into its facility in the Nottingham Village area of Cleveland. 

The City of Cleveland’s efforts will allow for Manitowoc to retain 260 full-time jobs and to increase its workforce by at least 100 full-time positions within five years.

The City of Cleveland is committed to the manufacturing.

Manitowoc is a publicly traded company with headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. and reported net sales of $3.7 billion in 2011.  Its Foodservice Division sells equipment throughout the United States and has a growing presence in emerging markets in Asia and South America.   Manitowoc’s continued commitment to Cleveland allows for increased job opportunities for Cleveland residents in a growing sector of manufacturing.   

Mayor Jackson is pleased that Manitowoc will continue to be a business anchor in northeastern Cleveland and he and his staff continue to preserve and create jobs in Cleveland.

Cleveland ED Presenting at ICIC Conference in Boston

The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development will be well represented at the Inner City Economic Summit 2012 in Boston, MA.

From the ICIC website:

“Cities across the country are creating innovative models and collaborative partnerships to lay the groundwork for sustainable economic development. During the 2012 Inner City Economic Summit, city, civic and business leaders will gather to share practices that are proving durable in this fiscal climate.”

Department Director Tracey Nichols will be presenting a case study highlighting the innovative Greater University Circle Community Wealth Building Initiative.

Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood is home to several of the city’s most prominent institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and University Hospitals– yet the surrounding neighborhoods are some of the poorest in the city. The GUCI attempts to rebuild these neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents through the creation of new jobs and businesses that benefit low income residents.

NewBridge Cleveland

New Bridge, a vocational training center for youth and adults, trains Clevelanders to work in high demand fields identified by the anchor insitutions; in its first year, over 400 applications were received. Evergreen Cooperatives, a collection of employee-owned businesses that employ hard-to-hire residents, partners with the anchors to identify new business opportunities for the Cooperatives; so far the City of Cleveland, area foundations and anchors have provided the Cooperatives with over $17 million in funding and they now employ 80 low-income residents.

Evergreen Cooperative Laundry

With strategic partnerships, the GUCI seeks to make system-wide changes through local procurement, the expansion of workforce options and innovations in sustainability.

Kevin Schmotzer, Executive, Small Business Development, will be presenting on the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone in Cleveland.

Cleveland’s Ward 5 neighborhood was long plagues by high rates of poverty, crime, vacant land and food deserts. As part of a 2006 neighborhood master plan, a 26-acre “Urban AG Zone” was created and specifically zoned for local farming and agriculture. Farmers who have completed the Ohio State Extension market garden training program can apply to farm a 1/4 acre plot. Training, technical assistance, marketing and business planning are also provided to program participants.

Rid-All Green Partnership- Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

The Urban AG Zone provides income generating jobs and entreprenuerial opportunities for new linkages to a variety to a variety of agricultural production cycles. For instance, Rid-All Green Partnership, a growing minority-owned business made up of three local residents, is growing vegetables and raising tilapia on 1.5 acres in the Urban AG Zone.

Over 200 residents have been trained by the OSU extension program; 11 farmers currently work in the Urban AG Zone and a new Greenhouse Training Center will create 30 jobs upon completion.

Department of Economic Development Staff will be live-tweeting from the ICIC Conference. Follow us: @CLE_EconDev.