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2020 ANNUAL REPORT

Welcome to Faces of the Town, a special 2020 Annual Report from MidTown Cleveland.

These stories show how our neighborhood’s growth and success is driven not just by our tremendous MidTown team, but by the work, passion, and dedication of individual people. In this year where we are physically distanced from one another, our annual report will focus solely on the portraits and words of the people who are going above and beyond, in ways big and small, to make MidTown a better place.

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The twelve months since our last annual meeting and report in September 2019 have been unusual and momentous as our work, our team, and our neighborhood have been disrupted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and a national dialogue about racial equity and police brutality stemming from George Floyd’s murder. While we have had projects postponed and events canceled, lost loved ones and seen businesses and residents severely impacted, we have also found new purpose and opportunity in this moment. Organizations can react in very different ways to crisis and adversity, and for MidTown Cleveland, Inc. the events of 2020 have sharpened our mission and urgency around racial equity and forced us to become even more innovative than before.

With the pandemic temporarily shutting the majority of restaurants in AsiaTown and causing food insecurity, our AsiaTown team started a program to make bulk food purchases from restaurants in the neighborhood and delivering meals to residents in need.

With schools closed and youth stuck at home, our community engagement team worked with partners to engage a council of area youth to shape the East 66th Corridor planning effort.

With in-person meetings impossible but multiple planning efforts in need of a strong community voice, our planning and placemaking team found new and innovative ways to connect with community virtually through town halls, engaging zoom meetings, virtual streaming concerts, and a Chinese language WeChat channel.

With our local and national economy struggling, we doubled down on efforts to better leverage our anchor institutions to support innovation and collaboration by advancing planning for a multi-sector innovation community in the heart of MidTown.

With a new sense of urgency around racial equity, our board adopted an equity policy as well as a set of equitable development principles to guide all development in the neighborhood.

Each of these examples shows how our neighborhood’s growth and success is driven not just by our tremendous MidTown team, but by the work, passion, and dedication of individual people. In this year where we are physically distanced from one another, our annual report will focus solely on the portraits and stories of the people who are going above and beyond, in ways big and small, to make MidTown a better place. The moms in AsiaTown who wanted to do something to build community during COVID-19 and started an initiative to deliver home baked goods to their neighbors. The entrepreneur who returned to his family’s historic roots on Carnegie Avenue to open a restaurant. The front line workers at University Hospitals and Dave’s Market and Eatery who went above and beyond to serve their community during COVID-19. These stories and more are part of the textured fabric that makes up MidTown.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge a tremendous loss which will have ripple effects far beyond MidTown – our founding chairman Morton L. Mandel passed away a month after our annual meeting last Fall at the age of 98. Mort meant so much to MidTown, and his leadership, friendship, wisdom, and entrepreneurial spirit will be missed. MidTown Cleveland is just part of the incredible legacy Mort Mandel leaves behind.

Stephanie McHenry

CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeff Epstein

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MIDTOWN

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Daniel Gray-Kontar

Executive Artistic Director, Twelve Literary Arts

Video Excerpt : Interview with Daniel Gray-Kontar

Daniel Gray-Kontar is an artist, organizer, facilitator, and visionary who joined the East 66th Street TLCI study as one of two artist-consultants. His community-based arts practice involving youth facilitators was essential for a strong youth engagement during the time of COVID-19, and has led to the establishment of an ongoing community youth council.

Daniel, with his organization Twelve Literary Arts, is also a program partner for the international mural program hosted by MidTown and powered by POW! WOW! Worldwide.

“What Lexy and I have been able to both bring to the table is this understanding that artists are always engaged in the process of working with and through and for community. So it’s all about bringing our process as artists and doing that work [to] economic development and literal structural change. So it’s been amazing to work with MidTown in this way.”

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Daniel Gray-Kontar

Executive Artistic Director,
Twelve Literary Arts

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Gwendolyn Garth

Founder, Kings and Queens of Art
Leo’s Listening Party Steering Committee

Video Excerpt : Interview with Gwendolyn Garth

Gwendolyn Garth is a leader personified. Born in Hough, she now lives in the Central neighborhood and is engaged with a wide variety of arts, civic, and community causes throughout Glenville, Hough, Central, Fairfax, and MidTown.

She is part of the Leo’s Listening Party Steering Committee, a group of residents and activists who are passionate about bringing history forward. What has kept her involved with Leo’s and MidTown is the commitment to action. “I’m not big on a lot of talk, and MidTown they are action people I call em “Do it” people. People who talk a little bit and go out and do something.  To improve our neighborhoods we gotta not just sit at the table we have to go outside and mingle with the people and see what works.”

COVID-19 has not stopped Gwen from her community work - she recently received a grant to hold an outdoor screening of the Harriet Tubman movie in her neighborhood. “It’s about educating people and keeping people’s spirits up because I think once we get past the safety and central needs people need to do something entertaining.”

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Founder, Kings and Queens of Art
Leo’s Listening Party Organizer

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Dongyi Tian

AsiaTown Sweetheart Co-Founder & Resident

“I love baking and initiated the "AsiaTown Sweetheart" project with the other three moms in the neighborhood. It's a great community project… [it] gives me a lot of hope during this difficult time. It brought warmth to others, and also demonstrates another way for my kid to interact with people.”

Dongyi Tian wanted to find a way to help her community during the pandemic, and partnered with three other moms in the neighborhood on the AsiaTown Sweetheart project. With a grant from Neighborhood Connections, Dongyi and her friends made home-baked treats to deliver to isolated residents of the neighborhood. The project brought she and others hope in a dark time, connections to other neighbors and to the AsiaTown team at MidTown, and ideas of starting a baking business.

“Because of language barriers, information and community resources were not available to us (previously). But now, we have an AsiaTown team in the community, which starts to make me feel some sense of belonging here. The "AsiaTown Sweetheart" grant helped me share the desserts I made, which encouraged me to have my home business for baking.”

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AsiaTown Sweetheart Co-Founder
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Scott Mueller

Chief Executive Officer, Dealer Tire

Video Excerpt : Interview with Scott Mueller

Scott Mueller is CEO of Dealer Tire, one of MidTown’s largest and fastest growing employers. Dealer Tire has been in MidTown since 1963, and Scott’s decision to double down on the neighborhood by rehabbing the Victory building at East 71st and Euclid helped catalyze additional growth and investment into the neighborhood.

Dealer Tire decided to remain in MidTown after a national search and evaluating locations across Northeast Ohio. Since then, Dealer Tire has continued to grow with 500+ employees in MidTown.

“We recruit associates from all over the country - really all over the world. We have operations in China and Canada. We bring people here from everywhere. And our new facility, it's amazing how many people love it and feel it's got a Silicon Valley vibe to it.”

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Chief Executive Officer
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Evelyn Burnett

Co-founder & partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Video Excerpt : Interview with Third Space's Evelyn Burnett

Evelyn Burnett, Mordecai Cargill, and Maura Garven of Third Space Action Lab are entrepreneurs, thought partners, tough question askers, rabble rousers, skilled facilitators, champions for equity, and above all else tremendous friends to the MidTown team.

TSAL has partnered with MidTown for several years as MidTown wrestles with its role in undoing racial inequities, particularly around real estate development, that it historically played a role in creating, helping the MidTown team build a deeper understanding of what it means to operationalize racial equity.

“MidTown has done some really incredible creative soul-focused work to try to connect with community and try to close a gap between the institutions and the organizations and the people who will experience the decisions that are being made by MidTown and its stakeholders," says Mordecai Cargill. "I’m hopeful that this is a moment that will continue to be as imaginative, as creative, as visionary as possible for what the future of this neighborhood is going to become.”

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Evelyn Burnett

Co-Founder & Partner
ThirdSpace Action Lab

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Lillian Kuri

Senior Vice President for Strategy, Cleveland Foundation

Video Excerpt : Interview with Lillian Kuri

Lillian Kuri has been a true visionary and champion for MidTown and the community, spearheading the Foundation’s move to the neighborhood and catalyzing a variety of community-focused planning efforts to strengthen the quality and connectivity of place in the neighborhood.

Lillian, along with her partners at the Cleveland Foundation, has worked to align public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations around a comprehensive set of projects to create more connected and equitable neighborhoods.

“It is such an incredible moment for MidTown, that really speaks to the leadership of the organization and the board and the staff. It’s an incredible team of people that I feel honored to work with and collaborate with in a way that I know is going to have incredible impact on the community”

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CLEVELAND FOUNDATION

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Lemma Getachew

Owner, Developer, Inspirion Group

Video Excerpt : Interview with Inspirion's Alexis Mendoza

Lemma Getachew and Alexis Mendoza are putting the finishing touches on the newest project to be completed in the neighborhood - the historic rehabilitation of a long vacant former office building at 3101 Euclid into eighty apartments known as “The MidTown” which will open this fall.

The project obtained an award of state historic tax credits, something which may become more common once MidTown is designated as a historic district. Lemma, the building’s owner and developer, and Alexis, the property manager, are excited to open the doors and welcome residents. “We are definitely excited to have expanded into the Midtown area," says Mendoza. "We’re happy to be here.”

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Owner & Developer
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Tiffany Graham

Senior Project Director, LAND Studio

Video Excerpt : Interview with LAND's Tiffany Graham

Tiffany Graham, Greg Peckham, are Joe Lanzilotta are part of an incredible team at LAND Studio who have been helping MidTown Cleveland, Inc. and other institutions in MidTown elevate the quality of place in the neighborhood.

With an ambitious agenda to bring new parks, trails, murals, and public art to MidTown - all shaped by community voices - there is no shortage of work to do.

“I think that Midtown has a really fantastic group of people who are all working together and do an amazing job of connecting people around the community and they are an amazing asset," Graham says. "I’m happy to work with them!”

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Senior Project Director
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Beverly Williams

Resident and Volunteer

Video Excerpt : Interview with Beverly Williams

“Before the virus we were working on getting transpiration to Dave’s Market. Getting produce delivered to the building. Volunteering at MidTown. Working on getting PPE for the seniors in the community. Bringing Jazz and black entrepreneurs back to Euclid Ave.”

Beverly Williams’s world is always bustling, and she brings a smile and a sense of history to her volunteer work in the neighborhood. A resident of the Church Square Commons apartment building and an original member of the Leo’s Listening Party steering committee, Beverly jumped at the chance to get involved with MidTown when the MidTown team presented to residents at her building several years ago. “We started from ground one and were continuing to grow. We’re building something beautiful, and that’s communication!” That communication at the heart of her efforts with MidTown.Making sure her voice and others are heard when it comes to shaping the future of the neighborhood.

“Before, it was always ‘their way.’ Now they’re getting input from me – our goals, our dreams. It can’t be their way all of the time, it has to be a mixture … ‘If you make the batter right, the cake will be perfect!’”

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Carla Gervais

Centering Pregnancy Coordinator
Facilitator | Lactation consultant | Community health work student

University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children

Video Excerpt : Interview with UH's Carla Gervais

April Owens and Carla Gervais have been on the front lines of addressing a community health crisis that predated and was exacerbated by COVID-19, helping pregnant women with intense, personalized group prenatal care.

“Centering is a platform where we have prenatal care visits, wrap-around services, an abundance of resources, you name it, and try to bring it to the patients to meet them where they are without judgment,” explained Carla. “We circle up and sit down to talk about pregnancy, concern[s], and thoughts based on where they are gestationally. So if they are all four months, we talk about things that happen during the fourth month. Usually, they're going through the same things, physical changes, emotional changes, and getting ready for the new little one that's getting ready to change everything for them,” added April.

During COVID-19, April and Carla rose to the challenge of staying connected to moms and providing support, whether that meant care packages for families with COVID-19 infections, doing grocery shopping, or dropping off supplies.

Throughout the crisis, April has been inspired by her team at UH. “When you work with people who have the same heart as you do, it makes it all the better. You can’t show your heart to people unless you’re surrounded by people who feel the same way, so when you can team up and have the support, it makes it all the better. You have other people who are willing to pitch in and help others, and that’s amazing. My centering team is like a family, and we all share the same heart, and that because a lot of us have been through what our patients are going through.”

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Centering Pregnancy Coordinator
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April Owens

Centering Pregnancy Coordinator
Lactation consultant | Community health worker

University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children

Video Excerpt : Interview with UH's April Owens

April Owens and Carla Gervais have been on the front lines of addressing a community health crisis that predated and was exacerbated by COVID-19, helping pregnant women with intense, personalized group prenatal care.

“Centering is a platform where we have prenatal care visits, wrap-around services, an abundance of resources, you name it, and try to bring it to the patients to meet them where they are without judgment,” explained Carla. “We circle up and sit down to talk about pregnancy, concern[s], and thoughts based on where they are gestationally. So if they are all four months, we talk about things that happen during the fourth month. Usually, they're going through the same things, physical changes, emotional changes, and getting ready for the new little one that's getting ready to change everything for them,” added April.

During COVID-19, April and Carla rose to the challenge of staying connected to moms and providing support, whether that meant care packages for families with COVID-19 infections, doing grocery shopping, or dropping off supplies.

Throughout the crisis, April has been inspired by her team at UH. “When you work with people who have the same heart as you do, it makes it all the better. You can’t show your heart to people unless you’re surrounded by people who feel the same way, so when you can team up and have the support, it makes it all the better. You have other people who are willing to pitch in and help others, and that’s amazing. My centering team is like a family, and we all share the same heart, and that because a lot of us have been through what our patients are going through.”

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Centering Pregnancy Coordinator
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Ron Fuqua

Resident & Creator, Leo’s Casino Radio
Executive Director, Extravagant Care Services

Video Excerpt : Interview with Ron Fuqua

“I’m excited about ... the new ideas and innovation that are coming into our community. We have a lot of exciting things for the future.”

Ron Fuqua is a resident, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and an activist. A thirty-year resident of MidTown, Ron has seen a lot of change in the neighborhood, and has poured his passion and energy into ensuring the legacy of Leo’s Casino plays a role in the future of MidTown. Inspired by the energy around the Leo’s Listening Parties, Ron created Leo’s Casino Radio and is promoting the idea of a Leo’s Casino Arts and Cultural complex on Euclid Avenue.

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CREATOR, LEO’S CASINO RADIO
Resident

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Antwoine Washington

Artist & Co-founder, Museum of Creative Human Art

Video Excerpt : Interview with Antwoine Washington

Antwoine Washington will make his creativity and artistic mark on MidTown in several ways. His original art already appears in the neighborhood in recently installed utility box wraps along E. 55th Street featuring significant Black figures such as Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee, and Carl Stokes.

A larger mural will appear as part of the international mural program hosted by MidTown and powered by POW! WOW! Worldwide, now postponed to 2021, as Antwoine is one of ten local artists selected from over 200 submissions. “Both of those [utility box wraps] I would say that this is one of the most fun projects that I’ve worked on as of today… Just trying to get my work to fit comfortably and speak comfortably to my people, hopefully so that it can raise and elevate consciousness to liberate my people.”

Antwoine is most excited about “all of the great beautification projects that you guys are working on, actually giving Black artists the opportunities to raise and lift their voices and elevate themselves in a way. Even just seeing what you guys are doing with POW! WOW! that’s coming up. With so many great black artists, artists coming nationally, internationally.”

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ARTIST & CO-FOUNDER,
MUSEUM OF CREATIVE HUMAN ART

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Lauren Pearce

Artist, Mural festival participant

Video Excerpt : Interview with Lauren Pearce

Lauren Pearce painted one of MidTown’s first large-scale murals at the intersection of E. 36th and Euclid, bringing color and life to the former Hatten’s building in 2018.

She is partnering with artist Antwoine Washington on another large-scale mural for the 2021 MidTown international mural program powered by POW! WOW! Worldwide.

“I am very excited for this mural project, I’m excited to be working with Antwoine. We’ve been talking about things that have been very important to him and I and our uprisings… our upbringing. Our upbringing! Which it feels kind of feels like an uprising too! But I think the honesty that is coming from what we want to showcase is incredibly important… I just think that being a Black woman and being a Black man artist in Cleveland where there is not a whole lot of representation there is incredibly … it’s important and I feel honored to be included in a project where we get to do that and also represent our community.”

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Artist & Muralist
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Paul Deutsch

PRINCIPAL & COO, BIALOSKY CLEVELAND
Incoming MidTown Board Chair

Video Excerpt : Interview with Paul Deutsch

Paul Deutsch is a relative newcomer to the MidTown neighborhood, moving here with the architecture firm Bialosky just four years ago. In that time he has brought his experience and talent as an architect and planner to MidTown, joining the board, serving as development committee chair, helping with a variety of planning efforts in the neighborhood, and stepping this Fall into the role of board chair.

Paul has a historic connection to the neighborhood as well - his grandfather worked in the Warner & Swasey factory.

“I passed this building everyday my whole adult life because my father used to work on Carnegie Avenue downtown and I remember him telling me the story of how his father, my grandfather, worked in this building during World War II. He made parts for lathes that were used to make the tank barrels for the tanks that were made at the I-X Center during the war.”

Paul is thrilled with the decision his firm made to move to MidTown, and the Bialosky team is finding ways to stay connected during the pandemic. “We are actually starting to come back to the office in small forces for meetings and all that but it's turned out to be actually a pretty positive experience. I think we’ve found new ways to work and we've managed to stay productive and stay busy.”

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PRINCIPAL & COO, BIALOSKY
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Akin Affrica

Owner, Angie’s Soul Cafe
Three Black Knights Real Estate Investments

Video Excerpt : Interview with Akin Affrica

Akin Affrica has been connected to MidTown his whole life – he was born and raised at East 69th and Carnegie and he and his family have owned businesses in the neighborhood on and off ever since.

A restaurateur, property owner, and developer, Akin recently purchased and rehabbed the former Hot Sauce Williams building on E. 79th and Carnegie for a new Angie’s Soul Food Cafe. “My mother and father [have] always done some type of business in MidTown and I’ve always had some type of interest in the MidTown area and I decided to come back after I got a little older and ... invest because of that personal connection and I see the potential of growth.”

Since Angie’s opened, Akin has purchased additional properties on Carnegie and Cedar and is in the process of developing them for retail and entertainment. COVID-19 came at a tough time for Angie’s, which had been open less than a year on Carnegie, but Akin was able to keep his staff on at least part time and is now back to full capacity.

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OWNER, ANGIE’S SOUL CAFE
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Lisa Litton

FRONTLINE WORKER, DAVE'S MARKETS
MANAGER, COMMUNITY TEACHING KITCHEN

Video Excerpt : Interview with Lisa Litton

Lisa Litton is one of the frontline heroes in MidTown, working tirelessly to ensure that Dave’s Market and Eatery can continue to provide safe access to food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

A longtime Dave’s employee, Lisa works hard to make sure customers and employees feel as safe as possible in the store. She also oversees the community teaching kitchen and is excited about how the store and the kitchen bring the community together.

“I’m excited that it brings the community together, and just seeing different developments that are going on in the community, and just that it’s bringing all of the community together, and building up the city. And the fact that it’s just building up the city and the area and the community.”

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Julia Kuo

Illustrator, Mural Festival Participant

Video Excerpt : Interview with Julia Kuo

Julia Kuo’s art has helped bring vibrancy, color, and celebration of culture to the AsiaTown neighborhood.

She designed the blade signs that were installed to create a sense of place in AsiaTown as well as a utility box wrap on Payne Avenue, created multi-lingual census posters and artwork, and will install a mural as part of the 2021 MidTown international mural festival powered by POW! WOW! Worldwide.

“I’ve never been part of such a permanent, public art project before, and even seeing how it was fabricated was really exciting.”

“It’s been really great to find a home here, to feel like there is the Asian community that I missed from back home, to see investment go into it and watch new restaurants pop up and to watch the neighborhood become more beautiful too.

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Illustrator &
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B. Landrum

Musician & Producer, LandMine Music Productions
Caffeine Beats Artist

“I am excited about the further development and for artists to connect to build a strong network that represents this culturally diverse neighborhood.”

With the pandemic causing widespread cancellations of events throughout Cleveland, MidTown moved its planned Caffeine Beats concert series to a virtual format, enlisting singer and songwriter B. Landrum to stream a musical performance on Facebook and Instagram live. The Caffeine Beats series aims to connect younger generations to the musical legacy in the neighborhood. B.Landrum, and many artists, have struggled through the pandemic but do their best to keep a positive outlook.

“[COVID-19] affected our ability to perform live. Was performing throughout the week but those events were taken from us because we had to protect us. Not going to be able to travel nationally or internationally - Americans aren’t allowed in most borders. Forced me to write more and produce more. Built a studio and working with other artists to uplift to spread a message of love, peace and unity.”

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Musician & Producer
Caffeine Beats Artist

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Lexy Lattimore

Multi-disciplinary artist, choreographer, social worker, entrepreneur Lattimore Productions

Video Excerpt : Interview with Lexy Lattimore

Lexy Lattimore is a multi-talented artist that worked closely in 2019 to help organize and facilitate dialogues for MidTown’s placekeeping efforts around Leo’s Casino. In 2020, she partnered with Daniel Gray-Kontar through a National Endowment of the Arts grant, as artist-organizers for the E. 66th Street TLCI streetscape design update, leading on virtual community engagement efforts during the challenging time of COVID-19 and introducing the “dance break” concept to lighten up and energize long zoom meetings.

“I’m excited about all the people I’m meeting. Hough, and MidTown, and just really all of Ward 7, you know, MidTown’s territory -- there are such engaged entrepreneurs, activists, artists, leaders who are out here grinding doing this work so when people ask me about my work in MidTown, I’m never inventing anything or creating anything, it’s always a matter of creating space for folks to do what they do.”

Lexy has a bevy of projects she plans to pursue with the community, each of which are aimed at lifting and celebrating the voices and talents in the neighborhood. “How are we going to come together and produce something--no matter how we feel about each individual -- how are we going to produce something collectively that can help to move our agenda forward. And so I’m interested in utilizing storytelling and the art of collective artmaking to elevate some of these conversations that are already happening in neighborhoods. I want to take our stories and put them in the spotlight – literally.”

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Alana Ferguson

Community Organizer, New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Hough Resident Community
Connections Committee Member

Video Excerpt : Interview with Alana Ferguson

Alana Ferguson is passionate about ensuring Black and Brown people are able to take advantage of all the opportunities coming to the neighborhood, and has translated her passion into active involvement and advocacy.

A Hough resident, Alana is a member of MidTown’s Community Connections Committee, the UH/MidTown Community Advisory Board, and the University Hospitals Associate Foundation Board, and is active with Neighborhood Connections. The pandemic has presented challenges and forced her to innovate.

“During COVID-19 It has been really rough with being able to get out in the community in the way I’m used to. And really meet people and interact with them and make sure they receive the things they so desperately need. Now things have gone to digital, especially some of the organizing, so it’s been hard connecting with people.”

Alana’s involvement, advocacy, and commitment to the neighborhood has helped her make an impact despite the pandemic, and her work helps strengthen MidTown and is part of the fabric of strong communities.

“I’m really excited about the changing demographics in MidTown, and I hope that since we all have different perspectives on life that I can see more equity and more value added to the neighborhood.”

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Joe Lanzilotta

Project Manager, LAND Studio

Video Excerpt : Interview with LAND's Tiffany Graham

Tiffany Graham, Greg Peckham, are Joe Lanzilotta are part of an incredible team at LAND Studio who have been helping MidTown Cleveland, Inc. and other institutions in MidTown elevate the quality of place in the neighborhood.

With an ambitious agenda to bring new parks, trails, murals, and public art to MidTown - all shaped by community voices - there is no shortage of work to do.

“I think that Midtown has a really fantastic group of people who are all working together and do an amazing job of connecting people around the community and they are an amazing asset," Graham says. "I’m happy to work with them!”

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Greg Peckham

Executive Director, LAND Studio

Video Excerpt : Interview with LAND's Tiffany Graham

Tiffany Graham, Greg Peckham, are Joe Lanzilotta are part of an incredible team at LAND Studio who have been helping MidTown Cleveland, Inc. and other institutions in MidTown elevate the quality of place in the neighborhood.

With an ambitious agenda to bring new parks, trails, murals, and public art to MidTown - all shaped by community voices - there is no shortage of work to do.

“I think that Midtown has a really fantastic group of people who are all working together and do an amazing job of connecting people around the community and they are an amazing asset," Graham says. "I’m happy to work with them!”

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Carolyn Watts Allen

Retired Attorney, Hough Resident, Community Leader

Video Excerpt : Interview with Carolyn Watts Allen

The epitome of a leader, Carolyn Watts Allen is a longtime resident of the Hough neighborhood and former public safety director for the City of Cleveland, and has engaged with verve and passion on an array of volunteer committees with MidTown.

Her passion for the community inspires future generations, and she adds tremendous insight and value to both the Hough and MidTown communities.

Carolyn was one of 20 families who made the decision to move back into the City and put down roots in the Hough neighborhood with new homes. “It reflects a desire of a lot of people who wanted to move back into the community who moved out and come back and build their own homes and so we put together a development and built our homes here ...and we decided we wanted to help this community grow.”

She continues to work to strengthen her community through the pandemic, sending cheerful texts to her neighbors and advocating tirelessly. “We're a great neighborhood but we want people to understand that we are a gem in the middle of Cleveland and that it is worth investing in their families and bringing their finances and they will enjoy being a part of Cleveland.”

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Roger Myles

Frontline Worker & Porter, Dave's Markets

Video Excerpt : Interview with Roger Myles

“In MidTown, I like the supermarket for one – and then I get a chance to fight all the germs because of COVID 19.”

Roger Myles is another frontline hero at Dave’s Market and Eatery, working to disinfect and keep the store so clean the community can shop safely. He’s also picked up work at the neighboring UH Rainbow Center. Originally a Detroit resident, Roger enjoys working at Dave’s and his smile brightens the faces of those who encounter him in the store.

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Maura Garven

Chief Operating Officer, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Video Excerpt : Interview with Third Space's Maura Garven

Evelyn Burnett, Mordecai Cargill, and Maura Garven of Third Space Action Lab are entrepreneurs, thought partners, tough question askers, rabble rousers, skilled facilitators, champions for equity, and above all else tremendous friends to the MidTown team.

TSAL has partnered with MidTown for several years as MidTown wrestles with its role in undoing racial inequities, particularly around real estate development, that it historically played a role in creating, helping the MidTown team build a deeper understanding of what it means to operationalize racial equity.

“MidTown has done some really incredible creative soul-focused work to try to connect with community and try to close a gap between the institutions and the organizations and the people who will experience the decisions that are being made by MidTown and its stakeholders," says Mordecai Cargill. "I’m hopeful that this is a moment that will continue to be as imaginative, as creative, as visionary as possible for what the future of this neighborhood is going to become.”

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Co-Founder & Creative Director, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Video Excerpt : Interview with Third Space's Mordecai Cargill

Evelyn Burnett, Mordecai Cargill, and Maura Garven of Third Space Action Lab are entrepreneurs, thought partners, tough question askers, rabble rousers, skilled facilitators, champions for equity, and above all else tremendous friends to the MidTown team.

TSAL has partnered with MidTown for several years as MidTown wrestles with its role in undoing racial inequities, particularly around real estate development, that it historically played a role in creating, helping the MidTown team build a deeper understanding of what it means to operationalize racial equity.

“MidTown has done some really incredible creative soul-focused work to try to connect with community and try to close a gap between the institutions and the organizations and the people who will experience the decisions that are being made by MidTown and its stakeholders," says Mordecai Cargill. "I’m hopeful that this is a moment that will continue to be as imaginative, as creative, as visionary as possible for what the future of this neighborhood is going to become.”

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Owner, Emperor's Palace
Chinese Benevolent Association

Video Excerpt : Interview with AsiaTown leader Jason Lin

“I am very grateful to the AsiaTown team, from the bottom of my heart. During COVID19, I felt the hearts of Karis and Cui that they have for my community. They did a lot of work for the elders and our AsiaTown community. We all saw and felt their efforts in a way that I have not seen from anyone else in more than 20 years. There is a saying, a friend in need is a friend indeed. I appreciate the AsiaTown team, and I hope everyone supports their work.”

Jason Lin, Ming Ho, and Shao Jia Huang serve as leaders of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, which supports Chinese newcomers and senior citizens, helping them socialize, adjust to life in the United States, while celebrating their culture and heritage. Through their respective roles - the Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizens Association, Good Harvest Food Market, Emperor’s Palace, or On Leong Association - all three are community connectors and caretakers. Despite the deep impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their small businesses, Ming Ho and Shao Jia Huang have kept their businesses open to support the community. They have shared appreciation for the partnership with the AsiaTown team to support elders in AsiaTown and be there for the community as a friend in need.

“Good Harvest grocery store has been in the community for about 19 years, and it is my honor to serve my community. We give out small gifts to the elders in Evergreen senior apartments almost every year on festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas. Why do we do this? Because people support our grocery store so much, and we want to give it back.”

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Video Excerpt : Interview with AsiaTown leader Jason Lin

“I am very grateful to the AsiaTown team, from the bottom of my heart. During COVID19, I felt the hearts of Karis and Cui that they have for my community. They did a lot of work for the elders and our AsiaTown community. We all saw and felt their efforts in a way that I have not seen from anyone else in more than 20 years. There is a saying, a friend in need is a friend indeed. I appreciate the AsiaTown team, and I hope everyone supports their work.”

Jason Lin, Ming Ho, and Shao Jia Huang serve as leaders of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, which supports Chinese newcomers and senior citizens, helping them socialize, adjust to life in the United States, while celebrating their culture and heritage. Through their respective roles - the Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizens Association, Good Harvest Food Market, Emperor’s Palace, or On Leong Association - all three are community connectors and caretakers. Despite the deep impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their small businesses, Ming Ho and Shao Jia Huang have kept their businesses open to support the community. They have shared appreciation for the partnership with the AsiaTown team to support elders in AsiaTown and be there for the community as a friend in need.

“Good Harvest grocery store has been in the community for about 19 years, and it is my honor to serve my community. We give out small gifts to the elders in Evergreen senior apartments almost every year on festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas. Why do we do this? Because people support our grocery store so much, and we want to give it back.”

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President of On Leong Association
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Video Excerpt : Interview with AsiaTown leader Jason Lin

“I am very grateful to the AsiaTown team, from the bottom of my heart. During COVID19, I felt the hearts of Karis and Cui that they have for my community. They did a lot of work for the elders and our AsiaTown community. We all saw and felt their efforts in a way that I have not seen from anyone else in more than 20 years. There is a saying, a friend in need is a friend indeed. I appreciate the AsiaTown team, and I hope everyone supports their work.”

Jason Lin, Ming Ho, and Shao Jia Huang serve as leaders of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, which supports Chinese newcomers and senior citizens, helping them socialize, adjust to life in the United States, while celebrating their culture and heritage. Through their respective roles - the Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizens Association, Good Harvest Food Market, Emperor’s Palace, or On Leong Association - all three are community connectors and caretakers. Despite the deep impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their small businesses, Ming Ho and Shao Jia Huang have kept their businesses open to support the community. They have shared appreciation for the partnership with the AsiaTown team to support elders in AsiaTown and be there for the community as a friend in need.

“Good Harvest grocery store has been in the community for about 19 years, and it is my honor to serve my community. We give out small gifts to the elders in Evergreen senior apartments almost every year on festivals like Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas. Why do we do this? Because people support our grocery store so much, and we want to give it back.”

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Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Map of Thailand

Video Excerpt : Interview with Pop Fagthab

Map of Thailand has been serving incredible Thai food in AsiaTown since it opened in 2011 and its loyal customer base has made this AsiaTown restaurant a popular lunch spot. Juthamas “Pop” Fagthab never closed the doors of her restaurant during the pandemic, pivoting to carryout and relying on the community to help them survive.

Pop was excited to take part in the Feed AsiaTown program, a MidTown-led effort to make bulk meal purchases from AsiaTown restaurants to feed food-insecure residents, a program that helped both the community and restaurants like Map of Thailand.

“I love how Asian people are helping each other, that’s very nice, especially during this tough time, especially you and help us, and we help each other around, you know asking how you are doing and checking in with everyone around.”

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Carolina Masri

Executive Director, MedWish

“When the pandemic started we went through hundreds of pallets that were sitting here and just wanted to know – what do we have? How can we help?”

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Carolina Masri recognized that MedWish, the MidTown-based organization she serves as Executive Director, could play a unique role in the response. In a typical year, MedWish processes donations of unused or unneeded medical supplies to ship around the world to meet humanitarian needs. Now with a huge need right at home, the team worked to identify what could be used in Cleveland. “During the pandemic the MedWish team has worked non-stop on sorting, packing, and shipping PPE. We have distributed respiratory supplies and ventilators to different Healthcare institutions and Frontline responders.” MedWish partnered with other organizations to secure and distribute 100,000 facemasks to nearly 100 local organizations, including social service agencies and nursing homes.

MedWish has also enjoyed its three-year old MidTown home. “We feel also that the connection to Midtown brings a flare of diversity. We welcome thousands of volunteers every year and these volunteers get the chance to explore everything that Midtown has to offer from the delicious ethnic restaurants to cultural sights while they come here they volunteer and they give back to the community.”

“We feel it is exciting to be part of a neighborhood that is rapidly changing. I mean, I've seen Midtown for the past three years and it's been amazing really to see the changes – you can feel them.”

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Erika Brown

UH/MidTown Community Advisory Board
Community Network Manager, Special Projects & Training
Neighborhood Connections

Video Excerpt : Interview with Erika Brown

Erika Brown’s work is all about building relationships and networks – a task made particularly challenging during COVID-19. She and the Neighborhood Connections team has had to pivot to virtual community engagement models and innovate given the evolving situation on the ground.

“We had many people with a lot of needs and a lot of people with gifts that they wanted to share with other people and not any way to put it together because people couldn't meet in person.” They helped with immediate needs around PPE as well as with creating virtual platforms for people to connect with one another.

Erika is excited about the progress and impact she’s seen in MidTown, both in her professional work with Neighborhood Connections and in her role with the UH Community Advisory Board helping to shape the UH Rainbow Center and future projects in the neighborhood. “The amount of time spent connecting with residents around [the UH Rainbow Center) and having people from the community on the community advisory board was super exciting. The next thing is being a part of the advisory board for the 66th street project … it is exciting to have watched the planning of that coming together in the couple of meetings that I have attended."

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Jackie Larkins

Owner, Café Phix Midtown

Video Excerpt : Interview with Jackie Larkins

Jackie Larkins’s coffee shop, Cafe Phix MidTown, had been open since 2018 inside the Digital C MidTown Tech Hive and was just starting to hit its stride when the pandemic forced its doors shut. When she reopened with safety protocols in June, business was slow just as it has been for most food businesses, but a burst of social media and publicity soon brought a flood of new customers, many of whom kept coming.

“At one time, I thought our survival would be questionable, but we are now on an upward trajectory and its going great.”

MidTown Cafe Phix sees itself as more than an coffee shop - but as a community hub. “I think we need to be here as an independent coffee shop and community member so that the people who live in the area and the people who work in the area can have a community space to come and connect with each other over coffee and overall, just be a part of our community.”

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Creative Partners

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PORTRAIT ARTIST

Amber N. Ford is a photographer/artist based in Cleveland, OH. Ford received her BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art ’16. Primarily working in photography while occasionally exploring other mediums such at printmaking.

She is best known for her work in portraiture, which she refers to as a “collaborative engagement between photographer and sitter”. While always questioning “the truth”, Ford aims to establish a platform in which her sitter may present themselves as they please. She is interested in topics such as race, and identity.

Her work has been shown in galleries such as Kent State University, Transformer Station, SPACES Gallery,

The Morgan Conservatory, The Cleveland Print Room, Zygote Press, and Waterloo Arts located in Cleveland, OH. Selected as a 2019 Gordon Square Arts District Artist-In-Residence, you may find some of Ford’s work on the back of the Capitol Theatre Building located at the corner of Detroit and West 65th. Ford was also awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2017.

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Brandon Peck

VIDEOGRAPHY

Cleveland-native Brandon Peck is a creative director and videographer who focuses on documentary and lifestyle work. He brings thoughtful craft and human composition to his projects – creating lasting memories, capturing critical moments, and engaging with both individual subjects and larger social dialogue.

“My favorite part of the job is telling real stories,” Brandon says. “That’s honestly what inspired me to become a filmmaker: Taking life and writing it down. Helping people create a sort of legacy for themselves to look back on or sparking something inside a kid who is just realizing their own.”

A Cuyahoga Community College graduate, Peck has worked with the Cleveland Foundation, Breakthrough Schools, NASA, Jason Mraz, Tri-C JazzFest, and more – including films by Warner Bros & TriStar Pictures. He was recently awarded a photojournalism fellowship through the Cleveland Print Room’s Capturing Cleveland Initiative. 

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Philip McFee

PROJECT DESIGN

Philip McFee is the Founder and Principal of Flying Hand Studio, MidTown Cleveland's brand design partners since 2017. A designer and illustrator, he specializes in multidisciplinary creative projects that develop compelling voices for nonprofits and community-minded businesses.

Philip's branding work in collaboration with MidTown was honored with a 2018 Vibrant City Award from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. When working with MidTown – or any partner – he draws on historical materials, documentary sources, and stakeholder input to create a singular visual voice that rings true and can evolve over time.

The current MidTown brand was devised as an adaptable platform for showcasing the voices and views of the community. Faces of the Town is the culmination of years of efforts to realize this vision, and Philip is profoundly grateful for the artists, advocates, and supporters who have helped make this project possible.

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Community Champions : MidTown Members

Membership | Year Joined

2019 through August 1, 2020

* Includes In-kind Contributions

$50,000 – $100,000

Minute Men, Inc. | 1989
(1-888-OhioComp – 2004; Complete Payroll Management – 2010)

Parkwood Corporation |­ 1983

$25,000 – $49,999

Dealer Tire | 1993

$10,000 – $24,999

Flying Hand Studio* | 2017

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District ­| 1985

University Hospitals | 2008

$5,000 – $9,999

Applied Industrial Technologies |­ 1983
Buckeye Business Products/ Pubco / Kroy | 2017
Case Western Reserve University | 2018

Cleveland Clinic ­| 2002
Cleveland State University | 1997
CleveLawn | 2019

First Energy | 2018
Geis Companies / Hemingway Development | 2009
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority ­| 1991

JakPrints, Inc.* | 2015
MCPc | 2017
PNC Bank |­ 1983

$2,500 – $4,999

Abeona Therapeutics Inc. | 2017
Central Cadillac | 1983
Cleveland Eye Clinic | 2011

Cushman & Wakefield / CRESCO | 2016
DigitalC | 2018
Greater Cleveland Partnership* | 2017

J & M Real Estate Advisors, LLC | 1992
Mussun Sales, Inc. ­| 1993

Porter Properties CLE. LLC | 2018
Third Federal Savings & Loan | 2012

$1,000 – $2,499

Acme Express, Inc. | 1993
AEG Presents / Agora | 2017
Albert M. Higley Company ­| 1983
American Red Cross | 1983
ARC/ Riot | 2008
Asia Services in Action | 2018
Beaty Capital Group / Templelive | 2019
Bialosky & Partners Architects | 2016
CGB Tech Solutions Inc. * | 2012
Cadillac Music Corporation | 2000
CWRU / IOTc | 2018
City Architecture, Inc. |­ 1990
Cleveland HeartLab, Inc. | 2016
Cleveland Indians | 2019

Coleman Spohn Corporation | 1995
Dave’s Marketplace | 1993
Debbie Sibila | 2019
Dish 1 Up Cleveland | 2020
Dollar Bank | 2017
Eagle Foods | 2020
First American Title Company | 2019
First Federal of Lakewood | 2019
First Interstate | 2017
First National Bank | 2017
Frost Architectural Preservation, Inc. | 2011
Harrington Electric Company ­| 1984
Haus Malts, LLC * | 2017
Health-Tech Hospitality | 2017

HP Manufacturing | 1994
HzW Environmental Consultants, Inc. | 2005
JumpStart Inc. | 2012
Kenneth J. Coleman | 1983
Legal News Publishing Company | 1989
MAGNET | 2016
Marous Brothers | 2017
Meaden & Moore | 2013
Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC | 2017
NRP | 2020
Oriana House, Inc. ­| 2001
Pierre’s Ice Cream | 1989
ProCleve Investments, Ltd. | 1984
RDL Architects | 2019

Radio One | 2017
Recovery Resources ­| 1997
Signature Health | 2020
SmartShape Design | 2018
Sussen Foundation, Inc. ­| 1983
Sussen Self Storage ­| 2001
The City Mission |­ 1993
The Krill Company | 2018
Thompson Hine / PMC | 2018
Vazza Real Estate | 2017
Vocon | 2008
Walter / Haverfield | 2017
Weinberg Wealth Management, LLC | 2020

$500 – $999

3131 Corporation | 2018
American Sugar Refining Co. | 2010
Apex Pinnacle Sign | 2019
Asia Plaza Company | 1992
Athersys, Inc. |­ 2000
Burger King / Franchise Operations | 2007
Burkle Hagen | 2017
Centers for Families & Children | 2005
Children’s Museum of Cleveland | 2016
Cleveland Canvas Goods Manufacturing Co. | 1989
Crescent Digital LLC | 2016
Cromwell Mechanical LLC | 2012
Cumberland Development | 2007

Custom Fabricators | 2018
D. O. Summers | 1990
Dimit Architects | 2019
Dodd Camera Company ­| 1994
Dubick Fixture & Supply Co. ­| 1985
General Video of America | 1989
InterContinental Hotel & Conference Center / InterContinental Suites Cleveland / Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic | 1990
Jencen Architecture |­ 1984
Jerry Rothenberg | 1984
Juniper CRE Solutions | 2018
Karpinski Engineering | 1989

KeyBank | 1989
LDA Architects, Inc. | 2014
Margaret W. Wong & Associates Company | 2003
Margolius, Margolius & Associates | 2020
MANN Holdings | 2019
Moskey Dental Laboratories, Inc. ­| 1990
Muller Lofts | 2020
NewBridge of Cleveland Center | 2017
North Coast Commercial / 3311 Perkins Limited | 2017
OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter | 2020
Ohio Addressing Machine Co. | 1989
PIRHL | 2017

Positive Education Program | 1996
P & P Maintenance | 2015
Royal Acme | 2020
Strategy Design Partners | 2017
Squire Patton Boggs | 2019
Tavern Club Co. ­| 1985
The Inspirion Group | 2016
The Krill Company | 2018
The MidTown | 2018
Transaction Realty | 2015
Viking Capital Partners / Esmond | 2018

$250 – $499

3800 Euclid House LLC | 2018
A & S Distributors | 2007
Abraham Realty Company | 2018
Acclaim Communications | 2020
Ace Taxi | 2018
Adam Architecture LLC | 2019
American Coffee Services ­| 1987
American Civil Liberties Union | 2003
Architecture Office | 2019
Bob Brown Consultant | 2017
BT Solar | 2017
Buschman Corp. | 1990
Central Graphics | 2020
Chamberlain College of Nursing | 2015
Chicago Title Insurance Company | 2018
Citiroc Real Estate Company | 2020
Clean Express Auto Wash | 2020
Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council |­ 1987
Cleveland Eye Bank / Eversight | 2013
Cleveland Housing Network | 2001
Cleveland Kraut | 2019

Community of St. Peter | 2019
Copy King | 2016
Craig Melnick | 2018
Cuyahoga County Land Bank | 2018
Copy King | 2003
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities ­| 1983
The Dann Law Firm | 2016
Erie Chinese Journal | 2020
Environmental Design Group | 2017
Fund for Our Economic Future | 2017
G2G Consulting | 2018
Glass Doctor of Cleveland | 1993
Graffiti | 1989
Growth Opportunity Partners, Inc. | 2018
Gust Gallucci & Company | 2013
High Rock Property Advisors, Ltd | 2019
Improve Consulting | 2019
Initiate Studios | 2018
K P Photo Group, Inc. ­| 1998
Karnis Safe & Lock Co., Inc. ­| 1983
Kowit & Company | 2017

Law Office of Deborah Yue | 2020
Learn to Grow Inc. | 2017
LiWah Restaurant | 2006
Loftworks Live / Work Condominiums | 2006
Mace Security International | 2013
Masjid Bilal, Inc. | 2017
McHenry 4.0 | 2019
MedWish | 2018
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory | 2011
Najm Real Estate, Inc. ­| 1989
OHM Advisors | 2017
Ohio Guidestone | 1997
Ozanne Construction | 2019
Partners Environmental | 2017
Passages Inc. | 2020
Plantscaping | 2000
Priority Vending, Inc. ­| 2002
Race Ahead | 2018
Robert P. Madison | 2019
Robert Kloos | 2019
Second Generation Limited | 2003

Shrine of the Conversion of St. Paul | 1983
Signature Sign | 2004
Smartland | 2018
St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church | 2018
Sterling Holdings | 2017
Storybox Cinema | 2018
Target Auto Service | 2013
Taxel Image Group *­ | 1983
Teal Sky Properties | 2019
Tech Elevator | 2018
The Community of St. Peter | 2019
The Orlean Company | 2017
The Salvation Army | 2019
thunder::tech | 2004
University Commons / 1900 E.30th | 2014
Vocational Guidance Services | 2005
Willo Security | 2018
Yosemite Construction | 2019
Your Bean Counters, Inc. | 2014
Ziska Architecture | 2011
Zoller Biacsi Company | 2015

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Adoption Network Cleveland | 2009
Aids Task Force | 2019
Artistic Cast, Inc. ­| 1995
Café Phix MidTown | 2019
Cleveland Asian Festival | 2017
Cleveland Granite & Marble | 2017
Cleveland Kids in Need | 2009
Cleveland Opera Theater | 2015
Cleveland Restoration Society | 2005
Close to Home CDC | 2019
Community Action Against Addiction | 2018

Dancing Wheels | 2018
Dress for Success | 2020
Dunham Tavern | 1989
Economic and Community Development Institute | 2017
Encore Staffing Network | 2018
Global Cleveland | 2020
Greater Cleveland Community Shares | 2017
Greater Cleveland Partnership * | 2018
Greater Cleveland Volunteers | 2019
Greg Peckham | 2019

Hoff & Leigh | 2017
Housing Research & Advocacy Center | 2020
Land Studio | 2019
Kids Book Bank | 2017
Marsha Mockabee | 2020
MPC Plating, Inc. ­| 1987
Morgan Lithography | 2019
Neighborhood Connections | 2018
Neighborhood Leadership Development Program | 2019
New United Distributing Co. *| 2014

Orbital Research, Inc. | 2020
Oswald Companies | 2017
Progressive Arts Alliance | 2019
Ron & Maria Fuqua | 2019
Rowfant Club | 2007
Sequoia Realty | 2017
Shoes and Clothes for Kids | 2020
Skybryte Company | 2004
Urban League of Greater Cleveland | 2014
Youth Opportunity Unlimited | 2020

Other Contributors

City of Cleveland
Cleveland Census Microgrant Coalition
The Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland Hillel Foundation

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Councilman Basheer Jones
Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

The George Gund Foundation
The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation
Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation
Manufacturing Works
PNC Foundation

Organizational Leadership : Board & Committees

Board of Trustees | 2019-2020

* Executive Committee

Chair

Stephanie McHenry *

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Vice Chair

Paul Deutsch *

Bialosky Cleveland

Treasurer

Debbie Sibila *

Dealer Tire

Secretary

Gloria Ware *

JumpStart

Founding Chairman

Morton L. Mandel

Parkwood Corporation

Past Chairs

Lloyd Bell
Kenneth J. Coleman
Michael L. Coticchia
John R. Cunin
Daniel Fashimpaur
G. Robert Klein
Robert B. Lash
M. John Lillis
John R. Melchiorre
Robert V. Munson
Frank H. Porter
Tom Roberts
Shelley Roth
Thomas Roulston
Don Scipione
Daniel C. Sussen

Trustees

Lloyd Bell *

Meaden & Moore LTD

Aparna Bole

University Hospitals

Robert Brown

City Planning Consultant

Maria Campanelli

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Michele Crawford *

Tri C

Brenden Dalzell

Minute Men HR & Staffing

Christin Farmer-Kane

Birthing Beautiful Communities

Paul Federico *

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Matthew Fitzsimmons *

Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC

Pam Gill

Recovery Resources

Darin Haines

MCPc

Ethan Karp

MAGNET

Craig Melnick

Goodyear Tire and Rubber

Candice Miller

Applied Industrial Technologies

Timothy Miller

Forge Biologics

Chinemerem Onyeukwi

Resident

Maria Campanelli

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Frank H. Porter *

Porter Properties CLE. LLC

Julian Rogers

Case Western Reserve University

Matt Salmon *

PNC

Michael R. White *

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

Wayne Wong

NASA

Committees

Emeritus

Frank Porter, Chair

Porter Properties CLE LLC

Kenneth J. Coleman

Fairport Asset Management, LLC

Daniel Fashimpaur

Vitamix

Robert B. Lash

Moskey Dental Laboratories, Inc.

Morton Mandel

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

Robert V. Munson

ProCleve Investments, Ltd.

Gordon Priemer

J & M Real Estate Advisors

Jerome Rothenberg

Jencen Architecture

Don Scipione

Acme Express, Inc.

Daniel C. Sussen

Sussen Foundation, Inc.

Barney Taxel    

Taxel Image Group

Physical Development

Paul Deutsch, Chair

Bialosky Cleveland

Lloyd Bell

Meaden & Moore

Aparna Bole

University Hospitals

Robert Brown

City Planning Consultant

Michele Crawford *

Tri C

Brenden Dalzell

Minute Men HR & Staffing

Darin Haines

MCPc

Craig Melnick

Goodyear Tire and Rubber 

Candice Miller

Applied Industrial Technologies  

Timothy Miller

Forge Biologics

Stephanie McHenry

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Chinemerem Onyeukwi

Resident

Frank Porter

Porter Properties CLE LLC

Gloria Ware

JumpStart

Matthew Salmon

PNC Bank

Finance

Debbie Sibila, Chair

Dealer Tire

Lloyd Bell

Meaden & Moore

Maria Campanelli

The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Paul Deutsch

Bialosky Cleveland

Stephanie McHenry

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Matthew Salmon

PNC Bank

Governance

Matthew Fitzsimmons, Chair

Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC

Lloyd Bell

Meaden & Moore

Ethan Karp

MAGNET

Stephanie McHenry

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Michael R. White

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

Governance

Matthew Salmon, Co-Chair

PNC Bank

Paul Federico, Co-Chair

Greater Cleveland Partnership

Stephanie McHenry

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Frank Porter

Porter Properties CLE LLC

Gloria Ware

JumpStart

Community Connections

Gloria Ware, Co-Chair

JumpStart

Michele Crawford, Co-Chair

Tri-C     

Carolyn Allen

Resident

Oge Anoliefo

JLL

Aparna Bole

University Hospitals

Evelyn Burnett

Third Space Action Lab

Mordecai Cargill

Third Space Action Lab

Pamela Cheng O’Donnell

Turner Construction

Dr. Mark Chupp

Case Western Reserve University

Alana Garrett-Ferguson

Resident / New Voices

Pam Gill

Recovery Resources

Anshawn Ivery

Resident / Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Adam King

Stakeholder

Stephanie McHenry

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Aaron O’Brien

Resident

Chinemerem Onyeukwu

Resident

Anne Richie

Stakeholder

Julian Rogers

Case Western Reserve University   

Brandon Thompson

Resident / Cleveland State University

Wayne Wong

NASA

The Town's Team : MidTown Staff

MidTown Cleveland Inc. Professional Staff

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Jeff Epstein

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MidTown Cleveland, Inc.

DIRECTOR

Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor

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Adam Allen

VISTA - Economic Opportunity Coordinator

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Richard Barga

Vice President of Economic Development

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Alex Cala

MidTown & HTC
Intern

MidTown_Staff_Joi

Joi Carter

Community Engagement & Marketing Manager

MidTown_Staff_Xin

Xinyuan Cui

AsiaTown Community Organizer

MidTown_Staff_Joyce

Joyce Huang

Vice President of Community Development

MidTown_Staff_Carm

Carmalette Kelly

Executive Assistant & Mgr. Office Operations

MidTown_Staff_Sam

Samira Malone

Neighborhood Planning Project Coordinator 

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Stephanie Thurman

Administrative
Assistant

MidTown_Staff_Karis

Karis Tzeng

Project Manager, Asiatown

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