Neighborhood Vision 2025
MidTown comprises a rich array of unique businesses including wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, professional and creative offices and more. These local industries and businesses truly set MidTown apart from other neighborhoods. The local businesses that have helped to shape MidTown’s identity should be celebrated to promote MidTown as a good place to do business and to increase the visibility and awareness of local businesses from local residents. Let’s tell the stories about what these businesses make through art, tours and programs designed to encourage people and institutions to buy and procure locally.
Connect businesses with existing grants for storefront rehab and improvements. Aspire to support (e.g. coordination & funding) collaborations between local artists and local businesses to create bold, visible signage in MidTown.
Create/Expand signage rebate program or incentives for manufacturing businesses to put up telltale signage.
Capitalize on existing banner program.
Local Business & Property Owners
Celebrate Local Businesses
Create Campaigns and Events to Raise Awareness & Visibility of Local Businesses
Connect residents to what’s happening at local businesses and add to MidTown’s reputation as a center of innovation. Create ways to help families engage in “invisible” industries and forge stronger connections between the resident and business communities of MidTown. Use local events and block parties as an opportunity to connect job seekers, youth, and visitors to existing neighborhood employers who may do business out of public eye.
Promote “Buy Local” & “Procure Local” Campaigns to Help Boost the Midtown Economy
Promote local manufacturers and b2b services in in MidTown; seek commitment by local institutions to look to the local economy to meet their business needs. Continue marketing campaigns that encourages patronage of local businesses.
Establish and Market Midtown as the Nonprofit District of Cleveland
MidTown is already home to over 60 nonprofits, social service and support institutions. Strengthening ties among the network of local nonprofits and community-focused organizations will reinforce MidTown as the Nonprofit District of Cleveland. Efforts should focus on enabling growth, retention, and drawing new, beneficial partners to the area to meet the local needs.