he planning process for the Opportunity Corridor has engaged a complex and diverse group of stakeholders encompassing neighborhood residents, business owners, religious, medical, and educational institutions, community organizations, elected officials, and professionals in urban design, transportation, transit, community and economic development, and art.
OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR PARTNERSHIP OFFICE
In June of 2014 with funding from local foundations, the Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee and Greater Cleveland Partnership established the Opportunity Corridor Partnership Office. Acting on behalf of the Steering Committee, the Partnership Office is responsible for coordinating the Steering Committee and related work groups, including over 70 active engaged businesses, residents, institutions and agencies who are working in various capacities to assure that the intended transformational economic and community development results are achieved, particularly for the adjacent neighborhoods.
The Partnership Office is assembling the necessary resources to fund implementation of existing community plans; community engagement & outreach particularly with regard to job placement & training; site assembly and pre-development activities; and planning, zoning & design.
THE STEERING COMMITTEE
The idea of a connection between University Circle, Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods, and the interstate system has been under discussion for many years. In 2009 the Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee was established to bring together leaders of Cleveland institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations as well as residents from neighborhoods to plan the best possible project. This inclusive group has been responsible for crafting the vision and scope of this transformational infrastructure project. The Steering Committee is chaired by Eddie Taylor, president of Taylor Oswald, and Michael Taylor, senior vice president at PNC Bank.
Over more than a decade of study and planning, the agencies and individuals who served on the Committee have provided expertise in designing a boulevard that supports neighborhood planning initiatives, fosters desired job creation, and creates positive impacts for the communities through which it traverses.
This committed group continues to grow in number as its focus turns from shaping the boulevard itself to tackling the intricate and multifaceted efforts of supporting economic growth in the surrounding community.
CITY OF CLEVELAND
City Planning Commission; Community Development Department; Economic Development Department; Division of Traffic Engineering; Office of Capital Projects; Office of Sustainability and City Council: In addition to ODOT, the City is the official sponsor of the boulevard. The City Planning Commission oversees the development of new design guidelines for physical development, and design overlay districts. City departments have responsibility for approving specific aspects of the road, including bridges, traffic patterns, and multi-modal accommodations. The Office of Equal Opportunity is responsible for the minority inclusion efforts on related development projects that have public subsidy funding.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS (CDCS)
CDCs are geographically based non-profit development corporations working to revitalize their respective neighborhoods. Each of these neighborhoods are implementing development plans that have been approved by their respective neighborhoods:
Burten Bell Carr (Kinsman and Central neighborhoods)
GREATER CLEVELAND PARTNERSHIP (GCP)
As the region’s Chamber of Commerce charged with mobilizing private sector leadership to improve the economic prosperity of the region, GCP has been a leading advocate for Opportunity Corridor over the past 10 years. In addition to convening the Steering Committee and housing the Opportunity Corridor Partnership Office, GCP provides significant funding support, including both in-kind and grant funding to support transformational economic and community development results anticipated from the project. GCP also houses the Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program to increase board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among employers in Northeast Ohio and throughout Ohio.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ODOT)
ODOT is responsible for managing the construction of the road building project, including the engineering, property acquisition, resident and business relocation, contracting and construction. ODOT and their engineer, HTNB, have been active with the Steering Committee and all the stakeholders in developing the final alignment and all associated road details. ODOT has also worked with Federal Highway Administration on measures to mitigate negative impacts of the road.
INCLUSION ADVISORY COMMITTEE: This committee was formed in October 2014 by ODOT to address diversity and inclusion efforts, particularly those related to the road's construction. Co-chaired by Andrew Jackson, President & CEO of Elson’s International and Bernie Moreno, President & CEO of The Collection Auto Group, the committee members are
community leaders that include City of Cleveland officials, Cuyahoga County officials, ministers, unions and business owners. The Committee works with the various entities that are working on and around the Opportunity Corridor to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and support them in achieving their diversity and inclusion objectives.
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