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Over at Map the Mess, I get folks who send in stories and ideas to connect. This one caught my eye this morning.
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Frank Giglio, West 14th, Tremont area. His home was targeted by Cleveland Building and Housing. Three of the inspectors on his case pleaded guilty to bribery in Federal Court and are now in prison. His home was condemned and finally demolished and did not deserve to be. He was targeted by the corrupt builidng and housing department along with Councilman Cimperman and Tremont West. Frank Giglio is now homeless.
It will be interesting to see what new business model emerges for the Indians. In the Jacobs’ era, the Indians drew in excess of 3 million per year. Jacobs sold the Indians to the Dolans for $325 million. Last spring, before the dismal season, Forbes valued the team at $390 million. Paul Hoynes of the PD writes:
They’re coming off a 97-loss season. A season that saw them lose, according to Indians President Paul Dolan, $16 million. While MLB attendance dropped an average of 6.7 percent last season, the Indians dropped 18.6 percent, free-falling from 2,169,722 in 2008 to 1,766,242.
The roster has undergone two years of sweeping trades. At the end of last season, manager Eric Wedge and his staff were fired. Wedge had been on the job for seven years.
The Indians opened last season with a 25-man payroll of $81.5 million, putting them right in the middle of the MLB’s 30 teams. Next season the Indians will be cellar dwellers.
They have $48.1 million committed to Travis Hafner ($11.5 million), Jake Westbrook ($11), Wood ($10.5), Grady Sizemore ($5.6), Fausto Carmona ($4.9) and Jhonny Peralta ($4.6).
Look for the remaining 20 members of the 25-man roster, no matter who they are, to average the major league minimum of $400,000, or a little above, to put the payroll somewhere between $56 million and $65 million.
Here’s a graph of payroll efficiency in 2007, before the Dolans dismantled the team.
Source: Baseball Analysts
Here’s one alternative model, followed by the Pirates, in which the team turns a profit regardless of the number of wins:
Are Some MLB Teams Profiting While Living on Welfare?
From Nashville Post:
The Nashville Convention Center will be the future home of Nashville’s massive medical trade center if Metro lawmakers give it the green light early next year.
The Nashville Medical Trade Center, which is being planned by Market Center Management Co. out of Dallas, will add 12 stories to the Convention Center and eventually comprise 2 million square feet of permanent and temporary showrooms for health care manufacturers, distributors and information technology companies, as well as educational space and conference facilities for medical trade shows.
Slated to cost $250 million, the project will add 1.5 million square feet to the Convention Center. At the unveiling of the plans this morning, officials said they expect the NMTC to attract between 100,000 and 150,000 visitors per year and generate 2,700 jobs. For renderings of the planned facility – which will among other things move the convention center’s Fifth Avenue facade back 40 feet and try to achieve LEED Silver certification – click here.
December 4th, 2009
New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel announced today the release of a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of offshore wind power projects in the New York State waters of Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario. Not only will this represent the first initiative in the Great Lakes, it will be the first wind power development of any kind in a fresh water body in the nation.
“The development of a wind energy project in the Great Lakes off the shores of New York will bring us another step towards my goal to meet 30 percent of the State’s electricity needs from renewable resources by 2015, help demonstrate the significantly untapped potential of offshore wind, and bring new clean energy jobs to Western New York,” Governor Paterson said.
Download the RFP here.
December 4th, 2009
December 4th, 2009
Community Renewal International (http://www.sbcr.us/) is using open networks to bring prosperity back to inner city neighborhoods. They are focused on intentionally building the relationships needed for a community to survive and thrive.
Today, Community Renewal is meeting with its investors to explore new measures of impacts.
The paper below to highlights how Community Renewal can measure its impacts. It explores how we will be measuring in economic development the future. We will be going beyond simple-minded (and easily manipulated) measures of jobs.
Here’s what’s cooking: The top 50 from the New York Times. Click through to see the graphic and the regional differences across the U.S.
Ohio is big on casseroles (sweet potato, corn, and broccoli but not green bean so much), deviled eggs and cheese balls. Yams are big in the West If you like butternut squash, chances are you have some roots in New England Apple pie is big in New England, sweet potato pie is big in the South
Also, in this video, from the American Chemical Society, a chemist dressed in a pilgrim costume and a lab coat explains how those pop-up turkey timers work:
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Ryan understands what’s at stake.
“We had a tech boom and we missed it. We had a housing boom and we missed it. Now the next great boom is the green technology boom, and we are not going to miss it.”
And from yesterday’s LA Times:
At a recent solar energy conference in Anaheim, economic development officials from Ohio talked up a state that seemed far removed from the solar panels and high-tech devices that dominated the convention floor.Ohio, long known for its smokestack auto plants and metal-bending factories, would be an ideal place for green technology companies to set up shop, they said….
Now the tables have turned as solar start-ups, wind turbine companies and electric carmakers from California and the Southwest migrate to the nation’s industrial heartland. They’re looking to tap its manufacturing might and legions of skilled workers, hit hard by the near-collapse of the United States auto industry and eager for work.
For all of green tech’s futuristic sheen, solar power plants and wind farms are made of much of the same stuff as automobiles: machine-stamped steel, glass and gearboxes.