Ed Morrison · Team NEO awards

June 3rd, 2009

Ten Economic Development Initiatives Honored By Team NEO

The University of Akron and Lorain County Community College are looking to strengthen their partnership, the Innovation Alliance.

To make it official, Dr. Luis M. Proenza, president of The University of Akron, and Dr. Roy Church, president of Lorain County Community College, signed the shared services agreement last month.

They have invited new partners to join in an agreement to share technologies and services that well benefit the schools and serve as a model for the University System of Ohio and nationwide.

The University of Akron and Lorain County Community College strengthen their partnership

Got plans Fri night? Care to join us on the ‘loo?

Enjoy food, drink, music, art, and more in one festive evening on Waterloo Road, in Cleveland’s hoppin’ new arts district. With great nosh and live music in multiple locations, gallery exhibits and happenings throughout the street, and great prize drawings for freebies from some of the city’s coolest restaurants and shops, there’s something for everyone and tons of value for just $30 per person or $50 per couple. Come early from work, and spend your cocktail hour with us, or make this the first stop in a night out in our great entertainment district – but be sure to be there at 8:00pm for the unveiling of the very first artwork created for the innovative Waterloo Walls community mural project.

All proceeds benefit both the Waterloo Arts Fest, Cleveland’s fastest-growing, grassroots, arts-centric community festival, and Waterloo Walls, an initiative spearheaded by Marlee Brown of Shoparooni.

via Great Night on Waterloo to Benefit Waterloo Arts Fest and Waterloo Walls Mural Project : Arts Collinwood.

Got a message from a friend at the Cleveland City Mission (where my dad is Director of Facilities) and their emergency food pantry is empty (see the picture on their homepage). If you’re so inclined your donations will be gratefully received.

via GeorgeNemeth.com – The City Mission.

American Youth exhibition and book launch June 5 at Low Life Gallery : Arts Collinwood.

Christian Science Monitor reports from Youngstown. My brother, Hunter, expresses the challenge we now face across the Great Lakes. How do we creatively shrink cities?

When the steel mills closed more than 30 years ago, Youngstown was left without much of the stable, middle-class base that kept the city humming. Thousands of vacant properties now blight city streets, and natives often find themselves the only remaining residents on a block that once housed 10 families.

But without manufacturing, the city was forced to redefine itself, says Hunter Morrison, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at Youngstown State University. Successfully reorienting a dying city requires identifying what strengths the city has left and building out from there, he says.

“It’s the big bang theory: Just the way the universe expands it also contracts, and when you contract you go back to the core,” says Mr. Morrison, an early architect of the 2010 plan. For cities in flux, the core becomes any kind of business that can’t go anywhere – the permanent economic engines, Morrison says. With the steel mills gone, what’s left in Youngstown is a university and a couple of hospitals – “eds and meds,” city planners say.

“We’re going from a mill town to a college town,” Morrison says. Youngstown State is far from an economic and research powerhouse, but, he says, it’s the city’s best hope for a future, and it’s here to stay.

“The university has 14,000 immigrants to the knowledge economy every year,” he says. “If we link and leverage our resources, more will stay here.”

  • A Rust Belt city tries to shrink its way to success
  • Strategy Session 2009 | Presentations by:

  • Chris Ronayne, University Circle Inc.
  • Terry Schwarz, Cleveland State Urban Design Collaborative/Shrinking Cities Institute
  • More here.

    Interesting report:

  • University Research Corridor sparks job growth in health sciences, study shows
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  • Video on Michigan’s University Research Corridor
  • New Ways for Arts Organizations to Finance Their Operations

    Ed Morrison · Unplugged

    May 29th, 2009

    Here’s yet another example of how Cleveland’s leadership has drifted out of touch with the underlying realities of the regional economy..

    Cleveland State University’s new president may get million-dollar penthouse

    It’s laughable. These folks have a political tin ear. (What will faculty, students, or state legislators think when reading this story?)

    As for the new Prez: He appears oblivious to his image as the head of a public institution in a time of extraordinary fiscal stress.

    Not a good sign.

    Here’s one metric to keep matters in perspective. Cleveland State is a relatively small public research university.

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