Port Proposes Strategic Plan, Board Approves Purchase of downtown cleveland office building

July 20, 2011 – The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority staff proposed a Strategic Action Plan today that calls on the organization to step up in targeted and unprecedented ways to help deliver on community ambitions for job creation, economic vitality, and waterfront renewal.

Staff presented the draft to the Port’s Board of Directors for review. The Port will solicit community feedback and likely ask the Board to vote on the proposal at its September meeting.

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Port Authority Hires Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs

July 20, 2011—The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has hired James White, a highly regarded expert on Great Lakes and Cuyahoga River issues, as its first Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs.

White’s appointment to the new position reflects the Port’s intent to link economic and environmental revitalization with innovative, sound, and environmentally-friendly initiatives. White will lead programs to integrate sustainable practices across Port activities; oversee Port work to develop a market for sediment dredged from the river so it can be put to beneficial use; and, manage renewal projects on the Cuyahoga River, including a debris-removal operation.

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Obama Administration Launches Strong Cities, Strong Communities to Support Development in Cleveland, Ohio

July 11, 2011 – Today, the Obama Administration launched Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a new and customized pilot initiative to strengthen local capacity and spark economic growth in local communities, while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently. To accomplish this, federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with six cities: Cleveland, Ohio; Chester, Pa.; Detroit, Mich.; Fresno, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; and New Orleans, La. These teams will work with local governments, the private sector, and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support the work being done at the local level to encourage economic growth and community development.

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