2 Days: Open Source Economic Development Curriculum: New Practices and Tools for Economic Development

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 11:36.
06/29/2006 - 08:00
06/29/2006 - 16:00
Day One and Two: Thursday, June 29th & Friday, June 30th


Open Source Economic Development: New Practices and Tools for Economic Development. Open Source Economic Development is a new approach to economic development that shows you how to develop the open networks that drive innovation in a two-day curriculum.


Baldwin Wallace College, Strosacker Hall, College Union
275 Eastland Rd. Register:
Berea, OH
United States
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Strap on your goggles...It's a whole new game!

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 11:16.

Strap on your goggles...It's a whole new game!

Presented with the generous support of Cleveland State University Nance College of Business Administration

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Do you know of any non profits in the community who are collaborating on intiatives?

Submitted by William on Tue, 06/13/2006 - 19:09.

'Non profits are not working together', is a statement I hear almost on a daily basis.  I actually don't agree with this statement.  I think this problem has been changing in the last 5 years in NEO.  There are many non-profits who have come together (without force from funders to collaborate).  I think the non-profit community has done a bad job in highlighting these collaborations to the community at large.


Reflections on John Osher's Talk at OVA

Submitted by Charles on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 22:42.

Image courtesy of Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio

On Friday, June 9th, John Osher shared some thoughts about starting a business and being a successful entrepreneur with the Ohio Venture Association, based on his life experience.

Prior to Mr. Osher's presentation, Michael Weider of Gauntlet Technology Systems gave a Five-Minute Forum presentation on his company's patented technology that is designed to keep impaired individuals from starting their vehicles and to prevent vehicle theft.

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NEO will benefit from closing Constant Systems, if we leverage the opportunities ahead

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/11/2006 - 10:01.

Last week, I had a chance to catch up with Constant Systems' Aiden Audouy for a report on their progress for basing some operations of this exciting biotech company in Northeast Ohio (see scenario here). The news for Constant Systems world-wide is all great, offering incredible opportunity in the coming months and years for NEO, may we close Constant Systems. Read on...



Where's this lead hazard? Don't ask Sherwin Williams

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 06/09/2006 - 23:23.



One of the defenses of the paint and lead industries against litigation over lead poisoning is the paint companies claim there is no way to identify which paint company made which lead paint - they claim is is all one big public nuisance and deny any responsibility.

Proctor to speak at NOACA Summit

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 15:31.
06/09/2006 - 09:30
06/09/2006 - 14:00

Gordon Proctor
The Northeast Ohio Area Coordination Agency's (NOACA) 7th Annual Summit, "Exploring Our Region's Potential," will be held Friday, June 9, 2006. The Summit will focus on transportation, economic development, and air and water quality issues in Northeast Ohio. Lee Fisher (D) and Representative Tom Raga (R), candidates for lieutenant governor, will present their plans for economic development in Ohio and the region. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Summit begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs to about 2 p.m.


Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH
United States

John Osher to Address Ohio Venture Association

Submitted by Charles on Mon, 06/05/2006 - 14:28.
06/09/2006 - 11:30
06/09/2006 - 13:30

Image courtesy of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
This Friday's meeting of the Ohio Venture Association is likely to be a sellout so make your reservations now!

The Union Club

1211 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio
Map and Driving Directions
(free parking at The Union Club - enter garage off E. 12th St.) Price: Member: $25 with reservation/$35 without reservation
Non-member: $40 with reservation/$50 without reservation
Register online using our secure registration form.

John Osher never went to class on a sunny day. In fact, he struggled through seven years of undergraduate work at three separate universities before graduating from Boston University with a degree in Psychology. John has never been hired to work for any company, nor has he ever been elected or appointed to any office of any kind. And yet, he has proven to be one of America's most successful entrepreneurs over the past twenty years. He did it simply by short circuiting the system, by starting all of his own businesses and appointing himself President since the age of five. Now that he is older, he prefers to appoint himself Chairman.


The Union Club
1211 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH
United States
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Cycling Needs to Play Part In A National Energy Strategy

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Sat, 06/03/2006 - 21:15.


While Congress debates energy and gas saving strategies, they should consider one to help North East Ohio residents adopt personal energy and cost saving strategies, by reducing fuel demand,  traffic congestion and promoting improved health.  Congress can help America get out of their car and onto a bike.  Cycling can be an important component in a national energy strategy.   

A Sustainable Ingenuity

Submitted by MShafarenko on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 12:26.

Measures have been taken to greenify the Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology. In particular, recycling bins have been donated to us by the City of Cleveland and we are excited to be environmentally conscious in our efforts.

Net Neutrality

Submitted by Martha Eakin on Fri, 06/02/2006 - 10:07.

 A while back this issue came up on Realneo. Over at Bytes from Lev, he has a good explanation of what is at stake:

2006 Lead Awareness Week Rally July 19 in downtown Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/29/2006 - 20:15.


 Wednesday, July 19, a rally will be held in downtown Cleveland to expand awareness of the critical community health, education and economic crisis of lead poisoning. The rally will begin by the Old Stone Church on Public Square, where supporters will convene for a march to Cleveland Mall C, next to Cleveland City Hall - there will be presentations on lead and other appropriate activities...

Join small group of people changing the world by eradicating lead poisoning in NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 05/29/2006 - 14:45.


I saw this posted at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries at a meeting planning a rally for lead awareness to be staged in downtown Cleveland - meeting at Tower City around 11 AM and marching to City Hall for presentations and enlightenment at noon - July 19th at Cleveland Hall Rotunda - please let me know if you'd like to help in the planning and logistics by posting here or emailing norm [at] realinks [dot] us - more info to post to  REALNEO soon.

X and ODOT mark the spots where Wolstein invests - hence the redesign of the Trench

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 15:24.


When you look at the sites of all Wolstein Developers Diversified Realty projects they are low quality big box strip centers, located at major highway interchanges. In the case of the interchange above, the highway ramp off I-271 literally feeds right into the DDR WalMart development.

Wolstein Architect for East Bank - Plain Dealing qualifications?!?!?

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 10:05.



Developers Diversified Realty nation's leading developer of market-dominant community centers

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 05/26/2006 - 08:10.


  From DDR Website at


Developers Diversified Realty currently owns and manages approximately 500 operating and development properties totaling approximately 113 million square feet of real estate in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Developers Diversified is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) operating as a fully integrated real estate company which acquires, develops, leases and manages shopping centers. To locate a Developers Diversified shopping center, choose the search option below to customize a search using your criteria or use our interactive map to browse all of Developers Diversified's shopping centers.


ODOT’s Gordon Proctor at The City Club of Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 13:55.
06/07/2006 - 12:00
06/07/2006 - 13:30

Driving into the Future: The Innerbelt Project


City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH
United States

good news for downtown development

Submitted by Susan Miller on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 08:32.

In this morning's PD - bathhouse without government funding (tax abatement) in a new neighborhood. Like Fong says, new developments begin with one artist or in this case, entrepreneur beginning in one building, and others who join that urban pioneer. We need more bath houses. I especially like that they have renovated without damaging the historical structures or details. See the link...

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Is Wolstein a good developer. or just a REIT? Let's look around NEO

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 02:12.


Attention K-Mart Clevelanders - the Wolstein site plan above is what you can expect from his public Real Estate Investment Trust - what he and his stockholders want is a 12-15% return - they only exist to make money.

Wolstein Development

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 05/25/2006 - 01:54.



Latest on Bridge is they are drilling test bores and moving forward

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 05/23/2006 - 12:20.


From the picture above, taken May 22, 2006, it is pretty clear they are moving forward with the Northern Bridge plan. Here they are spending lots of money brilling test bores in the base of the Central Viaduct. I'm standing on the surface of the Viaduct above, looking across the valley that will be completely filled with a new bridge - all this and the land below the current I-90 bridge could be put into great use, if community leaders here had the vision and courage to stand up to some low level paper pushers in Columbus and their engineering firm. Clearly the current bridge should be moved to the South and this valley should be redeveloped from where I stand all the way to downtown.

UPDATE- Cleveland Innerbelt Project

Submitted by Ed Hauser on Mon, 05/22/2006 - 13:18.

Bridge in France

The ODOT Cleveland Innerbelt Project's- Project Development Process (PDP) & Public Involvement Process (PIP) seem to be in limbo since the last public meeting on November 17, 2005.  ODOT's and City of Cleveland's PDP & PIP Schedule has not been followed and appears to be five (5) months behind schedule.  The "Alternatives Report" and the "Economic Impact Analysis" were scheduled to be completed in December 2005, for public review and comment.  THE REPORT AND ANALYSIS - DO NOT EXIST AT THIS TIME.  Even though the general public has been effectively removed from the public processes, a lot of activity has been going on since November 2005.  Below is a brief update on some of those activities.  Please visit to participate in this community discussion and to get the latest updates on OUR Cleveland Innerbelt Project.

Catching up with new economy superstars, now living in East Cleveland

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 05/20/2006 - 20:45.

While looking for lead testing kits and information in East Cleveland, at Silvermans, I slipped into paparazzi mode as I spotted three future leaders of our NEO new economy, chilling on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. They let me snap their pictures, which will be worth a fortune when these guys are famous. It can happen, when we keep our kids lead free.

County officials to spend cash for innovation

Submitted by prelude2cinema on Sat, 05/20/2006 - 11:22.

County officials to spend cash for innovation
Friday, May 19, 2006 - Tom Breckenridge - Plain Dealer Reporter

Cuyahoga County commissioners are plowing a growing amount of cash into the quest for business innovation.

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