Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cleveland Community Relations Board Announce Findings of Race Equity Report

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Recommendations include strategic change through individual effort and public/private partnerships  

CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board (CRB) today announced findings from its Race Equity report. The report highlights a series of conversations with residents on their thoughts about race relations and equity in Cleveland. It offers recommendations for all departments within the City, individuals, neighborhoods and corporations to help address systemic disparities. View the report and the video from today’s announcement. 

The report is part of Mayor Jackson’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, a series of programs and legislation to improve quality of life for city residents.

“The success of this report, as with many projects in our city, depends on us working as one Cleveland,” said Mayor Jackson. “A great city will be measured by the wellbeing of its people and all of these pieces together will help opportunity and accessibility for all.”

Additional attendees at the press conference include Former Executive Director of Community Relations and current Councilman Blaine Griffin; Adriennie Hatten, Ph.D., Independent Non Profit Management Consultant, Adjunct Professor Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University; Peter Whitt, Community Relations Board, Enlightenment Consulting, LLC; Director of City Planning Freddy Collier; Interim Executive Director of Community Relations Grady Stevenson; Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams; Chief of Sustainability Matt Gray; Chief of Public Affairs Natoya Walker Minor; Chief of Youth Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity Duane Deskins and Consent Decree Implementation Coordinator, Gregory A. White.

Community conversations for the report were held in neoghborhoods throughout Cleveland including Detroit Shoreway, North Collinwood, Bellaire-Puritas, University Circle and Ohio City. The report finds changing perceptions of people, can change people’s realities and experiences. It also finds that race relations can only improve through the result of direct and specific action and intent.

The report provides recommendations, including creating management strategies at the City, corporate board and organizational leadership levels that focus on racial equity. Mayor Jackson’s initiatives such as Community Benefits Agreement and the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative are examples of how the City is helping address disparity and equity through neighborhood and economic development strategies. 

The report is a basis for ongoing community conversations. 

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