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City Development Officer Participating in Brownfields Panel

David Ebersole, Brownfield Development Officer, has been asked to participate in a panel presentation at the Brownfields 2009 Conference to be held in New Orleans in November. David has been invited to participate because of his involvement with the City’s EPA Sustainability Pilot study of Deconstruction in Cleveland. Deconstruction is a process whereby buildings slated for demolition are disassembled and the materials salvaged are re-used or re-cycled rather than disposed in landfills.

Cleveland Selected to Display ED Program Nationally

The City of Cleveland has been selected by the National League of Cities to display the City’s “Gardening for Greenbacks Program” at the prestigious “Cities Showcase” during the upcoming 2009 Congress of Cities in San Antonio, Texas. The program’s objective is to advance the local food system development by encouraging entrepreneurial market gardening.  The Cities Showcase selects programs that are innovative, replicable, measurable and cost effective from thousands of entries.  It is a great honor to have the City’s one-of-a kind Gardening for Greenbacks program selected.

CEDS Committee Meeting Ranks EDA Applicants

The deadline for the next round of EDA application for the CEDS review will be November 13, 2009 for the committee review. A support letter from the CEDS committee is necessary for the submission of an application to the Economic Development Administration. To acquire the necessary EDA application forms, click here.

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee met on May 28, 2009 to rank the submitted applicants for EDA funding. The ranking is based on the CEDS Project Ranking sheet. The following is the ranking for the projects received for the first round:

Project's Final Rankings

1 Old River Channel Bulkheads 316
2 Bessemer IIB 245
3 Erieview Technology District Facility 187
4 Beachwood Business Development Center 186
5 Strongsville Business & Technology Park, Parcel D 134
6 Cuyahoga County-Cleveland Port Authority Expansion 153

The deadline for the next round of EDA application for the CEDS review will be in early Fall.

Interest-Free Loans for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – Many small businesses may soon be eligible for interest-free loans under the newly launched "America's Recovery Capital" program (ARC), which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Representative Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) announced today. ARC allows small firms to secure interest free loans of $35,000 to pay down existing business debts. Repayment is required to begin within one year. ARC loans are just one component of the strong support for small businesses advocated by Democrats in Congress.

"During these tough economic times many strong, viable businesses need a small line of credit to help meet their needs. America's small businesses are such an integral part of our nation's economy that we must provide support for their survival during this recession. I am proud to support ARC loans for small businesses," said Rep. Fudge.

To qualify for the ARC loans, small firms must demonstrate immediate financial hardship due to the economic downturn although they are otherwise deemed viable by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The loans, made by commercial lenders, can be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debts like credit card obligations, mortgages, lines of credit, and balances due to suppliers, vendors, and utilities. Rep. Fudge said that in addition to the ARC loan program, the Recovery Act contained other measures aimed at helping small firm’s access credit. For instance, the new law increases the loan percentage the SBA can guarantee, makes SBA-backed loans more affordable, and provides tools to unfreeze small business credit markets, thus helping small company’s access capital at affordable rates.

To apply for ARC loans, visit local SBA-approved small business lenders. Loans are available through Sept. 30, 2010, or until appropriated funding is exhausted. Additional information about the ARC loan program is available at

Rep. Fudge coordinates a small business series to offer small businesses structured guidance and strategic resources. To receive meeting notifications, please send contact information to with the subject line: SMALL BUSINESS

Economic Development Administration, US Department of Commerce

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA funding assistance is available to rural and urban areas experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress.

EDA targets its investment assistance on attracting private capital investment and creating higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in those communities and regions that are suffering from economic distress as described. EDA bases funding assistance on locally- and regionally-developed priorities identified by the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

EDA Investment Programs:

  • Public Works and Economic Development Program
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
  • Research and National Technical Assistance
  • Local Technical Assistance
  • Planning Program
  • University Center Economic Development Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program
Green City Growers BEDI Application

The City of Cleveland, Department of Economic Development, is applying for a $2 Million Brownfield Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) Grant and $8 Million in loans from the HUD 108 Loan Guarantee Program. The BEDI program is designed to improve the viability of brownfield redevelopment projects by writing down significant costs for environmental remediation and leveraging HUD and private financing. The City’s partner, Green City Growers, is proposing to construct a commercial greenhouse on a 10 acre site in the Central neighborhood. The greenhouse will create jobs and wealth for low- and moderate-income residents of the City.

Greenhouse Project presentation on June 5, 2009.
Download a PDF version of this presentation.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga Accepting Applications for EDA Funding

Potential applicants eligible for EDA funding assistance should submit a brief 2 page max description of the project to the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development or Cuyahoga County Department of Development. The CEDS committee, which consists of Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, a business from the County, a business from the City, and the regional chamber of commerce, will then review and rank the priority of projects based on:

  1. EDA’s evaluation criteria
  2. EDA’s funding priorities
  3. CEDS economic development priorities

The deadline for submitting project descriptions to the CEDS Committee is May 15th, 2009 

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) received $150 million to create jobs and boost development in parts of the country hit hard by the recession. EDA’s usual allocation is $26 million. The Cleveland-Cuyahoga region usually receives $500,000 to $1,250,000. -more

The City of Clevelandand Cuyahoga County have continuously worked together for over ten years on the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The strategy is a guideline to provide direction for the region and takes into account the work of the Cuyahoga Next Advisors (Blue Ribbon Task Force) and the City’s 2020 Plan.

New Product Program Application Deadline: May 15th!

Individuals and businesses (with sales of less than $50 million per year) that have ideas for new consumer or industrial products which can be manufactured in Cuyahoga can apply for the New Product Development Loan Fund. The program is open to entrepreneurs as well as established businesses. More

2/09: February WEBCO Presentation

Belinda Pesti, Manager for Business Retention and Expansion, presented to twenty businesses from the Western Elmwood Berea Corporation (WEBCO) February 10, 2009. The presentation discussed Mayor Frank Jackson’s programs to assist businesses operate, grow, and expand in the City of Cleveland. The new programs developed by the Department of Economic Development were presented and brochures given to the attendees.

11/20/08: Brownfields Programs Manager Talks to NEO's Hazardous Materials Specialists

Nate Hoelzel and Herbert Mausser, President of NEOCHMM Cleveland’s Brownfield Programs Manager, Nate Hoelzel, presented to the Northeast Ohio Chapter of Hazardous Materials Managers (NEOCHMM), a Local Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers, on November 20, 2008. The presentation was on the Department’s assistance to businesses redeveloping vacant buildings and properties. The audience members, mainly professionals responsible for environmental compliance, and health and safety for commercial and industrial businesses, appreciated the update on the Department’s financing programs, such as the Vacant Properties Initiative, and the efforts of the City’s Industrial-Commercial Land Bank.

6/08- Northeast Ohio Economic Review

The Northeast Ohio Economic Review shows a strong industrial real estate market. 

Real Estate Research Corporation states that Cleveland is one of the top ten industrial markets to watch in 2008.

4/29/08: Local Spin on Earth Day

In celebration of the 38 th Earth Day, the 20/30 Club of Cleveland invited a panel of Cleveland young professionals doing great "green" things in the public, non-profit and for-profit sectors.  These young professionals are leading the trends of sustainability in Cleveland to build a better future for us all.

Coordinated and moderated by the City’s Brownfield Programs Manager, Nate Hoelzel, the panel shared their insights and visions with 20 of their peers in the audience. The underlining theme was educate yourself and set an example for others in your life and together we will make Cleveland a more healthy, sustainable and desirable place to live.

The panel was moderated by Nate Hoelzel, Brownfield Program Manager for the City of Cleveland.  The panel featured the following local experts:

Stephanie Strong -- Entrepreneurs in Cleveland's Green Economy
Catherine Palko -- City of Cleveland, Department of Economic Development—Urban Infill Redevelopment in Cleveland
Justin Glanville – ParkWorks, Building Cleveland by Design—Green Building/ Neighborhood Design in Cleveland
John McGovern – Earth Day Coalition—Clean Transportation in Cleveland
Andrew Watterson – City of Cleveland, Office of Sustainability—Overarching Sustainability: Cleveland's Place in America's Sustainable Urban Renaissance and Economy

The following local entrepreneurs also presented and answered questions:

Ryan McKenzie -- City Wheels
Rebecca Reynolds -- Green Clean, Inc.
Alec McClennan -- Good Nature Organic Lawn Care
Erika Weliczko -- REpower Solutions
Lisa-Jean Sylvia -- Cleveland City Fresh

4/17/08: 13th Annual Business of Brownfields Conference in Pittsburg

Brownfield Programs Manager, Nate Hoelzel, presented with VAP Certified Professional, Michael McKim of Cleveland’s URS-Ohio office, at the Business of Brownfields Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. 

The presentation, entitled “Brownfield Redevelopment in the Urban Environment—Unique Challenges/Lessons Learned”, provided the views of the City and a private consultant on conducting a publicly-led cleanup project.

The City utilized the professional services of an engineering firm to manage the publicly-led cleanup project. The presentation provided the audience with the perspective of both the City and private consulting firm from assessing the property to building a budget, preparing bid specifications, and managing the cleanup to meet the schedule, budget and regulatory program. Lessons learned, numbers and obstacles were discussed.

2/14/08: City Councilman Matt Zone and Brownfield Programs Manager Attend Brownfields Reauthorization Meeting

On February 14, 2008, U.S. Congress House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, held a hearing on the reauthorization of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's brownfields program, which expired in 2006.

Matt Zone, council member, Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the National League of Cities (NLC) Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee testified at the hearing and was accompanied by Nate Hoelzel, Brownfield Programs Manager.

The experience and expertise of both the Councilman and Nate were invaluable to the hearing as testimony strongly articulated the importance of the brownfields program to local governments. Zone called on Congress to increase the overall funding authorization level for brownfields programs; to increase the cap on assessment grant amounts; to increase technical assistance offered to communities; and to address and resolve the disincentives created by the potential exposure to liability for municipalities who attempt to facilitate reuse of brownfield properties.

Members of the Committee told Zone they would work with NLC and Cleveland to resolve the liability issues for local governments in any effort to reauthorize the Brownfields program this year.  Full Text

3/08: Cuyahoga County Announces New Product Funding Round for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses -more

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