Economic development is crucial for the vitality and success of the City of Cleveland and Ward 3. Since 1997, Councilman Cimperman has worked tirelessly to improve the City of Cleveland by reducing blight, attracting and retaining businesses, implementing programs to attract retailers and customers, and working collaboratively with organizations to improve the City.
Councilman Cimperman is proud of the success that has been achieved in Ward 3’s neighborhoods. Much of the success of these areas can be attributed to Councilman Cimperman’s collaborative approach to problem solving and his ability to inject passion and energy into projects of all scales.
Recently, Councilman Cimperman has been focusing efforts on revitalizing one of Cleveland’s most unique neighborhoods – the Flats. The Flats neighborhood is comprised of six very different land uses – residential, commercial, recreational, industrial, maritime, and entertainment. Although these land uses are very different, their collaboration and teamwork is important for creating economic development, infrastructure renewal, and a unified vision for the Flats.
The Flats is where Cleveland started and where Cleveland can start again by providing access to all parties and doing what we have been doing for years – reigniting the heritage and memories of the Flats. Councilman Cimperman brought the Flats stakeholders together and representatives from the various land uses, many of whom had never been represented before, to form Flats Forward, a registered non-profit that creates a voice for everyone with the common goal of making the Flats better for all. By working together, the Flats is moving forward and Cleveland is setting an example of how collaborating can mean economic development and infrastructure renewal.
Councilman Cimperman believes in creating and assisting in the promotion of economic opportunities that create living-wage jobs, a unique Cleveland, and economic sustainability within the City. In 2011, Councilman Cimperman introduced Ordinance No. 210-11, an Ordinance that creates a clear process for entrepreneurs wishing to start mobile food operations. By introducing this Ordinance, Councilman Cimperman brought predictability and developed a clear-cut procedure for interested entrepreneurs, making the process more straightforward and simpler for independent entrepreneurs.
In 2005, Councilman Cimperman worked diligently with City Council leadership to successfully redevelop vacant brownfield in Cleveland’s industrial valley into what is now Steelyard Commons. Steelyard Commons has been successfully providing residents and visitors to Cleveland an array of consumer choices while simultaneously creating economic develop that benefits small businesses and neighborhoods because of its tax increment financing (TIF) component. The TIF will devote the City’s share of the incremental tax revenue to a fund to be used by the City for a variety of neighborhood revitalization efforts, such as small business loans or land acquisition for public use.
Clean, safe, and inviting environments promote business development and attract retailers and customers to Cleveland’s neighborhoods. Councilman Cimperman was active in the creation of the Downtown Cleveland Special Improvement District. The Downtown Cleveland SID has been instrumental in the success and resurgence in Downtown Cleveland by supplementing City services that allow Downtown to be economically competitive and environmentally attractive to current and future residential, commercial, and retail tenants. Resounding support for the Downtown Cleveland SID has led to increased expansion of SIDs throughout the City. Most recently, the Ohio City Neighborhood implemented a SID that is being met with enthusiasm from business owners, residents, and visitors to Ohio City because of the improved atmosphere. Councilman Cimperman is proud of the wide support that the SIDs have received.