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CDA-Supported Ohio City Galley Restaurant Accelerator to Open in October 

Ohio City Galley, a food hall restaurant accelerator supported by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Cleveland Development Advisors (CDA), is scheduled to open in October.

Located at 1400 W.25 St. and part of “The Quarter” project in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, the $1.8-million development acts as a launch pad for restaurant entrepreneurs. Chef owners apply for one of four kitchen spaces in the 8,000-square-foot space to operate at low cost and low risk for one year. 

Currently under construction, CDA provided project investment in the form of a $500,000 CDA-CRF loan. The City of Cleveland partnered with CDA on the project.  

Chefs chosen include: 

• Michael Nowak, Poca Casual Mexican
• Anthony Zappola, The Rice Shop
• Brothers Michael Schoen and Tom Schoen of TINMAN
• Victor Searcy, Jr., Sauce the City

“CDA is excited to help bring Galley Group’s culinary incubator concept to Cleveland,” Yvette Ittu, executive vice president, finance and operations, for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. “It will be a great anchor tenant for the corner space next to the Beauty Shoppe co-working space (also CDA financed). Both of these innovative concepts are part of the larger project The Quarter (also CDA financed) which opened this summer. 

w25D Support

CDA is an active supporter of other West Side projects, including those in the w25D “Quarter” Project. 

w25D Commercial: The commercial side of the project includes commercial space, transportation, streetscape, parking and park improvements. CDA provided $10-million in New Market Tax Credits allocation.

w25D Residential: The residential project includes the construction of 194 apartment units. CDA provided a $2.5-million loan for the project.

Help CMSD 11th Graders Create Resumes

As part of our college and career readiness work with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Academies of Cleveland schools, the GCP is seeking business professionals who are interested in helping students prepare for real-life job opportunities by assisting them with creating and/or improving their resumes. Volunteers are needed for the Academies of Cleveland Resume Workshop on Thursday, August 30 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Your role will be to guide the student through creating a resume and provide constructive feedback if they already have one. All volunteers will be given instructions and guidelines prior to the session.
The Resume Workshop will be held at East Professional Development Center. Please contact Angela Finding at 216-592-2385 or with questions or to volunteer. 

Share Your Industry Expertise with CMSD High School Students

The Academies of Cleveland (AoC) focus on college and career readiness for students in five Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high schools. Each school—Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams Business Careers Center, Martin Luther King Jr., Washington Park Environmental Studies and Max S. Hayes—concentrates on career pathways from a variety of industries that drive economic growth in our community.
We are inviting Greater Cleveland Partnership members to provide industry expertise and interactive, career-exposure experiences for AoC students at the 3rd Annual Ninth Grade Career Experience Fair on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at East Professional Development Center.
We are recruiting representatives from the following industries to exhibit:
• Biomedical Science
• Engineering 
• Culinary Arts and Hospitality
• Finance
• Marketing
• Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
• Healthcare           
• Law and Public Safety 
• Animal Science and Management
• Horticulture and Landscape Design
• Automotive Technology; Construction Technology; Diesel Technology
• Manufacturing
To sign up, or to receive more information, please contact Angela Finding at or 216.592.2385.

Volunteer for True 2U

Recognizing that career readiness starts early, an innovative program True2U—a collaboration among the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, MyCom, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute— provides eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success.

We invite business professionals from all industries to volunteer as mentors for the program. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Mentors will meet with a cohort of students monthly, for two-hour sessions, from October to May. 

To submit your mentor application, please click HERE.

For questions about mentoring, contact Angela Finding at or 216-592-2385.