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Levin Morning Briefing

City of Cleveland Community Development – A Neighborhood Revitalization Toolbox

Monday, November 18, 2019
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
1717 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

About this Event

The City of Cleveland’s Community Development department is committed to improving the quality of life in the City of Cleveland by strengthening our neighborhoods through successful housing rehabilitation efforts, commercial rehabilitation efforts, new housing construction, homeownership, and community focused human services. The Department’s neighborhood revitalization toolbox is delivered in partnership with community development corporations, housing partners and private development. The presentation will discuss the work of the department currently and several initiatives that are paving the way to a ten-year housing and neighborhood plan. They include equitable development through a re-examination of our tax abatement and land bank policies and a focus on increasing private lending in our revitalizing and middle neighborhoods.


Tania MenesseTania Menesse, Director of Community Development, City of Cleveland

Tania Menesse is the Director of Community Development for the City of Cleveland. The Department of Community Development is responsible for the city's housing and neighborhood commercial redevelopment programs and the city's efforts to develop neighborhood strategies. The Director also manages the Office of Fair Housing and Consumer Affairs which enforces Cleveland's Consumer Protection Code and fosters relationships with the lending community.

Prior to joining the City of Cleveland, Menesse was the Director of Economic Development for the City of Shaker Heights. The primary objective of her role was to generate a commercial revenue base for the City by attracting, retaining and facilitating the expansion of businesses that contributed to Shaker’s distinctive character. Menesse developed the City’s economic development plan and led the development of The Van Aken District, Shaker Heights’ downtown.

Ten years of experience in sales, product development, project management and process re-engineering in the private sector provided a foundation for Menesse’s neighborhood economic development efforts.  She made the transition to the public and non-profit sector by completing her Master’s Degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Menesse serves on the boards of the Saint Luke’s Foundation and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and is active in Global Cleveland. She grew up in Shaker Heights and moved back to Cleveland fourteen years ago with her family to focus her career on the revitalization of Greater Cleveland.