After his ‘Rippin Roller’ won MAGNET’s 2020 Mspire pitch contest, local fitness entrepreneur Tom Fowler has a real object that soon could be rolling into living rooms, basements, and fitness studios everywhere.
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Civic engagement and voter turnout throughout Cleveland’s wards have been a mixed bag going into the primary election. Mail ballot requests and returns have generally increased citywide from where they lagged in 2017. And some progressive newcomers say their grassroots campaigns have seen on-the-ground interest in city council elections, but some of their incumbent counterparts remain wary.
Sen. Sandra Williams, who could be the first Black woman to serve as Cleveland’s mayor, said two prominent Cleveland businessmen have offered her cash and political favors to step out of the race. She’s faced questions about her ability to lead based on her gender. But banking on her state-level colleagues and legislative track record, she will see the mayoral race through to the end.
Questions during the second Cleveland mayoral debate challenged the mayoral candidates to envision a city with a strong economy, a clean and safe environment and a robust public education system. Just as we did after the first debate, the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative reached out to residents who asked questions to see what they thought of the candidates’ responses.
There were more than 8,000 open manufacturing jobs in Northeast Ohio last year, according to the nonprofit organization MAGNET. One of the more intractable problems facing manufacturers is the mismatch between the location of jobs and where entry-level workers live. Many low-income and Black workers live in Cleveland and don’t own cars, but many jobs are in the suburbs, far from public transportation. The church van program aims to bridge that gap.
According to census data, from 2013-2018, downtown Cleveland was the city’s fastest growing neighborhood with a 48% increase in population, but most of those residents are renters. If they want to buy something downtown, things become more problematic.