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Nov. 17, 2014

Enterprise hosts third annual Leadership in Community Innovation Award Forum

By Nicole Drake

Cleveland State University hosted the third annual Leadership in Community Innovation Award Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 from 4 pm-6 pm located in the Roberta Steinbacher Atrium inside the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Partnered with KeyBank, The Enterprise Leadership in Community Innovation Award started in 2012 by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. with assistance from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

Molly Schnoke, project coordinator with the center for community planning and development of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs said this is the third year that the Levin College Forum Program has worked with Enterprise to host these awards.

“We, the Levin College Forum Program, feel that this is one of our most exciting partnerships/events because it is one of the only programs we conduct where there is a real unknown outcome - who will win?” Schnoke said. “It is announced live at the program. A panel of select community experts scores with finalists, based on their presentations, and a question and answer segment.”

She said from there, a winner is selected.

“The award comes in the form of a $25,000 unrestricted grant for non-profit organizations that is creating community development solutions in Cleveland,” Schnoke said.

The cash prize helps create a substantial path to recognize the importance of creative and innovative ways to transform communities.  This helps breaking down the walls of traditional nonprofit organization practices to make way for new initiatives that will be geared toward long-term economic and social improvements.

According to Schnoke, in addition to the finalists, Enterprise announced the winners of the Nurture an Idea Award and CrowdRise Challenge, sponsored by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Ohio Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank.

“The Levin College has an ongoing relationship with many organizations in the community, Enterprise is one of them,” she said. “Engaging with community organizations is a strong element is so much of the programming and work of the College.”

According to a news release posted on the Enterprise website, in 2013, the panel of judges awarded Slavic Village Development a $25,000 Leadership in Community Innovation Award, and the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation received the $10,000 Nurture an Idea Award and won the $10,000 CrowdRise Challenge.

According to the news release, Slavic Village Development used the funds for its Neighbors Invest in Broadway program. This was then used to revitalize the Broadway Slavic Village community by making vacant and foreclosed homes available at low-cost to buyers who agree to bring the blighted buildings back up to code.