The Life & Times of Ralph J. Perk


The Life & Times of Ralph J. Perk

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Allen A. Nozak


Cleveland’s economic transformation from heavy manufacturing to health-related industries has not been easy. Many leaders are still discussing what course of action to follow. Studying successful policies from past politicians may afford new insight into how to handle this transition.

Effective politicians have always worked well with others; established achievable goals; and advanced community objectives. Mayor Ralph J. Perk was no exception. He initiated many broad-based programs while never forgetting the needs of the electorate.

A Web site dedicated to his life and work is intended to shed some new light on his political mastery during a very turbulent time in our city’s history. Many of his policies worked well then, perhaps they can be successfully replicated in today’s world.

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Cleveland Memory Project

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The Cleveland Memory Project is a freely searchable online collection of digital photos, texts, oral histories, videos and other local history resources, built by the Michael Schwartz Library at the Cleveland State University in collaboration with a host of community partners around Northeast Ohio.

The Life & Times of Ralph J. Perk