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Center for Economic Development, Center for Community Planning and Development


The Greater University Circle Economic Inclusion Initiative is a unique multi-anchor, place-based effort to revitalize the seven neighborhoods that comprise Greater University Circle (GUC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Convened in 2005 by the Cleveland Foundation, it involves three anchor institutions: The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Health System, along with the city of Cleveland and many other partners. This sixth evaluation report highlights the group’s major accomplishments and challenges, and looks to the future of this unique initiative. The report also tracks progress toward meeting the goals set forth at the outset: Buy Local, Hire Local, Live Local, and Connect. It points to significant system changes underway in one of the largest employment centers in the city, region, and state to increase opportunities for economic inclusion of neighborhood residents and businesses within each of the partner organizations, as well as collaboratively across partner organizations.