FutureHeights to host Mayor's State of the City address

Mayor Edward J. Kelley. Photo courtesy of the City of Cleveland Heights.

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley will give his annual State of the City address on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd. (corner of Monticello and Mayfield roads).

Since 2006, FutureHeights, an organization dedicated to quality of life and civic engagement, has sponsored the address as part of its annual speaker series. "This is a unique opportunity to hear the mayor's plans for how we will move forward through these tumultuous times. It also gives the mayor a chance to hear what's on the minds of residents," said Gina Cheverine, president of the board of trustees for FutureHeights.

“These are tough economic times, on a state and national, as well as a regional level,” said Mayor Kelley, “the foreclosure crisis, development in our community, quality of life, public health and safety, senior and recreational programs – all of these areas are impacted by necessary budget cuts and we need to figure out how to do things differently. I’ll talk about partnerships we are developing with the Home Repair Resource Center and other nonprofits, with University Circle and its institutions, our neighboring cities, and the county’s new land-banking program.”

Residents will have an opportunity to pose questions to the mayor after his talk.  Questions can also be submitted in advance by posting them online at www.heightsobserver.org/deck or sending them to info@futureheights.org. The talk will be taped and aired on Channel 20.

For more information, contact FutureHeights at 216- 320-1423.

Deanna Bremer Fisher is the executive director of FutureHeights and a 15-year Heights resident.

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