EC Cleveland, Regional Sewer District Join Forces to Expand Opportunities for Disadvantaged Contractors in NE Ohio


In its ongoing work to expand contracting opportunities for MWSBE (Minority-owned, Woman-owned or Small Business Enterprise) businesses in Northeast Ohio, EC Cleveland has graduated 13 contractors from the second… Read More

Congratulations, Urban League of Greater Cleveland, on 100 Years of Economic Inclusion – and New Small Business Loan Program!

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ECC and EC Cleveland congratulate the Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC) – a member of the EC Cleveland Local Council – and its President Marsha Mockabee on the organization’s centennial y… Read More

Cuyahoga County Moves to Increase Contracting With Firms Owned by Women, Minorities

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Cuyahoga County officials have introduced several pieces of legislation intended to increase the number of county contracts going to women- and minority-owned firms, having found the 1.4 percent of contracts curr… Read More

Cuyahoga County Council Creates Sustainability Department

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The Cuyahoga County Council has voted unanimously to create a county Department of Sustainability that will enhance job creation and economic growth efforts by supporting businesses that provide environmentally-s… Read More

EC Cleveland Director Supports Creation of Cuyahoga County Sustainability Department

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Noting that Cuyahoga County, Ohio, was ranked fourth worst in the nation for greenhouse gas emissions in 2008, Emerald Cities (EC) Cleveland Director Shanelle Smith recently testified at a hearing of the County C… Read More

Crain’s Cleveland Business Names EC Cleveland Director Shanelle Smith to ‘Forty Under 40’

The Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is proud to announce that 30-year-old Shanelle Smith, local director for Emerald Cities (EC) Cleveland, has been selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business to its “4… Read More

EC Cleveland Director Testifies on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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Emerald Cities Cleveland Director Shanelle Smith testified June 30 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on proposed regulations to significantly curb carbon emissions from existing power plants. S… Read More

The Port of Cleveland Votes to Support Regional Energy Efficiency Program


On December 17th, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Port of Cleveland voted to support the Retrofits for ENergy Efficiency Works (RENEW) program. This first-of-its-kind initiative provides tax-exempt lease fina… Read More

Feature Story: Cleveland Trades Bring Second Chances


Cleveland, Ohio is in the beginning stages of creating labor and community partnerships. And Cleveland resident Marcus Burts, a 37-year-old African-American journeyman bricklayer, shines as a beacon of hope for y… Read More

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