Hello CityProwlers! I hope you are enjoying autumn in
Cleveland or your city. I am delighted to announce
that the Arcades tour is finally available on the
website! This tour features all 3 of downtown's
unique and magnificent arcades and gives some
insight to how Cleveland came about building them.
Plus, I interview 4 people that have connections to
the arcades. Have a listen here!!
There was so much interesting information on the
arcades that I had to leave out of the recording (to
keep it to a half hour) that I will be adding arcade
content to the blog, or maybe even doing some mini
podcasts in the near future.
Let's hope a Cleveland indian summer kicks in soon!
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops,
pretty days to walk around the city are dwindling. So
get out and prowl while you can!
Jennifer Coleman, Founder of CityProwl
Update: From Playhouse Square to Playaway
CityProwl Cleveland has teamed up with the
Digital to load the tours on their digital audioplayers. Why
is this special? Because the units can be used by
people who do not have access to .mp3 players. This
month, The Associated Construction Distributors
International had their regional convention in
downtown Cleveland and rented players for their
attendees' use during their stay. CityProwl
Cleveland has plans to expand into the tourist
market with this tool. We'll keep you posted!
In September, CityProwl Cleveland worked
with the Playhouse
Square Foundation to create digital 'hint'
stations' for their annual Discovery Tour. CityProwl-produced narrations
and photos were loaded onto laptops and monitors
located throughout Playhouse Square to help the
400 participants find items on a high-tech scavenger
hunt. Much fun was had by all!
Spotlight: Civic Innovation Lab
Helping Great Ideas to Grow Greater Cleveland
CityProwl Cleveland was able to to have a
successful launch this year, due in part to receiving
a $30,000 grant from the Civic Innovation Lab. The
CIL is a project funded by The Cleveland Foundation,
offering mentorship, training, and funding of up to
$30,000 for ideas that have a measurable economic
impact on the Greater Cleveland community.
Since its launch, in September 2003, the Civic
Innovation Lab has received over 250 proposals,
supported over 20 new economic development
initiatives, and trained over 200 entrepreneurs. The
Lab looks for ideas that are: innovative (something
that is not happening already in Greater Cleveland),
civic (there is charitable intent) and economic (the
idea has the potential to improve the economy).
While this could mean job creation, CIL also
values supporting downtown vitality, stemming brain
drain, encouraging a new industry, or promoting
While the grant money is important to the champions
(grantees), the mentors are the engine of the Lab.
The core of the Lab is the connection that it makes
between present community leaders, mentors, future
community leaders and the champions.
Think you have an idea that can transform Cleveland? Find out more about the Civic Innovation Lab at its website....