“I believe as leaders and practitioners in our various fields — whether it be in universities, city government, business or nonprofits — that our collective goal is to create healthy, resilient and sustainable cities and metropolitan regions,” said Bobbi Reichtell, senior vice president of planning for Cleveland-based Neighborhood Progress Inc., which sponsored the event.
I'm delighted to see Cleveland leading the way for Cleveburgh. I'm still not sure how the NEO folks feel about the interstate focus I'm advocating. Pittsburgh has its own regional initiative and I would anticipate some territorial concerns. Cleveburgh might be seen as unwelcome competition or even a destructive diversion.
I tend to understand Cleveburgh as more of a grassroots approach, instead of the clearly top-down Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. I won't try to characterize Team NEO because I don't know much about them or their history, but it strikes me as distinct enough from what is going on with Cleveburgh. The Cleveburgh effort would seem to have a niche in regional economic development.