Welcome To ECGA

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The East Cleveland Growth Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Ohio on April 12, 2018. ECGA is a community development corporation exclusively serving the City of East Cleveland, Ohio.

East Cleveland Growth Association Mission Statement

The East Cleveland Growth Association strives to help build a solid and sustainable tax base in East Cleveland by stimulating the movement of money within the city limits through new and renovated commercial and residential development, new business development, and commerce.

East Cleveland Growth Association Vision Statement

ECGA wants to "Move the Mindset" of the community and change the way people strive to live in East Cleveland. We want to turn East Cleveland back into a community that can sustain itself, and provide it's residence with a "middle-class", or better, lifestyle and a community where residents can work, play, and live.

We're Committed to the Growth of East Cleveland

The mission of human services is to promote a practice that involves simultaneously working at all levels of society (whole-person approach) in the process of promoting the autonomy of individuals or groups, making informal or formal human services systems more efficient and effective, and advocating for positive social change within society. Human services practitioners strive to advance the autonomy of service users through civic engagement, education, health promotion and social change at all levels of society. Practitioners also engage in advocating so human systems remain accessible, integrated, efficient and effective. Every project undertaken by the East Cleveland Growth Association will include human service considerations.

The A. M. Ward Business Co-op and The Coit Road Farmer’s Market & Green Triangle projects will provide both short-term and long-term human services for the residence of East Cleveland. Both projects will provide short-term job opportunities in construction and the trades. ECGA will open the construction bids to residents currently living in East Cleveland. There will also be long-term human services, for example, the A. M. Ward Business Co-op will provide full-time employment opportunities in areas such as Administrative Support, Technology Support, Accounting/HR, Maintenance, and Janitorial/Cleaning services. The co-op provides local entrepreneurs the opportunity to start business in their community and contribute to the local economy. The co-op will also offer Computer Technology Training for residents, and the opportunity for residents who successfully complete the training, to become certified and eligible to work in the discipline.

The Coit Road Farmer’s Market & Green Triangle will provide a wider range of construction/trades job opportunities and for a longer duration. The Farmer’s Market project is a multi-phased, multi-year project. Once completed, East Cleveland will have a healthy eating/healthy living area. Resident will benefit by having a variety of healthy food options as well as the opportunity to attend healthy cooking classes and demonstrations. There will be space for local growers to become local sellers at the Farmer’s Market again supporting entrepreneurship and healthy living. The Green Triangle will provide opportunities for new and innovative concepts in healthy eating and healthy living businesses to move into the area stimulating the local economy and strengthening the tax base.

We Support Diversity & Inclusion

The East Cleveland Growth Association (ECGA) prides itself on its principals of diversity and inclusion. ECGA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers all employers of 15 or more employees, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The ADA prohibits discrimination in employment practices, such as hiring, firing, advancement and compensation, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. It also protects employees from retaliation when they enforce their rights under the ADA.

In accordance with the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all facilities operated by ECGA will make reasonable accommodations, modification or adjustment as needed to enable persons with disabilities to access facilities and services and/or to perform essential functions of a job. Examples of reasonable accommodations include making existing facilities accessible, modifying work schedules, acquiring or modifying equipment, and providing qualified readers or interpreters.

ECGA also promotes diversity and inclusion in all hiring practices, programs, and projects that we are engaged in. We support Minority and Women owned businesses and we support established and start-up businesses as well.

East Cleveland Growth Association believes that a strong diversity and inclusion strategy will not only allow ECGA to attract talented volunteers and employees, ECGA also believes that a diverse team will drive innovation and creativity which will result in successful outcomes.

Read the article entitled A renewed vision for East Cleveland is taking shape in the January 24, 2019 Edition of FreshWater Cleveland

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