The Reimagining Cleveland Vacant Lot Greening Program: Evaluating Economic Development and Public Safety Outcomes 

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In September 2015, the Center for Community Progress (Community Progress) announced that the Reimagining Cleveland Workgroup, in partnership with the City of Cleveland, was one of three applicants competitively selected to be a recipient of our Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP). The Workgroup’s successful application sought assistance with two key items: (1) Conducting a comparative analysis of the economic impacts of different greening interventions carried out under Reimagining Cleveland, and (2) Exploring opportunities to better align and coordinate local funding streams for a more impactful approach to greening vacant land in the City. This research brief presents the key findings and conclusions of the economic impact analysis conducted as a part of the Cleveland engagement.