crooked river gaming: weaving the new casino into cleveland's existing urban fabric

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

whether you are for or against gambling in ohio, this past november issue 3 passed, which allows for a number of casino complexes (4) to be built in ohio.

more importantly one is going to be built here in cleveland.

personally, i couldn't be more excited about it. i voted yes on the issue and i'm confidant that we as clevelanders are going to do it right - right on the lakefront.

and it's organizations like the Cleveland Coalition that solidify my confidence in clevelanders creating a seamless transition into this new entertainment venture.

the Cleveland Coalition's focus is on creating a sustainable, vibrant community for everyone to live in while empowering citizens to take action through their philosophy: Educate. Collaborate. Act.

with these thoughts in mind the Cleveland Coalition decided to put together a series of positive events called, Crooked River Gaming: Weaving the New Casino Into the Cleveland's Existing Urban Fabric.

this series of events is essentially the first open forum discussion on the casino plan.

it's not about the politics of it all,
it's not about whether you are for or against them coming - it's too late for that, it's happening. it's about having a discussion as to how we can make the casino successful, not only for the owner/operator but for the city of cleveland and northeast ohio as a whole.

this friday, march 5th, from 5 to 7:30pm at The City Club, the first FREE Crooked River Gaming event is going to take place to discuss what having a casino in cleveland is really going to mean.

the Cleveland Coalition team consisting of, Ahmed Abonamah, Jason Bristol, Fran DiDonato, David Jurca, Nick Martin, Beth Sebian, Gauri Torgalkar, Graham Veysey and Eric Wobser have gather a VERY impressive panel for friday's event.

Thomas V Chema - President, Hiram College

Christopher Diehl - Architect, Assoc. Professor at Kent State

Len Komoroski - President, Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena

David Schwarz - President and CEO of David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc.

moderator: Eric Wellman - Host of Morning Edition on 90.3 WCPN Ideastream

for more information on this event, or additional events in the future, check out the Cleveland Coalition facebook page or website, and to attend this free event please RSVP to


  1. I think this is a fantastic idea. Alot of Clevelanders who voted against, don't really relize the positive econmic impact a casino will have on our city. It's like a domino effect, but in a positive way. It's only the first step in revitalizing our town. All the nay-sayers see is Detroit, and what the casinos have done there. Trust me, that will NOT happen in Cleveland. I think this is great. The casino is coming, so let's put the best ideas in place to insure it's success.

  2. I think this is a pretty smart idea and a sign that it really can be done right here in CLE. If I didn't work till 8 I'd totally attend.

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