East Cleveland Partnership

A Case Study

The East Cleveland Partnership began in 2009 as a strategic alliance from across Greater Cleveland. The program was built upon the leadership in service learning, applied research and technical assistance and was initiated by Mark Chupp and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The purpose is to bring together the expertise and assets of University Circle institutions and organizations throughout Greater Cleveland. Its purpose is to support the revitalization of East Cleveland through a partnership with the city, local residents and the nonprofit, business, and faith communities. Through this partnership, we also seek to increase engagement of East Cleveland within University Circle and vice versa, in ways that enrich and are beneficial to both communities.


In 2010, the program focused on strengthening relationships, building the necessary infrastructure and securing the funding needed for a comprehensive assessment and planning process. Through support from MSASS and the Office of the Provost, the Partnership held a retreat for the Mayor and City Council.

In addition, MSASS students and community leaders worked with an outside consultant to develop an assessment of workforce development needs and opportunities. Another component is an Economic Development Committee that holds monthly meetings, which are held the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.

In the News

4.11.12 – Fairfax and East Cleveland Want to Grow, Prosper with University Circle

Research and Publications

East Cleveland Perceptions and Connections: Baseline Survey, Case Western Reserve University

East Cleveland Community Perceptions: Baseline Survey


Learn more about the impact students and partners are making through the East Cleveland Partnership.