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Economic realities driving East Cleveland annexation conversation

In this week’s “GCP Insight” video, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton discusses the economic realities that have led to the conversation about the possible annexation of the near-ring suburb by the City of Cleveland.

He notes that East Cleveland’s population has dipped from 40,000 in 1970 to about 17,000 today. In addition, the average household income today is $20,000 and the majority of East Cleveland residents are unemployed.

These numbers, he says, point to the need to consider changes.

“When you’re faced with those economic circumstances, you have to consider: Does your current governmental structure and configuration allow you to adequately serve your residents?

“Or does a new government structure with new economic opportunities and a larger revenue stream…serve your community better?”

Click to watch the video to learn about actions taken so far in the annexation process and next steps.

The ”GCP Insight” video series focuses on topics of interest to the Greater Cleveland business community. This week’s segment, hosted by GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Marty McGann, is sponsored by PNC Bank.